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

The 2014 La Storia Petite Sirah was made by blending together most of their best blocks of Petite Sirah, along with some Zinfandel, Carignane and Syrah. We poured our first glass and were noticing the rich, deep, very dark, color. We hadn’t poured anything that deep in color for quite a while.

Just then, the power went out and the upper deck’s patio furniture and BBQ flew by to the right. We were forced to abandon dinner and the wine and head to the basement. When the coast was clear we came up and found that our neighborhood made it out pretty lucky, with minimal damages to homes and trees that were knocked completely down. We decided this situation called for more wine and headed out back to see what was left. Mr. Cooney’s home didn’t weather the storm so well, but at least it didn’t hit ours. After the skies cleared, a huge rainbow reached across the sky and it looked like we were in the clear, we decided that all we could do was dry off some patio chairs to sit and take it all in.

The next evening with the power still out we decided to finish the bottle we had started the night before. After it has sat in our glasses a bit, I noticed it had gained some momentum. The deep dark color coated the glass, blueberries on the nose, some cocoa, spice and a bit of vanilla, and soft tannins finished it off. This wine is sure to weather any storm and show its true self in 5-8 years.

Cheers,

Mo

La Storia * Petite Sirah * 2014

Hijo de Rubentis * Sparkling Rose * 2016

Finally, a patio night for me!! The past two weeks have been rather hectic. Family visits, taxi duty for the kids, the never ending yard work (well the hubs does that, I mostly “oversee” the process)… After a busy day, I grabbed my bottle of the Hijo de Rubentis sparkling rose, reheated some jambalaya, made a salad and headed to the tranquility of my magical back patio. I had been hoarding this wonderful bottle of Spanish sparkling rose for a while now and it was the perfect night.

Best thing about this wine: it’s a fun and interesting sparkling rose wine that is a must try for the summer
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese (it may be by special request at this time)
By the bottle: under $30
Pairs well with the patio, friends and left over jambalaya
Try this if you like: Gruet rose
Web page for info: http://www.demaisonselections.com/ameztoirubentis.html

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Hijo de Rubentis * Sparkling Rose * 2016

Il Censo * Catarratto * 2014

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The long anticipated kick off to summer known as Memorial Day has come and gone. The weather was perfect.  I spent mine with family and friends eating great food, drinking amazing cocktails and pouring beautiful glasses of wine. Today was back to the grind… the weather was amazing, co-workers were relaxed and full of stories, and it was good to be back in the swing. On the drive home I found myself  listening to different music, I was craving something different for dinner, and I ended up taking a different way home. When I walked in, it even that felt different. With the kids gone, the hubs off to volleyball and the dogs fed and surprisingly quiet, this was my night for something different: uncorking my “orange wine” and grilling up the halibut that I have been wanting instead of the usual taco Tuesday.

Best this about this wine: It’s one of a kind, from the nose to the finish!
Available at Corkscrew Wine and Cheese Blackstone by special request
By the bottle: $35
Try this if you like: Jura wines

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Il Censo * Catarratto * 2014

Optima * Rose * 2016

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Life. It gets so busy and time flies by without giving it another thought. I swear last week I was buying winter coats and this week it was already time for a bit of spring cleaning. I could lie and say that meant sprucing up the house for spring, but it really means that I was putting my reds in the cool basement storage area and filling up my wine fridge with my whites and rose. I couldn’t resist breaking open the Optima Rose. The cleaning could wait.

The best thing about this wine:  fresh, crisp and the brilliant color will steal you away.
Available at: The Winery Omaha
By the bottle: $29
Pairs well with spicy foods, and sunny patios
Winery Web Page: www.optimawinery.com

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Optima * Rose * 2016

Domaine Saint Lannes * White Blend * 2016

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This past weekend was Mother’s Day and though it was a great day “off” for me, I accompanied the hubs who still had to do Taxi duty to our son who had to work. The weather was beautiful; not too hot, the sun was shinning and we had just enough time to pop into Corkscrew Wine and Cheese in Rockbrook for a quick glass of something yummy. We had just finished a great lunch at Shucks and though I enjoyed my Bloody Mary, I was craving something a bit different. I was rummaging though the cold case saw the Domaine Saint Lannes. I have seen it fly off the shelves at the other location and heard nothing but rave reviews. I thought since we were on a limited time schedule, what the heck and for only a mere $13 a bottle one can’t go wrong.

The best thing about this wine: a fantastic white wine at a reasonable price
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the bottle: $13
Pairs well with: fish, mild cheeses and a sunny patio

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Domaine Saint Lannes * White Blend * 2016

St. Amant * Tempranillo * 2013

st Amant.pngThey say not all who wander are lost. I find myself at times getting lost along the aisles of my local wine shops. As I like to say… “Walk a mile in my shoes and you will end up at a wine shop”.  This is not at all a bad thing. It is in fact my happy place. Hearing the clink of the bottles, looking at the different  labels, and making notes of the endless possibilities. The evening is sometimes planned out with what I may bring home. This time I found myself drawn to the St. Amant Tempranillo.

The best thing about this wine is it’s a rustic wine that’s easy to enjoy.
Available at Corkscrew Wine and Cheese (Rockbrook)
By the bottle: $24
Pairs well with the road less traveled…..or the patio
Try this if you like Michael David Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon.

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St. Amant * Tempranillo * 2013

Mojo * Marche Sangiovese * 2014

mojo wineI’m not really superstitious by nature, but I do believe in good mojo, energy and vibes. I usually know right away if there is good mojo around a space, person, or situation. I definitely felt the good vibes last Tuesday morning when I got the opportunity to taste a few Italian wines.

The best thing about this wine is it’s a great wine at an affordable price
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the bottle: $16
Pairs well with: red meats, pasta, savory cheeses and of course good vibes

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Mojo * Marche Sangiovese * 2014