Thursday, March 26, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red Blend - 2008 Altavins Viticoltors Terra Alta Domus Pensi

Spanish wine...check.  Garnacha (Spanish for Grenache)...check. A grape in the blend I'm not familiar with (Samsó, which I later discovered is Carignan)...check.  A name (the Domus Pensi part) that reminds me that Games of Thrones new season is next month...check. More than enough reasons to give this wine a try!
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2013 Algueira Ribeira Sacra Mencia

My experience to date with Spanish wines made with the Mencia grape has been restricted to Bierzo. I quickly became, and remain a very big fan of Mencia wines. When I came across this wine, the first I've found from Bierzo's neighbor Ribeira Sacra - I knew I had to give it a try.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - Australian Red Blend - 2011 Sons of Eden Kennedy

I thoroughly  enjoyed the Sons of Eden Romulus, so decided to give their less expensive GSM blend wine a try. Screw top, so we didn't even need a corkscrew!

 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

Wine Tip of the Week: Uggh!!!! My Wine Cork Broke!!!

If you open enough wine bottles it will happen to you at some point. A wine bottle with a natural cork may break off during opening.  I have opened quite a few bottles in my day, and even with tons of practice occasionally some expletives will be uttered (they don't help the problem - but they do make me feel better!) as some amount of cork is on the corkscrew, and some amount still in the bottle. 
If the cork is in good shape - try again with the corkscrew - screw it in as far as possible, even past the cork - and try again to remove the remaining piece. If the cork appears dry and crumbly, or there is only a very small piece of the cork left in the bottle - trying to use the corkscrew further may just grind cork into tiny bits.  Your best bet in this case is to push the remaining cork into the bottle (the handle of a fork or spoon works for this), and then filter out any cork bits as you pour the wine into another container such as your trusty decanter.  If your decanter came with a filter for wine sediment - this works great, otherwise cheesecloth is your best choice.  I have heard coffee filters recommended, but those could potentially impact the flavor of the wine.  If coffee filters are all you have on hand - at least make sure they are unbleached.
Properly stored wine should leave wine in constant contact with the cork - so your wine will not be harmed by the presence of the cork pieces, they are just not very attractive to see floating in the glass. If the cork was very dry it could be a sign that the wine may have issues if exposed to too much air - so make sure and sniff and taste before serving to make sure it is OK.