Every once in a while we’ll pack up a basket with cheeses, fruits, some brie and crackers etc. and select a great bottle of wine to enjoy out on a picnic or rendezvous somewhere. One of the biggest disappointments is laying out your blanket under a nice shady tree, setting out all your goodies and suddenly realize you forgot the cork screw to open your wine.
If you ever get caught in this situation, here’s a great way to to not only open that bottle of wine and keep that special someone happy but there’s a good chance you’ll also impress the heck out of them too. I’m really glad I found this tip to share with you and I hope it comes in handy one day. Make sure you share this with your friends, we’ve all been there!
How to open a bottle of wine… without a cork screw.
Did you know that in the 18th and 19th Centuries, a good bottle of sparkling wine could contain up to 200 grams of sugar? That’s more sugar than eating an entire box of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes! Here’s a great chart breaking down the classification and stages of different sparkling wines in regards to their overall sugar content. The chart includes production as well as bottle placement.
Infographic Courtesy of: DesignInfographics
When hearing someone define the taste or the texture of a wine, it can be interesting and quite comical. I will never forget the first time I heard someone refer to the wine as Barnyard. HUH?? Well, that term refers to the flavor or smell of manure…Double Huh??
The question is, who has really tasted manure anyway?
On The Wine Lovers Page, they define it quite nicely. In the sometimes slightly wacky world of wine evaluation, it is entirely possible for a wine taster to say, “This wine tastes like $#@*!” … and mean it as a compliment.
Let’s take a look at bad flavors in good wines, and specifically brettanomyces (“Breh-TAN-oh-MY-sees” or just plain “brett” for short). Brett is a wild yeast that’s sometimes found on grapeskins and that can get into wine barrels, where it resides and grows and can be almost impossible to remove. When brett appears in a wine, it creates earthy organic aromas and flavors that don’t sound appetizing. The aroma of brett-afflicted wines may range from leathery to mousey, wet-fur, or “barnyard” aromas like chicken manure or horse sweat. Some tasters also find a twangy metallic quality in the aftertaste of bretty wines. In short, it’s no coincidence that many wine scientists refer to wines with brett as “afflicted” or “infected.” Read entire post here…
Another funny one is Cat Pee, referring to a Sauvignon Blanc , which I have personally experienced when drinking this varietal. So with that said, there are many interesting ways to define the wine you are tasting. I think it could either be super funny or extremely annoying to throw around some of these terms depending on the company you’re with.
Here are some terms from Wine Folly, one of my favorite wine blogs.
CHEWY: When you take a sip of wine with chewy tannins, it dries out the interior of your mouth so that you “chew” or clean the tannins of the insides of your mouth.
CIGAR BOX: Cigar box flavors are hinting toward sweetness and cedar-wood with an abundance of smoke. This is a super positive and desirable characteristic that wine writers love to use when they find a wine they wish they could just slowly sip on a leather chair.
FLABBY: Flabby means the wine has no acidity.
BRIGHT: Bright wines are higher in acidity and make your mouth water.
Go on and have some fun with these. For a full list visit Wine Folly. Their Motto is, Learn by drinking.
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What makes a dessert Wine a Dessert Wine?
Wow! To my knowledge MOST wines that I drink on a regular basis are over 14% alcohol by volume, and that doesn’t make them a sweet wine. There are many sweet dessert style wines, here are just a few.
If you are interested in more detailed information, visit Wine For Beginners. They offer some great information and content about dessert wines.
MY NEW FAVORITE
Twilight Ridge 2009 Petite Sirah-Lake County
Rich, Lush, Thick mouth fill. Everything a beautiful Petite Sirah should be and in a sweet way. What I love the most about this wine is that it has a nice amount of acids and tannins that balance out the sweetness making it worth drinking a decent size glass of. LOVELY!!!
Our friends Doug and Kat from SUNSET CELLARS produce some really amazing red wines; including a brilliant 2007 Barbera that will knock your socks off!
Don’t be afraid to drink the sweet stuff.
A cracker to clear the palate, some sweets or candy to pair with the desert wine, but it seems like cheese is the most commonly paired food that goes best with any and all wines. Why cheese? Why not? Different cheese’s paired with the appropriate wines can accentuate the flavors in both the wine and the cheese.
The chart above will help you to determine which cheese’s go best with which white or red wines, but keep in mind that there are no rules. Likes, taste, and desire is and always will be about personal preference.
This wine goes best with…
and you’ll want to have a Cabernet if you’re having…
and fish is always best served with chilled…
If you’re like me, you really have no clue what wine goes best with what food or meal unless you have an expert to tell you, or a guide to simplify the guessing and tasting game. Now you can make Wine Pairing easy and fun. Use this guide for pairing wine and food.
Everyone knows that wine prices can range from very low to very high.
The cheapest most inexpensive bottle of wine (which many refer to as “Two-Buck-Chuck” from Trader Joe’s) runs just a couple bucks, but the most expensive wine ever sold was a bottle of 2004 Penfolds Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon going for a purchase price of $168,000.00.
Some Master Sommelier wine sleuths gathered together and suggest some of their favorite, inexpensive, well-known wines. They also reveal some of the tricks they use to find these affordable wines.
When most people think about wine, the first types and most popular that come to mind are Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot, and Zinfandel etc. Here’s an eye opener of the variety of different wines that are available. It’s almost a certainty that you’ll discover a new type of wine after viewing this chart.
My love for Pinot Noir is no secret.
I find it to be the sexiest of any wine and yet I am super picky about how I like it. I tend to love a Pinot that is a bit deeper and richer. Berry taste should be big as well as an earthy taste. These are classic characteristics and yet I have tasted so many that have fallen flat and were a total disappointment.
THE MOST IMPORTANT thing that I look for is a floral note that gives it the taste of roses or lavender.
The reason why I named this post PINOT PERFUME is because I found the most incredibly fragrant Pinot that I have ever encountered. It smelled as though I was putting my nose into a huge bouquet of roses. I swear I could have lingered in that glass forever and possibly poured it on my body. I’m not kidding it was THAT Fragrant. Super CHERRY flavor danced on my tongue along with earthiness and then the ROSES! It was elegant and wonderful!
This wine that I speak of is REATA Estate Pinot Noir 2009
Reata Winery is halfway between my home and Napa and is literally 10 minutes away. I have driven by it for years and never noticed until this time, the perfect time.
It’s beautiful with lavish wood floors, ceilings and stone walls. There are beautiful wooden beams and cowhide covered couches and chairs in a wonderful little sitting area. The Western theme is cute. There is even a moss covered cow that is there to greet you upon entering.
The beautiful large windows show the breathtaking valley.
There is a large area on the wall covered with 594 bottles that Ron Keith called, ” THE WALL OF WANT” (In the picture below I purposefully included the head of someone behind the wine bar to show how big this bottle display is) Ron was there pouring our wine keeping us company as we enjoyed the tasting. It was his last day, well he said that it was SUPPOSE to be his last day, but that he was covering for the Winery manager that was on a camping trip. What a nice guy!
If you’re headed towards NAPA VALLEY on HWY 12 this quaint little place is right there on the right and if you blink you’ll miss it so stay sharp!
Do yourself a favor and bring some food to enjoy at their nice outside picnic area area and buy a bottle of that sexy Pinot to enjoy with your honey.