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diamondlightfootStella Rosa

I keep trying new wines and forgetting to write anything about them. This is an Italian wine by Stella Rosa. It’s moscato d’asti. A semi-sweet, the asti gives it a bubbly kind of taste. It’s a good sipping wine, a little sweeter than I expected, but it’s really good with barbeque. 6 months ago


diamondlightfootWine Barn Jackpot White

This was a sweet wine, great for sipping. We got the wine partly because of the name of it and our trip, seeing as how we were staying at a Harrah’s. Fun stuff! 19 months ago


GrammaG9. Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec

One of these days I’ll try something other than a Malbec, but I just like them so much. This is one I’d buy again.

From the bottle:

“A Malbec with beautiful, deep red color with violet hues. Sweet aromas of blackberries and plums with an elegant touch of smoke and vanilla. Velvety texture and a sweet, long aftertaste. Ideal to serve with cheeses, red meats, mushrooms, stew and with the typical Argentinean ‘asado’.” 21 months ago


GrammaG8. Red Rock Malbec

Another Malbec. This one won’t go down as a favorite, but it was okay.

From the bottle:

“In our Malbec, ripe berry aromas yield to fresh flavors of boysenberry, currants, and cherries creating a smooth wine that is truly balanced.” 21 months ago


diamondlightfoot 21 months ago


GrammaG7. Robert Mondavi Private Selection Malbec

We brought this bottle of win on vacation with us and enjoyed unwinding with it after the girls were asleep. This will be a wine we buy again. It went down easy.

From the bottle:

“Our Malbec reveals lush tannins with notes of plum and blueberries, hints of vanilla and spice, and finished with subtle toasted oak.” 21 months ago


GrammaG6. Santa Julia Malbec

We’ve been drinking quite a bit of wine lately so I think it’s time to re-instate this fun goal.

We’re enjoying this wine tonight with an assortment of Chinese food and some tiramisu for dessert. I haven’t tasted it with the food yet, but I’m loving the taste on its own. Very smooth.

“A full-flavored wine which has benefited from maturation in French Oak for 10 months giving structure and harmony. Intense plum and coffee aromas combine with spicy, smokey notes and vanilla finish.” 21 months ago


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Beth43.

Charles Shaw Shiraz.
I liked it. I don’t remember much about it but it went well with chocolate cake for my birthday. Big glass. Big piece of cake. Football on tv. I was happy with the way the night went. 3 years ago


Beth42.

Yellow Tail-
Reisling
Moscato

Both good. Decent for cheap wine. We’ve bought it pretty consistantly since trying it. Why? It’s cheap, and decent. There. 3 years ago


Beth41. fun5

moscato.
We drank it in half an hour. oops. It was sweet. Not too bubbly. Pretty good. 3 years ago


danidee2742. Concerto by Wolfgang Gru-Vee

I bought this sweet version yesterday as well. Equally unique and minerally, while lighter and much sweeter. I guess more of an easy drinker. I’m certainly glad they offered me these at the tasting; a nice discovery I’m not sure I’d have made on my own. Also, I got them each for 10 bucks a bottle. Not bad. 3 years ago


danidee2741. Wolfgang Gru-Vee 2006

Very interesting wine. Quite grapey flavor, strong pure flavor-very mineraly. Dry and crisp. It’s an Austrian wine, which I don’t think I’ve ever tried. Very nice, and they’re right that it’s a very food friendly variety. 3 years ago


danidee27 3 years ago


danidee2743. Running with Scissors Pinot Noir

Nice body, not great finish. Spicy, smoky and smooth. Nice, but nothing spectacular.

Actually this does make wine number 43, but I didn’t write about the two white wines I got yesterday.

Having finished this, I have to say I’ve found some winners, but I think I’ll still enjoy trying new wines. After all, when the new vintages are ready it’s all new stuff anyway. 3 years ago


danidee2740. Maso Canali Pinot Grigio

Very nice Pino Grigio. I was really in the mood for something fresh and dry. This hit the spot. Mildly tart, very refreshing and drinkable.
I enjoyed a couple of glasses last night, used a little in a white wine cream sauce tonight, and am finishing the bottle now.

I love it when you find the perfect wine for your mood and it’s fun to drink. 3 years ago


danidee2729. Gabbiano Chianti Classico 2007

Not quite what I was expecting. Dry and fruity while spicy.
I’ve only had one other Chianti, and it was very different from this. I’ll have to do more reading and sipping to figure out what a true Chianti is.

Overall, not bad… and it’s growing on me. I like it more tonight than I did Thursday when I opened it. Again, thanks vacuvin and refrigeration. 3 years ago


danidee2738. Mirassou Pinot Noir

Velvet smooth, rich, and a little spicy. Loads of flavor and depth for a Pinot Noir.
I had this wine a few months ago at Seasons. Loved it then. The drug store sells it for under 10 a bottle. Love it just as much, if not more tonight.
As I’m winding this down, I have to say I prefer the Bridlewood for the under 20 PN pick. Wouldn’t mind drinking this again some time. 3 years ago


danidee2737. Newman's Own Chardonnay 2006

I’ve been wanting to try this for a while, and finally decided to have a “Newman’s Night” last week; a bottle of the Chardonnay and a cheese pizza; both Newman’s Own brand.

It was not what I was expecting. The online reviews had been mostly positive about the Chardonnay. It was supposed to be smooth and have hints of vanilla.

I found it overwhelmingly acidic. Not floral or fruity at all. No vanilla. No oaky richness. Nothing special. Not even good really. Certainly not worth $16 a bottle. I’ve had much better for half the price.

The pizza wasn’t very good either. Nice crust, but that was about it. I guess I’ll just keep to the salsa aisle for Paul Newman, and avoid his wines. 3 years ago


Beth40.

Mondavi Pinot Griggio.
The reason I never tried good wines before…when you go back to the cheap stuff it tastes bad :(.
I finished the wine anyhow but insert sad face here. 3 years ago


Beth39.

Kendall Jackson Reserve Reisling.
Perfect. 3 years ago


danidee2736. 14 Hands 2009 Cabernet

I’m enjoying my third bottle, but for some reason I haven’t written about it.
At this point in the challenge, I have to say this is the winner for “everyday cabernet.” Under $20 after tax. Full, and somewhat sweet with berry notes.

It was better yesterday, when I opened it, than it is tonight. It seems to have lost the sweet undertones and gotten more acidic. Still not bad, though. Next time I’ll just have to remember to vacuvin and refrigerate. 3 years ago


Beth38.

Chateau Ste. Michelle
Riesling.
Wow. This was fantastic. REALLY fantastic. So fantastic I drank Half a bottle…oops. 3 years ago


Beth37.

Rex Goliath Moscato.
Good. Actually, quite good, I know moscato isn’t good wine by it’s nature, but my husband likes it, so we drink it. And we’re poor, so Moscato is almost always in our price range… So that brings us here, buying giant bottles of wine for $10.00. This was good. Better if you consider the price. 3 years ago


danidee2735. Wild Horse 2006 Cabernet

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Very rich and full-flavored. A little Spicy. I will have to look into this one and see if it was made by the same company/vineyard as the Seven Hands wine. I think for the price, I’d go with it over this one, although it is very nice. 3 years ago


danidee2734. Junebug Moscato

Heaven in a bottle. Honestly. Sweet, effervescent, delicious. This was a Target find, after having half a glass of Moscato with a late lunch out and craving more.

This is not my first bottle of Moscato, I had one a few months ago and fell in love. This just reminds me that there are a ton of wines I never wrote about and counted towards this goal.

Still, I’ve tried quite a few varietals- Hopefully I can add a couple more new ones on here as I complete the challenge.

Gewürztraminer – 1
Cabernet- 10
Sauvignon Blanc- 2
Riesling- 3
Chardonnay- 1
Pinot Grigio- 1
Pinot Noir- 1
Red Blend- 3
Tempranillo- 1
Merlot- 2
Champagne- 3
Shiraz- 1
Chianti- 1
Moscato -2
Rose- 1
Alternative Dessert Wines -2 3 years ago


danidee2733. Italia Roscato - Rosso Dolce

I’ve been sipping on the sweeter side of life lately. I couldn’t resist this wine, especially after being offered a sample by the waitress at Olive Garden. I did a little reading, and it looks like the wine may be theirs exclusively.

Since Mosoato is probably my favorite thing in the world for summer, and I love red wines, it’s no surprise that I adored this one. Everything meshed perfectly—the sweet sparkling qualities from Moscato, and the vibrant fruit and berry flavors you’d expect from a red wine. 3 years ago


danidee2732. Cupcake Vineyard's 2009 Red Velvet

This wine has been eye candy for months, and I finally broke down and bought myself a bottle tonight.

Yum!

Creamy and smooth and full of luscious berry flavor and mocha notes.

Possibly not the most refined wine, but very delicious… especially with rich dark chocolate. 3 years ago


danidee2731. Risqué Sparkling Wine

Another nice recommendation from the local liquor store. I just wish they had Moscato.

This wine is nice and sweet, while refreshingly crisp and tart. I almost taste strawberries and almonds here. I also like the little pressure sealed top. Cool stuff, I like these innovative bottlers. Great marketing, especially since that does seem to be what the average wine buyer makes there basis upon. 3 years ago


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