DianaBeisch45 → Chardonnay Wine: I love the Frank Family Chardonnay. It is full bodied, heavy oak, vanilla, pear, and a little citrus. A friend calls it the red wine drinkers chardonnay. We purchased the 2007 chard in the Napa Valley in September 2008. Winery is a blast to visit. It h... moreI love the Frank Family Chardonnay. It is full bodied, heavy oak, vanilla, pear, and a little citrus. A friend calls it the red wine drinkers chardonnay. We purchased the 2007 chard in the Napa Valley in September 2008. Winery is a blast to visit. It has a laid back atmosphere, not pretentious. Ask to visit the Back Room to taste the Harry Winston. You won't forget it.
DianaBeisch45Shopping for a big wine cellar/fridge. 200 + bottles. Suggestions. I know Euro cave is one of the best.
October 8, 2009
DianaBeisch45Lots of great wines in the door.. Details to follow. Happy hours, wine dinners. Can't wait to share.
October 8, 2009
DianaBeisch45The ISG classes for Texas were cancelled for this fall at Uof H. : ( Maybe I will see what I can find elsewhere.
October 6, 2009
DianaBeisch45I am so far behind on posting my wine reviews. Need to catch up or skip a few. Got accepted for the ISG level one and two classes at U of H. Then received notification theat the classes were cancelled for Texas for 2009. What is up with that?
September 29, 2009
Jazzking: Sounds like you are quite the oenophile/wine aficionados/connoisseurs. Tell us more about your wine adventures...
September 23, 2009
DianaBeisch45Wednesday nights wines at the Cova 2007 California Pinot Noir Wine Class and 3 course dinner: 2006 Villa Marie Cellar Selection Pinot Noir, NZ 20007 Roessler ":Bluejay" Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2007 Brewer Cllifton Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills... moreWednesday nights wines at the Cova 2007 California Pinot Noir Wine Class and 3 course dinner: 2006 Villa Marie Cellar Selection Pinot Noir, NZ 20007 Roessler ":Bluejay" Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley 2007 Brewer Cllifton Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 2007 Benovia Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2007 Loring "Durell" Pinot Noir, Sonoma Valley 2007 McPhail Family Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2007 Paul Hobbs ruuanir Valley 2005 Rossl Pinot Noir "Savoy" Anderson Valley 2007 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir "Hyde" Carneros 2007 Pisoni Lucia Pinot Noir "Gary's" Santa Lucia Highlands less
September 17, 2009
DianaBeisch45The wines for Saturday evenings wine dinner here in Houston were as follows: Veuve Cliquot Brut champagne, WS 90, $41, Costco 2008 Kim Craford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, WS 91, $13 Costco 2008 Pine ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier, Nap... moreThe wines for Saturday evenings wine dinner here in Houston were as follows: Veuve Cliquot Brut champagne, WS 90, $41, Costco 2008 Kim Craford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, WS 91, $13 Costco 2008 Pine ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier, Napa, CA, $13.50 from the winery 2006 Domaine Serene, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley,, Evanstad Reserve, WS 92, Release $58 2005 Vincent Girardin Pommard, Les Grands Epenots Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru, $76 2005 Chateaux Cap de Faugeres, CotessCCstillon,WS 89, $20 2006 Chappellet Merlot, Napa Valley, WS 90, $30 2004 Schweiger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District, $29 2005 Concha Y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon, Puente alto Don Melchor, WS96, $69 1979 Bodegas Toro Albala Pedro Ximenez, Montilla-Moriles Don PX Gran Reserva, WS90, $26
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Chardonnay is a grape that most everyone is familiar with and most wine drinkers love it. Originally from the Burgundy Region of France, chardonnay is now planted all across the World with great success.
Chardonnay wines are often inarticulate in youth but will blossom with time producing complex aromas of nuts and butter, toast and cream, wild mushrooms and meadow flowers. Their structure while dry can offer great richness with a wide variety of tastes including; lemon, melon peach and apple while still imparting the same creamy, nutty, buttery notes in the wines aroma.
Chardonnays from California often have a silkiness to them with great substance of flavor combined with high alcohol levels and a ripe, fruity character.
Australian chardonnays tend to range from the rich, pollen scented, fiery Hunter Valley chardonnays to the tapered elegance of the chardonnays from Mornington Peninsula and Adelaide Hills.
"Est vieilli le meilleur" (aged is best). This is the name of the game with cabernet sauvignon. That's because the secret to cabernet sauvignon's prowess as a wine of choice is a meticulous aging process.
Cabernet sauvignon is a red wine varietal that hails from the wineries of the famed district of Medoc in Bordeaux, France. According to studies conducted in 1997, cabernet sauvignon is the result of interbreeding sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc.
A glass of young and fresh cabernet sauvignon is resplendent of black currants and is very tannic. As the precious liquid ages, it gets hints of cherries, blackberries, ceday, bell peppers, green olives, pimientos, green peppercorns, and ginger.
You may also recognize the parfums of cedar, eucalyptus, leather, a cigar box, oak, earth, and chocolate emanating from this blood-colored elixir. Further downing a shot of cabernet sauvignon causes you to identify more saveur of coconuts, vanilla, musk, smoke, sweet wood, toast, and mushrooms.
These flavors and fragrances get more pronounced as the cabernet sauvignon advances with age. Truly, est vieilli le meilleur.
A very versatile grape, cabernet sauvignon, adapts well to being planted in many different regions around the World. This grape makes the reference reds that other wines are compared to. Mixed with merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot in the Bordeaux regions of Medoc and Graves this grape makes the archetypal red wine. A wine that exists at a peak of refinement and allusiveness which few other wines can match.
Its life span after a good vintage can extend twenty or thirty years and beyond.
In California The cabernet sauvignons possess an enormously tannic and alcoholic wine barely tamed by its oak barrels. Their grandeur is unique and affords real aging potential where the wine takes on a chocolate softness.
For sheer drinkability cabernet sauvignon from Chile is hard to beat. The plum and mulberry fruit undertones have a purity and exuberance rarely matched from cabernet sauvignons of other countries.
Zinfandel can be light and fruity, much like French Beaujolais, or lively, complex and age worthy, like cabernet sauvignon or claret. It can also be made into big, ripe, high alcohol style wines that almost resemble port.
Zinfandel has a very hardy nature. Adaptable to a wide range of soils and climates, its vines tend to be vigorous and productive.
Because of its vigor, generosity and resistance to vine disease, many zinfandel vineyards exist that are seventy-five to more than one hundred years old.
Zinfandel aficionados believe these "old vines" produce the best wines because the older vineyards set smaller crops and the grapes tend to ripen more evenly.
Zinfandel is one red varietal that is best enjoyed in its youth. With more bottle age the luscious fruit that distinguishes Zinfandel drops markedly and the wine can show a pronounced taste of higher alcohol levels.
When paired with grilled steaks, chops or meat that has been stewed Zinfandel becomes a prime motivation for people to become wine lovers.
Please post your reviews for red wines here. I encourage everyone to participate in a lively discussion of their favorite red wines. Your review may be as formal or informal as you like. It would be great if you could also rate the wine on a 100 point scale.
Please post your reviews for white wines here. I encourage everyone to participate in a lively discussion of their favorite white wines. Your review may be as formal or informal as you like. It would be great if you could also rate the wine on a 100 point scale.