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    Entries in Wine (64)

    Monday
    Feb212011

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Episode 22 - Red Table Wines & Port from Portugal

    Welcome to episode 22 of the AboutBeverages.com Podcast!  In this episode we will be exploring the country of Portugal via our palates and trying two red table wines and two ports.  This is an idea that had been in the works for quite some time and we're glad it has finally come together.  The two red wines we will be trying are a 2008 Villa Regila and a 2008 Vinzelo both from the Douro region in Portugal.  Another fun fact is the Douro region is centered around the Douro River and yes, I just won the award for the most use of the word Douro in two consecutive sentences.  For the port portion of the podcast, we will be trying a Quarles Harris 2005 Porto Late Bottled Vintage and a Dow's 10 Year Aged Tawny Porto bottled in 2008.

    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!

    Link Lounge

    Here are the links to the things we talked about during the podcast.  We were only able to find websites for the two ports we tried.  If you are interested, the Vinzelo was purchased at Trader Joe's and the Vila Regia was purchased at Total Wine.

    Tasting Notes - Two Red Table Wines & Two Ports

    History of Port

    Styles of Port

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    Monday
    Jan242011

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - 2009 Benefactor Cellars Red Wine

    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" please don't hesitate to contact us.  If you want to bend our ear you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com  or have a seat at The Round Table and start a discussion in our forums.  On the show today we will be trying a very limited release wine from Trader Joe's.  It's a 2009 Benefactor Cellars Red Wine.  The label on the front looks like something from Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and at price of $4.99, we just had to try it.  Also, when we say limited release, we mean it.  When the stores are out, they're out.  So go get one and try it along with us.

    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!

    Link Lounge

    Here are the links to the things we talked about during the podcast.

    Tasting Notes - 2009 Benefactor Cellars Red Wine (Trader Joe's)

    Carignan (Grape Varietal)

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    Monday
    Jan102011

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Rough Draughts - Final Goodbye to 2010

    With 2010 only one week in the rear view mirror we thought it appropriate to do a little clean up of the cutting room floor with this edition of "Rough Draughts".  It's a compilation of outtakes from our last several full length podcasts and "Give It A Shot" shows as well.  All of these bits are simply humorous and are meant for nothing more than to put a smile on your face.  This tiny "sip" of a podcast should help to tide you over until our next "Give It A Shot" featuring the Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron Brown Ale.

    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
    Nov222010

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - Blue Cheese with Three Arizona Wines

    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" please don't hesitate to contact us.  If you want to bend our ear you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com  or have a seat at The Round Table and start a discussion in our forums.  Last Monday in episode 21 of the podcast we tasted three red wines from Arizona.  They were all quite good, but we wondered how they would pair with some blue cheese that we had on hand.  Never to turn our backs on a challenge, we went through and tasted all of the wines again to see what paired best and how the flavors made have changed with this food addition.  Since we didn't want the other podcast to run long we decided to do this "Give It A Shot" focusing on just this part of the tasting.

    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 - Three Arizona Wines

    Arizona Wine Growers Association

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    Monday
    Nov152010

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Episode 21 - Three Arizona Wines

    Welcome to episode 21 of the AboutBeverages.com Podcast!  With the holiday season in full swing we thought it appropriate to do a wine podcast.  To narrow the field a bit we decided to look within our own home state and choose only wines made right here in Arizona.  In our knowledge segment we will discuss some of the varieties of grapes that work well in this climate and just how many wineries there are in Arizona.  After this discussion we head off to the tasting room to try three wines.  The wines we will be tasting are the 2007 Sangiovese from Sonoita Vineyards, the 2007 Dos Cabezas Wineworks Red, and the 2007 Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards Three Sisters Syrah.  The fact that all of these wines are 2007 vintages is a complete coincidence.

    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 - Three Arizona Wines

    Arizona Wine Growers Association

     

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    Thursday
    Oct212010

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - 2009 Yellow Tail Shiraz

    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" please don't hesitate to contact us.  If you want to bend our ear you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com  or have a seat at The Round Table and start a discussion in our forums.  Taking a small break from our fall seasonal beers, we decided to throw in a wine that is the very definition of mass market.  It's the 2009 Yellow Tail Shiraz and it can be found anywhere wine is sold.  Seriously.  In general, this brand is so popular that if go to a store that only sells beer, they will still have this wine.  Does all of this mean that it's any good?  We shall find out.

    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!

    Link Lounge

    Here are the links to the things we talked about in our podcast.

    Tasting Notes - 2009 Yellow Tail Shiraz

     

    

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    Tuesday
    Oct122010

    Keith's "I'm Just Saying..." Blog - The Wine of the Season

    As you have probably figured out by now, I really do enjoy beverages of all kinds.  My appreciation has always existed somewhere just below the surface of my consciousness and was most definitely coaxed out when I began to work in coffee.  It was during my tenure at Arbuckle Coffee while under the tutelage of owner and coffee maven Denney Willis that I began to understand just how many flavors, tastes, and aromas that the palate and olfactory senses are capable of detecting.  This started on me on a path where I was no longer drinking, but savoring, every beverage that I put in my mouth.  It is a blessing and a curse (mostly a blessing) that whenever I drink something, I now analyze its every facet.  It has also been brought to my attention that on numerous occasions I still draw in air-alright call it what it is, I slurp-many of the things that I drink in order to fully reveal all that the beverage has to offer.  After having discovered so many new flavors and aromas while subjecting my drinks to this scrutiny, I honestly can say that I would not have it any other way.

    One of the beverages that I enjoy is wine.  As far as the world of wine goes, I have only scratched the surface of what there is to learn.  Fortunately, I am a willing student and I am going to continue to search out new wines and the people who can teach me about them.  One thing that I have learned in regards to myself and wine is that for the most part, I am a “seasonal” wine drinker.  What I mean by that is that I find myself leaning more toward white wines or roses in summer, and red wines in winter.  The explanation for this seems fairly straight forward to me and goes as follows.

    White wines are generally served either chilled or with a slight chill to them.  This may seem obvious, but in this cooler state, they certainly help to fend off some of the heat of summer.  In addition, when it is warm outside, the type of food that we eat changes and most white wines lend themselves to this style of cuisine.  Conversely, when it is colder outside, it is nice to have a glass of red wine close by helping to warm the body and spirit.  Red wines, in general, also pair better with the heavier, richer soups, stews, and heartier dishes associated with winter.

    I am by no means saying that I do not enjoy red wines in summer or white wines in winter.  Far from it.  One of the best experiences I had recently was enjoying a glass of Montepulciano in early August at an Italian restaurant while we visited some family in California.  Conversely, I am sure that I will enjoy some white wines during the winter, most notably, with Thanksgiving dinner.  Here in Arizona, we do not get a real severe winter season, which further clouds the seasonal distinction and makes it a little more difficult to sort this out.  However, more often than not, my tendencies seem to follow the afore-mentioned pattern.

    I guess I’m Just Saying that this is something that I have noticed about myself.  What patterns have you noticed about yourself?  Post a comment to this entry or start a discussion in our Round Table.  Thanks again for being a part of AboutBeverages.com and I look forward to hearing from you!

    Keith

    Monday
    Oct112010

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - 2008 Kaiken Malbec

    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" please don't hesitate to contact us.  If you want to bend our ear you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com  or have a seat at The Round Table and start a discussion in our forums.  In this podcast, we will be trying a red wine grape not yet explored on any of our previous podcasts.  The grape is Malbec and this one is a 2008 from Kaiken, a winery in Argentina. Malbec is traditionally one of the Bordeaux grape varietals, but also does well in the warm climate of Argentina.  We are not "Malbexperts," but we are looking forward to trying this wine and sharing our impressions with you. 

    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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    Here are the links to the things we talked about during the podcast.

    Tasting Notes - 2008 Kaiken Malbec

     

    

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