Posts Tagged ‘Jeff’

Whining about Chili

May 28, 2012

Last week, I made the best chili in my entire life!

Veggie chorizo, diced onions, and diced chilies were all sauted in some olive oil and deglazed in Lagunitas IPA.

I added diced tomatoes and let it simmer down for about 10 minutes.

Pinto, black, and refried beans were mixed in, along with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, carne asada seasoning, and habanero sauce.

I let it all do its thang over low heat for a couple hours, then served it up with cilantro and avocado.

You know I had to take a picture…



I was so stoked on this one, that I challenged all my friends on Facebook to chili cook-off.


In the wine world, a different challenge is presented when it comes to chili…

What do you pair with it?

In my mind, beer seems to be the beverage of choice to go with this hot and hardy dish.

I have some ideas for wine pairings, but have never actually tried them (’cause beer is always there).

So I ask you…

What wine do you pair with chili?

Leave a comment below, and let me know.


Take a picture of your wine and chili pairing and post it on the Stay Rad Facebook Wall.

I’m gonna try my own pairing later this week.

Stay Rad,


To the Gills: Scenes from the Gilroy Wine Crawl… Er… Stroll

May 25, 2012

If you’ve never been to a wine stroll before, you’re missing out.
Here’s what it looked like in Gilroy last Saturday…























It’s all a blur…

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Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 42: Kunde for #ChardonnayDay

May 24, 2012

In celebration of #ChardonnayDay, Jeff cracks open a bottle of Kunde.  Could someone tell him how to pronounce “Kunde”?

After the Fact:

I realize that I forgot to score this on camera.  Check out the Rad Wine Reviews page to see the score.

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Cabernet Sauvignon’s Got Class

May 23, 2012

In April, Clos La Chance Winery in San Martin named Chardonnay their Wine of The Month.

Some of you may recall that I reviewed some of their wines after visiting the winery.

When I shared my post with CLC on Facebook, it entered me into a contest to win a bottle of their 2008 Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay.


Guess who won?


A cold bucket of Chardonnay on a hot day. You can’t beat that with a bat, foo.


This past Sunday, we took a trip over to the winery to enjoy this beautiful bottle of Chardonnay on their patio.

While we were there, we also hit up another class with Estate Sommelier, Roy Froom, to learn about May’s Wine of the Month…


Yeah… Cabernet Sauvignon’s got class. It’s taught by Roy Froom.

During the second half of the class, we got to enjoy two fantastic wines by Clos La Chance…


Clos La Chance 2009 Whitestone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Clos La Chance 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

We started with the Estate Cab.


Here are some facts about the wine.

And my take…

Color: Purplish red.

Nose: Blueberry and plum fruit with a hint of oak and chalk dust (You know I love chalk!).

Taste: Fruits of blackberry, dry cherries, and red currant.  There is a great acidity to this one, but the tannins are a bit too astringent for me.

Score: In spite of the off tannins, if given time, I see this wine hitting it’s groove very soon.  91+

Up next…


Clos La Chance 2009 Whitestone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Color: On the red side of purple.

Nose: Blueberry, lavender, and rubber balls.  Yummy!

Taste: There is a great chalkiness (Yes!) and acid play to this wine.  I love the herbacious finish of rosemary and menthol.  Good cherry fruit and tea leaf.

Score: If you love blueberry, chalk, and tea leaf notes to your wine… You will love this… As do I.  93.


You have to know that I would totally go back to school if all the classes I took were like this one.

Thanks for the wine and the class, Clos La Chance.

Now, can someone call me a Cab?

Cabernet Sauvignon, that is…

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(Plastic) Cup of Wine

May 22, 2012

Just when you thought I was done talking about the wedding we were at in Phoenix, Arizona a few weeks back…

I realized that there was a big wine moment that happened the day before the wedding…

Since Kara was a bridesmaid, and had to go to the rehearsal during the day, I spent the morning lounging around the hotel at the “Largest Pool in Phoenix!”


Yeah… I guess it was pretty big.

Come the afternoon, however, we headed over to a BBQ at the home of the groom’s parents…


The food was in full effect! Pulled pork, pulled chicken, mac n’ cheese, potato salad, and beans.

I had been looking forward to this BBQ for a while.  Not so much for the food (which was fantastic, by the way), but for the wine that was gonna be served…


This requires a little explanation.

The night before the BBQ, I went out with the groom and his buddies for a bachelor party.  At one point in the night, the groom asks me if I’d ever heard of Copa Di Vino.

When I told him I had not, he proceeded to tell me that the owner of the company was on the TV show, Shark Tank, pitching his idea to investors.  Apparently, it’s a wine that comes in its own plastic cup.  The idea is that it allows you to drink wine on the go without having to deal with the complications of a bottle.

“That sounds cool,” I told him.  “How does it taste?”

“I don’t know,” he replied, “but I ordered a couple of cases for the BBQ tomorrow, and I want you to review it.”

Never one to turn down a wine sample, I was more than happy to oblige.  As soon as we got to the party, I tracked down the cooler, and picked out my samples…


Copa Di Vino NV American Riesling and Copa Di Vino NV Columbia Valley Merlot.


First I want to talk to you about the packaging…

Each (Plastic) Cup of Wine is 187.5 ml.  A standard bottle of wine is 750 ml.  You can do the math, or just trust me when I tell you that each plastic cup is a quarter of a bottle (a pretty healthy pour).

Online, you can buy a case (12 Cups of Wine) for $36.  That breaks down to $3 a cup… or $12 a bottle.

As far as the packaging goes, Copa Di Vino reminded me a lot of a cup of yogurt.  Remove the plastic lid, peel back the aluminum seal, and it’s go time!


Let’s get into the wine!

Copa Di Vino NV American Riesling:

Nose: In retrospect, I should have poured my Cup of Wine into a glass.  Without having much of a lip to guide the aromas to my schnoz, it was tough to analyze.  The nose to me was extremely tight, with hints of lemon mineral water.

Palate: The palate lacked any sort of complexity to it.  Really, it was kind of like water, with a squeeze of lemon and a drop of latte foam.  I do give the Riesling props for not being sweet.  I would have expected it to be overly sugarfied to appeal to the masses.

Score: Not a whole lot going on here, but I will give it extra points for being a cold white wine on a hot day in Phoenix.  76

Copa Di Vino NV Columbia Valley Merlot:

Nose: A faint hint of buttered blackberry.  Aside from the blackberry, the nose is almost Chardonnay-like.

Taste: There’s that butter again.  Look… I know that all red wine goes through malolactic fermentation, but usually (since there are so many other things going on) they’re not so in-your-face with the butter.  There is still this blackberry fruit going on, but it’s unripe blackberry.  There is a touch of black olive on the end.

Score: This isn’t a horrible Merlot, but that butter is throwing me way off. 79

I went to the Copa Di Vino website to try to get a glimpse into their winemaking philosophy, and I found this video…

I guess the product speaks for itself.

Apparently, the investors on Shark Tank passed on the Copa Di Vino.  Based on the price, and the quality of the juice, you should too.

I guess that’s what you get when you spend more time dreaming up the cup you’re serving your wine in than you do the wine you’re serving in the cup.

Stay Rad,


Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 41: More Like Grand Sirah

May 18, 2012

Jeff’s in a good mood, so he cracked open a bottle of Petite Sirah. Let’s see how it is…

Wine Tasted:

Foppiano 2009 Lot 96 Sonoma County Petite Sirah

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The Wine Blog Awards: Who’s Your Favorite?

May 18, 2012

Today is a special day.

Today, nominations open for the Wine Blog Awards.

So I ask you…

What is your favorite wine blog?

If you like this…

You may just want to nominate as your favorite New Wine Blog.

All you gotta do is go here…

If you’re hardcore, you can nominate your favorite post from Stay Rad as the Best Wine Blog Post.

Just sayin’.

Stay Rad,


Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 40: Guess What?

May 16, 2012

In this episode, Jeff does another blind tasting for two of his newer fans.  Let’s wish him luck…

After the Fact:

Jeff was right about the Judgement of Paris.

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A time and a place… And this is it.

May 15, 2012

Two words:

White Zinfandel

I haven’t purchased a bottle of White Zinfandel in my entire life.



Believe me when I say I’ve had my fair share of it.

I did go to college.


As we wine geeks explore the world of vino…

As we obsess on flavors, varietals, regions, and vineyards…

White Zinfandel gets left behind.

Some connoisseurs (of the snobby variety) would not be caught dead with a glass that pink sweet stuff.


White Zinfandel does have a time and place.

Imagine you’re at a wedding in Phoenix, Arizona in 95 degree heat…


“Why, yes. I will have a glass of White Zinfandel.”

There really is nothing better in that situation.


Although, Miller Genuine Draft does come in a close second.

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Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 39: Tangerine Prosecco Mimosa

May 12, 2012

In this episode, Jeff tries a Mimosa made with Tangerine Juice and Prosecco… along with a new app.  Check it out!

Wine Tasted:

Zonin Prosecco

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