August & September 2018 Gary Vee Wine Club Unboxing

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Today, I’m sharing my August and September 2018 Gary Vee Wine Club shipments, and tasting the 2017 Seinfried Wines Sauvignon Blanc that came in the August box. Cheers!

The #GaryVeeWineClub is a monthly shipment of wine for only $55 a month. Depending on the month, you receive 1, 2, 3, or 4 bottles.

Wine mentioned in the video:
🍷2017 Seifried Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc — $17
🍷2014 Westerly Wines Chardonnay — $20
🍷2014 Tradition Wines Napa Red — $30
🍷2012 Baccinetti Saporoia Brunello Di Montalcino — $30
🍷2016 Mairena Malbec — $16
🍷2014 Martinelli Red Barn Ridge — $30

Products mentioned in the video:

Question of the Day:  Are you a member of the Gary Vee Wine Club? Have you had a chance to taste any of the wines from the August or September shipments? What did you think?

Rosé & White Wine Live Blogging at the Wine Bloggers Conference

10 Rosé and White Wines – These wines from California and Oregon range from $13-$38. While not every one was a winner, there were a very gems in this group. Cheers! |

10 Rosé and White Wines – These wines from California and Oregon range from $13-$38. While not every one was a winner, there were a very gems in this group. Cheers! |

One of the signature events at the Wine Bloggers’ Conference is the Live Wine Blogging. For those who haven’t read my previous recaps or haven’t been to the conference, it’s an hour-long speed tasting where winery representatives have 5 minutes at a table of wine bloggers. The winery representatives talk about the wine while bloggers taste, ask questions, act like the paparazzi taking photos of both the bottles and the reps, and Tweet thoughts or tasting notes. After that, the winery representative moves onto the next table.

The live blogging is like speed dating with wine, and just like speed dating, it’s one of those things that people either love or hate.   Admittedly, I used to find the chaos of it stressful, but over the last couple of years, I’ve learned to really love it. The only thing I would change about the Live Wine Blogging sessions would be to have all of the wines come from the region where the conference is being held. Otherwise, I use the experience as a chance to weed out wines I have no interest in tasting again from wines I think have a lot of potential, are a good quality/price ratio, or that just deserve a little more attention. I then try to taste (and sometimes review), those wines at another time.

Here are the wines I tasted during the Rosé and White Wine Live Blogging:

2015 LangeTwins Family Winery Sangiovese Rosé – At $13, this California rosé wine has a great quality/price ration.  It won’t offer you anything unusual, but it’s reliably tasty and very food friendly Rating: 3.5 out 5 |

2015 LangeTwins Family Winery Sangiovese Rosé

2015 LangeTwins Family Winery Sangiovese Rosé (winery, snooth)
Price: $13
Light-to-medium pink color.
Strawberries and grapefruit rinds on the nose.
Light, but creamy strawberry tart and sour cherries in the mouth.
Bright acidity.
3.5 Corks

2015 d’Art Wines White Barbera – At $20, this white wine from California has a light body and would make a nice summer sipping wine.  Rating: 3 out 5 |

2015 d’Art Wines White Barbera

2015 d’Art Wines White Barbera (winery)
Price: $20
Pale straw yellow.
Tart green apples and grapefruit on the nose and in the mouth.
Bright acid with a light-to-medium body.
3 Corks

2015 Michael David Winery Sauvignon Blanc – At $16, this white wine from California is sustainably grown and has nice fruit flavors.  It’s a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc at an affordable price. Rating: 3.5 out 5 |

2015 Michael David Winery Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Michael David Winery Sauvignon Blanc (winery, snooth)
Price: $16
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Light straw yellow.
Full of grapefruits, tropical fruit, and minerality.
Good acid, although a tough high on the alcohol in the mouth.
This wine is sustainably grown.
3.5 Corks

2015 Trione Vineyards and Winery Sauvignon Blanc – At $23, this is a whole lot of California white wine for not too hefty of a price.  Think peach, grass, green pepper, and rose petals.  Every sip will having you thinking “wow” and wishing for oysters. Rating: 4.5 out 5 |

2015 Trione Vineyards and Winery Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Trione Vineyards and Winery Sauvignon Blanc (winery, snooth)
Price: $23
White peaches, grass, hints of green pepper and rose petals.
Nice minerality. Every sip had me thinking…wow and wishing for a raw bar!
4.5 Corks

2015 Klinker Brick Winery Rosé – At $15, this California rosé wine is a perfect summer porch sipper with a nice quality/price ratio. Rating: 4 out 5 |

2015 Klinker Brick Winery Rosé

2015 Klinker Brick Winery Rosé (winery, snooth)
Price: $15
Grapes: Carignane, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Grenache grapes
Bright salmon pink color.
Lots of grapefruit mixed with hints of tart raspberry and flowers.
Nice acidity and light body.
This wine is a perfect summer porch sipper with a nice quality/price ratio.
4 Corks

2015 Oak Ridge Winery Old Soul Chardonnay – At $13, this white wine from California tastes like pineapple, toasted oak, and baked apples mixed with a lot of alcohol. Rating: 3 out 5 |

2015 Oak Ridge Winery Old Soul Chardonnay

2015 Oak Ridge Winery Old Soul Chardonnay (winery, snooth)
Price: $13
Pineapple and toasted oak mixed with a hint of baked apple.
Lots of heat.
Lots of other bloggers enjoyed this wine at WBC16, but it was not my thing.
3 Corks

J Vineyards & Winery Brut Rosé – At $38, this sparkling wine from California is a little pricey, but it’s worth opening on a special occasion or during a holiday like Thanksgiving.  It’s elegant and lingers in the mouth. Rating: 4.5 out 5 |

J Vineyards & Winery Brut Rosé

J Vineyards & Winery Brut Rosé (winery, snooth)
Price: $38
Grapes: 69% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay, & 2% Pinot Meunier
Salmon pink color.
Strawberries and cream with hints of rose petals and apples.
Bright acidity with lingering finish.
An elegant sparkling wine.
4.5 Corks

2014 Concannon Vineyard Chardonnay – At $18, this California white wine is very smooth and is a perfect food wine.  Rating: 3.5 out 5 |

2014 Concannon Vineyard Chardonnay

2014 Concannon Vineyard Chardonnay (winery, snooth)
Price: $18
Apples, pears, & some chewed on Popsicle stick.
This wine is very smooth. Would be a great food wine.
3.5 Corks

2014 Peirano Estate Winery "The Other" White Blend – At $14, this California white wine has a sexy label, but is not a sexy wine.  It’s soft mouth feel mixed with perfumey taste makes for a flabby wine that’s not worth the price. Rating: 2.5 out 5 |

2014 Peirano Estate Winery “The Other” White Blend

2014 Peirano Estate Winery “The Other” White Blend (winery, snooth)
Price: $14
Grapes: 65% Chardonnay, 25% Sauvignon Blanc, and 10% Viognier
White flowers & apples.
Soft mouth feel & perfumery with hints of bubble gum.
Love the label, but sadly I don’t the wine.
2.5 Corks

2015 Left Coast Cellars White Pinot Noir – At $24, this white wine from Oregon has a light body, nice acidity, and a lingering finish.  It’s truly a delicious wine.  Rating: 4 out 5 |

2015 Left Coast Cellars White Pinot Noir

2015 Left Coast Cellars White Pinot Noir (winery, snooth)
Price: $24
Full of stone fruit, pineapple, and grapefruit on the nose.
In the mouth, there were stone fruits, Granny Smith Apples, grapefruits, and pineapple with hints of raspberries.
Light body. Nice acid. Lingering finish. Delicious wine!!
4 Corks

Question of the Day:  Have you ever gone wine tasting?  What are you thoughts on trying multiple wines in one sitting?

Bonus Question: If you’ve been to a Wine Bloggers’ Conference, what are you thoughts on the Live Blogging?

Kicking-Off Virginia Wine Month with a VA Wine Overview (Part 3)

After a yummy lunch of cheese, bread, fruit, hummus, veggies, and chips paired with a delicious bottle of the 2007 Kluge Estate SP Blanc de Blanc ($25), the group was refreshed and ready to head off to our next round of tasting tables.  The first stop was Veritas Winery.  Veritas is a family-owned winery that opened at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in June 2002.  There were 7 wines to taste at the festival, and the Sauvignon Blanc Reserve and the Claret were my favorites, by far.

2009 Veritas Sauvignon Blanc Reserve ($25)—very light in color; gooseberries, grapefruits, and green peppers; light body and nice acid; very New Zealand-like.
4 Corks

2009 Veritas Claret ($18)—55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Petit Verdot grapes; blackberries, blackcurrant, cherries, and cooking spices; good tannins and body.
4 Corks

2009 Saddleback Chardonnay ($18)—apples and peaches with a hint of summer melons; light-to-medium body and medium acid; good, unoaked style.
3.5 Corks

2009 Veritas Cabernet Franc ($18)—blackberries, cherries, and black pepper; soft tannins and light-to-medium body.
3 Corks

2009 Veritas Merlot ($16)—raspberries and cherries with a touch of earth; soft tannins and medium body.
3 Corks

Red Star ($18)—cherries, raspberries, and strawberries; light body; ok, but not my style.
2.5 Corks

2009 Harlequin Chardonnay ($25)—apples and pears with a tough of something sweet without being a sweet wine; medium body and light acidity; lightly oaked, but missing the oaky wonderfulness.
2 Corks

After tasting the Veritas wines, we moved over one table to taste the wines from Villa Appalaccia Winery.  Villa Appalaccia is located close to the North Carolina and West Virginia borders in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia.  As the name suggests, they mainly grow Italian grapes—Sangiovese, Primitivo, Pinot Grigio, and Malvasia.  What stood out about Villa Appalaccia is that they are doing something different from most of the other Virginia wines by growing Italian grapes, and they like talking about that fact, so it will be interesting to see if they can turn their unique use of grapes into something bigger.  Admittedly, though, the wines are average.

2009 Simpatico ($15)—very floral with a touch of honey; the residual sweetness is usually not my style, but I enjoyed the freshness of this wine.
3.5 Corks

2007 Toscanello ($17)—cherries and red plums with a touch of cedar and tobacco; good acidity.
3.5 Corks

2008 Villa Appalaccia Winery Pinot Grigio ($15)—apples, pears, and mangos; light body.
3 Corks

2007 Villa Appalaccia Winery Primitivo ($18)—strawberries, raspberries, and a hint of pepper.
3 Corks

2007 Villa Appalaccia Winery Sangiovese ($17)—strawberries and spices; good acidity and light body.
3 Corks

2006 Villa Appalaccia Winery Cabernet Franc ($17)—black cherries and black plums; good body.
3 Corks

As we were walking away from the Villa Appalaccia table, one of the ladies in our group ran into a friend, so we absorbed the new couple into our group before heading over to the Unicorn Winery table.  I was excited about visiting Unicorn because I wanted my friends to taste their Chambourcin, a wine that another reader turned me on to (it’s particularly nice as an alternative to Chianti).  Unfortunately, Unicorn wasn’t showing their Chambourcin, but we had a good run with 6 of their other wines.  Their best seller, the Slightly Embarrassed, was well liked among the group.  I can see where people enjoy it, particularly on hot summer days, but even after tasting so many sweet, summery wines at the festival, they just aren’t my style.

2008 Unicorn Winery Chardonnay ($16)—apples, pears, and honeydew; medium body.
3 Corks

2008 Unicorn Winery Traminette ($15)—very subtle apples and honeydew; light body.
2.5 Corks

Table Rock White ($14)—honeydew and vanilla; touch of sweetness.
2.5 Corks

Slightly Embarrassed ($14)—cherries, strawberries, and raspberries; touch of sweetness.
2.5 Corks

2005 Unicorn Winery Merlot ($20)—cherries with a touch of pomegranate; light-to-medium body.
3 Corks

2005 Unicorn Winery Cabernet Sauvignon ($22)—cherries and raspberries; medium body.
3 Corks

*See Part 1 for reviews of Rosemont Vineyards and Winery, Delfosse Vineyards and Winery, and Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard.
*See Part 2 for reviews of Tarara Winery, Davis Valley Winery, Wintergreen Winery, and Mountfair Vineyards.
*See Part 4 for reviews  of Cooper Vineyards, Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery, Paradise Springs Winery, and Château Morrisette.

Chanukkah Chianti

***I received this wine as a sample***

Last Friday, after a week of ups and downs on my big work project, everything was completed, submitted, and out of my hands. Admittedly, I made a few mistakes during the process, but being new, those were easily forgiven, and, overall, everyone seemed pleased with the end result. Normally, after a hard, but successful week, Friday would have been about relaxation and celebration, and add to the fact that it was the first night of Chanukkah, it would generally have been down right festive. However, I had a take-home final to tackle, so, instead of lighting candles and opening presents before enjoying the evening with Hubby, I cooked dinner, opened a bottle of chianti, and worked on my final.

The 2007 Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico was 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Canaiolo grapes. The wine had a nice, deep color and an aroma that instinctively made me say “Mmmmm.” On the nose, there were cherries, cedar, strawberries, and tobacco mixed with a touch of black pepper, smoke, cocoa powder, and something meaty. In the mouth, there were strawberries, meat, tobacco, and violet petals with a touch of smoke, and cocoa powder. The wine had a bright, lime-like acidity, low tannins, and a medium body.

Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $15, this is a complex, yet easily accessible and enjoyable wine that pairs amazingly well with Italian food. The Chianti’s true colors showed when I paired it with cheese ravioli in a tomato sauce and garlic bread. Truthfully, on its own, the Chianti is just ok, so if you don’t intend to drink it with with a good Italian dish, grab a differently bottle because you’ll be doing yourself and the wine a disservice. The food brought out basil, violet, and rose petals flavors while tempering the acidity in a way that made the wine sing in my mouth. The Chianti and ravioli provided the perfect diversion from my final and was great way to celebrate the first night of Chanukkah.

Overall: 3.5 Corks

Hope everyone celebrating Chanukkah had a wonderful 8 days!

Sonoma Grand Tasting at WBC09

I admit it, by the time the Sonoma Grand Tasting started, I was a bit overwhelmed. This was my first Wine Bloggers’ Conference, and up until this point, I’d never tasted more than 15-20 wines in one sitting. At the WBC, though, by 5pm there had already been wine tasting in the welcome room, wine tasting at lunch, and wine tasting at the speed tasting, so the Sonoma Grand Tasting was taking me further outside of my tasting comfort zone than I’d even been before. So, I was nervous, but I was also up for the challenge.

The Sonoma Grad Tasting was a roped-off patio area near the pool at the Flamingo Resort. As you can see from the pictures, there were a lot of bloggers in a very small space, but it served as a way for us to get to know each other very quickly. People were standing around talking, eating delicious cheese and spreads with crackers, and of course, tasting 2, 3, or 4 wines from every vineyard at the tasting.

The Grand Tasting was definitely a success for me. I tasted Murphy-Goode wines for the first time and was pleased with what I tasted, as I had never even heard of the winery before the contest for the Really Goode Job. I worked my way through some well-know, affordable everyday wines that I often look at in the wine store, but haven’t had a chance to purchase, as well as tasted some lesser-known, more-unusual wines that were pleasant surprises. While all of the wines were good, none of them knocked me off my feet. Admittedly, I was nervous that I was the only one who felt that way, but after talking with other bloggers throughout the weekend, it seemed that my opinion was shared by others.

My notes from this event aren’t very detailed, but here are some pictures and my overall ratings:

Murphy-Goode Winery (website)
2008 “The Fume” Sauvignon Blanc—$12.50 3 Corks
Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon—$20 3 Corks
2006 “Liar’s Dice” Zinfandel—$21
3.5 Corks

Chateau St. Jean (website)
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon—$30 3.5 Corks
2007 Chardonnay—$25 4 Corks

Souverain (website)
2007 Chardonnay—$13
3 Corks
2007 Merlot—$15
3 Corks

Frick Winery (website)
2006 Cinsault—$26
4.5 Corks
2007 Grenache Blanc—$27 4 Corks

Alexander Valley Vineyards (website)
2004 Syrah—$35
4.5 Corks
2007 Sin Zin—$17 3 Corks
2008 Dry Rose of Sangiovese—$12 3.5 Corks

Dutton Goldfield Vineyards (website)
2006 Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir—$58
3 Corks
2006 Freestone Hill Vineyrd Pinot Noir—$58
3 Corks
2007 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir—$38
3 Corks
2007 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay—$35
2.5 Corks