Posts Tagged ‘2011’

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 121: Stickybeak!

October 15, 2013

In this episode, Jeff breaks open a sample from Stickybeak

Wine Tasted:

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Stickybeak 2011 Toscana

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Jeff

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Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 117: Talkin’ ‘Bout Solosole

August 22, 2013

In this episode, Jeff talks about this bottle of Vermentino, along with whatever else is on his mind…

Wine Tasted:

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Poggio al Tesoro 2011 Solosole Vermentino

After the Facts:

1. This wine sample was provided by Teuwen Communications.

2. Check out Jeff’s new wine video series, Digging Deep, on UndergroundCellar.com.

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Jeff

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Wine and Tomatoes

August 6, 2013

It’s summertime in California!

With all the delicious, seasonal foods available this time of year, Kara and I have made a habit of hitting up the farmers market as much as possible.  Recently, I’ve been really happy with the quality of tomatoes that we’ve been picking up.

Check out what Kara put together for us last night…

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Heirloom Tomato Salad with Basil and Balsamic Drizzle

To go along with it, I made a far less impressive sandwich…

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Mozzarella and Tomato Panini on Whole Wheat

For such a simple, rustic, and inexpensive summertime meal, I had to pour the perfect wine to go with it…

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Tedeschi 2011 Lucchine Valpolicella Classico

I have been a fan of the wines of Valpolicella for a couple of years now (thanks in large part to Jonny Brandy for telling me to check this region out a while back).  While this area is probably more well-known for its higher-end Amarones and Ripassos, the entry-level Valpolicellas offer a great quality of wine for the price.  I picked up the 2011 Tedeschi at Vintage Wine Merchants in San Jose for only fourteen bucks!

Color: Dark ruby-red.

Nose: While the nose was quite tight when I originally opened the bottle, there were some pretty, woodsy and dark berry notes with subtle hints of bright cranberry.

Taste: This wine is straight earthy!  Tons of soil, forest floor, and crimini mushroom flavors took center stage.  There were nice notes of cranberry fruit on the mid-palate, which gave way to a long, lemony, acidic finish.  As the wine opened up over time, some serious, dark, dried fruits began to take over.

Score: While the wine was a good representation of Valpolicella, it came off as a bit too thin on the mid-palate.  This is a solid 88-pointer that is worth checking out.

Food Pairing: The tomato salad was very fresh and vibrant.  When paired with the wine, I noted a nice expression of cranberry and black pepper flavors.  The buttery and starchy bread from the panini did a good job of highlighting the earthy flavors from the wine.

Do yourself a favor…

Pair yourself a wine with a tomato dish.

You know it’s gotta work…

Tomatoes and wine both come from vines.

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Jeff

What’s your favorite fresh tomato-based dish? What wine would you pair with it? Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 113: F this Pizza

July 24, 2013

In this episode, Jeff pops open another Locations wine with his frozen pizza…

Wine Tasted:

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Locations F-1 French Red Wine

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Jeff

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Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 112: Locations. Locations. Locations.

July 19, 2013

In this episode, Jeff tries a side project from a cult winemaker…

Wine Tasted:

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Locations I-1 Italian Red Wine

After the Fact:

Check out Jeff Eckles’ review of this wine on TheLonelyVine.com.

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Jeff

Have you had any of the Locations wines? How was your experience? Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 111: A Tribunal

July 16, 2013

In this episode, Jeff tries a popular wine from Trader Joe’s…

Wine Tasted:

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Tribunal 2011 North Coast Red Wine

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Jeff

Have you ever had this wine? How was it? Leave a comment, and let us know.

Golly Gee (S.M.)!

July 12, 2013

At this point, we know each other pretty well, right?

So…

What would you say if I told you that I just tasted one of my favorite wines of the year (so far)… and it was only SEVEN DOLLARS?!?!?!?!

First, let me show you what I made for dinner…

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Rosemary Chicken, Mushroom & Bell Pepper Skewers, and Grilled Cabbage Slaw

Now…

After Kara and I picked up most of our ingredients from our local farm stand, we swung by Trader Joe’s to get some organic, free-range chicken breasts.  While browsing the wine aisle to find the perfect pairing, I came across this bad boy…

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Pontificis 2011 Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre

Now…

You know that I am a big fan of Rhone-style wines.

You also know that I’ve been loving the value and quality of wines coming from the Languedoc-Roussillon in Southern France.

So…

When I see a seven dollar Languedoc composed of the popular GSM Rhone blend of Grenache (50%), Syrah (30%), and Mourvedre (20%), you know I’m going to be all over it.

But…

Does it deliver?

Hells to the yeahs, it does!

Note: I opened, and poured, this wine a good 45 minutes before tasting it.

Color: A dense, and inky, deep ruby red.

Nose: Beautiful notes of dusty chocolate with fresh strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry fruits.

Taste: Though young, this wine has a medium body of very soft, and approachable tannins.  The front palate starts off strong with dense and brambly fruits of blackberry and dark cherry, which transition nicely to a mid-palate of cranberries and orange zest.  On the finish, these fruits begin to raisinate, and show off a wonderfully long, acidic finish.

Score: Wow!  This wine is a strong 91+… And I almost feel bad scoring it that low.  My only reservation is that this wine appears to lack the ageability of a truly fine wine… But… C’mon guys… This wine is what it is.  This is a fantastic wine that is ready to be consumed right, the F, now… And the great part is that you can find this at your local Trader Joe’s… Right.  The F.  Now.  Of course, if you shop at my local TJ’s, you’re gonna have some trouble finding it.  I’m buying them all up.  Right.  The.  F.  Now.

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Jeff

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Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 110: Pinot Noir and Zinfandel with Dave TheVegetarian

July 7, 2013

In this episode, Jeff and Dave TheVegetarian taste a few wines before dinner…

Wine Tasted:

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XYZin 2011 Old Vine Zinfandel

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Big Basin Vineyards 2009 Coastview Vineyard Pinot Noir

Food Tasted:

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Homemade Bread with a Trio of Compound Butter

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Linguine of Asparagus and Garlic

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Jeff

What’s your favorite 15 dollar Zin? What’s your favorite wine region for Pinot Noir? Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 108: Here’s why #AlsaceRocks!

June 27, 2013

As part of the Wines of Alsace Twitter Taste and Chat, Jeff tries four different Alsatian Rieslings in this episode.  Let’s see why #AlsaceRocks…

Wines Tasted:

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Rad Wines of Alsace

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Trimbach 2010 Riesling

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Domaine Ostertag 2011 Vignoble d’E Riesling

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Meyer-Fonné 2011 Riesling Reserve

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Weinbach 2011 Cuvée Théo Riesling

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Oh man!

See Jeff’s first tasting of Trimbach Riesling here.

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Jeff

Don’t forget to join the Wines of Alsace Twitter Taste and Chat between 4 and 5pm Pacific, 6/27/13.  Use the hashtag #AlsaceRocks, and throw a Q in front of your questions, to find out all you want to know about these dry Rieslings from France.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 104: Me and Marcello

June 16, 2013

Just in time for Father’s Day, Jeff sits down with his dad to taste a little Natural Wine from Italy…

Wine Tasted:

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Cascina degli Ulivi 2011 Semplicemente Vino Rosso

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Check out the bottle cap action on this wine!

After the Facts:

1. I forgot to give a score on camera, but this wine is legit.  91 points!

2. This wine was purchased for review at Craft Wine and Beer in Reno, Nevada.

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Jeff

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