Greetings Wine Lovers

I am not sure if I posted about this, but decided a few weeks ago that I would take the Wine 101 class through Napa Valley Wine Academy.

While I blog about wine from an enthusiast standpoint, I feel that writing and learning are two of life’s never ending process. Some of the things I learned, was the full process of how wine is made, the grapes from which wine come from and the difference between New World and Old World wine along with a slew of other topics.

My reason for taking Wine 101 through Napa Valley was to better craft my reviews. I don’t plan to write an essay for every wine review, but I do want to share my opinion on the wine I drink and help those who are intimidated by wine shopping to be less afraid.

Looking forward to sharing new content with you guys.

Cheers!

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Morning wine lovers.

As always, I like to keep my audience up to date on any changes or new things coming to the blog. People tend to ask about tips on wine, such as things they should know, pairings, wine notes, flavors, etc. So I have decided that I will add “DemeJo’s Wine Sips”. I am not sure if I will fill my blog page with these tips or just post it on Instagram (@demejoe). I don’t want to clog up my page with short daily blog posts like that, so I am thinking maybe a summary at the end of the week of what I shared on Instagram will be a better idea. I understand a lot of people don’t do social media. I am literally still trying to understand Snapchat.

I am also excited about my latest “experiment”. There are monthly snack subscriptions for a fairly economical price that deliver monthly. I decided I would do videos of me trying these out on camera and attempting to pair a decent priced wine with them. I think it will be a fun concept. I am not sure if I want to do the YouTube thing, but I am thinking it will be the best way for me to get those videos out there.

YouTube is a weird place, they are moderating a bit too heavy there in places that they shouldn’t be so I will keep you all posted on how that goes. Till next time

Cheers!

Name of Wine: Quartz Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Description: This wine has tropical fruit taste with a crisp, refreshing acidity finish

Smell: citrus, nettles and passionfruit

Taste: Citrus, pear, kiwi and green apple

Pair With: Catfish with butter/garlic rice

ABV: 12.0%

Rating: 87/100 points

Name of Wine: CLOT D’Encis Blanco 2016

Description: This wine is a 100% white Grenache. Light and subtle on taste. Can be enjoyed alone or with food.

Smell: Peach, lime, cantaloupe with hint of sage

Taste: Citrus with/apricots

Pair With: Tilapia with buttered sweet corn

ABV: 13%

Price: $15.99

Rating: 87/100

 

Name of Wine: Sirenia Viura Chardonnay 2015

Smell: Floral on the nose with a hint of citrus

Taste: Citrus, tart pear and green apple

Pair With: Broiled tenderloin with broccoli

Description: The make up of this slightly golden colored white wine blend is 90% Viura and 10% Chardonnay. It was fermented in stainless steel.

Upon initial taste I tasted tart pear, citrus and green apple. Medium bodied but balanced. I would pair this wine with food, perhaps with dinner or a sweet dessert that needs to be balanced out with some tartness.

ABV: 12.5%

Rating: 90/100 points

 

Name of Wine: Blue Quail Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Description: This organic white wine is from Mendocino, California. It’s crisp, light and refreshing with slight acidity in the back. Can be enjoyed alone or with a meal

Smell: Kumquats, peach and pineapple notes

Taste: Tropical fruit with a hint of honey

Paired With: Catfish with broiled shrimp on the side w/ lemon butter cream sauce

ABV: 13.6%

Rating: 85/100 points

Greetings Readers!

Just wanted to post an update on what’s happening with my blog. I have been planning my social media strategy and I hope that you all will be pleased with the news I have to share.

I am in the process of building my Google Plus page, under the name Deme Jo. I am new to the Google Plus game so I am still in the process of  learning how to maneuver it. I need a few days to understand how to post etc. I will also place my reviews there along with pictures from wineries and spirits stores I visit. Another thing I am working on is featuring other wine related pages here.

More news, I set up an email to contact me at, it is: wineconvos@gmail.com. If you have questions on a wine, have a wine you’d like me to review etc, feel free to email me at this address. My response time to emails is 48 hours. I’d love to hear from my readers.

Lastly I wanted my readers to know that  I am also on Instagram, ID is @demejoe.

Looking forward to connecting with you guys

Cheers!

 

 

Name of Wine: Versi Rosso

Description: This red wine would is perfect for sitting by a fire. With a blueberry and cherry taste towards the front and earthy tones at the back.

Smell: Blueberry with floral undertones

Taste: Ripe plums earthy, salt brine

Pair With: Turkey burgers with all the trimmings

ABV: 13%

Opinion: This wine is enjoyable alone or with a nice burger, sausage or bratwurst. You can also drink this alone. It took a second sip for me to warm up to it, because the first thing I noticed besides the blueberry flavor, the salt, earthy like brine taste at the end lingered.

Rating: 85/100

I have enjoyed my wine journey thus far. So much that I have decided that I need to start my education on wine. I will be attending a mini wine class at a winery this weekend. My hope is that I will learn something in the 2hr course that will help me in my writing journey. I didn’t know there were certifications in wine studies. You learn something new everyday.

There is something to be said about people who love what they do. They are normally the happiest of people. My hope is to join the ranks. Wish me luck readers 

Cheers!

Name of Wine: Estampa Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Description: This red wine is light but firm in tannins but also rich in flavor, the make up of this wine is 92% Cabernet and Pelit 8%

Smell: Red fruit (think raspberries, plums) light oak and subtle sweet notes

Taste: Fresh blackberry taste with light tannins

Pair With: Fried chicken with green beans

ABV: 14.0

Opinion: I liked this wine because while it was rich in tannins it had a rich flavor with a smooth finish. This wine is great for just sitting on your deck relaxing watching the stars or at a cookout. I would have it again

Rating: 89/100