It’s Back! It’s Back! It’s Back!

Well, actually, if I want to be precise, two things that are great in the wine blog world are back.  wbw-new1

My friend Tim, one of the original wine bloggers, is back in the game.  And he has brought with him the latest iteration of WBW — that’s Wine Blogging Wednesday for you newbs.  Back in the day, WBW happened once a month, every month. It slowly faded out in its 5th year, came back for a short revival, and then disappeared again. I’ve hosted it myself here on Wannabe Wino a couple of times, and regularly participated from the time I started the blog until it went away.

I last participated for WBW #71 – apparently the last time WBW was reincarnated, also by Tim. Let’s hope it sticks for longer this time. I see I missed 8 other WBWs between 2011 and now, though I can’t see how I managed that, it happened. Some of my favorite posts on my blog have come from WBW, one in particular that always sticks out in my mind was this one from WBW 57 (::pours one out for Jeff of Good Grape). It really tells my story and I think is some of my best work, if I’m being honest.

Back to the task at hand. Tim has tasked us with choosing  a dry rosé with which to celebrate the best of summer for WBW #80. Entries are due by August 14. You put your post up on your blog and then meander over to Tim’s post on Winecast and leave your link with your interpretation of the theme. Tim will round up all the posts for the month on his blog, linking back to your post. Then, the next theme will appear on the blog of the next host.

Got it? Good. If you’re newish to wine blogging, and haven’t participated before, seize the opportunity to jump headfirst into our crazy wine-soaked community. Perhaps this will be the real revival of WBW. I certainly hope so.


Chill in NZ?

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

Yes, please.  Brancott Estate out of New Zealand is currently running a contest to enter to win a trip for two to New Zealand. Head on over to Facebook to enter for your chance to win.  The contest runs through August 31.  I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand, ever since I did my very first term paper on New Zealand culture in my 7th grade language arts class. Attempting to promote the contest and, of course, the wine, a bottle of the 2012 Brancott Sauvignon Blanc arrived on my porch recently. The wine retails for about $9-$10 depending on your market, sports a screw cap closure, and Mr. Wannabe Wino recycled the bottle before I could record the alcohol content.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) A bottle of the Brancott Sauvignon Blanc usually makes it into my 12 under $12 cases at the Total Wine.

2.) I often serve the Brancott (though not this vintage) at parties and our guests guzzle it.

3.) This particular vintage wasn’t my favorite of the ones I’ve had from Brancott, it had too much green pepper and even jalapeño on the nose.

4.) The pepper followed through to the palate for me and I just couldn’t get past it.

On the nose I found lime, grass, lots of green pepper, melon, tropical notes, and jalapeño. On the palate I got more peppers, lime, lemon, pink grapefruit, and slight tropical notes. While the palate showed tons of citrus, the pepper just threw me for a loop and I couldn’t get into this wine.