about 4 years ago, a colleague of mine presented me with a bottle of durigutti malbec for my birthday while working in houston, tx….i took it back to my hotel room thinking….a malbec…yuck…they are all bad…bad oak…bad alcohol…bad thinness! i opened the bottle, poured it and did the “sniffy sniff”…wow…the floral notes hit me… the fresh violets…the balance…like i never experienced with a malbec…all my wine friends began to have a love affair with this argentine star….now this week I just picked up their bonarda…bonarda is a grape that possibly came from france, italy, croatia…known as charbonno in cali, where there are some plantings…this wine is fresh rain on violets with stunning balance…both wines are awesome with red sauce, burgers, steaks or just because it is a red wine night! the chairman loves both of these wines and thanks the durigutti brothers for their attention to delivering the beauty and essence of these two grapes…malbec & bonarda…cheers…salud…nostrovia…thank you durigutti brothers!!!
Friday, January 11, 2013
Monday, July 2, 2012
take me to your bieler rose!(11.99!)
the label may look french and regal, but all you have to say when you go to your favorite wine store(central market, whole-foods, twins liquors), take me to your charles bieler rose! it is laser focused with hints of fresh rain and wild strawberries of provence, france...it is made from red grapes we love-cabernet sauvignon, grenache, syrah...it is so refreshing on these hot, sticky days by itself or with any any summer food from grilled burgers to cucumber-tofu salad! get it now because this wine has a serious following and it may be gone before the end of the summer!
Friday, May 25, 2012
sassy riesling from rheingau
($13.99, central market)
this is not your ooeeey gooey super-sweet german wine that we grew up(the blue nuns) with!....intensely floral...this wine is focused with puckering acidity injected /w/ lemon zest and red apples and fresh minerals such as flint and quartz...this wine is perfect for our hot texas summer coming in @ 11% alcohol...it is a a perfect pairing /w/ almost any type of latin-amercan cusine such as tex-mex, interior mexican, cuban, etc. and also any type of asian food-i love it /w/ thai curries and with any type of grilled poultry(i love it /w/ chicken thighs!)...and oh the winemaker , Johannes Leitz, Winemaker of the Year, so cool, so nice and so humble! and for some strange reason he tours texas every june escaping the cool, perfect climate of germany to hang out /w/ us in our 100 degree, 1000 percent humidity texas summer!...you’ll find this wine @ central market or any wine store that has some degree of insight...
Friday, April 13, 2012
Charles & Charles Rose, 2011, $12.99 @ Whole Foods & Central Market!
this is not your mother's sweet rose...it is dry, focused /w/ arresting hints of strawberry, banana and bursts of watermelon...it will virtually pair /w/ any food on the planet or will be a hit @ your fiesta soire!(viva fiesta!) It is just refreshing to drink ice cold while planning your yard work(i do a lot of that)...i have been enjoying this wine for the last 3 vintages and this vintage is by far the most powerful! charles smith & charles bieler are the coolest & most down to earth winemakers that are showcasing the vibrancy of washington state grapes! test a bottle asap because this wine is seasonal and is only available thru this spring/summer! it always flies off the shelf! i am enjoying a glass right now! cheers!
Friday, March 30, 2012
Zestos, 2010, 100% Malvar!!! $10 @ Central Market, San Antonio(thank you heidi!)
well i was wandering around the wine dept@ central market in san antonio looking for white wines and roses because i needed to clean the patio, hose down the bird do-do, etc. and listen to frank and maybe chase a possum or two from kitty's food bowl...well as i wandered to spain because i love verdejos(previous post), i found this one...100% Malvar.....pulled out my iPad..."an obscure grape grown south of Madrid...6500 acres total in the world!!!"
It is a blast of tropical fruits and minerality(reminds me of semillon). ! i love it and it will make cleaning that patio so much more enjoyable while watering, hosing down the bird do-do and chasing away those nasty Texas possums!!!
Cheers and check out this wine at Central Market, San Antonio, Texas /w/ Heidi's awesome Wine Team!!! They will show you where it is on the shelf!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Hermanos Lurton, Verdejo, 2010-Whole Foods,$11.99...Here is the chairman's choice for my Spring Break! This is a white grape that is from Spain from the Rueda region...this wine is full of stone-fruit, hints of honey-dew melon, fresh rain, hint of basil...no oak on this wine... pure fruit....moderate acids...low alcohol 12.5%...nicely chilled this is great for sipping in your backyard, all types of chicken dishes from chicken fajtas to baked chicken, eating /w/ cheese plates and maybe some seafood...this is also a great wine for the boat this summer or while hanging around some body of Texas water! Cheers and happy spring break!!!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Raimat: Albarino, 2011...i picked up this wine tonight @whole foods...albarino is the white grape of galicia, spain...it should have some fruit like apricot or peach....higher acidity...and some minerality due to the granite and slate soils and saltiness due to the close proximity to the atlantic ocean...this wine delivers!!!...well-balanced, apricot notes, minerality, rolling acids that do not pierce the tongue and alcohol that is low...12.5% ...this allows the fruit to speak and does not burn your throat....i am enjoying it /w/ some pork spare ribs and a portabella mushroom stuffed and broiled /w/ goat cheese, tomatoes and olive oil ...this wine would also pair /w/ chicken, some fish and seafood dishes and would be great while enjoying your favorite texas lake or river...check out this producer or another producer of albarino! cheers and enjoy!