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Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episodes 178 and 179: How to Remove a Wax Seal from Your Wine and/or What Was I Waiting For?

January 20, 2018

Let’s address the elephant in the room…

It’s been a solid year and a half since I’ve posted an episode of Stay Rad Wine Blog TV.
A Year And A Half!

That’s nuts to me.
Nuts!

When I first started this blog in 2011, I would get down on myself for going longer than two days without fresh content.

And now… it’s been a year and a friggin half.
Yikes!

I could spend hours giving you excuses as to why, and making apologies for the lack of posts, but that’s not what this blog is about…

Stay Rad has always been, and will continue to be, a blog about wine and all things awesome. Now, what’s more awesome than a world exclusive two-episode Stay Rad Wine Blog TV release?

That’s right…
Nothin’s better than that!

Enjoy!

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 178: How to Remove a Wax Seal from Your Wine

In the time since I last posted an episode, I’ve been anticipating sharing my thoughts on this sample I received from Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa 2012 La Castellana Super Tuscan Blend

The Castello di Amorosa 2012 La Castellana is a Super Tuscan-style blend from the Napa Valley.  It rolls in at a respectable $98, and is built to lay down for years in your cellar… which may lead some to believe that I was waiting for a special occasion to open this one up.

Truthfully, one of the reasons why I was hesitant to share this on the video blog was I was a bit intimidated by the wax seal covering the neck.  If you look up how to open a bottle with a wax seal online, you’re gonna come across all sorts of wacky ideas as to how (anybody got a blowtorch?)…

“Excuse me, kind sir.  Do you have a chainsaw I could borrow?”

Well…

Here’s what happened when I tried my hand at opening the bottle.

Success!

Now, onto the wine…

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 179: Why Did I Wait So Long?

Food Pairing:

Pan-Seared New York Strip Steak with Blue Cheese, Baked Potato, and Roasted Broccolini 

Needless to say, I’m glad I finally broke open this wine.

Soooooooo Good!

Stay Rad,

Jeff

Wine was provided as a sample for review by the winery.  Be sure to listen to Jeff each and every week on the We Like Drinking Podcast (available now on your favorite podcast app).

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Remember Los Alamos

July 14, 2014

Kara and I spent this past weekend in Buellton, California for the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference.

Needless to say, after three days of tasting all of the wine that Santa Barbara County has to offer, wine has been the last thing on my mind…

Then, I started making dinner…

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It all started when I marinated some salmon filets and broccolini with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

While preheating the grill, I looked in the fridge for something to drink.

I really wasn’t in the mood for beer.  I’m not a soda kind of guy. Water wasn’t gonna do the trick.

Almond milk?  Nah!

There was really only one thing in the fridge that was going to work…

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Bianchi 2012 Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Grigio

At the end of the first Live Wine Blogging session at the Wine Bloggers Conference (which I’ll get into in more detail another day), there were a bunch of leftover bottles that were given to the participants.  Lucky for me, I got sent home with the Bianchi 2012 Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Grigio…

Los Alamos…

I remember Los Alamos…

Santa Barbara County is broken up into two major AVA’s.  The Santa Ynez Valley to the south, and the Santa Maria Valley to the north.

On Friday night, as part of the Wine Bloggers Conference, participants got to explore different areas of Santa Barbara County. Of course, I’ll get a little deeper into this excursion on another day, but the short story is that my group got to visit Bien Nacido Vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley.

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The setting sun over Bien Nacido Vineyards.

Now…

While riding the bus north on the 101 from Buellton in the Santa Ynez Valley to Bien Nacido Vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, we drove through Los Alamos… an up-and-coming wine-growing region within Santa Barbara County.  Much like Santa Maria, and the western end of Santa Ynez, there is a strong coastal influence to Los Alamos, making this a perfect place for beautiful cool-climate wines of distinction.

Now, let’s get into this wine in particular…

Color: Typical of most Pinot Grigios you’re bound to encounter, the Bianchi is rocking the straw yellow.

Nose: Pretty notes of honeysuckle with lime accents, all rounded out with a variety of river rocks.

Taste: Fresh.  This wine is fresh.  There’s a real good freshness to this.  There is a good petrol characteristic up front, surrounded by a saline solution of lemons, limes, and grapefruit pith.  Did I mention that this was fresh?

Score: Pinot Grigio typically gets a bad rap.  Most of the mass-produced grocery store swill comes across as watered-down Gatorade to me… which makes it great for a hot day, but doesn’t really bring anything else to the table.  The Bianchi, on the other hand, has a great balance of freshness (yeah, I said it) and complexity that promotes the true versatility of this wine.  Hot day? Light food?  Good friends and conversation?  This is the wine for you. 89+

Oh yeah…

Back to the salmon!

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The salmon, while a bit overcooked, brought the richness that you would expect from a fatty fish. The broccolini, while slightly scorched at the tips, was hecka tasty.

So…

The next time you’re in the mood for fresh and lively wine on a hot day, which is heads-and-shoulders above the typical housewife swill…

Remember Los Alamos.

Take it away, Pee-Wee…

Stay Rad,

Jeff

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


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