Sunday, February 28, 2016

Weekly Wine Review - Ontario Sparkling - 2012 Jackson Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve

Wino4Life wife celebrated an undisclosed milestone birthday this year.  One of the spots she wanted to visit during her birthday trip was Niagara Falls.  The Falls, especially in the cold of winter were quite beautiful, but the real highlight of the trip for me... was the Niagara area wines! We enjoyed several wonderful wines - including this sparkling wine made in the same classic method as French Champagne.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Weekly Wine Review - French Red - 2011 Joel Robuchon Selection Chateauneuf du Pape

During a recent trip to Southern California, my wife and I needed to buy a couple bottles of wine to take to a dinner party.  We were in the 'hood of the Santa Anita mall, but I told my wife we'd never find good wine at the mall.  We ended up at a great little place called the Bottle Shop in Sierra Madre, and bought a couple of great wines. 

Before the dinner, I got a call from my wife's cousin - Chef Claud Beltran, our host for the dinner party - offering to let me hang as he figured out the dinner for the night.  He picked me up and told me he needed to make a quick stop, but he'd thought I'd like it.  Guess where we went...times up.... the Santa Anita Mall.  Wing Hop Fung is an Asian store at the mall, stocked with all sorts of herbs, gifts, dishes, more herbs... and oh... a SHITLOAD of wine.  So much for my mall snobbery!  There was a glass enclosure in the middle that must have contained a few million dollars in wine.  Sassicaia, Screaming Eagle, Petrous, Lafite Rothschild, La Tour, DRC - a dream collection of wine... at the mall!!!  I didn't have the big bucks to shop in the enclosure, but did come across this wine with a familiar name - Chef Joël Robouchon's Chateauneuf du Pape with the fine folks at Paul Jaboulet Aine.  If the name goes on a $500 tasting menu in Las Vegas, the wine should be good, right?  Well let's see!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Weekly Wine Review - Napa Red - 2013 Freemark Abbey Fiftieth Reserve

I worked late on a Friday night (ok only 5p, but that's late for a Friday!!!), so we decided to stroll to our local Steakhouse instead of worrying about cooking.  We hadn't been there in a while, and the first thing I noticed was their wine list had definitely shrunk.  This makes me sad, but I picked a wine that looked good.  A few minutes later... we don't have that one.  OK, perusing the list again (I am adverse to accepting the servers suggestion without another look at the list. Alright, second choice submitted.  A few minutes later ... steeeee-rike two!  But another server had brought over this wine, and it was intriguing. A special 50th Super Bowl wine by Freemark Abbey... let's do it!