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    Entries in Wine (68)

    Wednesday
    Jul252012

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - 2011 Cloud Break Pinot Noir

    Can a $7.99 Pinot Noir be any good?  That's what we will explore today on the show as we taste the 2011 Cloud Break Pinot Noir.  For myself it is rare to find a Pinot Noir of any quality for less than one or two Coppolas.  Once you watch the video that last sentence will make complete sense.  You can find just about any style of wine under the Cloud Break label.  I guess it shouldn't be any surprise that they are all priced at $7.99 as well.  Look for more from this label in the future as long as this one doesn't disappoint.  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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    Tasting Notes - 2011 Cloud Break Pinot Noir

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    Thursday
    Jun282012

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's 2011 Petit Reserve Rose

    Continuing with our theme this week of rose wines or more specifically rose wines from Trader Joe's, we have another vintage from 2011.  The Petit Reserve is a blend comprised of grapes from Napa Valley.  It's available in limited quantities for $5.99.  At the end of the video we will also discuss how it compares to the rose we had earlier in the week.  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 2011 Petit Reserve Rose

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    Tuesday
    Jun262012

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - Trader Joe's 2011 Josefina Syrah Rose

    Just passing the longest day of the year and being in the thick of summer, we thought it would be a good idea to enjoy some wine appropriate for the season.  Today we have the 2011 Josefina Syrah Rose from Trader Joe's.  This style usually comes with the stigma of being very sweet and not for "real" wine drinkers.  That has changed in the last several years as more and more winemakers are seizing the opportunity to make something light and refreshing while still retaining some complexity.  Will this value rose rise to the occasion?  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 2011 Josefina Syrah Rose

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    Thursday
    May102012

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

    It is time once again for our "Give It A Shot" podcast where we share with you, our valued listener, something we discovered that needs to be shared immediately.  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.  Switching hemispheres and styles for the show today we head down to New Zealand.  Specifically the Marlborough region for the Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2010.  Our first experience with this winemaker was with their Sauvignon Blanc which if you haven't had it, is very good and not to be missed.  Obviously these are different grapes varieties, but coming from the same region it will be interesting to see if any similar terroir comes through on the palate.

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    Tasting Notes - Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

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    Tuesday
    May082012

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - Badet Clement Co Revelation Chardonnay 2010

    It is time once again for our "Give It A Shot" podcast where we share with you, our valued listener, something we discovered that needs to be shared immediately.  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.  Choosing not to commit a faux pas by having an imported wine week without something from France, we decided to begin there.  Today we have the Badet Clement Revelation Chardonnay 2010.  Available exclusively at Trader Joe's, this wine is designated as Vin de Pays d'Oc or "wines of the country".  At a Fearless Flyer price of $4.99, it's time to find out if this wine has flavors worthy of being labeled a Revelation.

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    Tasting Notes - Badet Clement Co Revelation Chardonnay 2010

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    Tuesday
    Apr242012

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - Oak Ridge Winery Three Girls Cabernet 2010

    It is time once again for our "Give It A Shot" podcast where we share with you, our valued listener, something we discovered that needs to be shared immediately.  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.  The answer to a trivia question you never thought would be asked, "What is the oldest operating winery in Lodi, California?"  Oak Ridge Winery is the answer and they just so happen to have a wine at our tasting table today.  Their 3 Girls Cabernet Sauvignon is only one of over a dozen different brands this family owned and operated winery produces.  Whenever I see wines from Lodi I can't help but think of the song by Creedence Clearwater Revival.  As a preemptive strike against the next question, yes you may hear that song in the video. 

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    Tasting Notes - Oak Ridge Winery Three Girls Cabernet 2010

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    Tuesday
    Mar272012

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - 2010 Alamos Torrontes (Video)

    It is time once again for our "Give It A Shot" podcast where we share with you, our valued listener, something we discovered that needs to be shared immediately.  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.  I know this is not the consensus of most people who live in Arizona, but it is getting too warm too early.  Temperatures are already in the mid 80s and it feels like fall just ended.  Yes I said fall.  We don't have winter.  What we do have with these increasing temperatures is an excuse to find a white wine that will work well with these warmer days.  The 2010 Alamos Torrontes is our first attempt through video this year to find that wine.  Purchased at Trader Joe's, but not exclusive to them, this grape variety hails from Argentina and like most grapes has the capability for high quality in the right hands.  We shall find out.

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    Tasting Notes - 2010 Alamos Torrontes

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    Tuesday
    Nov222011

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - Coronado Vineyards 2009 Syrah & Vinturi Wine Aerator

    It is time once again for our "Give It A Shot" podcast where we share with you, our valued listener, something we discovered that needs to be shared immediately.  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.  Looking for a wine to take to a Thanksgiving dinner?  This 2009 Syrah from Coronado Vineyards that we will be tasting on the podcast may be just right.  My family and I (Andrew) recently took a trip down to Wilcox where the winery is located.  We had a very enjoyable time in their tasting room trying the many varieties they produce.  Also on the show today we will be trying the Vinturi Wine Aerator.  This device is used to introduce the right amount of air, like decanting, allowing the wine to open up to its full potential.  We shall see.

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    Tasting Notes - Coronado Vineyards 2009 Syrah

    Vinturi Wine Aerator

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