Spotlight On: Wino Sapien

In the second post in my series of “Wine Blogs Spotlight,” I bring you a blog from Down Under, Wino Sapien out of Australia.  Now, based on my own statistics counters I use here, I know that people tend to click out to the blogs on the top of my blogroll.  Lesson: Don’t name your blog with a “w”….uh, guess I should have taken my own advice!  And it’s a shame more folks don’t click on the wine blogs toward the bottom of my list as some great ones hang out down there.  Like Wino Sapien.

Written by Edward, who is also a doctor in Australia, Wino Sapien features wines that make me drool.  Many aren’t available here in the US, but I do keep my eye out when he mentions a particularly delicious sounding wine!  Edward manages to strike a great balance between wine reviews, recipies, restaurants, and more.  Wino Sapien also has fantastic photography of the wines as well as other images….just a few days ago Edward posted a great picture of a Kangaroo.  It seems to odd to me that Kangaroos just hang out in yards….but I guess they must be kind of like deer here!

Wino Sapien turned three the other day, and I’ve been reading almost the whole time Edward has been writing.  You should too.  Hop on over to Wino Sapien and check it out, subscribe to the feed, and enjoy!


Same Wine, New Vintage

I know I’ve mentioned many times that the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc is among the staple everyday wines in my house.  It is always consistent and represents and excellent value.  I’ve never been disappointed in it, and will continue to seek it out as one of my house whites.  So when I saw the new vintage on sale at Costco, I had to grab some! We drank it the other night with one of our Friday fish meals for Lent. The 2008 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc retails for $14.99 at Costco, had a screw cap closure, and clocked in at 13% alcohol by volume.

On the nose I found grapefruit, gooseberries, lime, tropical notes, and stones.  I wrote in my notes that the wine smelled “tart.”  In the mouth I got flavors of lime, grapefruit, passion fruit, lemon, and fresh lime.  I’ve never tasted a wine before that was quite so limey.  I found the wine to be nicely acidic, but not mouth puckering.  A value for sure!