Posts Tagged ‘Organic’

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


Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 120: Well…

October 10, 2013

In this episode, Jeff tries a $5 wine with no detectable sulfites…

Wine Tasted:


WELL REaD 2012 California Red Wine

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Have you tried this wine?  Leave a comment and tell us about it.

Chardonnay and Fish Tacos

July 22, 2013

Hey, y’all!

I just wanted to check in with you, real quick, to show you the meal I made last night…

And since we all know that wine is my favorite food, we’ll start with that.

Check it out!


Trader Joe’s 2012 Grower’s Reserve Chardonnay

You know that I’m a fan of Trader Joe’s brand wines for their exceptional value.

You should also know that I’ve been in a white wine type of mood, lately.


When I found this $6 Chardonnay made from organic grapes, I had to check it out.

Color: A deep, Golden Delicious apple flesh kind of yellow.

Nose: Green apple, peach skin, lemon, and lime fruits are accented by a subtle toasty note.

Taste: Fruits of apple and pear are wrapped up in a toasty pie crust, topped with a lemon squeeze.

Score: Not the most complex of wines, but it brings a refreshing flavor at a great price.  87 points.

Food Pairing:


Pan-Seared Tilapia Fish Tacos with Greek Yogurt, Vinegar Slaw, and Sriracha

The acid of the wine elevates the buttery fish to bring out this really fun toasty and nutty flavor.

This is a great pairing.

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What wine would you pair with this fish taco? Leave a comment, and tell us about it.

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:


Cascina degli Ulivi 2011 Semplicemente Vino Rosso


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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Sunday Night Merlot

April 7, 2013

While shopping, Kara suggested that we pick up some wine for Sunday dinner.

I was all, “Sounds good to me.”

I found this one at Trader Joe’s for five bucks…


Trader Joe’s 2011 Grower’s Reserve Merlot

I’ve always been a fan of these Trader Joe’s wines.  They almost always bring some good juice at a good value.  What made the sale for me was that this wine is certified organic.

Now let’s see what it has to offer…

Color: Dark ruby red.

Nose: This nose is quite complex.  Blackberry and plum fruits.  Green pepper.  There’s a nice minerality, and even a hint of some Sprite soda.

Taste: For five bucks, I was surprised by the density and richness of the palate.  Cranberry and blackberry fruits give way to a long acidity, and… yes… black olive.

Score: Another quality wine at a good price from Trader Joe’s.  Pick it up.  87+

While I was putting together my tasting notes, Kara made a nice, light, Sunday meal…


Mixed Green Salad w/ Lemon Vinaigrette


Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and Basil.  Put ’em on a nice crostini, and you’re good to go.

The Merlot and Tomato Crostini paired together quite nicely.  The tomatoes brought out a sense of fresh berries in the wine.

Not a bad wine.

Not a bad meal.

Not a bad way to spend a Sunday night.

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