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

Don & Sons * Pinot Noir * 2011

After an uniquely stressful work week, dinner was the time for me to be decisive. I’m predicting the upcoming week will most certainly be the “part two” continuation, so I thought I’d practice my quick decision-making skills knowing they would be necessary for another round of meetings ahead, some where indecisive players would be present.  I did a quick browse of the menu at J. Coco, and landed on the 2011 Don & Sons Pinot Noir.

The best thing about this wine: balanced
Available at:  J. Coco
By the bottle: $46.00
By the glass: $12.00
Pairs well with: Cedar Plank Salmon
Winery Web Page: http://www.donandsons.com

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Don & Sons * Pinot Noir * 2011

Pali Wine Co. Huntington * Pinot Noir * 2014

My wife, daughter, and I spent the weekend away from home. We were in Schuyler, NE for a confirmation and dance recital. It’s always enjoyable to have several days with extended family, but heading back to Omaha Sunday afternoon created feelings and thoughts around how we would prioritize our minimal weekend time remaining before Monday would soon be upon us. We unanimously decided on takeout from Three Happiness Chinese, and I made a quick stop at Wohlner’s for a bottle of wine on my way to pick up the food.

I decided on a bottle of 2014 Huntington Pinot Noir. I knew the Pali Wine Company wouldn’t let me down.

Available at: Wohlner’s Neighborhood Grocery & Deli
By the bottle: $21.49
Pairs well with: cheese plate or appetizers
Try this wine i
f you like: a reliable, easy-drinking Pinot Noir.
Winery Web Page: http://www.paliwineco.com

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Pali Wine Co. Huntington * Pinot Noir * 2014

Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve * Pinot Noir * 2014

Any new venture is bound to come with a few hiccups. I’ve been running into some here and there as we’ve launched this site, so thanks for sticking with us. A typo on my end led to a particularly funny conversation when I stopped by my dad’s the other night.

The best thing about this wine: how well it complements spicy food
Available at: Trader Joe’s
Pairs well with: spicy or robust flavors

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Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve * Pinot Noir * 2014

Meiomi * Pinot Noir * 2015

My father-in-law walked into the living room last night and said, “If you can handle it, I have a Pinot Noir to drink before the steaks, and a really good Malbec for dinner.” I was excited about the steaks and Malbec, but, of course, I was more than brave enough to take a peak at the Pinot he had chosen prior to dinner.

The best thing about this wine: accessible with a valuable price point
Available at: Hy-Vee
By the bottle:  $19.99
Pairs well with: fish, pork, burgers
Winery Web Page: https://www.meiomi.com

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Meiomi * Pinot Noir * 2015

Oak Ridge Winery “ORW” * Old Soul Pinot Noir * 2014

Old Soul

Do you consider yourself an Old Soul? The Old soul doesn’t see the purpose of pursuing things that can be easily taken away from them. Old souls have little time and interest for the short-lived things in life, as they bring little meaning or long lasting fulfillment for them.

Available at:   HyVee
By the bottle:    $10.99
Pairs well with: Grilled Salmon and Spinach Salad with Peach Dressing.
Winery Web Page: http://www.oakridgewinery.com/our-wines/old-soul/

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Oak Ridge Winery “ORW” * Old Soul Pinot Noir * 2014