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

Some Tips to Help You Enjoy Your Bubbly

You can enjoy your sparkling wine a bit colder than you enjoy other white wines. It’s suggested that the best temperature to serve you bubbly is 40º F

Like other types of wines, all sparkling wine isn’t created equal. Below you will find the suggested temps to enjoy a variety of bubbly.

Wishing you all of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Cheers

White, sweet, sparkling wines: 46ºF

Red, sweet, sparkling wines: 50ºF -53ºF

Tannic, sparkling wines: >57ºF

Dry, sparkling wines: 46ºF-50º F

Got a special vintage?: 53ºF

 

Name of Wine: Saperavi 2015

Description: This dry red is full bodied, bright but spicy. Aged in stainless steel with French oak.

Smell: Dark berries, heavy oak

Taste: Blackberries and tannin rich

Pair With: Sharp cheese and smoked sausage

ABV: 13%

Cost: $ 14.99

Opinion: This wine is a good cook out wine, it goes well with smoked sausage and grilled turkey burgers ( I don’t eat beef). You definitely will want to enjoy this with some grilled meats. You can also have a glass of it solo. I would have it again, it had a nice taste profile to it.

Rating: 87/100 points

Don’t Judge a Wine by Its Cap

After a stressful day at work, your friend invites you to enjoy a bottle of wine at her place. She comes out the kitchen with a bottle and two glasses. As she approaches the dining room, you cant help but notice something is off. *****record scratch*****. Is that a twist (screw on) cap on the bottle?

Now I know what you’re thinking. There appears to be wine sorcery afoot right? No, its not and seeing as your friend invited you over for wine, I’d suggest you drop that judgmental attitude and be a gracious guest.

Screw caps aren’t just for bargain wines anymore. When I am shopping for wines, I have noticed that there are plenty of white wines with screw caps (Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc for example). Some red wines have screw caps too but those wines are best consumed while young.

I tried a Chardonnay with a cork and the other with a screw cap and can tell you there isn’t much difference in the taste. Both wines tasted the same. I have a battery operated opener but I like the screw caps due to convenience and portability. Its easier to screw off a cap vs popping a cork. Don’t judge a person or the wine they are drinking by the cap, the wine is fine.

 

 

Name: Lekker Rosé Wine

Description: Crisp, balanced acidity. Upon first sniff, I was intrigued with the layers of scents it has. The taste puckers your taste buds like it would if you took a bite of a lemon. Also had a slight watermelon taste towards the back of the palate. Definitely serve chilled as it will take the cold will take the edge off the pucker this wine has.

Smell: fresh raspberries, rose petals and hint of watermelon

Taste: Lemon, raspberry and watermelon

Pair With: I paired this with crab and avocado salad

ABV: 11.5%

Cost: $ 14.99

Opinion: Would I have this again? I am not sure. I am new to rosé  wines so some of these may be an acquired taste. If you love Rosé  this wine may be for you. I wouldn’t go out of my way to have it again.

Name of Wine: Graef Chardonnay 2013

Description: This chardonnay is rich in tropical flavor in the front with a slightly herby towards the back. Crisp and refreshing due to it being unoaked. Can be enjoyed with a meal or alone.

Smell: Mangoes, fresh cream, sweet spice

Taste: Citrus, butter

Pair With: I sampled this wine with turkey sausage, cheddar cheese and olives

ABV: 14.4%

Cost: $ 14.99

Opinion: Would I have this wine again? I would. I love white wines and this Chardonnay was refreshing in flavor.