July 30, 2011

Rappahannock Cellars....

Here is a Winery in Virginia that is on our list of places to go next time we are in Virginia.  Rappahannock Cellars offering red and white wines in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Virginia Winery - Rappahannock Cellars

July 23, 2011

Beringer Red Moscato 2010

Here is a new one that we found and tried... it's a Moscato from Beringer.  We have tried Moscatos before but this one is a Red Moscato!  We tried it, we liked it, and would buy it again... so, it gets a "Good' rating.  Has a sweet taste that reminds us of Llano's Sweet Red!

Beringer Red Moscato 2010

July 16, 2011

Sangria Anyone? The Wino's Wine Guide Recipe for Sangria.

With temperatures in the 100+ Degrees, decided to make a batch of Sangria to help cool things down!  Below is our recipe for Sangria.  We make it on the light side to allow for "teetotalers" to enjoy but adding a shot or two of our favorite Rum or Brandy gives it the strength that "heavyweight" Winos like us require.  Mix up a batch, adjust as you wish, and do let us know how it turned out!
The Wino's Wine Guide Recipe for Sangria:
  • 1 Bottle of Red Wine (750 ml bottle of Merlot, Shiraz, or Tempranillo works well).
  • 1 Can of Passion Fruit Juice Concentrate
  • Water per the instructions on the Passion Fruit Juice Concentrate Can
  • 1/2 Liter of Seltzer of Club Soda
  • 1 Lime skinned and cut into small pieces
  • 1 Orange skinned and cut into small pieces
  • 1 Peach skinned and cut into small pieces
  • 2 Shots of Bacardi 151 Rum
Mix all ingredients in a suitable pitcher, and then chill overnight.  Add additional shots of your favorite Brandy or Rum to your glass to "fortify" as desired.

Sangria Anyone?

July 15, 2011

Lucky Duck - Tempranillo

Picked up another offering from the Lucky Duck wines.... This one is from Spain - a Tempranillo!  Red Wine Wino liked it and would buy again.  White Wine Wino was on the fence; could not say yes or no about a future purchase.  Since both Winos could not agree, this red wine gets a Neutral rating.

Lucky Duck - Tempranillo

July 12, 2011

Barefoot Winery - Riesling

Barefoot Winery comes through again.  This time in a Riesling!  Was questioning the "screw top" bottle and no cork to add to my collection.  But, one taste and both Wino's agreed to buy this one again. Rating: Good. Reminds us of a Moscato but sweeter!

Barefoot Winery - Riesling

July 9, 2011

Garcia Carrion Winery (Spain) - Don Luciano Merlot 2009

Bought this imported Merlot while shopping for groceries several weeks ago.  Have not tried it till today.  The back label describes the wine as:
A wine with character expressing the Mediterranean Merlot variety.  An elegant purple-blank color with violet tones.  A well defined fruity aroma to the nose, blackberry and raspberry.  Enjoyable on its own or with meats, salads, and pasta.
Both Winos agreed it is a very dry Merlot.  White Wino questions enjoying the wine on its own; would probably go better with Dinner.  Red Wine Wino cannot make up his mind about buying this one again.  The dryness really puts a damper on a future purchase.

Rating this one as a Neutral based on the indecision of a future purchase.

Garcia Carrion Winery (Spain) - Don Luciano Merlot 2009

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