The Wine in My Glass

March 28, 2015

I’ve been drinking a lot of my wine out of tumblers these days…

Case in point.

For me, the tumbler represents a relaxed vibe.

Yes.  I know that there is a difference in your abilities to perceive aromas and flavors when drinking vessels are switched up, but sometimes wine ain’t about all that.

Sometimes you just want to sit back on your patio with some good food, wine, and company… and just enjoy the moment.

Ferrari-Carano 2013 Fume Blanc

Ferrari-Carano 2013 Fume Blanc

Thank you for the food, Safeway.

Thank you for the wine, Ferrari-Carano.

Thank you, Parker, for going to bed early so your mom and I could enjoy this beautiful evening.

Tumble on, baby.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

 What’s your spring time patio wine?  Who are you sharing it with?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Bedrocking the Podcast and Tacos

March 13, 2015

Every week, when Jim, John, Jeff (the other Jeff), and I sit down to record the We Like Drinking Podcast, we each bring a different beer or wine to taste during the show.

Typically, I grab some random wine from my cabinet, or pick up a beer from the store on my way home…

I rarely put much thought into what I’m gonna be tasting.

This week was different…

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Bedrock Wine Co. 2011 Griffin’s Lair Vineyard Syrah

This week, we had our first guest on the podcast… The incomparable Martin “One Take” Redmond of Enofylz Wine Blog.

Not only is he one of the best wine bloggers in the game today, but he is also one of the nicest guys in the world of wine.  A few years back, when I mentioned to him that I had an interest in Bedrock Wine Co., Martin helped me get my hands on this bottle of their 2011 Griffin’s Lair Vineyard Syrah (a mailing list only wine).

So…

When Martin agreed to be our first guest on the podcast, I found it only fitting to open this bottle.

Griffin’s Lair Vineyard is in the Petaluma Wind Gap, a cool-climate region of Sonoma County.  This Syrah is co-fermented with 11% Viognier, which gives this spicy and lush wine an awesome, floral nose.

Those who have been listening to the podcast should also be jazzed to know that Bedrock Wine Co. does not put capsules on their wine bottles.

Also, this wine goes great with tacos!

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

So…

Don’t be a knucklehead.

Be sure to click this link to listen to this week’s episode of the We Like Drinking Podcast (or search us up on iTunes) with our special guest, Martin Redmond, to hear more about this wine, and everything else fit to talk about in the world of wine.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 158: Getting Horizontal with Merlot

February 28, 2015

In this episode, Jeff tastes two Trader Joe’s 2012 Merlots from two different AVA’s in the Napa Valley…

Wine Tasted:

Trader Joe's 2012 Oakville and Rutherford Grand Reserve Merlot

Trader Joe’s 2012 Oakville and Rutherford Grand Reserve Merlot

One Problem:

The natural cork in this wine was so dry that I could not pierce it with a cork screw.  This is never a good sign.  This would never happen with a screw top or synthetic cork.

The natural cork in this wine was so dry that I could not pierce it with a cork screw. This is never a good sign. This would never happen with a screw top or synthetic cork.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What’s your favorite Napa Valley Merlot?  Why do you still think natural cork is better than synthetic closures?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 157: Jeff and a Brown Bag

February 28, 2015

In this episode, Jeff sits down with a brown bag of wine…

Brown Baggin' It

Brown Baggin’ It

After the Fact: My apologies for calling it “Cantena”.  The name is “Catena”.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What color is #TheDress?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Wine and Hockey Under the Moon

February 22, 2015

So…

Last night, my uncle took me to a hockey game…

There’s nothing really out of the ordinary about that.  My uncle and I have been to a lot of hockey, football, and baseball games together.

What made last night special was that the hockey game, in which my San Jose Sharks hosted the L.A. Kings, was played at Levi’s Stadium, home of my San Francisco 49ers, as part of the NHL Stadium Series.

Here’s what it looked like from our seats…

Levi's Stadium hosting a hockey game

Levi’s Stadium: Home of the Sharks?

Now, look…

I’m not going to get into the details of what happened in the game. Who cares if the stupid Kings won?

This blog is about wine, right?

So here’s what I had for dinner at the game…

Wine and a Frank

Wine and a Frank. One of these things cost $11.

Now, let’s get into this wine…

Fetzer Crimson 2011 Red Blend

Fetzer Crimson 2011 Red Blend

This red blend from Fetzer comes in a 187 ml (just over 6 ounces) Zipz cup.  Perfect for a stadium environment, the individual plastic cup has a resealable lid, so you don’t have to worry about spilling it everywhere when you’re carrying it back to your seat.  It’s $11 at the stadium, and available in stores from $3 – $6.

Now, let’s talk about the juice in the plastic glass…

Color: Dark ruby red.

Nose: Nice!  Notes of cranberry, orange juice, and a little lime zest. On some level, this wine reminds me of a young, thinned out version of a Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

(Side Note: Zipz are filled to the top with wine, if you’re used to sticking your nose in the glass, like I am, you may end up with wine in your nose… like I did.)

Taste: The Fetzer Crimson is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon (along with some other stuff).  It’s very fresh on the palate.  Bright notes of cranberry and raspberry fruit.  There is a nice richness to this wine, though it may, in part, be due the the plastic vessel I drank it from.

Score: Not bad!  This wine is what it is.  A nice, fresh, red wine that comes in a plastic cup.  I can’t really get mad at the $11 price point. You’re never going to find your favorite cult wine in a plastic cup at a hockey game… or if you did, you’d pay through the (wine covered) nose for it.  I’m giving it an 83.

You could do worse…

Much worse…

You could be a Kings fan.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

We want to hear from you.  Let us know how you feel about wine in plastic cups.  Leave your comments below.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 156: How’s Your Vertical?

February 16, 2015

In this episode, Jeff tastes through some samples of Cabernet Franc from Cornerstone Cellars…

Wine Tasted:

Cornerstone Cellars 2011 and 2012 Black Label Cabernet Franc

Cornerstone Cellars 2011 and 2012 Black Label Cabernet Franc

Stay Rad,

Jeff

Cabernet Franc: European or Californian?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 155: Try Fun

February 12, 2015

In this episode, Jeff tries a Sangiovese from the Sierra Foothills…

Wine Tasted:

Tryphon Vineyards 2009 Sierra Foothills Sangiovese

Tryphon Vineyards 2009 Sierra Foothills Sangiovese

Stay Rad,

Jeff

What’s your favorite domestic Sangiovese?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

What’s better than wine? FREE WINE! The Underground Cellar $50 Stay Rad Giveaway starts now…

February 7, 2015

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may have heard mention of Underground Cellar more than a couple of times.  I’ve got a lot of love for them.

Why?

Because, quite honestly, they provide the coolest way to order wines on the entire internet… and the internet is a big place.

When you go to their website, you will see several wine offers (usually in the 20 – 50 dollar price range).  These wines are always changing, but they are always geek-worthy.

Now… Here is where the fun part comes in…

Wines are placed into lots.  The price listed is actually for the cheapest wine in the lot.  These wines typically make up about 50% of lot.

The rest…

UPGRADES!

Imagine laying down $23 for a very exciting, 2010 Bordeaux, but you have a 52% chance of getting upgraded to one of two Napa Valley Cabernets ($26 and $38), or even better… a 2005 Chateau Brane-Cantenac!  That’s a $100 bottle of wine from one of the most epic vintages of Bordeaux ever!  Your boy, Robert Parker, gave this wine a 95!

Note: This is a current offer, as of 2/7/2015, that may not be available by the time the contest ends, but there are similar offers on Underground Cellar all the time.

Basically, buying wine from the Underground Cellar brings all the excitement of gambling, without any of the regret… ‘Cause whether you were upgraded or not, you’re still coming home with a great bottle of wine.

That’s why it is my esteemed pleasure to announce this contest…

The Underground Cellar and Stay Rad Wine Blog $50 Gift Card Giveaway!  Try saying that 5 times real fast!

The Underground Cellar and Stay Rad Wine Blog $50 Gift Card Giveaway! Try saying that 5 times real fast!

That’s right!

Just because I like you guys so much, I procured you a chance to wine $50 to the coolest way to buy wine on the internet!

All you have to do is click the image above (or follow the link right here), enter your info, and you’re good.

The contest runs through Valentine’s Day (That’s February 14th, foo!), and you must be a resident of the United States of America (Sorry Central Otagans and Canadians) and at least 21 years old to enter.

Well…

What are you waiting for?

Go get you some free wine!

Stay Rad,

Jeff

Do you typically buy wine online?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 154: Soul Fight

January 30, 2015

In this episode, Jeff samples a product which claims to remove sulfites from wine on a killer sample of some Finger Lakes Riesling.  Watch all the way to the end of the show to learn how to get yourself some FREE STUFF…

Wine Tasted:

Villa Bellangelo 1866 Reserve 2012 Riesling with Just the Wine sulfite drops

Villa Bellangelo 1866 Reserve 2012 Riesling with Just the Wine sulfite drops

Stay Rad,

Jeff

 To get yourself in the running to get a sample of Just the Wine, leave a comment, letting us know how long you have been a follower of StayRadWineBlog.com, a Stay Rad Wine Blog TV watcher, or a listener of the We Like Drinking Podcast.  We’d love to hear from you.

Wine from North Carolina: A We Like Drinking Podcast Exclusive

January 29, 2015

Every Wednesday night, when I get together with my friends from We Like Drinking via Google+ to record the We Like Drinking Podcast, each member of the squad spends a little time talking about the drink that is in their glass at that moment.

This week, I broke into a really special wine that I’ve been sitting on for a while…

But it had to be done…

This week, it was reported that Police recovered almost all of the 76 bottles (worth an estimated $300,000) stolen from French Laundry on Christmas day.  Police recovered the wine from a private wine cellar in North Carolina.

In honor of the the good guys saving the day for all high-end food and luxury wine aficionados out there, I found just the wine to drink…

Biltmore Reserve 2011 North Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon.  What?  You thought I was going to pop open some DRC?  You crazy!

Biltmore Reserve 2011 North Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon. What? You thought I was going to pop open some Screaming Eagle or DRC? You crazy!

This North Carolina Cabernet was a gift from my sister, who visited the Biltmore Estate a few years back.  If you’d like to hear my exclusive take on this particular wine, check out the beginning of this weeks episode of the We Like Drinking Podcast.

You can stream the episode here, or search it up on iTunes under “We Like Drinking Podcast” (you may as well subscribe while you’re there).  We’d love to get your feedback in the comments here, on Twitter (#WeLikeDrinking), or on the We Like Drinking website.  And… of course, if you like it, tell a friend.

Stay Rad,

Jeff


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