Friday, January 30, 2009
There are many questions that we as wine staff are asked. We expect it, after all we are in retail and its our jobs to field these questions. Some are very easy to answer, some we need to consult with one another to find the correct answer. Some we have to try and maintain our composure even in the most dire or hilarious of circumstances. I'd like to take a moment to share with you some of my favorite questions that I have taken in the line of duty.
1) Is this strawberry wine sweet?
2) What color is the White Zin Grape?
3) I have a 1997 Yellowtail Chard, is it still good?
4) Do you have any grape wine?
5) Which was a better vintage for White Zin, the 2005 or the 2006?
6) I had a wine last night at dinner I don't remember what its called, do you have that one?
7) I have an 18yr old bottle of Andre Spumante, is worth anything?
8) That White Zin was too dry do you have anything sweeter?
9) Do you have a wine with a (insert any random animal) on the label?
10) Which is wine is creamier, the Crane Lake Cab or the Crane Lake Merlot?
While yes these are funny, they are people's legitimate questions. Just remember that everyone starts out somewhere and its better to ask us any and all of your questions. Even if they might seem silly. Besides there is not much out there that you could ask us that we haven't already been asked. Take care and thanks for reading.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The Covington staff has made their selections, and they are as follows:
1. Hendry Zinfandel Block 28 2005
2. Ridge Lytton Springs 2006
3. Atteca Armas 2005
4. O’Brien Seduction 2005
5. Mas de Can Blau 2005
And as for the Fort Thomas staff, the line-up goes something like this:
1. Torbreck Woodcutter’s Shiraz 2007
2. Muga Rioja Reserva 2004
3. Tintara Shiraz Reserve 2002
4. Orin Swift The Prisoner 2007
5. Torbreck The Struie 2005
Strangely enough, no white wines were selected this time around. The staff is vying for bragging rights and a space in each store to call their own (for display purposes). It’s up to you, my friends, to select what you think is the best of the best. Come by, cast your vote, and shake off those winter blues with some powerhouse reds! Hope to see you there.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
For example, one of the most requested wines in our store is the Strong Arms Shiraz (currently 2007). This medium- to full-bodied red is very drinkable, supple yet showing some bright red berry and white pepper notes. It possesses blackberry, plum, violet and licorice aromas and flavors as well and finishes creamy smooth. Sourced from McLaren Vale, Riverland and Barossa, this inexpensive red is a treat. It is highly allocated – we only received 25 cases for probably the year so this is one you have to act fast on (our main guy Alfonse loves this stuff so it could already be gone).
Some of the other wines we are getting in are the new Green Lion Merlot 2006 and Red Lion Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 – 2 new California projects, plus Marquis Philips Baby Roogle Red 2007, Shiraz 2007 and Riesling 2008, and new R Winery (Dan’s collaboration with Aussie winemaker Chris Ringland) Southern Gothic wines – the Poor Thing Grenache and Southern Belle Shiraz. I will have my tasting notes on these extremely limited wines all week this week as I climb back in the saddle.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
The major appellations in Portugal are: Vinho Verde, Douro, Dao, Bairrada, Colares, Bucelas, Ribatejo, Setubal, Alentejo, Tras-os-Montes and Beiras.
Douro is the heart of Port wine country, where producers such as Niepoort, Graham, Dow, Warre and others are generating some of the country’s top still wines. Producers such as Quinta do Crasto, Quinta do Vallado and Quinta do Vale Meao are garnering huge acclaim for their reds and wines such as Dow’s Vale do Bomfin ($11.49) offer up exquisite value.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Now before any of you begin to think that I'm even remotely serious let me tell you that I am just being my usual sarcastic self. But, it was slightly believable. There was that possibility in your mind that "wine people" can act and think just like that. It is this belief that I wish to address and change. We are just regular people, we all started off drinking white zin from a box or a Boone's Farm strawberry daiquiri somewhere along the lines. We love wine. We really love wine, (sometimes too much making the next day around your co-workers a little embarrassing) which is what makes us good at our jobs, but we also enjoy other things.
I myself am a very profound lover of bourbon. I also am a fan of nice beers such as IPA's and not so crazy beers such as Miller Lite. If my friends bring me a bottle of wine we'll open it and drink it. Even if its not a wine that I might particularly go for its still fun to drink it and catchup with them. When put on the spot by our friends at a restaurant to make a wine selection or to suggest something for them we usually do so not with disgust or arrogance but with a gracious smile as we get to show off a little for them and hope that we get them a good wine that they will enjoy. When we bring a wine for a party or dinner, we are just as nervous as you would be that it will be the right wine for the meal and that all the guest will enjoy it. There is a lot of pressure to always have the best wine, or that what ever we suggest to a friend will be the best wine that they ever had. Fortunately, we are well equipped to handle that pressure due to our training and passion for wine and that is good thing not only for our close friends and family but for our customers as well. Well I have ranted long enough for today, but I do hope that I was able to change any negative connotations that you might have had about "wine people" but I promise we are just your everyday, normal, highly trained and educated wine professionals. Thanks for reading and take care.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Monte Oton Garnacha...fruity and spicy...$6.98
LVF white...delicate and well balanced white Rhone blend...$7.59
Avalon Cabernet...I dare you to find a better Cab for the price...$6.98
Windmill Zinfandel...jammy and yummy...$7.98
Arancio Pinot Noir...a nice under $10 Pinot, seriously...$6.69
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Thanks again for a great year and we'll see you in a few days (after the bourbon hangover wears off - we are from Kentucky after all!)