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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fulkerson, 2009, Dry Reserve, New York

Fulkerson, 2009, Dry Reserve, New York
Price: $12 per bottle

Great acid, the nose had citrus tones with a little floral. Grapefruit and Sour apple were present when tasted. The acid on the finish was crisp and pucker my lips. We had this with a Crab cakes sandwich and corn on the cob. I believe that the butter on the corn is what brought out the sour apple.

We enjoyed this wine and will look for it again.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Chateau Ste Michelle, 2009, Harvest Select, Ste Michelle Harvest Select, Columbia Valley, Washington

Chateau Ste Michelle, 2009, Harvest Select, Ste Michelle Harvest Select, Columbia Valley, Washington
Price: $10 per bottle

The Riesling was nice and cold when we poured it. The outside thermometer was reading 98, So there was not way this was not going to be a great glass of wine. Straw yellow color the Riesling had a sweet floral nose. The taste on the front of the palate had a nice sweet apricot, the back of the palate picked up the crisp acid of the Riesling providing refreshness to the glass of wine. The sweetness of the Riesling was subtle, not the sweetness of the 1980's Rieslings. We had this with a spinach dip bread bowl.

The second day it was just as hot, we started with the Riesling, then had some chicken feta sausages from the grill.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Rock Stream, 2008, Cabernet Franc, Rock Stream, NY

Rock Stream, 2008, Cabernet Franc, Rock Stream, NY (Seneca Lake)
Price: $19 per bottle

Dark red in color, the first sniff there was of grape on the nose, after that it was dark fruity aroma. Fruit came thought on the taste buds, black berries, a little cherry. Tannins were present on the after taste, but they were nice and smooth, not over done. We had the Cabernet Franc with Buffalo burger on the grill with some yellow zucchini from the garden. A thought that I planted a green zucchini plant in the spring, oh well. Tried the wine with cantaloupe, this was not a good pairing, but the cantaloupe was cool and refreshing.

Nice enjoyable wine, even on a warm summer evening. I will be looking for some more Cab Francs on next visit to the Finger Lakes.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Konzelmann Estate Winery, 2009, Pinot Blanc, Niagara Peninsula, Canada

Konzelmann Estate Winery, 2009, Pinot Blanc, Niagara Peninsula, Canada
Price: $11.40 per bottle (Canadian)

We picked this bottle up while visiting Niagara on the Lake. The Pinot Blanc has a golden color. A nice nose with some floral tones. The acid in the winery made my lips pucker, there was also a mineralality taste to the wine. The first night we paired the wine with barbequed chicken and corn on the cob. That was good, but the second night I had a spicy hot dog and sauerkraut. This was a great match, the wine cut into the hotness of the hot dog and teamed up with the sauerkraut for a great combination. This matched well because the wine was crafted using German traditions. The label has 'Weissburgunder' on the label, the German terminology for Pinot Blanc.

Great wine for a warm summer evening, with or without food.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Summer in a Glass", Evan Dawson, 2011

"Summer in a Glass", Evan Dawson, 2011

The other day I was watching an episode of "Daily Grape". Gary was interviewing Evan Dawson about his book "Summer in a Glass". I immediately went out to the library an checked out a copy. Evan tells the stories of several people involved with the wine making industry in the Finger Lakes region of New York. These stories tell how these people got started and where they are in the wine making business today. Through the different individual stories you learn about the wines of the region through their view point. The one ingredient that each added to each of their wines was passion. Passion was the reason for the success of each of the individual that Evan wrote about in "Summer in a Glass".

It is obvious that Evan and these individual became good friends, and you will start to think of them as your friends.

I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading about individuals that standout in their field. Or anyone who would like to learn more about wine or the Finger Lakes region in an entertaining way.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Bellangelo, 2009, Riesling Semi-Dry, Finger Lakes, NY

Bellangelo, 2009, Riesling Semi-Dry, Finger Lakes, NY

Light straw colored wine. The Riesling had a nice fruity nose. Grapefruit was the predominate taste, with a little bit of pineapple. It had hints of sweetness, but the acid came thought nicely. The wine was well balanced. We had this wine while enjoying some time on our back deck. We started the barbeque and grilled some chicken breast with a Kansas City sauce. The chicken along with some broccoli and baked bean went very well with the second glass of Riesling.

We enjoyed the Riesling and will be drinking more Finger Lakes Rieslings as the summer goes on.