Ruffino * Modus * 2013

After an unusually busy week with family, kids, house, work and weather that started off chilly & wet, I think about a getaway somewhere that is warm, beach related, and quiet. How I miss those days of being able to escape on a moment’s notice to indulge myself in some quality “me” time. I found that I had about an hour before the ruckus started in for the evening, so I uncorked the Ruffino Modus red blend.

The best thing about this wine: A tasty red blend
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese by special request
Pairs well with: aged cheeses including taleggio, pecorino and gouda.
Winery Website: https://www.ruffino.com/us/our-wines/modus

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Ruffino * Modus * 2013

75 Wine Company * Sauvignon Blanc * 2015

The Seventy-Five Wine Company was founded to honor all that transpired and to all that found inspiration that landmark year. 1975. The Seventy Five Wine Company revels in expressing California wine country’s sun, earth and abundance.  During the weekly Wednesday Flight tasting that Corkscrew Wine and Cheese offers at both their locations, I was able to taste 3 of the 75 Wine Company wines. The Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and ‘The Sum’ red blend. The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is what stood out to me and caught my attention. Maybe it’s me just wanting to hold on to summertime just a bit longer. This wine represents the true essence of the grape and source. I got melon, peach and lemon on both the nose and palate. There was a hint of grass and it followed up with fresh fruit which left me wanting to grab a bottle to experience at home.

Cheers,

Mo

The best thing about this wine: Great, easy drinking Sauvignon Blanc

Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese

By the bottle: $17

Pairs well with: sunny patios, pasta salads, BBQ shrimp

Winery Web Page: WWW.75wine.com

75 Wine Company * Sauvignon Blanc * 2015

St. Amant * The Bootleg Society ‘Speakeasy’ * 2014

This winery/wine maker caught my attention a couple of years ago when I was given a bottle of The 2013 ‘The Road Less Traveled’ Tempranillo to try and I fell in love from the first sip. Back then my reviews were usually “Eh” or “YUMMY!” Some still get these votes but today this gets a “YUMMY!!” and a reason why….
The best thing about this wine: It’s Yummy!
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese by special request
Pairs well with: rainy days, pizza and an old movie!
Winery Website: 
http://www.stamantwine.com

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St. Amant * The Bootleg Society ‘Speakeasy’ * 2014

Vasse Felix * Filius Chardonnay * 2014


It’s hard to believe that there could be snow on the ground in less than 2 months. So today when the weatherman said it was going to be windy and 90+ degrees I leaped at the chance to get my “adulting” done early and head to the patio with a new Chardonnay from Australia I was wanting to try.

The best thing about this wine: crisp, clean and refreshing
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the bottle: under $25
Pairs well with: end of summer windy days, hummus plates, fish, pasta salads
Winery Website: https://www.vassefelix.com.au

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Vasse Felix * Filius Chardonnay * 2014

Vinabade * Albarino * 2016

They say not to judge a book by its cover.  I also hear people say that they bought a certain wine by the label. I usually roll my eyes at that statement, but I fell under the “Label Spell”  last week when this little gem came into the shop. It’s a girly, summer, fun, pretty, eye-catching label. So when I was given the opportunity to try it, I was intrigued, but since I normally dislike Albarino wine, I was skeptical.

The best thing about this wine: a surprise ending!
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the bottle: under $20 / By the glass: $8
Pairs well with: fish, Chipotle burrito bowl and a good book.
Winery Website: http://www.theartisancollection.us/vinabade-albarino

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Vinabade * Albarino * 2016

Chateau Ste Michelle * Cold Creek Vineyard* Cabernet Sauvignon* 2012

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One gets a lot of questions working in the wine industry: What do you recommend? What is your favorite wine? How late are you open? Any happy hour specials? Do you carry such-and-such wine? So on my way home last week, I got a call from the Hubs asking what you use to top off a New York Sour. I say usually a Cabernet Sauvignon or what ever red we have open…. Much to my surprise, when I arrived home, he had opened Chateau Ste Michelle 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.

The best thing about this wine: Tops off a New York Sour exceptionally well
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the bottle: under $30
Pairs well with: Cocktail hour, heavy meats, pasta with red sauce and an upset wife whose bottle was opened unexpectedly….
Winery Website: www.stemichelle.com

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Chateau Ste Michelle * Cold Creek Vineyard* Cabernet Sauvignon* 2012

El Picaro * Matsu * 2016

Take a chance. We all take a chance every day we awake to another day. I take a chance nearly every day that I remember to actually put coffee grounds into the filter as I stumble around in the kitchen to make my way for the day. I take a chance driving to work that I won’t hit traffic and make it in on time. The other day while I was wandering around Costco I ended up like usual in the wine section. This 100% Tempranillo stood out and I decided to take a chance on it.

The best thing about this wine: great value and super yummy!
Available at: Costco
By the bottle: $9.99
Pairs well with: taking chances, fall patio nights by the fire and your mamma’s spaghetti

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El Picaro * Matsu * 2016