Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 160: Zio for Me, Yo

April 8, 2015

In this episode, Jeff tries a couple of Italian wine samples from an American director…

Wine Tasted:

Ziobaffa 2013 Pinot Grigio and 2012 Toscana

Ziobaffa 2013 Pinot Grigio and 2012 Toscana

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Jeff

What’s your favorite 10 – 15 dollar Italian wine right now?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

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Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 145: Vitiano on Veteran’s Day

November 11, 2014

In this episode, Jeff and Parker take a break from playtime to review this wine…

Wine Tasted:

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Vitiano 2012 Red Wine

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Jeff

What’s the best random find you’ve come across at a liquor store?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 134: Hello Brunello

June 5, 2014

In this episode, Jeff tries two Brunello di Montalcino samples from Piccini.

Wines Tasted:

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Piccini 2009 Villa al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino

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Piccini 2008 Villa al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

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Jeff

What’s your favorite Brunello di Montalcino?  Leave a comment, and let us know what you think.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 124: They Gave Me a Ferrari!!!

December 5, 2013

In this episode, Jeff takes this Ferrari for a spin…

Wine Tasted:

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Ferrari NV Rose

Links:

Ferrari NV Rose sample provided by Gregory White PR.

Don’t forget to visit Jeff Eckle’s blog, The Lonely Vine.

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Jeff

Leave a comment, and let us know about the last, legit, pink, sparkling, Italian wine you had.

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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What’s your favorite Super Tuscan? Leave a comment and let us know.

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 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

Do you want to hear Marcello play the clarinet?  If so, what do you want to hear him play?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Everything’s coming up Rosés: A three bottle throwdown.

June 16, 2011

Yesterday, Kara and I did a little tasting at Guglielmo Winery.  I originally went there with the intention of tasting and scoring EVERY wine we tasted.  Things did not go as planned.  The problem was that a tasting room is not an ideal space to score wines.  Too many people.  Too many wines.  Too many distractions.  That, and it’s embarrassing to write down a score in front of people working for the winery you are scoring.

I will say that I had a great time there.  None of their wines felt like must-haves, but Guglielmo is a fun place to be.  All of their wines fall in that 83 – 89 point range for me.  All of the people that work there are more like 92’s.  Great, great folks and a neat place to visit if you are ever visiting the Santa Clara Valley.

The wine that stuck out the most to me was the 2010 Estate Grown Rosatello.  It was an interesting rosé wine made from the grignolino grape (a super nerdy varietal from Italy).  Guglielmo claims to be one of only two wineries in California to grow the grape in any significant quantities.  The wine seemed food-friendly enough, so I purchased a bottle for $16.

I’m not a HUGE rosé drinker, so it is a tough category for me to score (It’s tough to type too.  Alt + 0233 = é).  Part of this blog experience is to try new things.  So how do I transition from a novice into an expert on pink wines?

THE THREE BOTTLE THROWDOWN!

This morning, I picked up two more bottles of Rosé from Trader Joe’s to compare against the Rosatello.  One from the Rioja of Spain ($6.99) and one from the Rhone of France ($4.99).  I know what wines I have purchased, but I will not know which of the three I am drinking until after I take my notes.  I had Kara pour the wines into three different glasses…

The three Rosés were labeled with wine charms: "Red", "White", and "Blue". In the battle between Spain, France, and the USA, I think we all know who should win... or do we?

After I taste the wines, I’ll see which one is which.  Wish me luck…

Wine #1:

"Red": You know what time it is!

Color:  This is the darkest wine of the bunch.  It haa a cool blood-orange type of color.

Nose:  There is a really pretty nose to this one.  Peach skin, oranges, and licorice dominate the nose.  There is a strong minerality that is rounded out with a hint of strawberry.

Taste:  This is what I would expect a Rosé to taste like.  Very dry.  There’s a nice orange and peach fruit to this, but the wine is much more driven by its minerality and acidity.  There is a long rubbery finish that I really like.  My guess is that this is the French Rose.

Wine #2:

"White": More like orange! Heyohhhhhh!!!!!!

Color:  The color is a very dull, very light, orange tint.

Nose:  The nose is very tight.  There are hints of sugar and salt.  There’s a subtle touch of peach.

Taste:  The first second of the taste was salty minerality.  This flavor gave way in an instant to a beautiful mouth full of cream and licorice.  It has some oak notes that remind me of a California red wine.  I really like this!  I’m thinking that this is the Spanish Rose.

Wine #3:

"Blue": The candle is for Evan.

Color:  The color on this wine is almost identical to that of the second (“White”) wine.  Light, dull, and orange.

Nose:  The nose is giving subtle hints of peach and minerals.

Taste:  All I can think of when tasting this wine is the viscosity.  This wine is the thickest of them all.  There’s a light acidity and minerality.  This wine would go well with food, but mostly because it would not get in the way of the food.  I doubt, however, that it would do anything to enhance the food experience.  This wine confused me.  It’s not bad.  It’s pleasant.  It just doesn’t bring much to the table.

Now…

The scores have been tallied, and the I’ve seen what’s what.  Here are the results from worst to first.

In last place…

Marques de Caceres 2009 Dry Rose Wine. Rioja, Spain. This wine made me "Blue".

I originally gave the Marques de Caceres an 85+, but the more I thought about it, the more I disliked it.  Again, it is not bad.  The problem is that for 7 bucks, I can find at least two wines that are significantly better in a similar price range.  Give it an 82 with shrugged shoulders.

In second…

Cellier du Rhone 2009 Cotes du Rhone Rose. "Red" and Rad!

The Cellier du Rhone is a steal at 5 bucks a bottle!  Give it an 86.  This is what I want from a summer time rosé.

And in First Place…

Guglielmo Private Reserve 2010 Estate Grown Rosatello. Santa Clara Valley, California. In spite of the look, this is NOT a crappy "White" zin.

The Guglielmo Rosatello is not your typical rose.  I am, however, in love with the creaminess of this wine.  Give it an 88 and save it for a hot summer afternoon.

So, there you have it.  I don’t know if I’m an expert yet, but I think I learned a lot today.

Take it away, Ethel.

Stay Rad,

Jeff


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