Tasting the “King” of Grapes

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.cab tasting

Hot Dog and Wine Pairing

2011 Cougar Vineyards Miscuglio del Circolo (Temecula, CA)


My “Secret” Wine Source

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.

Grapes at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, Pearce, AZ

Grapes at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, Pearce, AZ

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.

For more reading on Jon Rimmerman and his business model for selling wine (and he sells lots of it), check out the article on him in the New York Times Magazine.

Beer Choices for the Weekend

Beer Choices for the Weekend – looks kinda like a Rogue has the edge.


What I Am Drinking Now…

Coulter IPA by Cismontane Brewing in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. 65 IBU, 7.2% ABV


My beer for tax day

SchlitzAlmost 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.

Beer for the Holidays

holiday beers

Off for a few days so made a trip out and got my holiday selection of beers to try out.
(click the pic for a full view)

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


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