Beaujolais Nouveau day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine's grapes have been harvested. This Beaujolais is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France.

This "Beaujolais Day" is accompanied by publicity events and heavy advertising. The traditional slogan, even in English-speaking countries, was "Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!" (literally, "The new Beaujolais has arrived!"), but in 2005 this was changed to "It's Beaujolais Nouveau Time!". In the United States, it is promoted as a drink for Thanksgiving, which always falls exactly one week after the wine is released (on the fourth Thursday of November). Many producers release the nouveau with colourful or abstract design that changes every year, usually as an evolution from the previous year's design. Duboeuf has silk ties made each year with their label's abstract design, and releases them through select wholesalers and distributors

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Characteristic - This VALCKENBERG GEWÜRZTRAMINER is a full-bodied, off-dry white with a lovely aroma of roses, followed by flavors of ripe peaches and litchi on the palate. The finish offers signature “gewürz” notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. Perfect with patés, hearty cheeses or fruity dessert. Delicious simply on its own.

"While the nose is a touch herbaceous, there's plenty of varietal characteristic to celebrate in this fresh, blossomy Gewürztraminer. Green melon and peach flavors are brightened by a lemony squirt and delicate lace of sweetness on the finish."

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August 11, 2017

Four Vines Zinfandel Review

This beautiful wine has aromas as ripe as dried figs, flavors as deep as blackberries falling off the vine.  Four Vines Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel: big berry flavors, a hefty dusting of spice and zesty pepper are this Zin’s calling cards. 

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Ruby red color with gold trim. Bright and deep. Complex aromas. Great balance between fruit (cherries, black plums, ripe blackberries) and clear tones from wood (clove, pepper, vanilla and coconut). The sense of smell is even more intensified with the aromas that develop during aging in bottle. Smooth and balanced on the palate with a long and flavorful finish

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Alsace, France- Typical nose, expressive with apricot and mirabelle  A nose of lemon and bright citrus hints at the promise of something enticing, and it doesn't disappoint. Flavors of golden apple, Asian pear & grapefruit with a subtle note of smoke makes this a winner A mouth with a beautiful structure.

It can be served as aperitif or completes perfectly with salads and white meats like poultry and veal.

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Simpler Wines combines the convenience of a can with a delightfully, Italian vino frizzante (sparkling wine). In Simpler Wines White, notes of juicy honeydew and fresh cut herbs provide sweet sippability, complementing such savory pairings as fresh bread & olives or Parmigiano Reggiano. The elegant, mineral notes and red fruit flavors of Simpler Wines Rosé are a natural fit for fresh pasta, seafood or sweets.

This wine isn't anything I would normally drink but the hoopla about it in Trader Joe's made me seek it out and give it a taste.  I actually drunk it and tried my best to pull out what I thought would be some kind of flavor.  Not quality, not aromas or real taste.  But a fair shot with this tasting.  

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Charles Shaw is a brand of "extreme value", bargain-priced wine. ... These wines were introduced at Trader Joe's grocery stores in California at a price of $1.99 per bottle, earning the wines the nickname "Two Buck Chuck" and eventually sold 800 million bottles

Bright medium dusty garnet color. Bright, funky, fruity earthy toasty aromas of plums, black currants, toffee, and planked cedar with a crisp, dry full body and a warming, subtle, easy finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak

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June 16, 2017

Armeli Pinot Grigio

Geographic Area:                          Veneto                            
Grapes:                                        100% Pinot Grigio          
Alcohol Content:                           12% Vol.                        

Vinification:      Soft pressing with must fermentation at controlled temperature.
Colour:             Straw yellow in colour with light golden hues.
Bouquet:          Fruity, fresh and elegant.

Taste: Tasty, citrusy, fresh.
A straightforward weekday white for chicken, fish, pastas tossed in olive oil and most appetizers. Tangy notes of citrus, white crunchy fruit, spring flowers and almonds. The palate is fresh with a creamy edge and lively crisp fruits. Solid value, refreshing and simply tasty.

I am here for the WWDC 2017 for Apple and we are visiting Vin Santo restaurante in San Jose Ca. Tuesday was the $1 oysters and 1/2 off wine bottles, so we stopped in for dinner. Here I have my taste of this interesting Pinot Grigio.

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This second installment of Urban Wine Life from the Robertson Winery.  I try a $6.99 Robertson Winery  Sauvignon Blanc.  This is a South African wine that normally shows up pretty well (reference the Chenin Blancs and Chardonnays) During this episode, I try this South African Sauvignon Blanc and sadly compare it to the best regions for this grape such as  Oregon State and New Zealand. Here are the notes.

Full bodied with powerful varietal flavours of bell-pepper, green apple and freshly cut grass. Good structure with lovely balancing acidity. Enjoy now with seafood, smoked salmon, roast chicken and pork

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Today I open up my lovely bottle of Auslese for a dish with Seasoned chicken breast, Brussels sprouts, cranberries and a side of mashed sweet potatoes.  Being a lover of Riesling, this food pairing was perfect for this dish I had for dinner with a slightly sweet wine that would compliment this meal very well.  I was not disappointed.  With this podcast, I speak to a little history of one of the most noblest and respected grapes on earth.

Tasting Notes
​​​​​​​Sweet, Citrus, Peach, Medium-bodied Piesport, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany produced from very ripe grapes grown in the prestigious Mosel region, this wine possesses a wonderful bouquet of fruits and well-defined, vibrant flavors. It has a finish which goes on and on. Enjoy with fish, fruits, or cheese

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