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Weekly Wine Show is a podcast dedicated to elevating your enjoyment of wine! If you’re curious about wine or just want to enjoy wine more, we invite you to join us on our journey to learn more about wine and how to enjoy it.

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Weekly Wine Show is a podcast dedicated to elevating your enjoyment of wine! If you’re curious about wine or just want to enjoy wine more, we invite you to join us on our journey to learn more about wine and how to enjoy it.

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By Tina Peterson - Oct 29 2016
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I really enjoy this podcast! Great for those interested in learning more about wine.

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Great to be able to swoop in a grab an understanding of particular wines.

iTunes Ratings

59 Ratings
Average Ratings
45
4
4
2
4

Average wine lover

By Tina Peterson - Oct 29 2016
Read more
I really enjoy this podcast! Great for those interested in learning more about wine.

Really Helpful

By Chair Pilot - Oct 26 2016
Read more
Great to be able to swoop in a grab an understanding of particular wines.
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Weekly Wine Show

Latest release on Jan 03, 2020

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Weekly Wine Show is a podcast dedicated to elevating your enjoyment of wine! If you’re curious about wine or just want to enjoy wine more, we invite you to join us on our journey to learn more about wine and how to enjoy it.

Rank #1: Ep 176 - Aging Wine

Jul 19 2019

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Rank #2: Ep 040 – Barbera and Piedmont

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In this episode we discuss the Piedmont region of Italy, it’s geography and climate, the history of the barbera grape, where the barbera grape grows and how it thrives, flavor characteristics of Italian barbera wine, and food pairings.

Dec 07 2016

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Rank #3: Ep 083 - Paso Robles

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Paso Robles Wine Country AVA was established in 1983 and located in San Luis Obispo County, California. It's a part of the larger Central Coast area north of Santa Barbara County. With approximately 40,000 acres of wine grapes. it's known for its history with varieties like Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Rhône-style wines.

This week on the podcast, we discuss:

  • History of Paso Robles wine
  • Paso Robles's large size and diversity in terroir
  • Newly formed sub-AVAs
  • Grape varieties and wine style

Wine Recommendations

Opolo Summit Creek Zinfandel 2015 - priced around $19. This wine is 100% Zin sourced from 9 different vineyards all in Paso Robles. Lovely nose of dark fruit, blueberry, baking spice like clove, as well as leather. It's dry with medium acidity and medium level of smooth tannins with flavors of freeze dried strawberries, blueberry jam, and a little dark chocolate. We thought this wine was very easy drinking, it’s ripe, juicy and lush. It has a decadent feel, almost desert like and this wine is 16.5% ABV but doesn’t taste like it so be careful!

Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 - priced around $27. Paso Robles is also known for their affordable, tasty Cabs and look no further than Justin. This wine has aromas of black cherries, flowers like violets, and a smoky charred smell with a touch of anise. It's dry with a full body, medium plus acidity, medium smooth tannins and flavors of cherry, black currants, vanilla, baking spices and toasty oak. You can taste the oak aging on this wine but it’s done with such finesse and care. This wine lives up to the hype of California Cabs. This is a great cool weather sipping wine. Great balance of fruit vs. oak and acid vs. tannins. Buy now and drink soon!

Oct 04 2017

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Rank #4: Ep 056 - Pinot Grigio

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People view Pinot Grigio as a super light, thin, patio-pounder. Well, this may be the case for a good chunk of the mass produced wine coming out of Northern Italy but if you are quick to generalize, you'll miss out on some fabulous wines. There are so many variations of this wine throughout the world that it cannot be boxed into one type or one style. Pinot Grigio (A.K.A. Pinot Gris, which translated from French literally means "grey pine cone"), has so much more to offer the world than how it's often stereotyped. In this episode we dig deeper in the Pinot Gris grape and the wine it produces.

In this week's episode we explore:

  • What countries are the major producers of Pinot Grigio?
  • It's relationship to Pinot Noir
  • History of the Pinot Gris grape in Europe
  • The many styles of Pinot Grigio
  • Food Pairings

Mar 29 2017

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Rank #5: Ep 50 - Central Coast Pinot Noir

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Central Coast is a huge wine region spanning 250 miles down the coast from southern San Francisco to the tip of Santa Barbara County. Central Coast is a series of valleys running east to west leaving it open to coastal fog and afternoon breeze. Normally I hear California and visions of hot weather and big wines come to mind, but Central Coast's cool climate gives us wines reminiscent of Old World Burgundy. With high acid and refined fruit, Central Coast Pinot Noir is the ultimate expression of terrior and the winemaker's artistry.

Feb 15 2017

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Rank #6: Ep 101 - Sauternes and Noble Rot

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This week starts a series on dessert wines and this episode we are talking about Sauternes. Sauternes is a sweet white wine from a region in Bordeaux by the same name. A while back, we did a two part episode on Bordeaux. Those episodes talked about history of wine in the area, classification system and climate and geography.

Check out our previous episodes on Bordeaux:

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is Sauternes and where does it come from?
  • Noble Rot - it sounds gross but it’s cool
  • Why are botrytized or Noble rot wines so expensive?
  • When did Bordeaux start making this wine?
  • What to expect from Sauternes?
  • Food pairings

Wine Recommendations:

Chateau Tuyttens 2011 - Priced around $25.This wine is a deep golden color with aromas of dried apricots or apricot skins and honey. It’s has medium to medium plus acidity, it’s very full bodied with flavors of candied peach, honey, almond and a bit of funk from the botrytis. It’s delicious and very sweet but not cloying.

Find out where you can purchase this wine here

Chateau Doisy-Vedrines 2011 - Priced around $25. Also deep golden color with aromas of apricot, honey and light peach. It has medium acidity, full bodied with flavors of honey, intense apricot, light peach and almond. This wine tastes decadent and both of these wines has similar aromas and flavors but different in which aromas show through stronger.

Purchase this wine from Total Wine here

Feb 07 2018

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Rank #7: Ep 152 - Côtes du Rhône and Grenache Blanc

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This week we are talking about Côtes du Rhône white wines and the Grenache Blanc grape. In the cold weather months we tend to focus on lots of full bodied red wines and sometime we needs a break from the reds. We love white wines and winter is the perfect time to talk about medium to full bodied whites which is why we are talking about whites from Côtes du Rhône.

Check out episode 31 and episode 44 to learn more about Côtes du Rhône and for more great wine recommendations.

Wine Recommendations

Domaine de la Présidente Cotes du Rhone Grands Classiques Blanc 2015 - priced around $13.

  • Nose of white flowers, paypa and minerality
  • It’s dry with medium body, medium plus acidity and flavors of white flowers, lime and pineapple
  • This wine is bordering on high acid so best to pair with food
  • If you are looking for a white wine to showcase white Cote du Rhone wines this is it. It’s got ripe fruit, floral aromas and flavors, balance of body and acid - rich, not too light but not fat and flabby
  • You can purchase this wine at Total Wine by clicking here

Domaine de la Présidente Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne Blanc Prestige 2015 - priced around $15.

  • Nose of mango, apple and orange blossom
  • It’s dry with medium body, medium plus acidity with flavors very similar to aromas - white flowers, tropical fruits, apple
  • The nose of this wine is intoxicating smells very fruity and fresh given its age
  • Plus, it has a great texture and weight to it without being too heavy, the blending with Viognier keeps this wine from becoming flabby.
  • This wine can age 3-5 years after release so if you pick up a younger vintage and are willing to wait it will continue to develop and transform for the better over time
  • You can purchase this wine at Total Wine by clicking the link here 

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Feb 01 2019

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Rank #8: Ep 042 - Port

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Port is the most famous wine from Portugal. It's a sweet, rich, and delicious fortified wine that is meant to be sipped and savored. We like port because it goes well with a lot of desserts making it a nice fit for this time of year. In this episode we discuss the history of Port, the Douro Region, how Port is made, styles of Port, flavor characteristics, and food pairings.

Dec 21 2016

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Rank #9: Ep 150 - Wine in the News January 2019

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It's time for another Wine in the News episode. Below are the news articles we feature in this episode.

A new study shows that wine experts differ by geographic region

Public Release from Concordia University, January 14, 2019

Organic Grape Growing Harms Vineyard Soil, Says A Consumer Advocacy Group

by Thomas Pellechia, January 6, 2019

Somm Cheat Probe Going Nowhere

By Liza B. Zimmerman on December 5, 2018

A New Era for U.S. Wine-Labeling Laws

by Katherine Cole, November 26th, 2018

Jan 18 2019

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Rank #10: Ep 063 - Rosé for Days

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Summer is fast approaching which means it’s time to swap your boots and Cabs for sandals and light fruity wines. Some our favorite warm weather wines are dry Rosé. Rosé is a type of wine that incorporates some of the color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine. They're made from a wide variety of grapes and can be found all around the globe. It can be made still, semi-sparkling or sparkling and with a wide range of sweetness levels from highly dry Provençal rosé to sweet White Zinfandels and blushes. Since there are so many types of Rosé wines, in this episode we are going to talk about winemaking techniques, flavors and recommend some awesome Rosé wine from four different regions.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Different production methods of Rosé wine
  • Brief history of Rosé wines
  • Flavor characteristics
  • Food pairings

May 17 2017

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Rank #11: Ep 089 - Napa Valley

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Recently we attended the annual wine bloggers conference which allowed us to spend some time in Sonoma and Napa Valley. These next few episodes will cover some of the information we learned as well as some of the wines we sampled.

This week we discuss:

  • Where is Napa Valley?
  • Wine production and impact
  • Climate and geography
  • Grapes grown and why the focus on Cab?
  • What to expect from Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabinet Sauvignon

Wines and Wineries featured in this episode

Chardonnay:

Merlot

Cabinet Sauvignon

Unusually Napa Valley wine varieties

A big thanks to Napa Valley Vintners, Castello di Amorosa and Las Alcobas for hosting us as well as all of the wineries who shared their wine with us!

We’re coming up to our 100th episode and to celebrate, we want to make you part of the show! Call into our new voicemail and tell us how the podcast has impacted you, or a short, fun story from your wine journey, or something you’ve learned about wine that’s made a difference for you. The number to call is 937-889-WINE (937-889-9463).

Nov 15 2017

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Rank #12: Ep 031 - Côtes du Rhône

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In this episode, we discuss Côtes du Rhône AOC and red wine it produces, history of wine in the Rhône region, differences between north and south Rhône, Côtes du Rhône classifications and food pairings

Oct 05 2016

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Rank #13: Ep 156 - Santa Barbara County

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This week we are talking about Santa Barbara County and it’s wines.  We touched on this area in a couple of past episodes, specifically episode 50 on Central Coast Pinot Noir and episode 53 that featured our interview Clarissa Nagy of Nagy wines.

Wine Recommendations

Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay 2014 - priced around $28

  • Deep golden color with with aromas of stonefruit, melon, ripe bananas and vanilla cream
  • This wine is dry, full bodied with medium acidity and flavors similar to aromas - tropical and stonefruits and that creamy vanilla flavor
  • Very cream, soft texture and the oak flavor is there put not strong which we appreciated - it’s just the right amount
  • Also, you can tell this Chardonnay comes from the cooler climate that other parts of California because it has that acidity to balance out the fuller body and texture of the wine.
  • Priced around $ 28
  • You can purchase this wine at Total Wine 

Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 - priced around $25.

  • This wine was given to us as a sample
  • Aromas of dark fruits - blackberry, black cherry and black plum as well as some green pepper notes
  • It’s dry with medium acidity and medium silky, smooth tannins with flavors of dark fruits, vanilla and a hint of a vegetal notes
  • Love the tannins in this wine - provides a great sensory experience
  • You can also tell this wine is from a cooler part of california but the fruit aromas and flavors are ripe but don’t have a cooked or jammy quality to them.
  • You can purchase this wine from Mucas & Lewellen's website 

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Mar 01 2019

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Rank #14: Ep 060 - Finger Lakes

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May is Finger Lakes Wine Month and to celebrate, this episode is all about Finger Lakes!

New York state makes more wine than any other US state after California, and it's centered around the Finger Lakes AVA, which was established in 1982 and includes 11,000 acres of vineyards. It's the largest wine-producing region in New York State, located in Upstate New York, south of Lake Ontario and is home to 130 wineries producing about 90% of the state’s wine.

This week we discuss:

  • The History of Finger Lakes wine region
  • Climate and Geography of Finger Lakes
  • Diversity of wine grapes in the Finger Lakes

Apr 26 2017

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Rank #15: Ep 061 - Around the World with Sauvignon Blanc

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he first Friday in May is International Sauvignon Blanc Day; to honor this popular grape variety, we’re going to explore major regional Sauvignon Blanc styles and their flavors.

In this week's episode, we discuss:

  • Where Sauvignon Blanc comes from
  • How the vine grows
  • Winemaking styles
  • Food pairings
  • Three main regional styles, where to find them and flavor characteristics

May 03 2017

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Rank #16: Ep 093 - Welcome to Willamette Valley

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We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview several producers from Willamette Valley in Oregon. So over the next handful of episodes we will be share those interviews and some great wines with our listeners.

This is all thanks to Carl Giavanti from Carl Giavanti Consulting who we met at last year’s Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, CA who connected us to these producers and provided us with an opportunity to sample their wines.

If you are a long time listener you know we’ve done a few interviews in the past and it’s been a goal of ours to feature more interviews on this show. We are always interested in learning why people decide to get into the wine business and learn more about this journey and what inspires them. But before we start those episodes, we wanted to release this episode to give our listeners a short introduction to Willamette Valley.

We’re coming up to our 100th episode and to celebrate, we want to make you part of the show! Call into our new voicemail and tell us how the podcast has impacted you, or a short, fun story from your wine journey, or something you’ve learned about wine that’s made a difference for you. The number to call is 937-889-WINE (937-889-9463).  If you can’t leave a voicemail you are welcome to email us at weeklywineshow@gmail.com.

Sources: Willamette Wines

Wikipedia

Wine Folly

Dec 13 2017

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Rank #17: Ep 049 - Nero d'Avola

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Sicily is know more for than it's beautiful scenery and the Godfather. This island also produces tons of a wine. In fact, it's the three largest producer of wine behind the Veneto and Emilia Romagna regions. In terms of red wine, Nero d'Avola is Sicily's crown jewel of dry, food friendly wines. Brought over over by the ancient Greeks, "Black of Avola" has been a staple of Sicilian wine for centuries and the subject of this episode.

Feb 08 2017

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Rank #18: Ep 166 - Greece Intro and Wine History

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This week kicks off a series of episode exploring Greece. This episode is an introduction to Greece and Greek wine history. In the following weeks, we will dive into some of the major wine areas of Greece.

Source for this episode:

Book: The Oxford Companion to Wine

May 10 2019

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Rank #19: Ep 048 - V is for Vouvray

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This week we take a trip back to Loire to talk about Vouvray. Vouvray is both a place and a rich aromatic white wine in the middle Loire Valley area made from Chenin Blanc grapes.We did cover Chenin Blanc from South Africa in a previous episode, so if you are looking to learn more about New World and warm climate style Chenin Blanc wines check it out.

Feb 01 2017

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Rank #20: Ep 002 - How to Look Cool Drinking Wine

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In this episode we discuss the six step process that the pros use to drink wine and common wine terms used. Of course there is no wrong or right way to taste wine but the formal way used by the pros can reveal more about the wine in your glass.

Mar 16 2016

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Ep 200 - This is Not Goodbye, it's See You Later

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This week we hit our 200th episode which is a huge milestone for us. We've made the decision to end Weekly Wine Show. It's a big decision and in this episode we reflect on our past four years and talk about what is next for us.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why did we start Weekly Wine Show?
    • One of the main reasons was we wanted to expand our knowledge of wine and thought a podcast was an interesting format for that learning.
  • Did we accomplish what we wanted?
    • Yes, we've learned so much and made so many connections through the podcast. This helped us lay the foundation we needed for what is next.
  • Why are we stopping now?
    • We've been putting out content non-stop for almost four years and it's time for a little break
    • Also, we originally started out this podcast to help beginners like us but we can no longer call ourselves beginners. So since it has fulfilled its purpose, we feel its time to move on.
  • What's next for us?
    • Although we are ending this podcast, we will be releasing multiple new podcasts and new content in 2020. 
    • By the end of Quarter 1: Court of Wine podcast! If you are looking to be a guest on the show make sure you fill out the guest form on the website.
    • Spring of 2020: An mostly interview style podcast gathering stories of people's wine journey's who have been bitten by the wine bug.
    • Late 2020: A wine history podcast focused on interesting stories told in a storytelling format.

Although we will next be releasing new content for a little while, we will be active on social media (mostly Instagram and Twitter) so follow us if you haven't already. We will be providing news and updates so you are in the loop when new content is launched. Also, if you are still subscribed to Weekly Wine Show in you podcast player you will get promos for the new podcasts before they launch.

Thank you all for you love and support. There is no way we would have keep releasing episodes for almost four years without you. We are excited with what 2020 has in store for us and our wine journey. So thank you for listening and it;s not goodbye, it's see you later. Cheers! 

Jan 03 2020

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Ep 199 - Pros and Cons of Naked Wines

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*Note: If you’re just here looking for that offer link Tony mentioned, feel free to skip to the last paragraph. 

Have you tried any wine clubs? We've tried a couple wine clubs or club-like retailers and were not thrilled but over the last year we've been testing out Naked Wines. If you've wondered whether a wine club could be valuable and worthwhile, Naked Wines might be your answer.

SPOILER ALERT: At the end of this episode, we're going to share an offer from Naked Wines that they give its members to share the service. You'll get a big discount on wine and we get a little bit too if you sign up, so feel free to consider this episode like advertising. That being said, if you've listened to Weekly Wine Show for any length of time, you know we have only accepted advertisements for a couple of episodes. We're extremely picky about what brands we represent and we need to be willing to spend our own money on that item or service if there's a chance our words would influence others to do the same. And in fact, over the last year or so, we've sent over $500 of our own money the way of Naked Wines, and now we're ready to tell you about our experience. 

So what is Naked Wines and how does it work?

Naked Wines is a "customer-funded wine business". Club members, who they call "angels" pay a deposit of $40 per month in their naked wines account. This money sits in the Angels' account as a balance until they use it to purchase wines. But while it's there, Naked Wines uses it to fund winemakers up-front to be able to make wines, many wines which otherwise might never be.

The interesting part of this funding model is many winemakers work for other people and don't get to put their name on the label. They may not have the funds to invest in their own grapes, barrels, storage, and all the other costs involved in making wine, much less their cost of living while those wines are being made.

The situation might be even a bit dire, like the story of winemaker Katie Jones. If you want to hear more about her story check out the video from Naked Wines. 

So far, according to their website, they have funded 159 independent winemakers in 14 countries. These direct relationships with winemakers results in lower costs for us because they benefit from economics of scale for buying wine bottling supplies. Also, since they're the considered the winery, there isn't the markup from a distributor and a retailer. They call it "wholesale prices".

So what do we like about Naked Wines?

First of all, you pick the wine you get, how much, and when (Not like other clubs that send to you on schedule). You order this wine from your house (you don't even have to put pants on) making it super convenient. Second, these are real, top-quality winemakers, some we've actually met or been to their "day job" winery. Also, there are a wide range of wines from all across the globe and pretty affordable prices like a Premier Cru Chablis ($24) and a vintage Champagne ($35). The wines overall have been top quality and of all the wines we've try there has only been a couple of wines we didn't love. They'll also let you know what wines to age so we have several bottles sitting in the cellar waiting for the right time to drink.

Another feature that makes Naked Wines unique is the money-back happiness guarantee.  They will refund you for any wine you didn't love.  We actually haven't taken the initiative to use this for the couple of bottles that weren't to our taste, but even so they proactively gave us an $11 refund to highlight the guarantee and encourage us to use it. They want happy customers. 

Lastly, you're positively impacting winemakers, giving them a chance to make wines with their own name on the bottle or maybe to make something lesser known that wouldn't fit with their day employer's winery. Also, there website allow us to interact with winemakers and read their stories.

What don't we like about Naked Wines?

To start, when we signed up in late 2018, we were required to buy a case of wine in order to join. That first case we bought with the promotional offer was priced at their non-member price. This felt a bit deceptive and we almost didn't join. After a few weeks, they gave us the option to buy a smaller 9-bottle pack so we didn't have to invest as much money just to give them a try. Once we bought that first case, they put us on a "waiting list" to get into the club. We don't remember a believable explanation for why there was a waiting list, it seemed like an attempt to fake exclusivity.

Also, they send emails about promotional packs that feel a bit spammy and over time you learn to give them a glance and archive or delete them. We imagine some people like the promotional packs, they just haven't been appealing to us.

Before deciding to do this episode we also looked up naked wines on the Better Business Bureau. They have an A+ rating from the BBB, but only get 2 out of 5 stars from customer reviews. There were several pages of reviews and the vast majority seem to be people who somehow don't realize they will be charged $40 per month and were unhappy with it despite the fact you can get your money back or people who are unhappy with their wines and didn't take advantage of the happiness guarantee.

What are some tips for getting the most value?

First, if you are struggling to find wine they have wine advisors you can call. Once you start receiving wine make sure you are rating the wines you try because this feeds into their recommendations. It also helps to follow winemakers you like in the app or the website so you can get updates on when they release new wines.

Also, every month they offer a free promotional bottle (one they choose) to compete a case if you order any 11 bottles of your choice. So make sure to buy 11 bottles at a time do you get the free bottle. If the promotional bottle doesn't appeal to you, check the other options in their bottle picker.

If all else fails, use that happiness guarantee. Get you money back and pick out something different. Like I said, they want to make you happy.

If you're in the same boat we were in and want to try out Naked Wines, you can get $100 off $160 purchase for new members using our link. Remember, if you become a member they will be investing $40 a month into Angel account to use to purchase wine. If you sign up we receive $40 in credits to buy more wine and support our hobby. So this is a win - win - win situation. Cheers!

Dec 27 2019

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Ep 198 - Make Your Holidays Sparkling

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With the holidays just around the corner, we have some sparkling wine recommendations to take the guess work out of selecting wines.

Big thanks to our friends at Palm Bay International and Taub Family Selections for providing us with samples for this episode. Although these wines were provided to us, the opinions and tasting notes in this episode are our own.

Budget Friendly Wines

Villa Marcello Millesimato Prosecco DOC Brut NV - priced around $17.

  • Villa Marcello Prosecco DOC hails from the province of Treviso, one of the finest growing regions of Prosecco.
  • Grapes: 85% Glera, 15% Pinot Bianco
  • Light aromas and flavors of apple blossom, lemon, and dried hay
  • This wine doesn’t have bread or yeasty notes - it’s fruity and floral, very delicate and elegant wine

Pere Ventura Tresor Brut Cava - priced around $16. 

  • This Cava is a Reserva which means it’s aged 15 months on the lees the same as non-vintage Champagne 
  • Light aromas of nectarines, fresh sage, minerality and yeasty notes
  • Flavors of nectarines, fresh sage, white flowers and minerality
  • Although we get a hint of breadiness in the nose, this wine is still very crisp and fruity
  • We enjoyed this wine with a nice aged Gouda cheese but also would go with appetizers, hard cheeses, fried foods, and Asian cuisine

Something different

Ackerman Crémant de Loire Sparkling Cuvée 1811 Blanc Brut - priced around $22. 

  • The name of this wine comes from its beginnings. Ackerman was established in 1811 in the small town of Saumur in the heart of France's Loire Valley by Jean-Baptiste Ackerman.
  • Blend of 70% Chenin Blanc, 20 % Chardonnay, 10% Cabernet Franc and each variety is made into wine separately in view of maintaining its typical features up until blending at the end of winter.
  • This wine has light aromas of golden apples, white flowers and a hint of breadiness
  • We got flavors of golden apples, peaches, lemon oil and white flowers
  • Very fruit wine that we thought it paired really well with blue cheese
  • We think that this is a unique blend of grapes that people might not be as familiar with.

Altemasi Brut, Trento DOC - priced around $24.

  • The Trento DOC appellation is renowned for producing some of the finest sparkling wines in Italy and is known as the Italian alternative to Champagne 
  • 100% Chardonnay wine made in the traditional method that is aged on the lees for at least 15 months
  • Light aromas of apples and bread almost like apple pie
  • This wine has flavors of lemon, green apples with a hint of breadiness
  • So when people think of sparkling wine from Italy they mostly think of Prosecco and Prosecco is super popular right now. So if you are looking for something different from Italy this would be a great option. 

Splurge Wines

Boizel Brut Réserve Champagne NV - priced around $50.

  • 55% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier
  • The still wines from the year are blended with 30% of reserve wines kept from the previous two harvests, for consistency
  • Post second fermentation, the wine is aged for three years on its lees, in bottle
  • Intense aromas of bread dough, golden apples and honeycomb
  • This wine has flavors of honeysuckle, green apples, lemon and a hint of bread
  • We love the smell of this wine and the complex flavor profile
  • Enjoyed this wine with Camembert and aged Gouda cheeses

Champagne André Jacquardt Brut Nature Expérience 1er Cru Blanc De Blancs - priced around $100.

  • 100% Chardonnay wine
  • 60% Vinified in stainless steel, 40% vinified in older Burgundy oak barrels. No malolactic fermentation. Five years aging on the lees before disgorgement.
  • Aromas of red apple skins, bread, rose and minerality
  • It’s the driest of the wines in this episode and has high acidity with flavors of pink lady apples, rose, lemon, and a funky yeasty flavor
  • This wine is crisp, fruity, floral and complex 
  • A special treat for a special occasion

Dec 20 2019

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Ep 197 - Brachetto d'Acqui

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This week we are talking about Brachetto d’Acqui.  Brachetto d’Acqui is a DOCG in the Piedmont wine region of Northwest Italy.

Wine Recommendations

Risata Brachetto d’Acqui 2016 - priced around $16.

  • Risata is a larger producer in the area - in fact they produce the #1 seller of Moscato d’Asti in America
  • Aromas of candied red berries and orange
  • It’s sweet with medium plus body, medium acidity with flavors of red berries and apricot preserves
  • This wine has enough acidity to stand up to the sweetness but not syrupy
  • It’s very lively, bright and a real treat
  • It paired well with dark chocolate so this wine can handle more intensely flavored desserts

Rinaldi Brachetto d’Acqui 2016 - priced around $30

  • This sweet wine has aromas of black cherries and strawberries
  • It’s medium body, medium acidity and flavors of dried apricot and red berries
  • This wine was lighter in flavor, more delicate than the previous wine
  • We would recommend pairing with milk chocolate, fruit tarts and creme brulee. 

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Dec 13 2019

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Ep 196 - Lebanon

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This week we are talking about Lebanon and its wine. Check out our wine recommendations for some amazing wines.

Wine Recommendations

Massaya Terrasses Baalbeck 2012 - priced around $28.

  • Blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre
  • Aromas of blackberries, pepper, cedar and bitter coco
  • It’s dry with medium acidity and tannins with flavors of similar to aromas with the addition of mushroom or earthy notes
  • The tannins provides a wonderful texture to the wine
  • We thought this wine was at its best paired with food like a hard or semi hard cheese

Château Belle-Vue La Renaissance 2007 - priced around $45.

  • This wine is a blend of 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Very deep inky colored wine with aromas of blackberries and black cherries, dusty earth, and eucalyptus notes
  • It’s dry with medium plus acidity and tannins with flavors of dark berries, coco and spice
  • Great textured wine with a lot of structure with a nice long finish

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Dec 06 2019

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Ep 195 - Four Wines December 2019 Edition

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Every couple of months we take a pause on our normal format and talk about four wine we’ve enjoyed recently and want to share with all of you. 

Wine Recommendations

Seaglass Unoaked Chardonnay 2017 - priced around $12.

  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks, this Chardonnay did not undergo malolactic fermentation
  • Light golden color wine with aromas of pineapple, apple, white flowers and tangerines
  • It’s dry with medium plus acidity, light body and flavors similar to aromas
  • Crisp, light and refreshing wine great with light pastas, grilled fish or salads.

Perticaia Umbria Rosso IGT 2016 - priced around $15.

  • This wine is a blend of Sangiovese, Colorino, and Merlot with aromas of sour cherries with a hint of earthiness
  • It’s dry with medium plus acidity and tannins with flavors of sour cherries, earth and black tea
  • The tannins give a lovely smooth texture to the wine with a pleasant finish
  • Great food wine to pair with salami, cold cuts and pasta

Las Nietas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 - priced around $25.

  • This wine has aromas of cherries, baking spices a hint of earth
  • It’s dry, light bodied with light tannins, medium plus acidity and flavors of cherries, red berries and rose
  • This wine is delicate but needs a little time to open up with some oxygen for the flavors to really shine
  • The new oak was perfectly done with just enough to give it some complexity but not overwhelm the wine and keep all those lovely red fruit flavors.

Les Lunes Wine Zinfandel 2016 - priced around $30.

  • From Venturi Vineyard in Mendocino County California
  • These vines were planted in 1948.
  • This wine has aromas of red fruits and baking spices
  • It’s dry with medium plus acidity and tannins and flavors of red fruits like cherries and cranberries as well as a little earth
  • This is a leaner style Zin than what you would get from other places in California like Lodi.
  • Really fresh tasting, fruit forward wine with bright acidity

Nov 29 2019

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Ep 194 - Wiener Gemischter Satz

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This week we are talking about Wiener Gemischter Satz!

Wine Recommendations

Mayer am Pfarrplatz Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC 2016 - priced around $26.

  • Blend of Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Rotgipfler and Zierfandler
  • Pale Lemon color wine with aromas of lemon, tangerine, white flowers and a chalky minerality
  • It’s dry with medium plus acidity and flavors of lemons, apricot, white flowers and minerality
  • Great crisp white wine with a lovely aromatic nose

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Nov 22 2019

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Ep 193 - Tokaji

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This week we are talking about Tokaji wine region in northeast Hungary.

Wine Recommendations

Kiralyudvar Pezsgő Henye Sparkling 2015 - priced around $29.

  • Medium golden colored wine 
  • Aromas of golden apples, pears and fresh baked bread
  • It’s dry with medium plus to high acidity with flavors of lime pith, toast and apple
  • Great with a double cream brie cheese
  • Crisp, fruity and bready and even with some age still have quite a bit of acidity

Megyer Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 2013 - priced around $50.

  • Winery Direct selection from Total Wine
  • Deep gold hue with aromas of golden raisins, honey, dried apricots and dry hay
  • This is a very sweet wine with flavors similar to aromas 
  • This is a real treat and great with buttermilk blue cheese or a great dessert on it’s own

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Nov 15 2019

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Ep 192 - Wagram Austria

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This week we are talking about the Wagram wine region which is a viticultural region on the banks of the Danube River in northeastern Austria.

Wine Recommendations

Wimmer Czerny Familien Wagram Roter Veltliner 2017 - priced around $22. 

  • This wine has a Pale lemon color white wine with aromas of golden apple, lemon, honeysuckle and minerality
  • It’s dry with medium light body, medium plus acidity and flavors similar to aromas - lemon peel, honeysuckle and minerality
  • This wine is fruity and crisp with some beautiful floral notes and a nice long finish

Josef Ehmoser “Wagram Terrassen” Gruner Veltliner 2018 - priced around $18. 

  • Aromas of lemon, lime, peach, orange blossom and minerality
  • It’s dry with medium acidity and flavors of peach, minerality, white flowers and lemon rind on the finish
  • Fruit, crisp and a really lovely long finish
  •  Food pairings: Appetizers, spring salads, delicate fish and other similarly light dishes

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Nov 08 2019

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Ep 191 - Wine in the News October 2019

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Time for another Wine in the News! Check out the articles below that inspired the topics for this episode.

Nov 01 2019

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Ep 190 - Getariako Txakolina

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This week we are talking about Getariako Txakolina or also known as Txakoli de Getaria.

Wine Recommendations

Gaintza Txakolina 2014 - priced around $20. 

  • This is the traditional wine of the region
  • Slightly fizzy wine with aromas of green apple, lime and crushed granite
  • It’s dry with medium plus acidity, medium light body and flavors similar to aromas
  • Crisp, tart, fruity and refreshing wine
  • We loved this wine and it would pair great with seafood, salads, sushi  and light vegetable dishes

Ameztoi Rubentis 2018 - priced around $22.

  • Very light salmon color Rose with aromas of strawberries and pink lady apples
  • It’s dry with a medium light body with medium plus acidity with flavors similar to aromas plus lemon
  • This rose is its own style of rose - more tart, less floral, very crisp
  • It’s like a Rose influenced white wine

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Oct 25 2019

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Ep 189 - Mosel

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This week we are talking about the Mosel wine region in Germany.

Wine Recommendations

Hild Elbling Sekt NV - priced around $20.

  • This wine comes from the Upper Mosel area
  • This wine has a pale lemon color with light aromas of lemon, apple, minerality and a hint of bread
  • It’s dry with medium plus acidity and flavors of lemon rind, apple peel and minerality
  • This wine is crisp, intensely fruity and what I want in a sparkling wine
  • Great with cheese and cured meats

Julian Haart Riesling “1000L” 2017 - priced around $22. 

  • This wine has a little more sugar than would allow them to be legally called “Trocken,” or dry.
  • It’s made from Fuder(s) or the traditional 1,000 liter barrel of the Mosel 
  • This wine has light aromas of lime, beeswax and wet rock
  • It’s dry with medium acidity and flavors of lemon, grapefruit and minerality
  • This has a nice round, soft texture thanks to that barrel aging
  • Also, it’s fruity and not super complex but tasty wine

Oct 18 2019

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Ep 188 - Chile

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This week we are talking about Chilean wine. Check out our wine recommendations below!

Wine Recommendations

Vina Aquitania Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - priced around $20.

  • Aromas of red fruits - cherries and strawberries, earth and some spice
  • It’s dry with medium acidity, medium tannins, full body and flavors similar to aromas - red fruit, earth and spice
  • fruit -forward wine, very approachable cab that still taste very fresh even after a few years of age
  • Really well made, good quality Cabernet Sauvignon

Errazuriz Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2014 - priced around $ 16.

  • Pale lemon color with aromas of peaches, minerality and a hint of white flowers
  • It’s dry with medium plus acidity and flavors of nectarine, minerality, white grapefruit, some salinity and a white flowers on the finish
  • A really clean, crisp and refreshing wine and a fantastic Sauvignon Blanc 
  • To be honest we think they should be charging more for this wine, it’s one of the best Sauvignon Blanc  I’ve had

Errazuriz Max Reserva Chardonnay 2013 - priced around $16.

  • Aged for 10 months in French oak
  • Medium gold color with aromas of lemon meringue pie
  • It’s dry with medium acidity and flavors of lemon curd, grilled pineapple and white flowers with a long creamy finish
  • The oak is very restrained
  • We haven’t had an oaked chardonnay we’ve like this much in a long time
  • Also priced around $16 which is seriously under priced for the quality of wine you are getting.

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Oct 11 2019

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Ep 187 - Four Wines September 2019 Edition

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It's time for another four wines episode! Every couple of months we talk about four different wines that we've been enjoying and want to share with all of our wonderful listeners.

Wine Recommendations

Domaine Bourgogne-Devaux Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2015 - priced around $25.

  • These Pinot Noir grapes come from 50+ year old vines on average and is aged in barrel (10% new)
  • Light garnet hue with aromas of cherries, earth a d a hint of baking spice
  • It's dry with a light body, medium acidity and light tannins with flavors of cherries with a strong damp earthiness and rose notes
  • What I would expect from a red burgundy - complex, not as fruity as New World Pinot

Broc Cellars Amore Rosso 2017 - priced around $28. 

  • 100% Sangiovese wine
  • Light garnet hue with aromas of red fruits of cherries and cranberries
  • It's dry with medium acidity, light tannins and flavors similar to aromas.
  • We would describe this wine as light, fresh and fruity
  • There are pizzas on the label so their taken the guesswork out of food pairing.

Browne Family Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2015 - priced around $32.

  • This wine comes from the Columbia Valley in Washington state
  • 100% Cab Franc, Aged: 22 Months in 35% New French Oak
  • This wine has aromas of dried black fruits, dried sage and star anise
  • It's dry, full body, medium plus acid and medium tannins with flavors of blackberry fruit leather, cedar and forest floor
  • This wine is deep, intense, and bold.
  • Not very fruity but lots of complex, interesting flavors
  • Pair with food off the grill, beef stews or chili

Camins del Priorat 2016 - priced around $20.

  • From producer Alvaro Palacios 
  • The wine is a blend of Garnacha, Carignan, Cabernet and Syrah.
  • Aromas of blackberry, black plum and vanilla
  • This wine is dry, full body, medium acidity, medium tannins and flavors of black cherry, black plum and vanilla
  • Deep, intense wine that would be great for cool weather

Oct 04 2019

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Ep 186 - Cahors AOC

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This week we are talking about the Cahors AOC wine region located in south-west France about 100 miles east of Bordeaux.

Wine recommendations

Matayac Cahors 2016 - priced around $13.

  • Aromas of blueberries, black cherries and black pepper
  • It’s dry with medium plus acidity and medium plus tannins with flavors of black and blue berries, and a touch of flowers
  • Juicy, ripe wine with some floral notes with nice structure perfect for pairing with food

Chateau Les Croisille Cahors Le Croizillon 2015 - priced around $19.

  • Aromas of red berries like strawberries and raspberries, dusty earth and black pepper
  • It’s dry with medium acidity and tannins with flavors of red plum, allspice and roses
  • This wine is a little mellower in terms of acid and tannins than the previous wine
  • Other otherwise very similar that the previous wine - very food friendly approachable red wine.

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Sep 27 2019

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Ep 185 - Cannonau di Sardegna

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This week we are talking about Cannonau di Sardegna which is a DOC covering the entire island of Sardina.

Wine Recommendations

Cantina Santa Maria La Palma Le Bombarde 2016 - priced $14.

  • Blend of Cannonau and Monica di Sardegna
  • This wine has aromas of cran-cherry, dusty earth and black plum
  • It’s dry with medium acidity and tannins and medium body with flavors of red fruits and earth
  • This is a juicy, fruity wine with the right balance of acid, tannins and body
  • Food pairings: ideal with red meats, game and mature cheeses.

Costera Argiolas 2016 - priced around $17.

  • Aromas of red fruit, dusty earth and a touch of flowers
  • It’s dry with medium acid and tannins with flavors of cherries, raspberries and earth
  • Lighter in flavors and aromas than the previous wine but still very fruity

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Sep 20 2019

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Ep 184 - Fitou AOC

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This week we are talking about the Fitou AOC. Fitou is a small wine appellation in southern France that is a part of the larger Languedoc-Roussillon wine region area.

Wine Recommendations

Maison Carrel Sous la Montagne Fitou 2016 - priced around $25.

  • Deep purple color wine with aromas of candied strawberries like red Australian Licorice
  • It’s dry with medium plus acidity and tannins and flavors of red fruits, rock, violets and kalamata olives
  • Very fruit forward wine that smells sweet
  • It’s young, wild and rustic - like a horse that hasn’t been tamed - we would recommend pairing with food or let it age for a few years to mellow it out.

Gérard Bertrand Fitou 2009 - priced around $20.

  • Thanks to age this wine has the color of coca-cola like a brown-amber color
  • This wine is also very sweet smelling of dried strawberries and raspberries as well as balsamic and walnut
  • It’s dry with medium acidity and tannins with flavors of dried figs, molasses, balsamic reduction
  • We could smell this wine all day long so intoxicating
  • Wines like this makes us want to buy a bunch of wine to age and is definitely worth more than the $20 we paid for this wine

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Sep 13 2019

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Ep 183 - Philippe Langner of Hesperian Wines

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This week features our interview with viticulturist and winemaker Philippe Langner of Hesperian Wines our of Napa Valley. 

Wines from Hesperian Wines - note that these wines were provided as samples to us but the opinions below are our own.

Anatomy No. 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - priced around $33

  • Bordeaux-style blend of mostly Cab with a little Merlot and Syrah
  • Aromas of black currents, red plum, blackberries, earth and leather
  • it's dry with medium plus acidity and tannins with flavors similar to aromas - dark fruits, leather, with a little vegetal note on the finish
  • This is a big, bold wine with structure bout a lot of juicy, ripe fruit

2015 Hesperian Cabernet Sauvignon - priced around $100.

  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Deep purple color with strong aromas of fennel and dark fruits
  • it's dry with medium acid and tannins with flavors of fennel, dark fruits and a herbal quality
  • it's a less fruity cab and more herbal and mellow
  • drink now through 2035

2015 Hesperian Cabernet Sauvignon Kitoko Vineyard - priced around $150

  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Aromas of dark fruits, violets and dusty earth
  • it's dry with medium acid and tannins and flavors of dark fruits, leather and a hint of baking spices
  • Bold but refined Cab that is good to drink now or if you're willing to wait will continue to evolve until 2035

Sep 06 2019

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Ep 181 - Fin du Fresne of Chamisal Vineyards and Malene Wines

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This week features our interview with Fin du Fresne the winemaker at Chamisal Vineyards and Malen Wines out of the Central Coast area of California.

Wine Recommendations - We received these wines as samples but the tasting notes and opinions are ours.

Malene Wines

2017 Rosé - priced around $22.

  • A blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Rolle, and Syrah
  • Aromas of strawberries, watermelon, minerality and a touch of flowers
  • Dry, fruity and crisp with flavors similar to aromas with a creamy texture

2018 Old Vine Rosé of Grenache - priced around $35.

  • Light salmon colored wine with aromas of red berries like strawberries and cherries as well as minerality and a touch of lavender
  • This wine is dry with medium plus acidity with flavors similar to aromas - red berries, minerality and lavender
  • Everything we want in a Rose - intensely fruity, crisp and delicious

2018 Rosé of Mourvedre - priced around $35.

  • Aromas and flavors of minerality, strawberry, watermelon and lavender
  • A dry style Rosé that is very light in aromas and flavors

Chamisal Vineyards

2017 Stainless Chardonnay - priced around $18.

  • Medium golden colored wine with aromas of pineapple, golden apples and apricots
  • it's dry with medium acidity and flavors of lemon, minerality and apricots
  • A really great options for summer - fruity, ripe, crisp wine

2017 Monterey County Chardonnay - priced around $24.

  • Light lemon color
  • aromas of toasted oak, lemon and melon
  • It's dry with medium body and acidity with flavors of lemon meringue pie, pineapple and apple
  • Rich and creamy texted wine
  • Although it's oaked and some of those flavors are there, the fruit is the star of the show

2017 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay - priced around $35.

  • Light lemon colored wine
  • a light nose of lemon, white flowers and pear
  • it's dry with medium acidity and flavors of toasted oak, pear and apple
  • Subtle aromas and flavors with a lovely creamy texture

2017 Edna Valley Pinot Noir - Priced around $45

  • Garnet colored wine with aromas of fresh cherries, a little earth and sweet baking spices
  • It's dry with medium plus acidity with flavors of cherries, earth, baking spice and a bitter note on the finish
  • very juicy, vibrant tasting wine with a fair amount of complexity.

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