What has alcohol done for me lately?
So many! Since receiving my WSET-2 from the American Wine School, I have started working a few hours a week at Underdog Wine Company in Kansas City, Mo. wine lover!) and doing some freelance writing for SOMM TV online magazine (which, if you like wine or food, is a must-have streaming service!) It’s been awesome.
And, here at FBG, I’ve also been sent some new wines to try – and let me tell you, that new job duty doesn’t pay off.
Read on for some of the bottles I’ve tried that made me feel like a squeamish smiley face emoji with every sip.
Wine Folly Wine Club via Wine Access
I’ve loved Wine Folly for a long time, so trying a shipment from Wine Folly Wine Club via Wine Access was a no brainer when we got the offer.
Every other month the Wine Club will send you four bottles with an educational focus (the cost is $120, plus tax and shipping for each shipment). Our focus was on warm climate wines, with super delicious and easy-to-find bottles from producers in Spain, South Africa, California, and Australia. In addition to the bottles, it came with detailed tasting notes and basic information on how a warmer climate affects wine and which varieties thrive in higher temperatures.
How was the wine, you ask? How good. I had a few friends over to taste them all (always a good time), and although we each had our favorites, there wasn’t one we didn’t like or drink. And, it’s always fun to taste things side by side to see the differences between varieties and regions. (Don’t want to open all four bottles at once? You can do these one bottle at a time—or consider investing in a Coravin so you don’t have to open the whole bottle.)
I’m a wine enthusiast at heart, so I really enjoyed the educational component of Wine Folly Wine Club, but Wine Access has many other interesting clubs with many other price points and themes, including Sunset Mag Wine . Club that features wines from the West Coast and the Michelin Guide, created in conjunction with sommeliers from Michelin-starred restaurants. (See all the clubs here.) Wine Access also sells wine by the bottle – with a beautiful collection from around the world that you can’t find at your grocery store everyday.
Really anything from Unico Zello
Obviously, there isn’t a Unico Zello wine from Australia that I don’t like.
Because in the past few months I’ve had Sea Foam: a deliciously salty and fruity belly nut made from fiano and vermentino.
Perfectly balanced River Sand (Fiano) which is a luxurious blend of lemon, nectarine, and grilled almonds:
Esoterico, which is a zippy little skin-contact (orange wine) blend of Fiano, Zibbibo, Moscato Giallo, Gewürztraminer, and Greco, with flavors of mango, nectarine, and spice, with plenty of minerals (don’t mind Kitchen Reno). give) in the background):
I also can’t forget Fresh AF, which tastes as yummy as its name suggests. A blend of Nero d’Avola and Zibibbo, it’s light, refreshing and lush… well, you know.
And, I love them all. Truffle Hound is next on my list to try, but, let’s be honest: If I see a bottle of Unico Zello that I haven’t tried yet, I’m buying it. (And, at $25-$35 a bottle, they sure feel special, but don’t that’s why The special is that I surround them for childbirth or other major events.)
Adobe Road Winery
Last, but certainly not least, are two wines that Adobe Road Winery sent me that haven’t been playing around.
Started in 2002 by former professional race car driver Kevin Buckler and his wife, Debra Buckler, Adobe Road Winery in Cali sources grapes from some of the most historic and finest family-owned vineyards in Sonoma and Napa counties.
To be honest, I don’t drink a lot of Cali Chard on the reg, but the 2019 Chardonnay Petaluma Gap, Sangiacomo Vineyards, Roberts Road ($31), was just lovely. It is oaked, but not too much, to give it a bright freshness with ripe peach and nectarine as well as plenty of acid. Think baking spice and a creamy mouthful that’s full-bodied but not too heavy.
Then there’s Carbon, which, as they say, isn’t shy. A dark, inky blend of 48 percent Petit Syrah, 26 percent Malbec, 22 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4 percent Petit Verdot, the bottle design itself is as heavy as its mouthfeel (seriously, you might want to pinch this bottle!). I can use as dumbbell) ). You get aromas of black cherry, licorice, and rich toasted oak that lead to ripe plum and crushed blackberry flavors with a bit of violet and lots of incorporated tannins that give you a crazy long finish. Again, not a sneaky wine and not something I’d drink every night (especially at $85 a bottle), but it’s certainly tasty for those times when you’re in the mood for something that’s actually I am coming after you.
What wine have you had recently that is giving you good vibes? Share some of that love in the comments! ,Jane