Menage A Trois California Red Wine 2015

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From the Winemaker: “Our Ménage à Trois exposes the fresh, ripe, jam like fruit that is the calling card of California wine. Forward, silky and soft, this delicious dalliance makes the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats and chicken.”


LABEL

Subtle, clean, elegant.  Would have expected a bit more ‘edge’ from a wine called Menage a Trois

COLOR

Rich dark purple

AROMA

On the nose lots and lots of jammy, ripe red and dark fruits

TASTE

On the palate, ripe cherries, black currants – definitely on the jammy side.  Medium bodied with a nice smooth finish.  Very tasty

PAIRING

Great steak wine, red sauces, stews, hearty meals

PRICE (VALUE)

At around $9 this wine represents an excellent value


THE BOTTOM LINE

Really solid, realiable and readily available Red Blend. At around $9 how could you ask for more?  We are awarding this wine our Pick Of The Week and are also adding it to our Best Under $10 List.  Pick one or a case up today!

OVERALL RATING

4stars

EXCELLENT

OPI Score = 84  What’s This?


Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Red Blend – Zinfandel (45%), Merlot (35%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20% )
Region: California
Country: USA
Winemaker: Folie A Deux Winery
Average Price: $9

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Menage A Trois Silk Soft Red Blend 2015

This one is a blend of Pinot Noir (70%), Malbec (20%) and Petit Sirah (10%).

From the winemaker:  “Lose yourself in the sensual pleasures of Ménage à Trois Silk—a smooth, seductive red blend that caresses you with every sip. With its bright, red ruby hue in the glass and alluring fragrance of dried violets and berries, Silk beckons, promising an unforgettable experience. Succulent cherry and ripe raspberry flavors mingle with delicate hints of rose petals and toasty spice, and glide gracefully across your palate like liquid silk. Seamless and lustrous, Silk is the lavish, luxurious encounter you’ve been craving.”


LABEL

Label was a bit dark.  Could barely read the lettering.  Not very appealing

COLOR

Bright red

AROMA

Lots of red fruit on the nose

TASTE

Medium bodied.  Lots of red fruit on the pallet

PAIRING

BBQ, Stews, Grilled Meats

PRICE (VALUE)

Decent value at around $9

THE BOTTOM LINE

An OK red blend but not as good as some of their other offerings.

OVERALL RATING

3stars

GOOD

OPI Score = 55.5  What’s This?


Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Red Blend
Region: California
Country: USA
Winemaker: Folie A Deux Winery
Average Price: $9

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Cono Sur Bicicleta Limited Edition Pinot Noir 2016

From the winemaker:  “Dressed in fresh purple red colour, this is a voluptuous Pinot Noir with rich fruit notes of cherry, raspberry, plum and strawberry – a red fruit party! – enhanced by subtle smoked hints. In mouth sweet fruit notes stand out, and its fine tannins give it a great texture and a mouth filling structure. Balanced and New World styled, this is a wine of personality and elegance. Sexy, pure and simple, it’s a young and refreshing Pinot.”


LABEL

Fun cool label.  I’m a cyclist myself so I must say I was drawn to the bottle because of this

COLOR

Light red

AROMA

Cherry and stawberry on the nose

TASTE

Very subtle. Red fruits with a light finish

PAIRING

Grilled meats – chicken, pork

PRICE (VALUE)

At around $8 its a very affordable bottle

THE BOTTOM LINE

Wouldn’t say I was deeply moved by this bottle.  I found it to be a bit too subtle for my palate.  Certainly a young wine.  At around $8, it does however represent a decent value for the Pinot Lover.

OVERALL RATING

2stars

 

GOOD

OPI Score = 43  What’s This?


Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Country: Chile
Winemaker: Cono Sur Winery
Average Price: $8

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19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH AWARD (AUG 2017)  learn more


 

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Nineteen crimes turned criminals into colonists. Upon conviction British rogues guilty of a least one of the 19 crimes were sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. This punishment by “transportation” began in 1783 and many of the lawless died at sea. For the rough-hewn prisoners who made it to shore, a new world awaited.

As pioneers in a frontier penal colony, they forged a new country and new lives, brick by brick.  This wine celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built.

From the Winemaker: “Wonderful paired with a scheme for an evening’s escape, this wine conjures up red currants, dark berries and sweet vanilla oak in a passing smell. Caramel lurks in the back. Firm cabernet tannins and red fruits let the flavor linger after each nip.”


LABEL

Completly out of box and unique.  Never seen anything like it on the wine market

COLOR

Rich Dark red

AROMA

Lots of dark fruit

TASTE

On the palate, more dark fruits with a hint of vanilla.  Medium bodied. Smooth finish

PAIRING

Pair with grilled red meats, ribs, meat sauced pastas.

PRICE (VALUE)

At around $9 you will be hard pressed to find anything on the market that tastes this good for your money


THE BOTTOM LINE

Another wonderful Cab for under $10.  The folks at 19 Crimes Winery really got it right with this one.  An absolute pleasure to drink and share.

We are naming it our “Diamond in the Rough” Winner for August.  It will also be our Pick of the Week selection this week and will grace our monthly Best Under $10 List.  Pick one up today!

OVERALL RATING

4 Stars = Excellent

4 Stars

EXCELLENT

OPI Score = 90  What’s This?


Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Barossa
Country: Australia
Winemaker: 19 Crimes Winery
Average Price: $9

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Best Box Wines To Try

Running out of clever disguises to wear in the boxed wine aisle at your local supermarket? Well, sneak them into the house no more! Boxed wines are finally cool?! Yeah, we said it!

We’re talking innovative packaging, longer storage times and upgrades in both quality and overall consumer value.

SO WHAT’S A BOX WINE ANYWAY?

A box wine (a.k.a. boxed wine, bag- in-a-box wine, cask wine) is a wine packaged as a bag-in-box. Essentially, a plastic bladder protected by a box, usually made of corrugated fiberboard and then filled with wine – historically, not so great wine, but that’s all changing!

WHY DOES THIS EXIST AND WHOM SHOULD WE THANK FOR IT?

Thomas Angove, a winemaker from Australia, invented and patented the idea of boxed wine back in 1965. Go Aussies! A big cost saving measure for the winemaker: it was cheaper than bottles and much easier to store and transport, not to mention considerably lighter and more environmentally friendly.

5 REASONS TO TRY BOX WINE

1. Stays fresh longer:

As boxed wines are housed in airtight bags, oxidation is prevented during dispensing. As a result, the life of the wine is significantly preserved. If stored at the right temperature, a box wine can be kept fresh for 4-6 weeks after opening

2. Cheaper:

As expensive corks, closures and heavy glass bottles are not used in the packaging, boxed wines tend to be cheaper per Liter than bottled varieties

3. More bang for your buck:

A typical 3 Liter boxed wine container holds roughly the equivalent of 4 bottles of standard sized wine and will probably run you the cost of 3 of those bottles. Enough said

4. Less accidental spoilage:

Wave goodbye to common spoilage issues such as cork taint

5. Environmentally friendly:

Less traditional packaging means less material to recycle!

WHICH BOXED WINE SHOULD I TRY?

1. Domaine Le Garrigon Côtes-du-Rhône 2010

Winemaker’s Notes:
Aromas of red fruit and herbs, fresh and lightly tannic, lingering flavors of fruit and minerals.

2. Bandit Pinot Grigio 2008

Winemaker’s Notes:
Clear, brilliant and light straw in color. The aromas are of citrus, apple, and pear with citrus and apple in the mouth. The body is light and crisp, with perfect balance of sweet and tart. The Pinot Grigio is beyond delicious with any kind of food.

3. Yellow and Blue Malbec 2009

Winemaker’s Notes:
A medium to full bodied organic wine with fine tannins and a long, mineral laden finish.

4. From the Tank Côtes-du-Rhône Vin Rouge 2007

Winemaker’s Notes:
From a wine cooperative of local growers in the south of France comes this high quality, powerful blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan grapes. Delicious from beginning to end, it has dark cherry notes that make it particularly tasty with meat hot off the grill.

5. Würtz Riesling 2008

Winemaker’s Notes:
Light citrus, herbal and floral aromas; serve well chilled.

Glenlivet French Oak Reserve 15 Year Old Single Malt

Glenlivet is a name synonmous with excellence in Single Malt Scotch production and this 15 Year old gem aka, the smooth flowing one, is a true delight to experience.

Producer’s Notes: “This complex whisky is as rich as you would expect on the nose, but also filled with aromas of orange peel and candied grapefruit. The palate is very round, smooth and slightly sweet, with fruity and nutty flavours underlined with the subtle spice of cinnamon. This gives way to lingering hint of toasted almonds and hazelnuts.”


COLOR

Rich and golden.

AROMA

Oaky on the nose with a bit of smoke, almond and spice.

TASTE

Very smooth and mature.  Long and lingering.

THE BOTTOM LINE

What can you say about a Glenlivet Single Malt that has not already been said.  An excellent bottle to sit back and enjoy with good company and a few cigars.  Highly recommend!


OVERALL RATING

4stars

 

EXCELLENT

Varietal: Single Malt
Country: Scotland
Winemaker: The Glenlivet Distilling Co.
Average Price: $65

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5 Tips For Preserving Left Over Wine

Alright, I’ll admit, I have found myself facing this predicament once, or twice in my storied wine drinking career (shame on me!)

 

However, with the help of a few resourceful wine preservation tips, ye olde drinking pride was quickly restored and those few remaining glasses finished up in good form with head held high the following evening!

So, let’s begin at the root of the problem. What is it that turns great wine into vinegar literally overnight? Yep, you guessed it! Our good friend, Air…

Air is beneficial to most wines when first opened (see our post on Getting The Most Out Of That Next Bottle)

However it can quickly change sides in a day, or two becoming your open bottle’s worst nightmare!

But, fear not my friends because…

Just follow a few of our wine preservation tips and you’ll soon be master of your very own wine domain quicker than you can say “malolactic fermentation”…

Tip 1: Keep and reuse the original cork, or screwcap

If you haven’t invested in a wine preservation gadget, your bottle’s cork, or screwcap is probably the best ‘re-corking’ option you’ve got.

Of course, if the cork, or screwcap is destroyed when opening (Houston we have a problem!) this tip is a no-go. So, be mindful and gentle with that corkscrew or twist!

Tip 2: Decant ½ the bottle and place the remainder into the refrigerator 

Know your limits (who are we kidding?) If you know you’re not going to finish an entire bottle in one sitting, immediately pour off and decant ½ of it for now, then gently replace the cork, or screwcap on the remaining ½ (still in the bottle) and place it in the refrigerator for later.

Tip 3: Stand the bottle up in a cool, dark place

Counter tops are generally too warm, especially if you live in a city like our hometown of Miami. As mentioned in Tip 2, the fridge is ideal – just don’t freeze your wine! About 55 degrees is just right for storage. Why standing up? Because now that air has been introduced, the wine may become tainted from the cork. Also, it’s just common sense – you have an open bottle half filled with liquid – why would you store it sideways and risk it spilling out?

Tip 4: Invest in a Wine preservation device 

You want more firepower and guaranteed reusability, most definitely invest a few bucks in a wine preservation device.

Generally these devices work on 2 basic principles:

1. Removing air in the bottle to leave a vacuum

2. Putting an inert gas (usually nitrogen with a little carbon dioxide) onto the surface of the wine

I personally recommend the air removal/vacuum devices. Have used a few and always get great results. They’re quick, clean, easy to use and more cost effective than the gas options.

Tip 5: Share truly grand bottle in one sitting

If you’re lucky enough to own a truly grand, or rare bottle and the occasion is right, there is no question, the best preservation method upon opening is to have no preservation method.

Just drink that bad boy down! Highly recommend inviting a few good friends over to share! Of course, I can always be made available with advanced notice.

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