Quick Review: Merlot/ Maddalena 2010

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This was a lovely goodbye gift from a dear friend. A lovely gift indeed. I enjoyed this sans food, it was such a treat! Rich and aromatic with cherries and plum, not too dry and mildly oaky.  Abv: 14.5% Cheers! 

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“Right through the very heart of it…New York…New York”

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This was one of last bottles of Wine I enjoyed before making my move from New York to Florida.  A very light and  enjoyable wine, it was quite reminiscent of a Rosé .  I selected this bottle with the intention of paying homage to a place I love and miss dearly.  This wine is  local to Long Island, NY  from a winery in the North Fork area.   Abv: 12.5%

Cheers!

Gatsby Red; pairs well with bittersweet nostalgia

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“I love New York on summer afternoons when everyone’s away. There’s something very sensuous about it – overripe, as if all sorts of funny fruits were going to fall into your hands.” – The Great Gatsby

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Wine: Duck Walk Vineyards Gatsby Red

In a few days, I will be relocating from Long Island, New York to Florida.  I spotted this wine at a local wine store in Westbury, NY and thought it was the perfect choice to celebrate my love for Long Island and my time in the great city of New York.  I have an incredibly sentimental attachment this place, the kind that will tug at my heart strings for the rest of my life. I’ll have to take Gatsby’s fate as a cautionary tale on the potency of nostalgia.

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”

I found this wine to be quite enjoyable, more on the sweet side and aromatic with plum and ripe cherries.

 

Wine Flight: Winston’s Whiskey & Wine Bar Rockville Centre, NY

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(From left to right: Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Riesling)

Sauvignon Blanc: Framingham 2014 Marlborough (My favorite of the three)
Rosé: Belleruche 2013 Cotes Du Rhone
Riesling: Kung Fu Girl 2013

Winston’s offers small plates with a diverse selection of food, so there’s a little something for everyone. Great service, and the outdoor setting is chic with mini lanterns lining the tops of the surrounding greenery.

 

Food and Wine Pairing: Lamb & Rioja

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Wine: Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Crianza 2011

Herb roasted Lamb with Carrots, Brussels Sprouts, Red Baby Potatoes, and Onions, celebrated with a glass of Rioja. This combination was hearty, delicious and comforting.  As recommended by the winemaker, I let the wine breathe for one hour and found it to be earthy, potently pleasant, tasting cherries and rich aromatic spices. Abv: 14.0%

 

A Midsummer Night’s Riesling

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I enjoyed this wine as the summer night unfolded a much needed rain storm. What goes well with wine, rain and the night? Obviously, a black and white movie. For this particular occasion it was, “The Most Dangerous Game” featured on TCM paired with a bottle of 2012 Trimbach Riesling.

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This is a cinematic tale of the hunter becoming the hunted where the main character is eventually humbled by his epiphany when he says, The animals I hunted; now I know how they felt… Creepy and Gothic factors in this film include the scheming Russian Count, a doorknocker that features a wounded beast holding its female victim, and a massive tapestry inside the Count’s castle with a brutal looking centaur in the jungle with its human prey.

I was moved by a line said in the beginning of the movie, as it reflects heavily on a number of wildlife concerns in the world today. I was thinking of the inconsistency of civilization. The beast of the jungle, killing just for his existence, is called savage. The man, killing just for sport, is called civilized. It’s a bit inconsistent, isn’t it?

Glassware: Downton Abbey Quote Wine Glasses

Wine: Trimbach Riesling 2012

Sauvignon Blanc tasting, ocean dreaming

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I wish I was on the boat featured on the label sailing away into the sunset. I would pour myself a glass of wine and get lost in the waves of the ocean thinking about life. And with each sip, there would be an encouragement of epiphany eventually bringing my heart and mind together to make peace. All would be right with the world outside and the world within

Enough day dreaming, back to the vino!

I remember the first time I had Sauvignon Blanc, it was love at first sip. It was lush with hints of Guava, Passion Fruit and Grapefruit. Admittedly, it was more of the Guava aroma that made me swoon; making me remember all the exotic and delicious fruits I grew up eating as a child in my beautiful homeland of Guyana. This particular wine wasn’t as aromatic as I was hoping it would be. Slight citrus taste,  mild acidity, light and crisp; overall satisfying. Abv: 13.5%

A Rosé a day, keeps the blues away!

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Seriously… can Rosé a day be a thing? I feel like it’s a summer must. Whenever I pour a glass of Rosé, the first thing I do is gaze at that gorgeous pink color, it’s hypnotizing. I can imagine Audrey Hepburn from the 1954 movie; Sabrina singing La Vie En Rose. Watch this moment of cinematic magic, and I dare you to disagree. 

This French Rosé (Mimi en Provence Grande Réserve-Côtes de Provence) comes in a beautiful bottle with a glass stopper cork that can easily be re-purposed. Aromatic with scents of peaches and strawberries with a very light and “delicate” taste.  Pour yourself a glass, and let the words of La Vie En Rose transcend you to France.  And on that note (pun intended) je vois la vie en rose!

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Think global, drink local

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This local Chardonnay was a gift that I decided to break open over the weekend. Cheers to the weekend!  I chilled this for about 1.5 hours before drinking and it was the perfect complement to a hot night served with a light chicken dinner.  All around enjoyable. No complaints.

Tasting notes from Pindar:

Crisp, lively Chardonnay with hints of pear and apple.  Stainless steel fermented and aged on secondary lees for 8 months.  A great wine at a great price. Superb when paired with lightly-seasoned fish, veal, poultry and cheeses.

 

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