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.
Grenache (70%), Carignan (20%), Syrah (10%)
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.
Gouveio, Rabigato, Viosinho
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.
Côte de Brouilly (Beaujolais), FRANCE
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.
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.
Marlborough, NEW ZEALAND
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.
Frankfort, Kentucky, USA
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!
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.
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!
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.
Robertson (Western Cape), SOUTH AFRICA