December 6th-Fino and Manzanilla

To kick off Sherry week, we will start with Fino and Manzanilla. This style of sherry is bone dry. Manzanilla, because of the proximity of where it is produced, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, to the sea of Jerez, has a wonderful salt note. This, combined with their very light body, make these wines perfectly paired withContinue reading “December 6th-Fino and Manzanilla”

Honey Smacks

In this installment of breakfast cereal wine pairings, I looked at Honey Smacks with Tokaji (a dessert wine made in Hungary), Sauternes, and Beerenauslese. Tokaji was the first experiment. This pairing fell flat due to the flavors of orange and apricots in the wine altering the flavor of the cereal in an undesirable fashion. SauternesContinue reading “Honey Smacks”

December 1st-New World Cabernet Sauvignon

My go to comfort wine is a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon originating from Red Mountain in  Washington State, or from California’s Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Alexander Valley or Sonoma Valley in Sonoma County. There are other great bottles from other countries but these are widely available where I live. The Cabernets of the NewContinue reading “December 1st-New World Cabernet Sauvignon”

Fruity Pebbles

Tuesday after a long holiday weekend so I’m guessing you could use a little something lighthearted to make the week a little brighter! The next installment of the breakfast cereal pairings is Fruity Pebbles! The first wine seemed so promising in theory. It was the same Beerenauslese from the Honey O’s tasting. The bright fruitContinue reading “Fruity Pebbles”

November 24th-Beaujolais

This week, in honor of Thanksgiving, we are traveling to the region of Beaujolais (Bō-zhō-lay) in Eastern France. The region is just to the south of Burgundy. Beaujolais is made from the red Gamay grape (there is also a Beaujolais blanc that accounts for about 10% of wines from the area). It is a lightContinue reading “November 24th-Beaujolais”

December Tasting Schedule

I can’t believe a year has almost passed that I have been typing this blog! I will be celebrating by having a great month of tasting scheduled for the month of December! December 1st- New World Cabernet (US, Australia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa) December 5-11th-Sherry Week!!! December 16th-Sekt December 22nd-Barbera December 29th-Sauternes Cheers!!!  -TheLooseTanninContinue reading December Tasting Schedule”

November 17th-Montepulciano

Montelpulciano can be a bit confusing because there are wines made of Sangiovese (the same grape in Chianti) labelled as Vino de Nobile Montepulciano. The wines made from the red grape Montepulciano are labelled as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and must consist of a minimum 85% Montepulciano (the remaining portion is commonly Sangiovese). Even more confusing areContinue reading “November 17th-Montepulciano”