I am looking forward to leading a blind tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon tonight, ranging from a $4.50 bottle from California to some from Australia at the $27.00 price point. Should be interesting to see how they all fare.
I love wine, this should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me. White, red, dry, sweet, I pretty much like them all. I plan vacations around winery locations. I will take a chance on wines in expected places – when driving across country and I saw a winery sign in Oklahoma, I stopped – not with high expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. I do have my favorites, the reds out of Southern California, Arizona and Spain, but I want to try as much and as many as possible. In order to do that, I have a “secret” wine source that sends me daily emails about wonderful wines they have been able to get hold of, often in “limited quantities,” and I want to share it with you. My “secret” source is Garagiste (actually a front for Jon Rimmerman, a wine seller and marketing genius).
Every day I get an entertaining email describing a wine, how he came about having access to it or possibly some philosophical musings on life. The email always ends with the deal and it’s usually a very good deal. Sometimes, like today, the email offers up a deal on very high quality food stuffs, such as olive oil or walnut oil.
My wines from Garagiste are almost always ones I would not have access to trying and have included a 2005 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon “Fay,” a 1997 Terreno Chianti Classico Riserva, and a 2010 Close Bellane Cotes du Rhone Villages “Les Echalas” Rouge. All were excellent.
If you live where wine can be shipped to you, I highly recommend you sign up for the Garagiste emails. Even if you never buy a bottle, they are good reading for the wine soul.
Coulter IPA by Cismontane Brewing in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. 65 IBU, 7.2% ABV
Almost afraid to put this up. Was at the store buying some beer and some wine for a wine tasting when I came across the beer I have loved from youth.
Off for a few days so made a trip out and got my holiday selection of beers to try out.
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Two Hearted Ale (Bells Brewery, Comstock, MI) 7% ABV
Roadside American Ale (Mother Road Brewing, Flagstaff, AZ) 5% ABV
Myrcenary Double IPA (Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, CO) 9.3% ABV
Dogfish Head Burton Baton Imperial IPA (Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE) 10% ABV
Kiltlifter Scottish Style Ale (Four Peaks Brewing, Tempe, AZ) 6% ABV
8th Street Ale (Four Peaks Brewing, Tempe, AZ) 4.5% ABV
Big Eye IPA (Ballast Point Brewing, San Deigo, CA) 7% ABV
DOA IPA – Hop On or Die (Cerveceria Mexicana, Tecate, Mexico) 6.8% ABV