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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Graffigna Centenario Elevation Red Blend Reserve 2012

Today it's all about the high elevation Red wine from the Andes mountains. Graffigna vineyard is at the foot of Andes Mountains that sit 4600 ft above sea level in San Juan, Argentina. Oh and did I mention that this is one of their reserve unique blends.

It's a little different from what they usually produce, usually this vineyard is known for their Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Grigio but this is a 5 grape blended wine that stands tall with their Malbec and Cab. This is the only perfectly proportioned wine that I have tasted, it's 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 20% Malbec, 20% Bonarda*, and 20% Tannat*. (*Both of these grapes are used for blending with other red wine grapes.)

Velvety smooth with heavy tannins and a bit acidic to the taste. As soon as you swirl this to smell you catch the hints of berry: blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry and it's also in the finish of the taste. A little bit of spice to the taste but two spices that really stand out are Black Pepper and a hint of vanilla.

I had this with Tuna Steak (rare of course) and grilled veggies and last week I had it with veggie risotto. You can enjoy this with food or as a stand alone wine. I suggest to drink this now while it's still on the shelves to buy (average price around $9).


Saturday, October 11, 2014

2012 Camins del Priorat Spanish wine review

Hello I'm back, sorry for staying away for so long. 

A few months ago I celebrated my birthday with a small group of friends and I was fortunate enough to see that they all know me so well...almost all of them brought me a bottle of wine for a present! In the selection of great bottles I came across the 2012 Camins del Priorat by Alvaro Palacios winery and today I decided to try it with my dinner. Thanks friends and here's my review!

The 2012 Camins del Priorat from Alvaro Palacios is a medium bodied wine with with slight tannins that have aftertastes of raspberries and black cherries. Yummy! Being barreled in french oak barrels for only 8 months, it' s youth and crisp just screams jam and an aftertaste of vanilla with a dry finish. With the wine only barreled for 8 months, the alcohol content is high, 14.5% so I would suggest opening this bottle and let breathe for about an hour. Once you pour your wine, swirl the wine in the glass to release the alcohol vapors before trying your first taste of this exquisite wine.

Grapes that are blended in this wine are Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah. An excellent representation of Spanish wine that goes great with hearty vegetarian dishes, light red pasta sauces, or even a flank steak. This wine is perfect for the upcoming fall and winter season. 

I highly recommend this wine for gatherings or special occasions and since the average price is around $21 it's not going to kill your wallet. 

Happy tastings,

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Something Different for you...some of my Art

Hello - I thought I'd share some of my paintings just for something fun and different. I hope you enjoy, sorry about the bad photography (I'm  not that great at that LOL).

Angela Laible Art

Angela Laible Art

Angela Laible Art
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Wine over Water this Saturday

Looking for something to do this Saturday night in the greater Cincinnati Area? Why not come down to the Purple People Bridge on the Newport, KY side and come to the Wine Over Water wine tasting on the bridge with Hors D’oeuvres and live music. Wineries include: Stonebrook Winery, Horseshoe Bend Winery, Redman’s Farm Winery, Smith-Berry Winery, and Little KY River Winery. See ya down there!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pennywise what a Wine

Last fall I came across one of the best red's I ever tasted. I had the Pennywise Petite Sirah, and it was bold and built like the way a Petite Sirah should be. To my curiosity, I wanted to find out about more wines from this label. I asked my local wine store Liquor City  to let me know when their Petite Sirah and other wines from Pennywise came in.

This week they came in...finally, I bought the Pennywise Cabernet Sauvignon and the Pinot Noir. Since it's summer I cracked open the Pinot Noir. Wow, was I amazed to have tasted such a vibrant, yummy, jammy wine!
As soon as the cork comes out, there's a hint of Root Beer. I let the wine breathe for about an hour and I could smell the hints of strawberries and cherries. This vibrant wine had tastes of cherries, plums, and strawberries right off the bat. You let it sit on your tongue and small traces of anise and some sandalwood com out.

A great summer red wine that needs to breath for about 30 - 50 minutes to taste all of it's luscious jammy flavors. I would recommend this with a light pasta vodka creme fish dish or a pork dish of any kind. Check out their wines, the Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir are wonderful.  My suggestion, is pick up a few bottles for your collection, my advice these wines will get better with age.

**Spoiler alert: Next Blog posting from me will be on the Pennywise Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Wonderful Wine Restaurant in Cincinnati

Recently, I celebrated my birthday at La Poste Eatery and Wine Room and it was one of the best wine and food experiences ever. We decided to have wine pairings with dinner.

Our first course was the Foie Gras on Banana Bread with a sliced Banana with caramelized sugar on top that had a maple carmel syrup finished with cracked sea salt. We had a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne. The hint of sweetness from the Champagne complimented the syrup and the Banana Bread and the driness of the brut matched perfectly with the salt. The Foie Gras melted in your mouth and had this creamy after taste.

The second course was an order of Ravioli with a field blend of mushrooms, fresh sage,
cream, and parmesan reggiano. It was paired with Styring Estate Pinot Noir '06, this was one of the best comfort combinations that I ever had. The Ravioli had a parmesan sage cream sauce with crispy pieces of sage on top that added a slight crispiness to the cream. The Styring Estate Pinot Noir was the perfect pairing. It was a very soft tasting with berries and finish with tannins. This is one of the best well balanced Pinot Noir that I have ever tasted.

The third course was fresh catch of John Dory, a nice crispy white fish with a wonderful red wine reduction with sliced carrots and sliced parsnips. A sweet and savory taste intertwined with the light fish was perfect and it was paired with Domaine Aubissieres Cuvee Silex Vouvray '09.  It wasn't tart at all, a slightly sweet taste of melon and fruits. I loved it because it didn't have that sour taste that Sauvignon Blancs have. A wonderful summer wine that you can drink all summer long and for $16.99 a bottle with a 90 point rating from Robert Parker who wouldn't want to.

The last course was a white chocolate bread pudding with dried cherries and a butter cream carmel sauce. It was paired with La Tour Vielle Banyuls dessert wine. First of all anything with white chocolate and bread pudding is exquisite. The taste that carried me into bliss was the port-style wine that in France they chill and drink it as an aperitif. This nutty, fruity dessert paired perfectly with the chocolate dessert.

I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves wines, food and wonderful ambiance.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dancing Bull has a great Cabernet Savignon

I tried the Dancing Bull Cabernet Sauvignon, Dancing Bull winery is in Healdsburg CA. This is a Cabernet that you can right now, and it tastes more like a Zinfandel than a Cabernet. The cab has a very floral aroma and had a floral taste. Tastes of cherry, currant, and jam are apparent right off the bat. Medium tannins hit the end of the taste with spice, sugar, and clove. I tried it the first night and left some for the next day and it became even more jammy the second day. It's great with gilled pork, salads and all meat dishes.  I picked up this fabulous wine for about $8.50 a bottle, what a great value.

I included their link above, you should check out the website, it's very educational. The website has grilling tips, wine tips, how to order wine, and many other tips about wines. And they host wine events all over the country so go visit the website.

Happy drinking,