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    Entries in Wine (63)

    Monday
    Feb042019

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2016

    While they don’t happen every week, when we can do back-to-back podcasts that are connected by a particular theme it is something we enjoy. The thread tying these two items together may not be instantly obvious, but when you look a little closer it becomes very apparent. In our weekly discussion about the items to share this week, Andrew mentioned that he had a bourbon he wanted to share and Keith wanted to stay with the wine theme for at least another week. Fortuitous events were already in motion to tie these two topics together that we were not aware of at the time. The first of the items that we will try this week is the wine portion. The wine we are trying is the Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Knights Valley. The Platinum Reserve line is the most expensive of their private label wines at $14.99 per bottle and should compare with other wines in $30 to $40 range. Without giving away too much, the bourbon we will try next has a Cabernet component to it as well. If you watch us live on Thursday night on twitch.tv/aboutbeverages (which we highly recommend) then you already knew that. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Wednesday
    Jan302019

    Give It A Shot - Cotillion California Pinot Noir 2016

    Welcome to the second phase of our Pinot Noir comparison. To bring you up to speed, in our previous podcast, we tried the Erath Pinot Noir, which is from Oregon. If you want to know what we thought about it, please see the previous post and watch or listen as we discuss our perceptions. As we mentioned, we decided to stay with the same grape for the subsequent podcast, but decided to check out a California representation of this delicate varietal. The wine we will be trying is the Cotillion Pinot Noir. It is a Trader Joe’s exclusive and has long been a Keith recommendation for those who are looking for a Pinot Noir of a certain price and style. It has been about 2 years since he last tried it and Andrew has never tried it, so it should make for some good discussion. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Monday
    Jan282019

    Give It A Shot - Erath Oregon Pinot Noir 2016

    We know that while we are truly about all types of beverages, we do tend to skew more often toward beer. It is easy to buy just one for us to talk about on a podcast and with few exceptions, the price structure is usually just what we are looking for. However, this week our fancies take a turn for the grape at About Beverages. This podcast (and the one which follows it) came about as we tried to decide what the menu would be for our Thursday night livestream session. We won’t bore you with the details, but the end result was that we would try wines this week. We settled on the Pinot Noir varietal and decided to compare and contrast the Oregon and California styles. We decided to start with the selection from Oregon and the one we chose was the Erath Pinot Noir. This is the 2016 vintage and usually runs right about $15 or $16. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Wednesday
    Jan232019

    Give It A Shot - Cooper & Thief Bourbon Barrel Aged Red Blend

    We have often spoken of our unabashed affinity for most things barrel-aged. We say “most things” because while barrel-aging certainly can add wonderful depth and complexity to a beverage, if it is not done well, things can go awry in a most disturbing way. This podcast features a beverage aged in whiskey barrels and while it is not uncommon to see this type of product available on your favorite retailers shelves, it is still somewhat uncommon. Today we will be trying the Cooper and Thief Red Blend. It is a blend of red wine varietals aged for 3 months in bourbon whiskey barrels. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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    Tuesday
    Nov202018

    Give It A Shot - Oak Ridge Winery OZV Lodi Zinfandel 2016

    We know what you are thinking. You just watched a new video from us yesterday so how could there possibly be another one available already? Here at About Beverages we are dedicated not only to beverages, but more importantly, to you, our loyal followers and listeners. With that in mind, we are happy to offer you the final installment in our series of beverages that we feel could be featured at your Thanksgiving dinner. This podcast features a wine, and a varietal that is not the first to come to mind when one thinks of Thanksgiving; Zinfandel. Over the years, this grape has made several appearances at our holiday table and has been quite successful. Hopefully this particular wine will carry that tradition forward. The wine that we will be trying is the Oak Ridge Winery OZV old vine Zinfandel from Lodi. We feel the best Zinfandels offer both fruit and spice for an overall balanced flavor profile.  What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Wednesday
    Nov142018

    Give It A Shot - Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer

    Don’t look now, but Thanksgiving is almost here! This year is one of the years when it arrives at the earliest possible date that it can. It is always the fourth Thursday of November and this year the first Thursday fell on the very first day of the month. In the spirit of trying to help you with your Turkey Day beverage selections, we have decided to share some selections that may help you make that decision. First up is the Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer. The winery, which is located in Washington state, has many different offerings across the wine spectrum. The Gewurztraminer grape is typically known for being lower in alcohol, off-dry (or semi-sweet) with notes of lychee fruit. We are hoping this will be a great jumping off point for our Thanksgiving Day beverage guide.  What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Wednesday
    Sep122018

    Give It A Shot - Kings of Prohibition Cabernet Shiraz Red Blend

    One of our goals at About Beverages that we speak of often, both on air and off, is that we need to be better at giving our followers and listeners more advance notice as to what we will be trying on our podcasts. It is a definite growth area for us and we promise you we will get better. There is a benefit to this more relaxed style as it does allow for more spontaneity when something unexpectedly presents itself. Such is the case this week. We will be trying the Kings of Prohibition Australian red wine blend from Trader Joe’s, which just recently hit the shelves. It is a blend of Cabernet and Shiraz from the Barossa Valley and it comes in a cool looking bottle with a nice backstory and tie in to the effects of prohibition around the world.  What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Wednesday
    Aug152018

    Give It A Shot - Ruggero Di Bardo Susumaniello

    Hello wine lovers and welcome to the second installment of “Wines Andrew Has Never Heard Of.” Upon further review, this indeed IS a wine that Andrew has never had before. The wine we are trying this week is the Ruggero di Bardo Susumaniello. The wine is made from 100% Susumaniello grapes from the Puglia region of Italy (the heel of the boot). Without further adieu, if you are ready to see what we thought of this wine, just say the word...Susumaniello, that is.  What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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