Thursday, July 17, 2008

Testing mobile blogging.

Testing mobile blogging.

Testing mobile blog.

Testing mobile blog.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Catching up....

Ok, it's been a while, but I have been kicking around a couple of things that I wanted to share...

First of all, some good wines that I recommend. No time to do reviews right now, so I'll just get the info out there:

Can Blau; 2006; Montsant, Spain. Made with Mazuelo, Syrah and Garnacha. Highly recommended. You should be able to pick this up in a store for $10-$12. Imported by Tempranillo, Inc., New Rochelle, NY. Great looking label, too.

Augusta Norton Reserva del Patron, 2003, Augusta, MO. An excellent dry Missouri red wine. This one is only available from the winery. They have a Norton Cynthiana that is available out and about. The website is

Sebastiani Casa de Sonoma Unoaked Chardonnay, 2006, Sonoma, CA. Nice, easy drinking chard without all the splinters!

St. Supery Virtu, 2006, Napa Valley White Wine Meritage, Napa, CA. Meritage (think 'heritage') is a Bordeaux blend from the US. They really can't call it Bordeaux, so they decided to call it meritage. Seek this one out.

Tir Na N'og, Old Vines Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia, 2006. Gaelic for "Land of the Youth" this wine reflects the Irish heritage of winemaker John Larchet. Not your typical Australian fruit bomb, this wine has nice complexity. It is allocated, so it may become hard to find.

Lockwood Merlot, 2005, Monterey County, CA. Tasted this merlot at a wine shop tasting the other day. It's about $18. Nice, easy merlot worth checking out.

The other thing I am looking at is a wine tasting idea. I'm sure it's been done before and it's nothing new, however, there are some details I'm going to throw out to get feedback on. Post a comment or email me at any thoughts or ideas you may have.

The idea for tasting is a byob blind tasting. The invitation should be a brown bag suitable for 'bagging' a bottle of wine. Somehow, with the invitation comes an 'assignment' for the type/varietal/price of wine that person should bring in the bag to the tasting. It should specify all of the rules of blind tasting (have the cap removed and the bottle should be wrapped securely in the bag up to the top of the neck of the bottle to avoid any possiblity of identifying the wine prior to tasting). Then, everyone gets a tasting sheet with the type of wines assigned on one side the right side of the sheet and tasting notes 'boxes' on the left side. After everyone tastes, they draw a line from the notes they took on the left to the wine they think it is on the opposite side. It's like the matching quiz we used to take in elementary school (See! We do use that in the real world!). Then the wines are revealed. The person with the highest matching score would get reimbursed by the other guests for the wine they brought.

So that is the gist of my wine tasting party. My questions are:

1. Would you rather have a description of a wine to bring or have a specific wine that you are assigned?


2. Any ideas for themes? What about descriptions of wines to bring? Any other thoughts?

Let me know!



For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red.

--Psalms 75:8

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

American Idol + $6 Martinis? Now that's a great combination!

Come on down to SF tonight and Wednesday for our American Idol watch party!

$6 martinis and $1 off all other drinks in the bar ALL NIGHT LONG!!!

We will have tonight's performance show and Wednesday's final crowning of the next American Idol on the big screens at Simply Fondue!

Will it be David? Or will it be David? Come find out with us!

Simply Fondue
On 17th between Washington and Locust!

Friday, April 18, 2008


With the Pope in the country this week, it's a good time to look at the French wine known as Chateauneuf du Pape. The Culpeper Times in Virginia had this story and I thought it was worth sharing...

Wines of the Pope

It’s Pope MANIA here in DC these days. As a Roman Catholic, I’m loving it –and loving that my Pope is here. So, I’m adding to the mania today and chatting about …

The Wines of the Pope - Chateauneuf du Pape

Chateauneuf du Pape – “The New Castle of the Pope” is a little town in Southern France in the Provence region. It gets it’s name from the castle built by the Popes when they ruled from Avignon, before they settled at the Vatican. In 1308, Pope Clement V, former Archbishop of Bordeaux, relocated the papacy to the city of Avignon. Clement V and subsequent "Avignon Popes" were said to be great lovers of Burgundy wines and did much to promote it during the seventy-year duration of the Avignon Papacy. At the time, winegrowing around the town of Avignon was anything but illustrious. While the Avignon Papacy did much to advance the notoriety of Burgundy wines, they were also promoting viticulture of the surrounding area, more specifically the area 5-10 km north of Avignon close to the banks of the Rhône River. Prior to the Avignon Papacy, viticulture of the area had been initiated and maintained by the Bishops of Avignon, largely for local consumption.

Clement V was succeeded by John XXII who, as well as Burgundy wine, regularly drank the wines from the vineyards to the north and did much to improve viticultural practices there. Under John XXII, the wines of this area came to be known as "Vin du Pape", this term later to become Châteauneuf-du-Pape. John XXII is also responsible for erecting the famous castle, which stands as a symbol for the appellation. (from Wikipedia).

The White House Serves Sonoma Chardonnay for Pope’s Birthday

Although the Pope didn’t partake in the White House celebration of his birthday, they feted the Pope in his absence anyway. The wine of cholce to toast the Pope? In the tradition of the White House – American wines all the way. Among the wines served was Sebastiani Vineyards, Dutton Ranch Chardonnay. From the nice Italian-American Catholics- the Sebastiani family. Good choice.

At about $22 - grab a bottle tonight, say one Hail Mary and toast the Pope.



Shaking it up!

It's shaking in St. Louis and we're making the most of it! We'll be shaking up 2 for 1 martinis all night long Friday, April 18th only! Also, in honor of another earthquake-prone region, all California bottles of wine up to $49 are $5 off and California bottles $50 and up are $10 off!

Come shake with us tonight from 4:30 until close!


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Sicily comes through...

Today, I am tasting a wine from Italian producer Donnafugata. The wine is the 2005 Sedara, and is made from 100% Nero d'Avola grapes. I don't believe that I have ever had a Nero d'Avola, so I am looking forward to a new experience.

On the pour, it is a deep brick red. Not overly dense, as I can see my fingers through a medium-sized pour.

On the nose, I pick up a lot of smoke and at touch of mustiness, which I like. There are also some red fruits coming through (cherry or strawberry) but the smokiness is predominant. The smokiness is actually a fine cigar as opposed to a barbecue smoke.

Cherries and tannins on the front end. Has a definite cigar smoke finish. If you are a cigar smoker, think of a robusto with a maduro wrapper.

Rating: Love it...

Ok, so I know I have "Loved It" on like 5 of the last 6 wines I have reviewed. I can attribute that to two things: First, I usually choose to write about wines that I like. Often, I choose the most interesting wine from a tasting, or one of my old favorites. Second, I find myself in a place where I find good things about nearly every wine I taste. Not to sound too 'wine-snobbish' the worst wine I can taste right now is a boring one. That being said, for the purpose of the blog, I want to taste wines that you are curiuos about or you like. Let me know if you have a special request and I'll see what I can do. I always appreciate your input.

"I remember three constant frequenters of the docks...who used to express themselves in their peculiar oracular way, so authoritatively, that I resolved to put their judgment to the test.....I used to tell the cooper to draw two glasses from the same pipe, and to hand them as if they were from different numbers. I may say that the trick upon them was invariably successful, for they were sure after tasting, and retasting, and much profound thought, to pronounce the verdict that, although similar, one possessed rather more of this, or that, than the other. I kept my own counsel, but was convinced...that in wine-tasting and wine-talk there is an enormous amount of humbug."

T.G. Shaw, Wine, the Vine and the Cellar, 1864

'nuff said....