Inauguration Red Wine — 2016 Vina Otano Rioja Crianza

Hi wine friends…and Happy #WineWednesday and Happy Inauguration Day!  Tonight, I taste and review the Viña Otano 2016 Crianza Rioja, which is a $17-21 red wine from Spain.  It’s made with 90% Tempranillo and 10% Mazuelo grapes.  It’s also what we’ll be drinking as we watch tonight’s inauguration festivities.  Cheers!

In the video, I mention learning about this wine from Wine Guide.  You can find his video here.

Next up is going to be wine from my first Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant Wine Club shipment.  I’ll be tasting the 2019 Chignin Gamay by André& Michael Quenard.

My top is the Nicole Miller Plaid Downtown Ruffle Blouse from Rent the Runway.

Questions of the Day:

  1. Do you watch other Wine YouTubers?  Which ones?
  2. Are you a Rioja fan?  If so, have you tried the Vina Otano?

A Top Virginia Red Wine? — 2016 Slater Run Vineyards First Bridge

Hi wine friends…and Happy #WineWednesday!  In this video, I taste and review the 2016 Slater Run Vineyards First Bridge, which is a $38 red wine from Virginia.  The wine is a Bordeaux-blend of 44% Cabernet Franc, 26% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot. And, if you live in the DMV or are visiting the area, Slater Run is doing an amazing job keeping everyone safe during the pandemic.  Cheers!

Next up is a wine I found from watching Wine Guide — a Vina Otano Rioja Crianza 2016.  You can find his review here.

My top is the Tome Pink Colorblock Sweater from Rent the Runway.

Questions of the Day:

  1.  Have you had Virginia wines before?  If so, what did you think of them?
  2. And, if you’re a regular VA wine drinker, what are your favorites?

A French Red Wine for Christmas — 2014 Château Teynac

Hi wine friends…and Happy #WineWednesday! Today, I’m sharing the 2014 Château Teynac, which is a $40 red wine from the Saint-Julien AOC in the Médoc area of Bordeaux, France. Cheers! 

You can find my Simply Charmed Magnetic Wine Charm here (my Christmas tree is from the Holiday Cheer set of 12, which is $27): 

My top is the Aldomartins Pesse Sweater from Rent the Runway.

Question of the Day: If you celebrate, what are your Christmas plans and do they include wine? If so, what wines?

Cheap Spanish Red Wine? A 2018 Gerberas Garnacha

Hi wine friends…and Happy #WineWednesday!  Today, I’m sharing the 2018 Gerberas Garnacha, which is a $12 red wine from Spain.  Spoiler alert — this wine has become a house go-to for us.  Cheers!

Next up is going to our Christmas Dinner wines, but as we’re still decided what we’re going to have, I’m still deciding on the wines.  So stay tuned.

You can find my Simply Charmed Magnetic Wine Charm here (my Christmas stocking is from the Holiday Cheer set of 12, which is $27).

My top is the Derek Lam 10 Crosby Red Bicolor Turtleneck Sweater is from Rent the Runway.

Question of the Day: Are you a fan of Garnacha/Grenache?  If so, I’d love your recommendations, as I’m always looking for new ones!

A Rosé for the Holidays? — 2019 Alìe by Frescobaldi

Hi wine friends…and Happy #WineWednesday! Today, I’m sharing the 2019 Alìe by Frescobaldi, which is a rosé wine from Italy made with Syrah and Vermentino grapes. The wine has a suggested retail price of $25, although I found it online for a touch less. I received this wine as a sample. Cheers!

You can find my Simply Charmed Magnetic Wine Charm here (my dreidel is from the a Hanukkah set of 6, which is $16).

My top is the Treasure & Bond Multi Striped Pullover from Rent the Runway.

Questions of the Day:

  • Were you able to find the 2019 Alìe by Frescobaldi to taste along with me? If so, was it in that $25 SRP range?

  • Have you started to plan your holiday wines for the year?  It so, what’s on tap?