Celebrating Albariño Days with 2 Delicious Wines & 1 That Has Gone Bad

Hi everyone, and Happy #WineWednesday! To celebrate Albariño days (August 1-5, 2018), I wanted to open 3 with you. As you’ll see from the video, unexpected things can happen when I don’t taste the wine before recording. Cheers!

The wines mentioned in the video are:

  • 2017 El Terrano Albariño — $14 (I had trouble nailing down information on this wine, but I believe that it’s a collaboration between Valkyrie Selections, Bodegas Más Que Vinos, and Whole Foods.) I gave this wine 3.5 corks.
  • 2017 Martin Codax Albariño — $15
  • 2017 La Val Albariño — $18 I gave this wine 4.5 corks

First question of the day: Have you had Albariño before? If so what did you think of it?

Bonus Question of the Day: Have you opened a bottle of wine that was bad? How do you handle it? Do you take it back to the store or do you just dump it and open a new bottle?

A Red Wine Meant For Cookouts: WA5 Locations Wine

Hi everyone, and Happy #WineWednesday! Today, I’m tasting the WA5 Locations Wine by Dave Phinney, which is a red wine blend from Washington State. I previewed this wine a few months ago when I unboxed a shipment of samples and tasted the E5, which was a red wine from Spain. (You can find that video here: https://youtu.be/WTqtRkDHygU)

The idea behind Dave Phinney’s Locations Wine is to make the best wine from a country or region that expresses the place’s sense of location. All the wines are $20, and come from high-quality vineyards, run by forward-thinking growers working with old vines.

Links to the videos that were mentioned:

The wine mentioned in the video was the WA5, a red wine blend from Washington State, USA — $20

Question of the Day: Have you ever tried one of the Locations wines? If so, which ones and what did you think?

June and July 2018 Gary Vee Wine Club

Hi everyone! Today, I’m sharing my June and July Gary Vee Wine Club shipments, and tasting the 2014 Esser Cab that came in July’s box. Cheers! The Gary Vee Wine Club is a monthly shipment of wine for only $55 a month. Depending on the month, you receive 1, 2, 3, or 4 bottles. The June 2018 shipment included 1 wine red wine from Italy. The July 2018 shipment included 3 wines from the US – two whites and one red.

The #GaryVeeWineClub is run through Wine Library.  The wines mentioned were:

Questions of the Day: 

  1. Do you use Vivino or another wine app to rate/keep track of your wine thoughts?
  2. What are your summer cookout wine go-tos?

Wine.com White Haul

Happy #WineWednesday!  Today, I’m unboxing my Wine.com case of white wines. Plus, I’m going to taste the Hugel Classic Pinot Gris with you. Cheers!

The wines mentioned in the video were:

Question of the Day: Are you a white wine drinker? Do you drink it year round with certain foods or do you tend to drink it more seasonally?

Wine Flash Sale: Cuvée Valérose

Happy #WineWednesday! Spring has finally arrived in DC, so I didn’t want to miss sharing my latest Wines ‘Til Sold Out purchase – a yummy rosé that is perfect for the warm weather. Cheers!

The wine mentioned in the video was the 2017 Cuvée Valérose — $11.  I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 corks.  It’s a great value and is an easy-to-drink wine, but not very complex.

Question of the Day #1: Do you drink rosé all year long or is it mostly a spring and summer wine for you?

Question of the Day #2: Do you buy wine online?  If so, what sites do you use?