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

STE Chapelle * Chateau Series Soft Red * 2012

Idaho? Snake River Valley?

These were the thoughts running through my head as I was browsing the pre-chilled wines at Wohlner’s. I was on a last minute mission to purchase a few bottles of wine for an outdoor dinner party after work on Friday. My wife requested I pick up at least one chilled, “easier-drinking” wine since it was one of the first real warm days this year. She suggested a Rosé.

Full discloser here in this review: I’m not a wine expert. I enjoy drinking wines and consider myself the casual wine drinker. But this day, I felt a little more pressure than normal in making a selection. The dinner party hosts knew I was blogging for Omaha Wine Review and thought I should be the one to bring the wine. I was unable to find a Rosé I felt confident purchasing.
I kept looking. Time was ticking. The STE Chapelle Soft Red seemed intriguing. I knew nothing about Idaho wines or the Snake River Valley. Feeling the mounting pressure to make a good decision, paired with my impending tardiness, I risked it.

Well no Rosé. What the heck, go bold or go home!

I snatched the bottle, hoping for the best.

The best thing about this wine: Sweet and flavorful for easy summer drinking
Available at: Wohlner’s Neighborhood Grocery and Deli
By the bottle: $9.99
Paired well with: guacamole
If you like Moscato or other sweet wines, try this wine.
Winery Web Page: http://stechapelle.com

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STE Chapelle * Chateau Series Soft Red * 2012

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

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

Salvestrin * Cabernet Sauvignon * 2013

If you are anything of a Napa Cab fan, you have surely heard over and over about the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintage years. The weather in those two years was nearly identical and the exact conditions wine growers love: warm days, cool nights, little rain. I got the opportunity to taste many wines from those vintages over the last few weeks, both at tasting events around town and in Napa. A few of them really stood out to me, one being Salvestrin’s 2013 Cabernet from St. Helena in the Napa Valley

Best thing about this wine: Fruit bomb with a complex finish
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese Rockbrook
By the Bottle: $71
Try this if you like: Big Napa Cabs!
Winery website: www.salvestrinwinery.com

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Salvestrin * Cabernet Sauvignon * 2013

Seghesio * Zinfandel * 2015

20170430_152900Faced with a cold and dreary day last week, we decided to meet some friends for lunch and have a drink at a local sports bar. As I looked through the drink menu, I noticed they had an extensive wine list. Typically, at a sports bar I would steer towards a beer but instead, my friend and I decided to split a bottle of the Seghesio Zinfandel.

The best thing about this wine: Big, bold and jammy
Available at: Ryan’s Food and Spirits
By the bottle: $30.00 By the glass: $12.00
Pairs well with: Chicken Nachos and buffalo wings
Winery Web Page: www.seghesio.com

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Seghesio * Zinfandel * 2015