Bogle * Phantom* 2013

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Fall is definitely in the air today. I glanced out the window and saw my neighborhood dressed in bright reds and yellows with the gusty winds swirling the leaves that couldn’t hang on from their branches. The sky was mostly grey with periods of sunshine peeking through really turning the grey skies dark. What an eerie feeling. Summer is finally over. Nothing was really planned for my afternoon, so after some morning chores, I headed to the cellar to find something yummy to pour in my glass. It was a perfect day to try the Bogle Phantom red blend.

The best thing about this wine: very friendly on the palate
Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese: $20
Pairs well with: fall afternoons, spaghetti with red sauce and eerie afternoons
Winery Website: www.boglewinery.com

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Bogle * Phantom* 2013

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

Shannon Ridge High Elevation * Wrangler Red Blend * 2013

Shannon RidgeHow much can one cram into one week? I feel that question was the theme driving me this week, pushing me forward, seeing how capable I was at this thing called life.

The best thing about this wine: smooth, flavorful, and not too deep.
Available at: Wohlner’s
By the bottle: $13.99
Pairs well with: Sunday evening dinners
If you like red blends, try this wine.
Winery Web Page: https://www.shannonridge.com

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Shannon Ridge High Elevation * Wrangler Red Blend * 2013

Ryan Patrick * Rock Island Red * 2014

It’s been a long 2 weeks for us in the Hague household. If you have fur-babies you completely understand how they are a big part of your family and heart. Our boxer Brock stopped eating and lost 15 pounds in one week, so we took him in for some lab work. The vet wasn’t sure exactly, but according to his numbers it showed he either had the dreaded Lymphoma or Addison Disease. After hundreds of dollars and several meds later, we had him tested again today.
[Editor’s note: spoiler alert, he’s ok. I couldn’t take the suspense after poor Mo’s bad news last week] 

The best thing about this wine: Jammy with a pleasurable silky finish
Available at: Vino Mas
By the bottle: $20.00
Pairs well with: Pepperoni Pizza
Winery Web Page: www.ryanpatrickwines

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Ryan Patrick * Rock Island Red * 2014

Dreaming Tree * Crush * 2014

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With Independence Day celebrations popping off last week, I may have popped a few corks myself! Over the 4th of July weekend we went out to my cousin’s new house on Lake Allure. As the sun was setting and everyone set up their firework displays, I sat back and had nice glass of Dreaming Tree’s Crush while watching the sun set over the lake. (If only I had some Dave Matthews music in the background!).

The best thing about this wine: Not too sweet but not too dry
Available at: HyVee
By the bottle: $14.99
Pairs well with: Burgers and brats on the grill.
Winery Web Page: https://www.dreamingtreewines.com

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Dreaming Tree * Crush * 2014

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

B Side * Red Blend * 2014

Balance

I’ve been struggling a little bit (ok, a lot bit) with balance lately. Last night, I rushed home from school to grab my craft store coupons to get supplies for a tie-dying project at school. I saw my super long lawn and decided to do a quick mow before I headed to the craft store, before I started my part-time job. I didn’t find what I needed and ended up at 2 more stores after my shift ended. When I finally made it home, I collapsed in bed. With my days looking like this more and more frequently, I find that spending my weekends relaxing is essential to any semblance of a work-life balance. Last Sunday at a wine tasting, I thought perhaps I could achieve some balance from a nice Red Blend called B Side.

The best thing about this wine: A nice peppery finish gives this more appeal than your average Red Blend
Available at: The Winery
By the bottle: $24.99
Pairs well with: A rainy Sunday, appetizers, a nice steak with roasted veggies
Winery Web Page: http://www.bsidewines.com/

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B Side * Red Blend * 2014