2018 Etude Pinot Gris
Gettin’ cozy at home while social distancing. Apples, lemon, stone, and lime notes on the nose. Not a whole lot of complexity on the palate – lemon, stone, and fresh-cut apple. Well constructed and very nice to drink.
Carneros (Napa Valley), California, USA
2014 Wines of Substance K Vintners The Deal Sundance Vineyard Syrah
Practicing my social distancing with my typical shiva-aloof stance. This wine is all Syrah fermented with all native yeasts and no destemming. Blackberries, blueberries, minerality, graphite turning sanguine, leather, and kalamata olive juice on the nose. Blackberries, cassis, and blackberry compote on the palate with black peppercorns, sanguine notes, and burnt ends. Very classic for a big, New World Syrah.
Columbia Valley, Washington, USA
Four Roses Small Batch
You know what’s a nice treat? A dog treat! Also, bourbon. Bourbon is a nice treat. This Four Roses Small Batch is a blend of 4 mash bills and is usually around 6.5 years old. You’ll smell citrus, red flowers, caramel, and light wood. In the glass, the taste is of wood/oak, caramel, hint of dried cherries, and finally some gentle spice.
This is a nice one that won’t let you down! I paired it with GivePet dog treats, which you should really have your humans buy for you. For every bag sold, they donate enough treats to shelters to feed 10 shelter dogs.
Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA
2017 Cantine Miali “Lvnalba” Chardonnay Frizzante
So I’m taking this sparkling Chard from Puglia on a little picnic because whoever thought to make a sparkling Chardonnay… in Puglia??? Pretty cool stuff. Lemon, bread, stone, and peach skin on the nose. Almost cider-ish apple on the palate with lemon, ginger, and lemongrass notes. Pretty cool! Stay safe, everybody!
Redbreast 12 Year Irish Whiskey
Happy social distancing St. Patty’s Day! It’s time to keep your paws to yourself and cozy up to your own booze this holiday amidst COVID-19. I have this Irish whiskey to keep me company so I can’t complain. Fresh herbaceous notes on the nose with subtle aromas of oak, gingerbread, and cooked apples. On the palate, this stuff really hits you in the nose – with brown apples, marzipan, and bright herbs. Good stuff, but very subtle, especially if you’re used to bourbon or Scottish whiskey. Delicate and enjoyable.
2018 Matteo Correggia Anthos Rosso
Hehe – having some fun with this Italian red. It’s made of 100% Brachetto, a grape that’s usually reserved for fruity, sweet, slightly sparkling wines. But this is something more. This guy is very floral and aromatic on the nose with strawberry notes and potpourri. Strawberries and underripe cherries on the palate with even a hint of watermelon Jolly Rancher. Yum!
2017 Cave de Lugny Mâcon-Villages
Rockin’ out with this value white Burgundy. Lemon, ripe apple flesh, and even lemon curd on the nose. Super mineral on the palate with more lemon curd, green herbs, and fresh, fresh acidity. Anjou pear notes on the finish.
Mâcon-Villages (Burgundy), FRANCE
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year
Reading a great book by a great man while drinking a great bourbon! A story teller like this deserves a special bourbon like this.
No, this isn’t Pappy – you have to get to 15 years to be Pappy – but this is darn close. Beautiful aromas of cherry, butterscotch, vanilla, leather and cobbler are followed by a taste of cherries that really pop in the mouth, then vanilla, cereal, light wood, and caramel budding. This bourbon is just wonderfully smooth and very enjoyable!
Frankfort, Kentucky, USA
2017 Bodegas Ponce Pie Franco “P.F”
Feeling extra foxy today. Especially with this Spanish red on paw. Chewy plums, blackberries, pie innards, clove, and a hint of crushed stones on the nose. More plums and blackberries on the palate with clove, graham cracker, and then stone notes. Nice tart plum acidity on the finish.
Manchuela (Castilla La Mancha), SPAIN
Happy Mardi Gras friends! When I think G R E A T cocktails, I think of New Orleans. And when I think of the cocktails with the greatest history, I think of the famous Sazerac. First made in New Orleans with Brandy from Sazerac-de-Forge et Fils, the drink is now often made with Rye and you won’t go wrong if you ask for the Rye that bares the name of the drink – and the original Brandy – Sazerac Rye.
You’ll get whiffs of vanilla, pepper, warm anise, and clove. The smell reminds me of old fashioned desserts and pies. The taste is wonderful, with notes of chocolate covered orange rind, anise, vanilla, and pepper on the finish.
Frankfort, Kentucky, USA