Vino First!

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Recently I have been so busy. Working for the restaurant and bakery. Wine tastings for the restaurant. Idea sessions with my boss for business ideas, plans and wine. WE LOVE to talk about wine.

Trying to find time for my friends isn’t so hard. I work with some great people and we have so much fun in the late hours of the evening. All my boys can keep me laughing until about 3 am on a weekly basis. I couldn’t be luckier. I love that they are winos also and love me to teach them.

In lieu of my recent profession and fondness of wine, a fondness that grows everyday, I will be starting to focus on wines, spirits & sometimes food for pairing on this blog. Learning about viticulture is very complex and takes a lot of time and practice. It is a wonderful life.

Every two weeks I am hosting a session of Wine Regions to further my education and everyone who wants to learn also! I will keep my blog up to date using this schedule and informing the social media world all about wine from the standpoint of a chemist, a server, and obviously a certified Wine student.

Being a server at a very upscale┬árestaurant has helped me learn so much and begin my journey in this profession as well as keep up with classes for my Master’s Degree. My boss and co-workers are wonderful and very educated. They are teaching me so much!! He says working for him is like a semester at culinary school of knowledge. It is not easy and expectations are high. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This week in wines I started Italy. So stay tuned for my post all about Italy!!

Drink up.

Cheers!

Reds of February

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There are a few Cabernets that I have wanted to try recently.

1. 2012 Chop Shop Cabernet Sauvignon

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It is a California Cabernet Sauvignon grape, with strong cherry, strawberry and vanilla flavors. 12.7% alcohol, this is smooth, easy and full of flavor. More medium body and taste for a Cabernet, I really enjoyed this alone and drinking quite casually. Would pair very well with red meat.

2. 2013 La Bodega Cabernet Sauvignon

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We move from California to the Mendoza Valley of Argentina. This Cabernet pairs well with a rich hearty meal. Out of all four reds, I find this to be my personal favorite. I am also a favorite of South American wines very much so. This Cab has flavors of coffee, chocolate, violets, and strawberry and blackberry jams. Although Argentina is known for its Malbec, this grape is treated with much care for this bottle.

3. 2012 Reckless Optimism Red Blend

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A red blend of Merlot, Zinfandel and Syrah grapes, this California blend is smooth and velvety. I might need to get another adjective besides velvety because I think all (mostly) red wine tastes like velvet an heaven. It is very lighthearted light bodied red. I would recommend to wine drinkers who lean towards the white for a red. Smells a lot like Strawberry Jam. The bottle, whether half full or half empty, smells like optimism…. so says the bottle. And so says me to anyone sipping! 15.1% Alcohol.

4. 2012 Big Beat Red Blend

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A mix of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grapes, this California Wine, from Paso Robles, is one of my favorite lighter blends thus far. 15.1% Alcohol, this red is strong and filled with deep red fruits, bio;gets, vanilla and a very nice light toast. This wine has been called the ‘Upside Down’ Bordeaux as 60% of the grape majority is Petit Verdot.

Drink Up and Enjoy!!!

Cheers bitches!

 

Vino

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I am going to start posting more and more wines, because we all know that being a wino is everything and a way of life. I drink a lot of wine, and am quite knowledgeable about it, especially those who are chemically inclined enough to understand the process.

Reds are just the best. Red wine will always make you happy and feel lime you have a velvety blanket around you. These four reds are a Cabernet Heavy Red Blend, two Cabernet Sauvignons, and a Pinot Noir.

  • Franciscan Estate – Magnificat – 2011 – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdote, Malbec Blend
  • Seven Oaks – J. Lohr – 2012 – Cabernet Sauvignon
  • [Noble Vines] – 337 – 2012 – Cabernet Sauvignon
  • La Crema – 2012 – Pinot Noir

The bottles all average around $12-$14 dollars and the Magnificat is around $40. The Magnificat was one of the best red blends I have ever tasted. It was smooth velvety and filled with smooth flavors. One thing you will learn is that I do not like sweet wines. I love wine filled with tannin and  delicious velvety flavors. The second bottle was a very delicious Cab, it was not as smooth as the first. The flavors were a little more harsh and acidic. The third bottle is bottled from one of my favorite wineries, [Noble Vines]. The have many different bottled wines that will most likely be seen throughout my posts. It is always smooth, medium body and delicious for a Cab. The last bottle is the La Crema. This Pinot Noir was very lightly bodied and smooth. It is always a good red for during the day, for dessert, pr for just a lighter wine in general.

Cheers Bitches!