Are you tired of Sauvignon Blanc yet?

I hope not, because the summer weather is in full swing here and I will be downing bottle upon bottle of the crispest, most refreshing Sauvignon Blanc I can find until at least the end of September…unless of course someone wants to point me in the direction of other really refreshing summer whites! I do occasionally break it up with an Albarino or Viognier, so don’t despair yet!

This bottle was a 2006 Brancott Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand (sensing a pattern in my consumption habits yet?). I picked this bottle up on my recent Total Wine trip for $7.99. Overall, it, like my other Total Wine Sauvignon Blancs, was an excellent value and I would certainly recommend this bottle.

On the nose there were tropical fruits including pineapples and various citrus fruits. I would describe the wine as smelling tart, if you can imagine that. In the mouth the wine was crisp with racing, tongue prickling acidity, just the way I like my Sauvignon Blanc. I found green apples, citrus and pineapple in the mouth.

We drank this on its own after a very long day working on our house. The weather was dripping hot and the wine was the perfect pick-me-up after toiling in the sun all day!

Attack of the Killer Crab Legs Redux!

It is most definitely the season for crab legs, whole she-crabs and other light seafood to match with light summer whites here in VA! We actually went to our first crab-feast of the summer this weekend, thanks to a gracious invite from Leah of DC Gastronome.

The wine I chose to pair with these Snow Crab leg clusters was another bottle I discovered in our move that I purchased from Unwined back in November. The bottle was a Domaine de la Croix Senaillet Vin de Bourgogne Saint Veran. It cost $14.99 and was 13% alcohol by volume.

The nose of this wine was incredibly aromatic, I could smell the citrus as I poured it into my glass! The nose displayed tangerines, mandarins, and white flowers. In the mouth, the citrus flavors can only be described as tangy. Specifically there were oranges and other orange citrus fruits. Additionally, I could find melon, which I thought was cantaloupe. I also noted that the minerality of the wine was excellent and the finish was very long.

A perfect match for our crab dipped in drawn butter and topped with fresh lemon juice. I’m sure we will be enjoying many similar meals as the summer progresses!

They said to throw out pairing rules…

So we drank this 2004 Twisted Oak Silvaspoons Vineyard Petite Sirah with cheeseburgers and Doritos. See, I don’t make gourmet meals all the time!

I got this bottle of Petite Sirah in my latest WineQ shipment, though I’ve been eying it for quite some time now! However, if you want your own bottle, you’d better hurry up and order it, last time I heard El Jefe told us Twisted Oak was nearly sold out, though WineQ had their own personal stock!

The wine. I may be a bit biased as Petite Sirah is one of my absolute favorite wines, but this was simply a delicious bottle of wine, I highly recommend it and if it weren’t for the fact that is absolutely too hot to ship wine to VA at the moment, I would be buying up what I could because I would love to see how this bottle develops in the next 2-5 years.

The wine! It had a real cork closure, was 13.5% alcohol by volume and cost me $23.99 with free shipping from WineQ!

The nose was very aromatic with blueberries, oak, vanilla and cloves as the most prevalent aromas. However, it kept developing as it sat out (and you should let it sit out a bit to aerate before you drink it as it appears to be a really complex wine, in both the mouth and the nose) and I eventually could distinguish nutmeg, allspice and chocolate. In the mouth there were gobs of fresh dark berries, mostly blueberries, though a bit of blackberry with plums as well. The allspice and cloves showed under the fruit and after an hour I found vanilla cream and velvety chocolate.

Overall my impressions of the wine were that it was a dark, juicy wine that stained my lips purple! It needs time to open up, but you will be glad you were patient as the flavors keep appearing and showing a very complex and well-made wine. And it even goes well with Doritos and cheeseburgers!

Apparently I’m that slow kid

who always gets tagged. Actually a fairly accurate description of my childhood, running was not my thing. Technically I wasn’t really allowed to run as I was born with turned in feet and had to have shoes to correct that for the first 8 years of my life. So sports for me as a kid didn’t so much involve tag as they did gymnastics and other activities that would help my form and posture.

Anywho, brings me to me being tagged again in the blogosphere, this time by my friend Bobby of Revellian. Bobby writes an excellent blog that touches on just about every subject imaginable and he is a wonderful writer of poetry and short stories as well as thought-provoking posts on friendship, love, job satisfaction, etc. I’ve been tagged to tell you 8 random facts about myself.

1.) I used to play beer pong with Boone’s Farm apple wine. It was better than the swill that passed as beer in college, if that’s saying anything.

2.) I played the violin for 18 years and once won a fiddling competition.

3.) I’m allergic to cats and think they are evil because I’m convinced they know I’m allergic and purposefully come to jump on me and no one else when I am at a house that has them.

4.) My mother just sent me a picture I drew when I was 7 about what my future would be. It said “When I grow up I will be a lawyer, married and have a fish tank.” Apparently I was a boring child and possessed the ability to see the future. I’m now married, a lawyer, and I have a 10 gallon fish tank with a bunch of fish in it.

5.) I’m a touch obsessed with old Nintendo systems. I still have my NES from when I was a little kid and still play it.

6.) I hate bananas.

7.) My very first job with a paycheck was scooping ice-cream. I didn’t eat ice-cream for a year after working there.

8.) I collect teapots.

So, random enough for you? Apparently I now get to tag 8 other bloggers to tell us 8 random things about themselves.

Let’s go with:
El Jefe of El Bloggo Torcido
Dr. Debs of Good Wine Under $20
Marshall of WineQ
Nate of Vinvenio
Farley of Wine Outlook
Shantanu of Traveller’s Tales
Catie of Through the Walla Walla Grape Vine
Tim of Wine Cast

And just for kicks, me as a kid:

Birds on the Bottle

More Sauvignon Blanc for our hot, sticky weather here in the mid-Atlantic region. I found this bottle of 2006 Fauna Sauvignon Blanc at my recent trip to Total Wine in Alexandria. It had a screw cap, cost $6.99, was 13% alcohol by volume, and hails from Marlborough, New Zealand (my favorite region for Sauvignon Blanc these days.)

I love the label on this one with the pretty bird which I at first thought was a parrot, but now I’m not convinced. In any case, it’s cute. Sometimes I can be a sucker for an animal label. Though this time, the stuff inside was pretty darn tasty.

The nose of this wine was a fruit bowl. I got melons, green apple, gooseberry, and citrus. I would describe the nose as smelling very vibrant and fresh, as if the fruit were just picked and put in my glass.

In the mouth I found mainly green apple and limes. The wine was crisp acidic, but not not tart to the point you pucker. Although the fruit was really pronounced in the mouth and on the nose, the finish was quick and refreshing. I thought this was an excellent buy for the price point and I would definitely get it again. I’ve been very happy with all my Sauvignon Blanc purchased from Total Wine so far.

Back to VA wines

I’m still uncovering wines from our move that I misplaced, if that’s the right word, while living in our apartment. Yes, even though I had entered it into CellarTracker, I still managed to lose track of parts of my stash. It happens when wine lives in every empty nook and corner you have.

Anywho, the wine! The evening’s bottle was a Tarara 2004 Pinot Noir, from Virginia. Somehow we ended up with a quite a few bottles that managed to escape our gullets from our day trip to VA wine country last fall. The wine cost $20, was 13.5% alcohol by volume, and had a real cork closure.

At first on the nose I got candied cherries. After a while they turned into sweet red cherries, which I swear is different than candied cherries (I think I mean marachino cherries) and spicy oak.

In the mouth the wine was smooth, though it had a hint of spice and a bit of a kick in the finish. Oddly enough, the cherries were much tarter in the mouth than on the nose. This is a light-bodied Pinot Noir and overall I would describe it as fruity. A different kind of Pinot Noir than a CA one, but a very nice light summer red overall. I served it with grilled lamb chops, 2 cheese risotto and broccoli. Not the best match, the lamb needed a heavier bodied red.

WBW #35: Passionate Spain

I saw via my Twitter sidebar that Michelle, aka wine-girl, of My Wine Education has announced the next WBW!

In case you are unfamiliar with WBW (Wine Blogging Wednesday) the idea is that once a month, a wine blogger gets together with Lenn, of Lenndevours, the creator of WBW and picks a theme. Then, on the selected Wednesday, lots of wine bloggers and wine lovers raise their glasses to drink a bottle of wine that fits the topic.

In any case, this month’s theme is Passionate Spain. And by that, Michelle means go find a bottle of Spanish wine, preferably under $10, red or white. She says she’ll give us a little leeway with the price, but not too much! Additionally, she’d love for you to seek out lesser known areas of Spain in your hunt!

Report back to Michelle with the details of your wine by July 11! You can find all the specifics here.