Charisse * Picpoul de Pinet Blanc * 2015


As summer is winding down, the days are getting shorter and we settle back into a more subdued routine, I find that I treasure the time I get to hide away in a wine shop and uncork something yummy. That time came on Saturday when I popped into Corkscrew Wine and Cheese in the Blackstone District and treated myself to a bowl of their delicious Creamy Mushroom soup. I decided to pair it with the Charisse Picpoul de Pinet Blanc.

The best thing about this wine: such a steal yet delicious
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the glass: $8 / By the bottle: $15
Pairs well with: mushroom soup, patio days or any day
If you like crisp, clean and dry white wine, give this a try.
Winery Web Page: www.theartisancollection.us/charisse-picpoul-de-pinet

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Charisse * Picpoul de Pinet Blanc * 2015

Old Soul * Cabernet Sauvignon * 2014 *

Louie came into my life in the spring of 2005. He was a Mini Schnauzer mix. White. The person I got him from gave me strict orders not to “humanize” him. I assured the man I understood a dog’s place in the home. He told me to crate him, not to give human food, train him to be alone for periods of time, and to teach him boundaries. I went home right away and was confident that I knew what I was doing. By night four, after many hours of no sleep and high-pitched crying and midnight snacks of bagels and peanut butter, I grabbed Louie and put him in bed with me and there he stayed happy and quiet night after night for 13 years.

The best thing about this wine: Smooth, easy drinking and pairs with or without food
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the bottle: $20
Pairs well with: pasta, friends and memories
Winery Web Page: 
https://shoporw.vintegrate.com/old-soul

Check out Heather’s review of the Old Soul Pinot Noir here

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Old Soul * Cabernet Sauvignon * 2014 *

Commanderie de Peyrassol * Rose * 2015

“Calgon take me away!” was a popular commercial back in the ’80’s geared towards the busy housewife or stay at home mom that needed a little time to herself, a break in her everyday routine. I could relate to that about 15 years ago, but today? Just give me a glass, a quiet patio, and pour me something simple and yummy. Commanderie de Peyrassol Rose is a bit complicated to say, but it is simple and yummy!

The best thing about this wine: it’s easy to enjoy and is perfect for a midsummer night’s dream
Available at: Corkscrew Wine And Cheese
Pairs well with: Patios, quiet evenings and bath times
Winery Web Page: http://www.peyrassol.com

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Commanderie de Peyrassol * Rose * 2015

Red * White * Rosé

Summertime holidays are usually family- and friend-oriented so I thought I would keep this wine review within the Anne Amie Vineyard family. What better way to spend the Fourth of July than with family, friends and something yummy in your glass. You can find something that is easy on the palate from the Anne Amie winery, that most wine drinkers out on your patio will enjoy.

The best thing about these wines: Fantastic wines everyone will enjoy
Available at Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the bottle:
Anne Amie Pinot Noir $31.99
Anne Amie Riesling $18.99
Anne Amie Rosé of Pinot Gris $18.99
Winery Website: www.anneamie.com

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Red * White * Rosé

Alessandro Rivetto * Arneis * 2015

Short and to the point. This is what this wine review is going to be. Nothing fancy or full of technical wine terms. The Alessandro Rivetto Arneis doesn’t require that. It can stand on it’s own and prove to be a fantastic go to white wine.
The best thing about this wine: A great white wine that everyone will love and should try
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the bottle: 20.99
Pairs well with: salmon, BLT’s, take-out
Website: www.nicolabiscardo.com


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Alessandro Rivetto * Arneis * 2015

La Storia * Petite Sirah * 2014

I lived in California for 3 years in the early 90’s without experiencing an earthquake. Moved to Oregon and 2 months later, an earthquake hit in the middle of the night. I will never forget that sickening roar or what the ground looked like as it turned it into a rolling sea of concrete and asphalt. 
I spent 6 months in Biloxi, MS when I was first married and again for 2 years while we finished up his Air Force career and  did not experience one tornado. Fast forward to June 16, 2017 and I found myself in my basement peeking out the bathroom door to see nothing but trees bending like toothpicks in the greenish grey evening sky. The next day it was confirmed that 2 tornadoes hit our town of Bellevue, Nebraska leveling almost a whole neighborhood less that a mile away from us. We were lucky to only have tree and fence damage– and the power out for 3 days.

When I came home on that Friday night, the hubs had a spaghetti dinner waiting and I already had a wine picked out to enjoy on my back patio to watch the storms roll in. We love to sit and watch the birds and the resident raccoon we named Mr. George Cooney that lives in the giant oak in out backyard. He usually scales down that old tree just before dusk to begin his night of fun. The La Storia wine bottle has a bold, stoic appearance. We had just mentioned that the bottle resembled that old tree.

The best thing about this wine: it definitely packs a punch
Available at: Corkscrew Wine & Cheese
By the bottle: $30
Pairs well with: pasta and stormy weather
Winery website: www.trentadue.com

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La Storia * Petite Sirah * 2014

Optima * Gewürztraminer * 2013

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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