Chardonnay with a Cause

Mr. Wannabe Wino has been taking my photos for me…

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery.

I have a soft spot for wine with a cause, I must admit. And this one comes with the face of a particularly cute puppy adopted by the family that makes the wine. The wine also bears his name, Baron Cooper.  I’ve written about wines with a cause several times over the years and am also happy to discover additional bottles. Tonight I tried the 2013 Baron Cooper Chardonnay from Santa Rose, which retails for $24, clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, and sports a plastic closure.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) The flavors on this Chardonnay took me straight to fall: apple, spice, nuts and pie.

2.) 5% of the sales from all Baron Cooper wines go to Best Friends Animal Society in honor of Baron Cooper, an organization dedicated to no-kill animal shelters.

3.) The wine displayed great acidity on the finish, holding together the toast and oak nicely.

4.) I’m going to start recommending wines for your Thanksgiving early, and this will be among the ones I would be happy to put on my table.

On the nose of the wine I found apple, oak, pear, spice, pie, and nuts. In the mouth I got pear, apple, toast, and spice. The body was lighter than I expected from the nose and the acidity supported the wine through a refreshing finish.

Chardonnay with a Cause

Mr. Wannabe Wino has been taking my photos for me…

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery.

I have a soft spot for wine with a cause, I must admit. And this one comes with the face of a particularly cute puppy adopted by the family that makes the wine. The wine also bears his name, Baron Cooper.  I’ve written about wines with a cause several times over the years and am also happy to discover additional bottles. Tonight I tried the 2013 Baron Cooper Chardonnay from Santa Rose, which retails for $24, clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, and sports a plastic closure.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) The flavors on this Chardonnay took me straight to fall: apple, spice, nuts and pie.

2.) 5% of the sales from all Baron Cooper wines go to Best Friends Animal Society in honor of Baron Cooper, an organization dedicated to no-kill animal shelters.

3.) The wine displayed great acidity on the finish, holding together the toast and oak nicely.

4.) I’m going to start recommending wines for your Thanksgiving early, and this will be among the ones I would be happy to put on my table.

On the nose of the wine I found apple, oak, pear, spice, pie, and nuts. In the mouth I got pear, apple, toast, and spice. The body was lighter than I expected from the nose and the acidity supported the wine through a refreshing finish.

Brazilian Brut

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR firm for the winery.

I always get excited when I get an email offering me an out of the ordinary wine to taste.  When I saw the email from the PR folks for Salton, I couldn’t pass up the chance to try more wines from Brazil.  I first encountered wine from Brazil in NYC at a Snooth tasting 2 years ago, where I got to enjoy them for breakfast.  That day, I actually picked a wine from Salton as one of my top wines of the tasting.  Tonight I tried another wine from the company, the Salton Intenso Brut.  The Salton Brut sports a traditional Champagne closure, clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $15.Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) Sparkling wine at a steal. Stock up and serve it to your happy guests in the backyard all summer long.

2.) DC is a swamp, minus alligators. The Salton Brut made me momentarily forget the humidity and the mosquitoes with how refreshing I found it.

3.) I wish it were easier to find wines from Brazil in the US.  The ones I’ve tried have left me wanting more, but it doesn’t seem there’s much market saturation.

4.) The Salton Brut is a great every day sparkler for a reasonable price, something for which I am always keeping my out.

On the nose I found pears, almonds, wax, and herbs.  In the mouth I got pear, herbs, and apples. Overall I found it to finish with good acidity and crisp structure. The Salton had a spicy note the I really enjoyed.  The Chardonnay/Riesling blend is an interesting choice for a sparkling wine.

…Or Sparkle That Way

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from J Vineyards.

Apparently this review is quite timely given the announcement this week of the sale of the J brand to Gallo. Only time will tell what that will mean for the future of the brand. As for today’s wine, we have the J Cuvee 20. The Cuvee 20 is a non vintage (NV) blend made mostly of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with a touch of Pinot Meunier.  The wine has a traditional Champagne closure, retails for around $28, and sports an alcohol content of 12.5%.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) The J Cuvee 20 is a solid sparkler for the money/ I’ve seen it online for as little as $20 a bottle, which is a steal and makes this a great mid-week sparkler. At closer to $28 I’d probably save it for Friday after our kid goes to bed!

2.) I really wanted something hot and salty to munch on with the wine. I was dreaming of the truffle and parm fries from the Healdsburg Bar and Grill as I sipped.

3.) I really liked the yeast and pear notes on the nose of the J Cuvee 20.

4.)  While great for sipping on its own, I think the J Cuvee 20 would lend itself well to your next cheese tray.

On the nose I found green apple, bread, yeast, lemon, and pear. In the mouth got more apple, pear, lemon, and lemon zest along with some toast and vanilla notes. The bubbles were persistent and the wine changed nicely from tart up front to smoother mid-palate.

 

 

I’m still alive!

Despite evidence to the contrary, I am still alive.

Life often finds a way to interrupt my fun pursuits, though usually not for this long. I’ve had a long sickly winter where wine has not been at the top of my mind.

Back tomorrow to our regularly scheduled wine tasting. I have lots of spring wines to tell you about and some great reds that I tasted before my first respiratory infection of the winter knocked me down. Stay tuned!

Sparkle This Way….

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery.

Sleigh bells ring, snow is glistening and all I can dream about is sparkling wine in my glass. Much to my wondrous eyes did appear a box full of J Vineyards holiday cheer. Enough with my mixing of Christmas songs and tales and onto the wine. I couldn’t help but bust open the J Brut Rose almost as soon as it arrived.  The J clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, has a traditional Champagne closure, and retails from the winery for $38, though I see it around the internet for less.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) I could drink it by the case and never tire of the J Brut Rose.

2.) I’m bringing some to my Christmas feast this year, I suggest you do the same.

3.) The color on the rose is gorgeous. I had to tear myself away so Mr. Wannabe Wino didn’t steal all the bubbles.

4.) If the color doesn’t win you over, the racy citrus backbone and perfumey nose will seal the deal.

On the nose I found orange zest, raspberry, strawberry, an an almost apricot note. In the mouth I got tart berries, raspberry, and a racy citrus backbone.  The nose of the wine was fantastically full of citrus and berry perfume and the mouth had lovely little bubbles and excellent acidity. Cheers!

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

What’s on the wine menu at your house today?

The WannabeWinos will choose from: 2 Roses, 1 Sancerre, 1 Pinot Blanc, 4 Gruner Veltliners, 3 Pinot Noirs, 2 Cabernet Francs, 1 Grenache, 1 Sauternes, 1 Tokaji and one Viognier blend dessert wine.

Gobble Gobble!

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