Posts Tagged ‘Wine Review’

Wine and Hockey Under the Moon

February 22, 2015

So…

Last night, my uncle took me to a hockey game…

There’s nothing really out of the ordinary about that.  My uncle and I have been to a lot of hockey, football, and baseball games together.

What made last night special was that the hockey game, in which my San Jose Sharks hosted the L.A. Kings, was played at Levi’s Stadium, home of my San Francisco 49ers, as part of the NHL Stadium Series.

Here’s what it looked like from our seats…

Levi's Stadium hosting a hockey game

Levi’s Stadium: Home of the Sharks?

Now, look…

I’m not going to get into the details of what happened in the game. Who cares if the stupid Kings won?

This blog is about wine, right?

So here’s what I had for dinner at the game…

Wine and a Frank

Wine and a Frank. One of these things cost $11.

Now, let’s get into this wine…

Fetzer Crimson 2011 Red Blend

Fetzer Crimson 2011 Red Blend

This red blend from Fetzer comes in a 187 ml (just over 6 ounces) Zipz cup.  Perfect for a stadium environment, the individual plastic cup has a resealable lid, so you don’t have to worry about spilling it everywhere when you’re carrying it back to your seat.  It’s $11 at the stadium, and available in stores from $3 – $6.

Now, let’s talk about the juice in the plastic glass…

Color: Dark ruby red.

Nose: Nice!  Notes of cranberry, orange juice, and a little lime zest. On some level, this wine reminds me of a young, thinned out version of a Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

(Side Note: Zipz are filled to the top with wine, if you’re used to sticking your nose in the glass, like I am, you may end up with wine in your nose… like I did.)

Taste: The Fetzer Crimson is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon (along with some other stuff).  It’s very fresh on the palate.  Bright notes of cranberry and raspberry fruit.  There is a nice richness to this wine, though it may, in part, be due the the plastic vessel I drank it from.

Score: Not bad!  This wine is what it is.  A nice, fresh, red wine that comes in a plastic cup.  I can’t really get mad at the $11 price point. You’re never going to find your favorite cult wine in a plastic cup at a hockey game… or if you did, you’d pay through the (wine covered) nose for it.  I’m giving it an 83.

You could do worse…

Much worse…

You could be a Kings fan.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

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Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 156: How’s Your Vertical?

February 16, 2015

In this episode, Jeff tastes through some samples of Cabernet Franc from Cornerstone Cellars…

Wine Tasted:

Cornerstone Cellars 2011 and 2012 Black Label Cabernet Franc

Cornerstone Cellars 2011 and 2012 Black Label Cabernet Franc

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Jeff

Cabernet Franc: European or Californian?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 155: Try Fun

February 12, 2015

In this episode, Jeff tries a Sangiovese from the Sierra Foothills…

Wine Tasted:

Tryphon Vineyards 2009 Sierra Foothills Sangiovese

Tryphon Vineyards 2009 Sierra Foothills Sangiovese

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Jeff

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

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 150: #BrownZin

December 29, 2014

In this episode, Jeff tries his Uncle Frank’s favorite wine…

Wine Tasted:

Brown Estate 2012 Napa Valley Zinfandel

Brown Estate 2012 Napa Valley Zinfandel

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Jeff

What’s your favorite Napa Valley Zinfandel?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 149: Batten Down the Hatch Wine

November 30, 2014

In this episode, Jeff and his ol’ buddy, G-Rat, try out a wine made with Hatch Chiles…

Wine Tasted:

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Hatch N.V. Green Chile Wine

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Jeff

What is the oddest wine you’ve ever tasted?  How was it?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 148: Stone Cold Goods

November 25, 2014

In this episode, Jeff reviews two samples from Cornerstone Oregon before the Thanksgiving holiday…

Wines Reviewed:

 

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Cornerstone Oregon 2012 Chardonnay and 2011 Pinot Noir

 

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Jeff

What wine will you be pairing with your Thanksgiving feast?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 147: More Than I Bargained For

November 22, 2014

In this episode, Jeff reviews this epic Pinot Noir that was just lying around in his local liquor store for the last 3 years…

Wine Tasted:

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Hirsch Vineyards 2009 SF Food Bank Cuvee Pinot Noir

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Jeff

Have you ever tried bargaining for a better price when wine shopping?  Would you?  Leave a comment, and tell us about it.

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 146: Happy #BeaujolaisNouveauDay

November 20, 2014

In this episode, Jeff checks out the 2014 vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau with this sample from Gorges Duboeuf.

Wine Tasted:

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Georges Duboeuf 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau

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Jeff

How did you celebrate #BeaujolaisNouveauDay?  What was the last wine that totally eclipsed your expectations?  Leave a comment, and let us know.

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 140: Chianti Rufina and a Burger

August 16, 2014

In this episode, Jeff pairs this Chianti Rufina sample with his guacamole burger…

Wine Tasted:

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Nipozzano 2010 Chianti Rufina Riserva

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Jeff

What’s your favorite Chianti Rufina? How did it compare to other Chianti and Chianti Classicos you’ve tried? Leave a comment and let us know.


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