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    Entries in Wine (63)

    Monday
    Aug132018

    Give It A Shot - 2017 Espiral Vinho Verde

    You may have noticed that we did not put out any podcasts last week. At least we hope you noticed. That means that you are following us and that hopefully you are enjoying what we are doing. We took a one week hiatus so that we could cull together some great ideas for future shows and we came up with several! After much discussion, we settled on a winner. As for the other ideas, don’t worry, they will make an appearance in future weeks. The topic we decided on for this weeks shows was “Wines Andrew Has Not Heard Of.” The title doesn’t exactly roll off of the tongue but it is pretty straight forward. The wine featured on this show is the Espiral Vinho Verde. Literally translated as “Green Wine,” the title actually refers to a specific area in Portugal where several types of grape varietals are grown to make this wine.  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. 

    (Full Disclosure: We realized while editing the video that we actually have done this wine on a podcast before, but that was in 2009 and it is only available on audio so that doesn’t count.)

    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
    Jul232018

    Give It A Shot - A to Z Winery Pinot Noir Rosé

    Recently we tried a rose wine that did not leave an indelible impression upon our palates. The previous years version had been quite enjoyable, but the current version could not replicate the gustatory memory as had been hoped. We didn’t want too much time to pass before delving back into the rose section of the wine cellar, so this week we bring you our first attempt at finding “Rose Redemption.” We will be trying a Pinot Noir rose from A to Z Wineworks out of Newberg Oregon. This is the 2016 vintage (the 2017 is out now as well) and was purchased for an amazing price.  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
    Jun052018

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's Big Churn Chardonnay 2016

    Sometimes a thought is kicking around in your head for a while. You can’t quite figure out what it is, but that is alright. Eventually you notice it is not as much kicking as it is swirling.  The swirling eventually changes into a tumbling as the idea becomes something that can now be defined with the written word. As this process churns toward a conclusion it will soon become something that can be shared with whoever may want to listen. In this case, for this weeks podcast, we hope that person listening is you. Today we will be trying the Big Churn Chardonnay from California. This particular Chardonnay is made for those who are fans of the oaky style and we tend to fall into that category. 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
    May142018

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's Typic Rosé

    Did you miss us? At least we didn’t stay away for two years this time. Due to reasons beyond our control, we had to skip a week, but we are back and the first beverage this week we have to share with you will be anything but typical. Or will it? It may not be typical, but it actually will be Typic, Typic rosé wine that is. This is a wine that Keith really enjoyed last year, to the tune of at least 4 bottles, but this is a new year and a new vintage. One never knows what Mother Nature has in store for us from year to year, so continuity is anything but a guarantee. Join us as we delve into this wine for the first time this year to find out if the present reality can match the recollections of the past.  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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    Sunday
    Apr222018

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's Reserve Barossa Shiraz 2016

    Sometimes a beverage comes along that immediately grabs your attention. It could be the latest release from your favorite brewery, a new twist on an old favorite from a trusted distillery, or maybe it is something as simple as the eye catching packaging. This podcast features a wine that made us take immediate notice for two reasons. One, it was made from one of our favorite grapes from a great growing region for this varietal. Two, it is from a trusted source for great wines at value driven prices. The wine we are trying this week is the Trader Joe’s Reserve Shiraz from Barossa in Australia. This bottle would retail from $20-$25 if it wasn’t private labeled exclusively for Trader Joe’s. Listen and drink along with us as we see if this wine has the “legs” to stand on, or at least to cling to the inside of our glasses.  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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    Sunday
    Apr012018

    Give It A Shot - Pacific Grove & Harken Chardonnays

    For this podcast, we present to you a tale of two California chardonnays. We thought it would be fun to compare wines that had quite a bit in common. They are both barrel fermented, both undergo malolactic fermentation, both from Perlier CA, and both are from the 2016 vintage. One big difference that they have is the price, with one of them being $5 more than the other. We invite you to watch as we find out if it was the best of chards or the worst of the chards. Most likely it was somewhere in between, but you never know.  Sit back and watch or listen. 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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    Wednesday
    Apr152015

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's 2013 La Paca Spanish Garnacha 

    With the success of last weeks wine from Trader Joe's, Keith decided we should try another.  Today at the tasting table we have the La Paca Spanish Garnacha.  This particular grape originated in Spain, but goes by Grenache in the other areas where it is cultivated:  Sardinia, the south of France and California's San Joaquin Valley.  Due to it's tolerance for drought/heat and late ripening it has become one of the most widely planted grape varieties in the world.  Typically used as part of red blends such as Rioja and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, aged monovarietal wines can cost anywhere from $30-$60.  Time to taste and see if the $7 La Paca brings our palate a glimpse of all this varietal has to offer.  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
    Apr082015

    Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's Pacific Grove California Chardonnay

    Ripped from the pages of the latest Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer, today at the tasting tables we have the Pacific Grove California Chardonnay.  Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, this wine goes through a very unique process of small batch barrel and malolactic fermentation.  These two processes are more common in red wine making and are normally reserved for higher end wines, but at $5.99 and a Chardonnay this wine is neither.  Time to taste and see if all that work was worthwhile or if these grapes should have stayed on the vine.  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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    Tasting Notes - Trader Joe's Pacific Grove California Chardonnay

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