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

iTunes Ratings

61 Ratings
Average Ratings
46
5
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
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Great to be able to swoop in a grab an understanding of particular wines.
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Weekly Wine Show

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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 122 - Summer Wines - Canned Wines

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We continue our summer wines series. Since it’s well into summer, we thought it was a good time to take about the new trend of canned wines. When picking wine to sample for this episode, we only purchased canned wine that was strictly wine. We decided to just stick with straight wine so we could make a fair comparison to other wines.

Wine Recommendations

Tangent Sauvignon Blanc 2016

  • Nose of white grapefruit, lime, arugula and a hint of dry hay
  • It’s dry with medium plus acidity, light bodied with flavors of white grapefruit, lime zest and dry hay
  • It’s crisp, light and refreshing - great for light dishes like salads, light cheeses and hot days on the patio
  • Priced around $7 for a 375ml can which comes out to be $14 for a bottle of wine
  • You can purchase this wine here

Alloy Everyday Rose NV

  • This wine has a nose of wet rock and strawberries
  • It’s dry, light bodied, medium acidity with flavors of strawberries and cream and grapefruit
  • It’s light and fresh tasting, perfect to chill for the patio
  • Priced around $9 for 375ml which come out to $18 for a bottle, you can also buy a four pack of this wine for $30 which is a little over 2.5 bottles
  • You can purchase a four pack of wine here

Underwood Pinot Noir NV by Union Wine Company

  • This wine has a nose of cherry, raspberry with a hint of dusty earth and dried oregano
  • It’s dry with medium acidity and light body with flavors of cherry, raspberries, dried oregano, black olives and a hint of earth
  • It’s fruity but tastes more savory and it doesn’t has as much acidity as I thought but still enough to pair on it’s own
  • Although it’s a red still light enough to pair with you favorite summer dish and warm weather
  • Priced around $7 for 375ml which comes out to $14 for a bottle
  • You can purcahse this wine here 

The Drop Red Wine NV

  • Blend of Zinfandel,  Petite Sirah, Syrah
  • It’s dry, full bodied, with medium plus acidity and medium tannins and flavors of blackberries, blueberries, and mushrooms
  • Fruit is there but this wine is so savory so this is your fatty, meat grilling wine
  • Priced around $5 for a 250ml can which comes out to $15
  • You can purchase this wine here

Jul 04 2018

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Rank #2: 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 #3: 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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Rank #4: Ep 178 - Four Wines August 2019 Edition

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It’s time for another four wines episode. Every couple of months we talk about four different wines we've tasted recently and want to share with our listeners. 

Wine Recommendations

Famille Hugel Gentil 2016 - priced around $12.

  • This white blend has a light lemon color with aromas of lemon pith, nectarines, white flowers and minerality
  • It’s dry with medium plus acidity and flavors similar to aromas - stonefruit, lemon and white flowers
  • This was is very aromatic - fruity and floral and a really light, crisp and tasty wine

Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling 2017 - priced around $14.

  • Light lemon color with strong aromas of stonefruit, lemon and honeysuckle
  • It’s medium sweet and medium acidity with flavors of peach, apricot, and tangerine
  • Ripe, fruity wine with just the right amount of sweetness and low alcohol for spicy foods
  • This wine has a lot of food pairing options: Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Indian as well as German-inspired dishes like sausage and schnitzel, Mexican dishes like Chile Verde and enchiladas, and desserts like fruit tarts and pies

Cantina Colli Euganei Extra Dry Prosecco 2017 - priced around $16.

  • This sparkling white wine has a pale lemon color with aromas of lemon and white flowers
  • This wine has a touch of sweetness with medium plus acidity and flavors of lemon rind, white flowers and pink lady apples
  • Crisp, fruity and floral, an all around lovely wine that we believe would pair with a lot of different food options

Les Hauts de Trintaudon 2010 - priced around $15.

  • This wine comes from the left bank of Bordeaux from Haut-Medoc region and is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot
  • This wine has a deep garnet color with aromas of dusty earth, dark fruits and pepper
  • It’s dry, full bodied, medium acidity and tannins with flavors of black cherries, vanilla, and black pepper
  • The tannins in this wine are silky smooth and although it has some age on it this is still a juicy, fruity wine
  • Food Pairings: pair with fat meats like Beef and lamb as well as earthy mushroom dishes

Aug 02 2019

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Rank #5: Ep 165 - Wine in the News May 2019

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This week we talk recent wines news. Below are the articles that inspired this episode's topics.

California wine's new paradigm: Bright, juicy, translucent reds

Esther Mobley March 21, 2019 San Francisco Chronicle

Southern Oregon growers fight Willamette Valley wine purity proposals

By Pete Danko  – Staff Reporter, Portland Business Journal Mar 21, 2019

Texas wine group wants to keep California grapes out of their bottles

Lynn Brezosky April 25, 2019 San Antonio Express News

Nine Spanish producers to leave the Cava DO

Richard Woodard, February 1, 2019 Decanter

The Danger of Biased Drinking Studies

By Liza B. Zimmerman | Posted Saturday, 02-Mar-2019, Wine-Searcher

The campaign to make alcohol ‘the new tobacco’

by Christopher Snowdon 28th March 2019, Spector Health

Very Good Dogs Sniff Out TCA Taint, Rescue Wine

February 14, 2019 Wine Spectator

May 03 2019

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Rank #6: Ep 110 - Oregon Wine Country Stories: Decoding the Grape

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Recently, I had the pleasure of chatting with Ken Friedenreich the author of the new book, “Oregon Wine Country Stories, Decoding the Grape.”

Before I interviewed Ken, I had a chance to read his book and I loved it. No matter where you are in your wine journey, it's a great read and I highly recommend it.

You can learn more about the book here

Ready to buy the book? Click here to order from Amazon and you won't even have to leave your house.

Apr 11 2018

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Rank #7: Ep 068 - Soave

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Once one of Italy’s most famous white wines, Soave has had its ups and downs, and can now be a little tough to find. Fortunately, there are some great Soave out there if you’re willing to look. Mostly made from the Garganega grape, Soave dedicates 20,00 vines to this once popular wine.

This week's episode we discuss:

  • Where is Soave?
  • Why is Soave the perfect place to grow Garganega?
  • Soave's bad reputation and what they are doing to overcome it
  • Wine styles, flavor characteristics, and food pairings

Jun 21 2017

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Rank #8: Ep 140 - Rioja and Bodegas LAN

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This week we are talking about Rioja and Bodegas LAN. We talked about Rioja way back in episode 26 of the podcast. We were recently sent some wine from LAN and Thursday, November 8, 2018 just happens to be International Tempranillo Day so we thought it was a great time to revisit Rioja and learn more about Bodegas LAN and talk about their wines.

Wine Recommendations -  These were sent to us by the good people at Bodegas LAN

LAN Crianza 2014 - priced around $14. 

  • Nose: red cherries, raspberries, spice and dust
  • Dry with medium acidity and tannins with flavors similar to aromas with a hint of cedar on the finish
  • We thought this wine was a great balance of tannins and acid.
  • The Fruit and acid makes this wine very lively  but has other complex aromas and flavors going on like the cedar and spice.
  • Very tasty, approachable wine, this is solid traditional Crianza
  • You can purchase this wine here 

LAN Viña Lanciano Reserva 2011 - priced around $30. 

  • Nose: black cherries, blueberries, vanilla and baking spice
  • It’s dry with medium acidity and medium plus tannins with flavors of cherries, blueberries, and wood - the oak is definitely there but fruity and the tannins are smooth
  • This wine has deep/intense aromas and flavors with a beautiful long finish
  • Even with its age there is still some fresh fruit flavors and could continue to improve with age
  • There is definitely a finesse to this wine
  • You can purchase this wine here

LAN Edición Limitada 2015 - priced around $50. 

  • Nose: black cherries, blueberries, dusty earth and a hint of spice
  • It’s dry with medium plus acidity, medium tannins and flavors of black cherries, blueberries, and a hint of bitterness on the finish like cedar or wood
  • All the care taken to make this wine really shows
  • The texture created from the lees and the fermentation is incredible - the tannins and silky smooth
  • Also wonderful, fresh fruit flavors
  • This wine could probably age until at least 2025 where it will continue to develop its complexity
  • You can purchase this wine here 

Nov 07 2018

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Rank #9: Ep 092 - Champagne Holiday

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The holidays is a great excuse to drink Champagne (as well as a Tuesday) but buying Champagne can feel overwhelming; it’s expensive and you might often feel like you're going to mess something up. Not to worry, we have three recommendations that you can’t go wrong with and something for everyone.  We want to give you some options to take with you to holiday time with friends and family (or for just yourself is ok too).

In this week's episode we discuss:

  • Why is Champagne is expense?
  • How it Champagne made?
  • About the blend (mostly)
  • Classifications

Wine Recommendations:

Bonnet-Ponson Brut Premier Cru NV - priced around $40. This wine has a deep golden color with aromas of sweet earth, a sweet apple, pear skins and a hint of chalkiness. It has high acidity with flavors of lemon, grapefruit, apple, white lily, and yeast with a long finish.

Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée - priced around $50. This wine is a medium golden color with medium intense aromas of brioche, floral and golden apple. It has medium plus acidity with flavors of yeast, floral, green apple and lemon rind with a medium finish. This wine went amazing with salty and nutty cheese like an aged manchego cheese.

Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé 2007 - priced around $80. A wine with a medium golden color and aromas of toast, almond, golden apple and pear. It has high acidity with flavors of floral, apple and lemon pith with a medium finish. This wine has the potential for long aging and a great option for a special occasion.

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.

Dec 06 2017

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Rank #10: Ep 173 - Wine in the News June 2019 Edition

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Time for another Wine in the News episode! Check out the news articles below to read more about these topics.

Federal Interprovincial Shipping Restriction Eliminated After 91 Years by Mark Hicken published in Wine Law.CA on June 24th, 2019

US Supreme Court Ruling Should Boost Digital Wine Sales by Bill Swindell published in The Press Democrat on June 26, 2019

RUEDA TO CREATE ‘SUPERIOR’ CLASSIFICATION FOR OLD-VINE VERDEJO by Patrick Schmitt published in The Drinks Business on June 10th, 2019

Is Oak Over? by Jamie Goode Published in Vinepair on June 12, 2019

Is it Time For a New Natural Wine? by Christina Pickard, Published in Wine Enthusiast on June 12, 2019

Jun 28 2019

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Rank #11: Ep 082 - Russian River Valley

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This episode starts a series focused on California wine regions. We spent most of the summer learning about wines from Europe and now we are looking to explore wines from the state that produces about 85% of US wine, and we’re starting with the Russian River Valley.

The Russian River Valley is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Sonoma County, California. There are more than a million acres of land within Sonoma and the region produces twice as many grapes as Napa. With such a diverse landscape, it’s difficult to make generalizations about the region so we are going to focus on just one of its 12 AVAs.

This week's episode we discuss:

  • Where is Russian River Valley and what's its impact?
  • History of wine in the region
  • Climate and geography in the Russian River Valley and its impact on the grapes grown
  • What to expect from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in the Russian River Valley

Wine Recommendations:

Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay 2015 - priced around $20. This wine is definitely a bridge between what you would expect from California and Burgundy style Chardonnay. This wine has a beautiful lemon color with aromas of baked apple and a touch of baking spice and reminds me of fall. It's medium bodied with quite a bit of acidity so pair it with food like soft/young cheeses and dishes with cream or butter sauces. We experienced flavors of baked apples, almost like apple pie with a nuttiness to it. The malolatic fermentation is evident in the smooth and creamy texture. The oak flavors are there but it’s not heavy handed - there's a real finesse to the wine.

Kenwood Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014 - priced around $18. This wine has aromas of cherry cola, star anise, and dusty earth. Beautiful balanced wine with medium body and medium acidity. It tasted so savory, with flavors of mushrooms and smooth, soft tannins that gave us a velvet texture on the tongue. This wine can pair with all kinds of food, especially with mushroom or meaty dishes, or enjoyed on its own just sipping.

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Sep 27 2017

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Rank #12: Ep 151 - Super Tuscans

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This week we are talking about Super Tuscan wine. Super Tuscans come from as the name suggests, the Tuscany region of Italy which is located in central Italy. “Super Tuscan” is a term used to describe red wines from Tuscany that may include the use of non-indigenous grapes, particularly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Wine Recommendations

Tenuta Monteti Caburnio 2010 - priced around $21.

  • 55 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Alicante Bouschet, 15 % Merlot, 5 % Cabernet Franc, 5 % Petit Verdot
  • Nose: Dark fruit - blackberries, black currant, black plums, floral (like lavender and rose)
  • Dry, full body, medium plus acidity and smooth, soft medium level tannins
  • Flavors: dark fruit, vanilla, touch of rose and lavender
  • You can tell this wine has spent some time in oak and in the bottle - soft edges but still quite a bit of acidity so probably would be great with even more age
  • We were not expecting the floral component - we feel this is a bit of French influence showing.
  • This wine is complex and structured, can stand up to food or good for sipping on its own

Toccata Classico 2015 - priced around $29.

  • This wine was given to us as a sample
  • The grapes in this blend are 50% Sangiovese, 30% Cab Sav, 5% Merlot, 5% Freisa, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cab Franc 
  • Nose: sweet & smokey BBQ ribs, ripe black cherries and blackberries, vanilla
  • Dry, full body, medium tannins, medium plus acidity
  • Flavors similar to aromas, plus black plum
  • This is an intense wine that needs food with big flavors and/or a bit of fat. Most people will probably want food with it.
  • This one could also age a bit longer, especially if you want to accentuate those umami flavors.

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Jan 25 2019

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Rank #13: Ep 133 - Croatia

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This week we dive into Croatia and Croatian wines. This area of the world has a long wine history so we give you a short introduction as well as some awesome wine recommendations. We hope you enjoy this episode!

Wine Recommendations

Vina Skaramuča Plavac 2016 - priced around $17. 

  • Aromas of black fruit, black Pepper, leather, dust
  • Medium acidity, med+ tannins
  • Flavors of Black fruit, herbs, earth
  • Fruity and inviting nose, good texture, and complexity of flavor
  • Enough acidity to go with food but approachable on its own too
  • You can purchase this wine here

Piližota Plavina 2016 - priced around $16. 

  • North Dalmatia controlled wine region
  • 100% Plavina
  • Nose of cherries, dust, raspberries, dried sage and oregano
  • Medium acidity, med- tannins, medium minus body
  • Flavors of cherries, earth, hints of chocolate and dried lavender
  • This wine reminds us of a pinot noir - similar texture and crowd pleaser, but the nose is fruitier than the taste
  • You can purchase this wine here

Zlatan Plavac Šibenik 2011 - priced around $22.

  • Nose of black cherries, black plum, black pepper
  • Medium tannins and acidity
  • Flavors of Black fruit, a hint of black pepper with notes of dried herbs and smoke on the finish
  • Very fruity on the nose and juicy ripe fruit flavors like biting into a ripe cherry or plum
  • You can purchase this wine here

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Sep 19 2018

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Rank #14: 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 #15: Ep 066 - Crémant d'Alsace

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This week we’re talking about the sparkling wine Crémant d’Alsace. You know we have a love affair with sparkling wine so we’re excited to talk about this region and its delicious wines. We did talk about the Alsace wine region in episode 21 of this podcast when we covered Gewürztraminer.

This week we discuss:

  • What is Crémant wine?
  • Review the method for making Champagne
  • Alsace the wine region and it's terrior
  • Crémant d’Alsace scope and styles
  • Flavor characteristics
  • Food pairings

Jun 07 2017

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Rank #16: Ep 162 - Monterey County

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This week we are talking about Monterey County wine region. This area is part of the larger Central Coast AVA that stretches from San Francisco to Santa Barbara County. There are approximately 46,000 acres of wine grapes making it one of the larger growing area in California.

Wine Recommendations

Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay 2016 - priced around $22.

  • Aromas of golden apples, vanilla, melon and toasted marshmallow
  • It’s dry, fuller bodied, with medium acidity with flavor similar to aromas
  • Like the balance of acid, fruit and those oak aging flavors
  • although it is fuller bodied the wine, it doesn’t feel like a heavy wine
  • This is California Chardonnay done right

Birichino Malvasia Bianca 2016 - priced around $17.

  • This wine has intense aromas of stone fruit, white flowers and orange
  • It’s dry with medium acidity, medium body with flavors like the aromas- stonefruits, white flowers and orange oil
  • Very unique and interesting wine, very fruity and intense wine

Hahn Pinot Noir 2016 - priced around $15.

  • This wine has a light nose of red berries - cherries, strawberries and raspberries as well as sweet baking spices like Allspice as well as some savory, mushroom aromas
  • It’s dry with medium plus acidity, light tannins, light body and flavors very similar to aromas just more intense fruit and mushrooms notes
  • We did really enjoy this wine but we think it’s best with food.
  • This Pinot has quite a bit of acidity and needs some fat to cut through it and really elevate the wine - maybe something earthy with mushrooms or lentils
  • It's a great Pinot for under $20

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Apr 12 2019

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Rank #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: Ep 134 - Douro DOC

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This week we’re talking about the Douro DOC in Portugal. You might know this area as the Port region but there are also some really interesting red wines coming out of Douro. So we are going to focus that side of Douro for this episode.

Wine Recommendations – way back in episode 35, we recommended Douro wine so if you want another option check that episode out.

Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas Red 2015 – priced around $16. 

  • 100% Vinhas Velhas
  • Nose: cherries, blackberries, pencil shavings and a hint of star anise
  • It’s dry with medium acidity, light tannins and flavors of blackberries, black olives, and bitterness like a really good artisan olive oil
  • Food pairings: It pairs well with game, roast meats and mild soft cheese
  • Check out more information on where to purcahse this wine here 

Niepoort Twisted 2015 – priced around $18

  • Nose: blackberries and blueberries and a hint of wood and vanilla
  • It’s dry, medium acidity and medium plus tannins with flavors pretty similar to the aromas – blackberries, hint of wood and vanilla with a slight bitterness on the finish
  • Very juicy, ripe wine and the texture on this wine is lovely, very velvet like
  • Food pairings: White meats. Vegetarian suggestions: noodles, pasta dishes.
  • Priced around $18
  • Purchase this wine here

Duorum Colheita 2014 – priced around $17. 

  • Nose: sweet candied blueberries, vanilla and star anise
  • It’s dry with medium acidity and tannins and flavors of stewed blueberries, vanilla and a touch of bitterness
  • This wine was like drinking a blueberry pie and it was delicious and easy drinking but still has some complexity
  • Food pairings: cuts of steak, pot roasts, and hearty casseroles
  • You can purchase this wine here

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Sep 26 2018

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Rank #20: 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 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! 

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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.

Aug 23 2019

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By Tina Peterson - Oct 29 2016
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