Category Archives: Wine Wednesday

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Coppola Sofia Rosé

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Coppola Sofia Rosé

On a hot summer day, enjoying a heavy red wine gets a little harder. Admittedly, on days like this, I will often crank up the AC and still pour myself a nice Cabernet! But there’s something about sitting outside, feeling a warm summer breeze, and lifting a glass of crisp, chilled Rosé to your lips.…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Petite Petit 2013

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Petite Petit 2013

I admit, I looked at the colorful, rather bizarre label with cartoon elephants on it and thought to myself, Petite Petit couldn’t be a serious wine. Then I pulled the cork. Wow! Here is a powerful purple concoction from Michael David Wines! First, the color: an inky purple hue. Then the aroma: spicy orange, blueberry…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc

Once the weather gets warmer, I like a nice Sauvignon Blanc. What I have found, however, is that many have no flavor or character whatsoever. The Crossings is a delicious exception, and delivers tons of flavor at a very reasonable price. If you’re going to try Sauvignon Blanc, make it one from New Zealand. This…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: The Count Red Blend

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: The Count Red Blend

In the colorful history of California, “The Count of Buena Vista” could be considered the founder of California wine. Agoston Haraszthy emigrated from Europe in 1840 in pursuit of opportunity and freedom in America. Following the forty-niners in search of gold in the hills of Northern California, he sought “purple gold” instead, and ultimately settled in Sonoma,…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon

The curse of the humble wine enthusiast is this: as your appreciation for good wine grows, the cost to obtain “good” wine rises. As much as I would enjoy drinking fine Napa Cabernet or French Bordeaux every night, I am more than likely drinking a solid bargain wine instead. And that, in a nutshell, is why…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Black Stallion Chardonnay

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Black Stallion Chardonnay

Generally I am not a fan of California Chardonnay, because for such a long time every one I tasted from California was over-oaked. It was literally all I could taste, and I didn’t like it, so I basically wrote it off completely. This week’s featured wine is definitely NOT your typical oaky Chardonnay. The 2013…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Villa Pozzi Nero D’Avola

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Villa Pozzi Nero D’Avola

There are grapes we all recognize: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, etc. Then there are grapes that may not be at all familiar. Many have never heard of Nero D’Avola, so let me introduce you. Nero D’Avola translated means “Black of Avola,” referring to the color of the grape and the town in Sicily where…MORE

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Klinker Brick Zinfandel

Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Klinker Brick Zinfandel

Ah, Zinfandel! The quintessential California grape, but so often misunderstood. One of the biggest successes of the California wine industry in the 1970s was taking the red Zinfandel grape and making it into a spritzy, sweet white wine. To this day that’s what many people think of when they see the word “Zinfandel,” but it’s…MORE

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