Golan Heights Winery 2016 Mount Hermon Red Review

Wine of the week is a 2016 Mount Hermon red. All the way from the Golan Heights Winery in Israel, you will not be disappointed with this bottle. Wine enthusiast rated it at 92 points and labeled it as “Best Buy”. 

Notes include vanilla, mixed berries, butterscotch, violet and juniper. The finish is a mixture of both floral notes and cranberry. 

Found for around $13, this is an incredible price for how delicious it is. Highly recommended. 

Cheers! 

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Mionetto Brut Prosecco Review

What did everyone drink for brunch this past weekend? Mimosas I hope! Wine of the Week is a Brut Prosecco by Mionetto. Paired with orange juice, this made for the perfect mimosa concoction. Notes include a blend of fruits, but you can really taste the hint of golden apples. Dry, crisp, fresh and light, this bottle is the perfect choice for a holiday, celebration or just because. Found at QFC (grocery store chain owned by Kroger) on sale from around $10 to about $6, this bottle was a steal for the quality.

Cheers!

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2016 Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc Review

Spring is here and we know what that means… time for some fresh, crisp white wine in the sun. Wine of the Week is a 2016 Sauvignon Blanc from Charles Krug. Notes include lime, citrus, passionfruit and and grapefruit. On sale from $24.99 to $12.99, this bottle was a steal. Found at QFC (grocery store chain owned by Kroger), I’m sure this bottle can be purchased at many locations near you.

To learn more about wines from Charles Krug, visit their website at http://www.charleskrug.com

Cheers!

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2014 Chateau Ste Michelle Syrah Review

Wine of the Week is a 2014 Syrah from Chateau Ste Michelle. Notes include ripe berries, vanilla and brown sugar. This bottle was a gift, so after doing some research I found that it can be purchased for about $15.

Fun fact:
Wine Spectator rated this Syrah at 89 points and Top 100 Value in 2017. Wine Enthusiast also rated it at 87.

What pairs best with Syrah? Below is a link from one of my favorite websites, Wine Folly.
http://winefolly.com/tutorial/syrah-food-pairing/

To learn more about Chateau Ste Michelle and their delicious wines visit http://www.ste-michelle.com

Cheers!

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Ruffino Prosecco Review

It’s Monday. Monday’s suck. So we’re out here poppin’ bottles for wine of the week! Enjoy this Prosecco by itself or pair with fresh orange juice to make a mimosa. Notes include peach and golden apple. this bottle was actually a gift, so I had to do a little bit of research to find the price. Seems like the price point is anywhere from $10.99-13.99 and can be found at retailers such as Total Wine and other wine websites. I highly recommend this bottle- it was fresh, light and delicate. Perfect for a spring night, paired with  fresh seafood or any kind of poultry/fish. To pair with dessert I would do truffle popcorn or any kind of chocolate. A mixed berry tart would compliment this sparkling wine as well.

Cheers!

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2016 JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay Review

This is weeks Wine of the Week is a 2016 Butter Chardonnay. We found this bottle at Costco and I was so excited because I don’t often see it at many places to buy! I’m not a huge fan of most Chardonnay wines, but I really do love this one. If you purchase this bottle directly from their website (www.jamcellars.com) it’s $15.99. The price was similar at Costco as well, around $12.99 or so.

Notes:

“Butter brims with stone fruit and baked-lemon notes resulting in a vanilla finish” (JaM Cellars). Rich, creamy and smooth, I highly recommend this wine for people who have ever been skeptical of Chardonnay wines.

Cheers!

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2016 CMS Sauvignon Blanc Review

Sauvignon Blanc Monday’s? Is that a thing yet? It should be!!! Wine of the Week is from CMS. Notes include a mix of Chardonnay and Marsanne, with Sauvignon Blanc making up 75% of the wine to give it its classic, fruity flavor profile. “Beautifully structured with wonderful Sauvignon Blanc fruit character, the mouth feel has a delicate balance of acid angularity and defined herbal sophistication.” (www.hedgesfamilyestate.com)

I surprisingly found this bottle at Costco for around $6.99, an incredible deal for how delicious it was! I loved that it was a local, Washington State wine as well.

To browse more wines from this company visit http://www.hedgesfamilyestate.com

Cheers!

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Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Taste Off!

Wine of the Week is a taste off between the last Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc I reviewed and this Nobilo Icon collection Sauvignon Blanc.

The Nobilo Icon “represents the pinnacle of our winemaking from our ‘favorite’ vineyard in the Awatare valley of the Marlborough. The style of wine is focused on bright intensity and balance”. (www.nobilowines.com)

Notes:
Tropical fruits such as passionfruit and citrus, flavors of jalapeño, herbs and a slight mineral finish.

Pairing ideas:
Nobilo recommends an assortment of seafood dishes such as oysters, prawn and lemon skewers, and steamed mussels.

Final conclusions:
While I’m a firm believer that it’s hard to taste a bad Sauvignon Blanc, I would have to say that the Icon Collection was my favorite. The taste was smoother overall and better quality than the last Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc I reviewed. Again, I enjoyed both but the Icon was my preferred bottle! That being said, this bottle was about twice the price of the last one. The last was on sale for $9.99 and I’m seeing that this bottle ranges between $16-18.

To discover more of their delicious wines visit http://www.nobilowines.com

Cheers!

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2011 Clos De Trias Review

This weeks wine of the week is a special one because it’s from our most recent trip to Hawaii. We stayed in Honolulu and tried this bottle at Roy’s Restaurant in Waikiki. I had actually tasted this wine at other restaurants in Oahu and loved it so much that we got a bottle that time around. This red rhone is bursting with flavors of berries, peppercorn, plum, cherry, lavender and a touch of smoky wood. While those flavors sound intense, all the notes combined created a smooth and wonderful profile that was very easy on the palette. About $35 for the bottle (overpriced because we purchased it directly from the restaurant) I’m sure you could find it for a better deal through your local wine shop or online. Highly recommended!

Cheers

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2016 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Review

Sauvignon Blanc for liiiiife! Wine of the Week is a 2016 Nobilo from New Zealand.

Notes include a blend of ripe, crisp tropical fruits. Nobilo recommends serving this wine with fresh seafood, summer salads and poultry dishes.

On sale for $9.99 at QFC (a Kroger owner grocery store), I think it was a steal for how delicious this wine was.

For more information on Nobilo wines visit their website at http://www.nobilowines.com

Cheers!

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