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    Entries in Wine (68)

    Wednesday
    Jul172019

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's Espiral Vinho Rosé

    This episode brings us the latest installment in Keith’s attempt to find a rose wine that Andrew will truly enjoy. It was actually recommended by a Trader Joe’s regular who really knows what he is talking about when he is talking about wine. Another cool thing about this wine is that we have already had something from this winery that we enjoyed. The beverage we will be trying is the Espiral Vinho Rose, from Portugal. Like the Vinho Verde which we referenced before, it has a slight effervescence when you first pour it that quickly dissipates. 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
    Jun262019

    Give It A Shot - Cooper and Thief Tequila Barrel Aged Sauvignon Blanc

    We did not really plan it at the time, but we now realize that there is a common thread to the two items that we are trying this week. No, we are not trying another Metallica beverage collaboration or something from Stone Brewing. The theme, albeit a loose one, is that both of these beverage purveyors have made previous appearances on our show this year. Metallica made an appearance in March with their Blackened Whiskey and the winery that made this episode’s beverage was featured back in January. On this show we will be trying the Cooper and Thief Tequila Barrel Aged Sauvignon Blanc. This Sauvignon blanc, which also has some other white wines that comprise 22% of the blend, is aged for three months in Casa Noble anejo tequila barrels. Barrel aged anything intrigues us, and this will definitely be a new experience. 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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    Friday
    Jun072019

    Give It A Shot - Adalina Bodegas Verdejo 2017 and 2018

    We have some good news and not as good news for you this week. The not as good news is that we will only have one episode for you to enjoy. The good news is that we will actually try two beverages on that one episode as we will be comparing different vintages of the same wine. The reason we only have one show is because we did a little gaming for the last half of our time live-streaming last week and we enjoyed a Plymouth martini while we did. The martini paired well with our game play, but more importantly, we enjoyed it to toast the memory of our Uncle Joe who passed away last week. We have many wonderful memories of our parents getting together with our Uncle Joe and Aunt Donna. One of our favorites would begin in the late afternoon when it was time to make dinner. They would tell stories, laugh, prepare delicious food and beverages and enjoy every minute of their time together. Kind of like we do here on our shows and podcasts. Who knows, maybe the seeds of our podcast go back even farther than we thought. One of their beverages of choice was a martini, so it seemed most appropriate for us to honor his memory in that way. Now back to the show… 

    This week will be trying the Adalina Spanish Verdejo wine, both the 2017 and 2018 vintages. The wine is 100% Verdejo and while we had heard good things about the 2017 vintage, the reports had been mixed on the 2018. Keith just happened to have a bottle of the 2017 in his fridge, so we thought we would take advantage of this fortuitous event and do a comparison to settle the debate once and for all.  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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    Tuesday
    May142019

    Give It A Shot - De Mont Coteaux Varois en Provence Rosé 2018

    Due to some unfortunate time limitations, we will only have one episode to share with you this week. Next week we should be back to our normal schedule and have the extra content that you have come to expect from us. Even though the quantity is less, we hope that the quality will be more and that it will be worth it for you and for us as we switch gears to wine, and an organic wine to boot. The warm temperatures are already beginning here in the southwest so our thoughts turned to something best served chilled. A Sauvignon blanc or a rose, perhaps. After a little perusing at our local Trader Joe’s, we settled on a rose. The beverage we will be trying on today’s show is the De Mont rose made with organically grown grapes from the Provence region of France. 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
    Apr172019

    Give It A Shot - Chicago Cubs California Red 2015

    Over the years, we have been very fortunate to have been given several beverages for us to try by our friends and people who share our affinity for discovering something new. These beverages have covered just about every type of liquid refreshment that is out there. From sodas to beers to spirits and almost everything in between, we are so grateful for your contributions and we offer our undying thanks. This show brings us another of those generous offerings and if our memories are correct, it could be the first we have received in this particular category; wine. One of Keith’s friends and co-workers, Skip, recently was in California and happened to spot this particular bottle and instantly thought of Keith. Why is that, you may ask? We will let you know that right now as we open the curtain and reveal the item we are trying on this show. We will be trying the Chicago Cubs California Red Blend 2015. All we know from the bottle is that it is made in conjunction with Plata Wines and of course that it looks cool because of the label. The website doesn’t tell us much more other than it is aged in French and American oak. 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
    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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