The Federalist * Cabernet Sauvignon * 2015

I don’t know if it is the gorgeous view of the golf course or simply being outdoors that makes drinking a glass of wine taste exceptionally good. I have had the Federalist Cabernet several times before but today it tasted better than I remembered. Since we were sitting outside I chilled my red for about 20 minutes before pouring a glass.
The best thing about this wine: Being slightly chilled really enhanced the flavor and fruitiness.
Available at: HyVee
By the bottle: $15.99
Pairs well with: Beef and BBQ Ribs
Winery Web Page: http://www.federalistwines.com


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The Federalist * Cabernet Sauvignon * 2015

Optima * Gewürztraminer * 2013

Always expect the unexpected, even when it comes to wine. For example, the weather has been so lovely and cooperative with all I have planned to do lately. Except for today.

I woke up early to the weather app telling me that a huge super cell with ping-pong ball-sized hail was headed my way. So, I jumped out of bed and scrambled to get my repaired car home before the storm. Everything went as expected, and as I got home I grabbed another cup of java, turned on the morning news and listened to the thunder which lasted most of the day. No hail, rain, twister… just thunder. A nice “June Gloom” day. Totally unexpected from what I had first thought. Enter the Optima Gewürztraminer.

The best thing about this wine: You will fall in love with this beauty
Available at: The Omaha Winery
By the bottle: $25
Pairs well with thunder, lightening, and chicken salad sandwiches
Try this if you like Haut Bridau Picpoul De Pinet
Web page for info: https://optimawinery.com/index.php/product/2016-gewurztraminer/

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Optima * Gewürztraminer * 2013

Province of Taranto * Primitivo del Salento * 2015

After a plane trip, sleeping on the couch for days with a sick kid and a long Memorial Day weekend full of activities I was in desperate need of a chiropractic appointment. So I stopped by for an adjustment today and thought I would swing for a glass of wine at Vino Mas on my way home.

The best thing about this wine: limited edition wine that is unique, full of flavors and you can’t find it everywhere. Available at: Vino Mas
By the glass: $5.00
By the bottle: $18.80
Pairs well with: Grilled meat, pasta and pizza
Winery Web Page: http://motturavini.com/site/en/

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Province of Taranto * Primitivo del Salento * 2015

Stag’s Leap * FAY Cabernet Sauvignon * 2014

As a teacher and the lone wine drinker in my home, I often find myself reaching for the best bottles I can find on a budget. While there are many, many great wines to be found at that under $30 price point, there is an expansive world of wine beyond that. Stag’s Leap FAY is far beyond my normal budget, but this wine was so enjoyable I had to recommend it!

Best thing about this wine: Napa fruit bomb that would be great for a special occasion
Available at: Omaha Wine Company
By the bottle: $135
Pairs well with: red meat
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Stag’s Leap * FAY Cabernet Sauvignon * 2014

Chateau Montelena * Chardonnay * 2013

Gold glitter hat, check. Running shoes, check. Cake and bubbly, check and check! On paper I am prepped and ready for my 30th birthday on Friday. In reality, though, that’s not the case. I sat down with a glass of wine Thursday night as I tried to make my peace with the demise of my 20s. 

The best thing about this wine: Fantastic alternative to butter bomb Chardonnay
Available at: Omaha Wine Company
By the bottle: $50
Pairs well with: fish, lighter fare

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Chateau Montelena * Chardonnay * 2013

Elouan * Pinot Noir * 2015

About once a week we get together with our friends Katie and George for a couple glasses of wine. After I spent a week in Napa, they came over to hear about my trip. We shared a bottle of wine I brought back with me, which I will be writing about in the next few weeks, but I wanted to write about the exceptional wine they brought over!
The best thing about this wine: Great levels of complexity.
Available at: HyVee
By the bottle: $19.99
Pairs well with: Roasted chicken, tomato penne pasta, aged cheddar or goat cheese
Winery Web Page: http://www.elouanwines.com

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Elouan * Pinot Noir * 2015