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2016 Grandes Serres Cairanne “Carius”

2016 Grandes Serres Cairanne “Carius”

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming… all the way to weekend! Red berries, sapling, peppered cherries, red flowers, and a hint of leather on the nose. Cherries and a hint of blackberries on the palate with wood notes and nice acidity. I’m not sure what else you can ask for at $16 from a protected region in France.

5/5 bones

$

Grenache (70%), Carignan (20%), Syrah (10%)

14% abv

Rhône, FRANCE

2016 Chasing Harvest Branco

2016 Chasing Harvest Branco

Reppin’ my home city of Chi-dogo with this product of a wine-making venture based here. This is a Portuguese white that’s quite fab. Lemon, pear, apples, green herbs, tarragon, wet stone, and a whiff of cashews and marzipan on the nose. Lemons and apples on the palate with defined green herb notes, stone, and raw nuts. 

4/5 bones

$$

Gouveio, Rabigato, Viosinho

13% abv

Douro, PORTUGAL

2016 Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de …

2016 Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes Côte de Brouilly Cuvée des Ambassades

Gettin’ my game face on for Saturday night! Small red fruit, raspberries, stone, and red flowers on the nose. Loads of raspberries, a hint of underripe cherries, and stony minerality on the palate. 

4/5 bones

$$

Gamay

12.5% abv

Côte de Brouilly (Beaujolais), FRANCE

2016 Emile Beyer Pinot Noir Tradition

2016 Emile Beyer Pinot Noir Tradition

Chillin’ like a villain with my Alsatian Pinot. Juicy cherries, raspberries, and cranberries on the nose with a whiff of stone and dried red flowers. Great mix of fruit – cherries, raspberries, and strawberries – on the palate with nice acidity.

4/5 bones

$$

Pinot Noir

13.5% abv

Alsace, FRANCE

2016 Dog Point Pinot Noir

2016 Dog Point Pinot Noir

Just sheebin’ around with my bud here, enjoying a yummy New Zealand Pinot. Cherries, plums, twigs, sapling, dried herbs, and spice box on the nose. Dark cherries and plums on the palate with vanilla and herb notes. 

4/5 bones

$$$

Pinot Noir

13% abv

Marlborough, NEW ZEALAND

Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace

This is the Tom Petty or Dave Matthews band of bourbon. It might not be anyone’s favorite, but if you pull out a bottle, everyone will be happy. This is rumored to be 9.5 years old with a mash bill likely under 10% rye. 

It smells of caramel, honey, orange, orange peel, hint of cherry, and a hint of red apple. When poured neat you taste caramel, oak, and lots of cherries. The taste rounds out with orange, apples, and vanilla.

Instantly likable. Instantly placeable. You should always have a bottle of this on paw for sipping neat or pouring into a cocktail. 

45% abv

Frankfort, Kentucky, USA

2016 Tenuta Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 

2016 Tenuta Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 

Keepin’ it classy today with a nice lil’ Rosso. Red currants, cherries, plums, spices, and nutmeg on the nose. Similar yummy notes on the palate. What else could you possibly want from a Rosso? Stay thirsty, friends!

5/5 bones

$$

Sangiovese

14% abv

Tuscany, ITALY

2016 Celler Xavier Clua Il-lusió Terra Alta

2016 Celler Xavier Clua Il-lusió Terra Alta

Happy Wine Wednesday! Enjoying this Catalan white! Green and golden apples, cashews, lemon, and bready notes on the nose. Apples and lemon on the palate with a hint of lime and raw nuts thrown in. 

3/5 bones

$$

Grenache Blanc

13.5% abv

Catalonia, SPAIN

Plymouth Gin Navy Strength

Plymouth Gin Navy Strength

If you ask me, this is the benchmark for Navy Strength gins! Why is it Navy Strength? Well, at this proof, you could safely store it on the boat with the gunpowder and even if the gin spilled on the gunpowder, the gunpowder would still ignite! Plus, sailors like to get hammered.

You can definitely smell the oily alcohol on this gin, followed by juniper, citrus, and some cucumber skin. The taste is very thick and viscous, with sweet lemon, orange rind, citrus pith, juniper and some turpentine.

Cool fact – there used to be 4 main styles of gin, named after the main ports for the Navy – London, Plymouth, Bristol, and Liverpool. Only London and Plymouth styles remain!

57% abv

Plymouth, ENGLAND

2018 De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay

2018 De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay

Starting the week off strong with this South African Chard. Lime, apples, muscat gummies, apricots, and light nuts on the nose. Similar on the palate with limestone notes. Nice, unoaked Chardonnay. 

4/5 bones

$

Chardonnay

13.5% abv

Robertson (Western Cape), SOUTH AFRICA