WW Weekend Wrapup

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How did wine play a role in your life this weekend?

Sierra Mar Sunset
The sun sets over another great wine weekend!

As a tribute to all of the other 'wine whores' of the world I would like to invite you to share your weekend wine story with me.

Here's your chance to share YOUR story...

  • Did you drink an expensive bottle from your wish list?
  • Maybe you finally opened that special bottle that was tucked away for years?
  • Perhaps you discovered a new favorite wine or varietal?
  • Or did you just have fun relaxing with a cool glass in the sun?

Tell me your weekend wine story in the comment section below and I'll recap and respond to it in next week's review. (See last week's entries below)

The comments are moderated to reduce SPAM so don't be discouraged if your story doesn't appear immediately.

Randy Watson (a.k.a. The Wine Whore)

Last weekend was an extended wine weekend for many due to the Memorial Holiday. The extra day gave an extra chance to have some fun. Here's the wrap-up from last weekend: (my responses are in red)

Alison said...
    Hello love,
    Wine didn't play a role in my weekend (tears fall on keyboard). Let me tell you, I am keeping my list of your top pics and when my brain/body are healed from the accident I intend to throw myself a GOOD AND PHAT Wine Whore Party!!!!!

    Where are you? If you are near DC you are invited!

    I wish you a speedy recovery! I live in Tampa, FL. Anything that can be considered a Wine Whore Party sounds like something I need to attend! Keep me posted! :)

    In the meantime, I'll make sure to keep the reviews and pics coming!

Shane said...
    I found a new blend - Shiraz (50%), Grenache (30%) and Cabernet (20%) labled as Vat 54 from a new winery Graham Stevens Wines. See my blog update on this.

    Great review of this wine on your blog! You can all check it out for yourself by going to Lonely Grape. I'll have to keep an eye out for this intriguing blend!

Mark from NJ said...
    Had a great dinner last night in Richmond, Va. that was complemented by some really good Gewurtz and Pinot Blance from Alsace..Earlier had some really good rose from Loire...and still have 2 more days to go in this holiday weekend.Enjoy all!

    Alsace and Loire are some great regions for wine! Really glad to hear you were having a fun wine weekend! Cheers!

jFLASHj said...
    Made homemade BBQ sauce last night. Poached some chicken breasts for 8 minutes then finished them on the grill with my sauce. Opened 2006 Kosta Browne Rose. Yum! but pricey!

    The Flash always seems to eat and drink well! I am jealous! For more great food and wine pairings, be sure to check out his site 'Printer-Designer-Wine Lover'.

joeshico said...
    Unfortunately, my wife's 'Honey Do' list was quite extensive.
    Fortunately, all she wanted done was the walls painted in our newly refinished basement.
    Unfortunately, there were many walls.
    Fortunately, I came up with the idea of having a glass of wine after each wall was finished.
    Unfortunately, the last few walls did not come out too well.
    Fortunately, I have plenty of wine for the next try.
    Unfortunately, my wife locked up the wine until the walls are finished correctly.
    Anyway, it's a great holiday weekend.
    Happy Memorial Day Randy and too all of our American heroes, the men and women of our Armed Forces.

    I really love your work strategy! I have a wall that I painted the same way... let's just say that it didn't come out to well ;) I noticed that you have posted a link a review to one of my favorite wineries Clos du Bois on your site today... You have inspired me to create a weekend wine story of my own, and open a bottle of their wine that I have kept hidden since my visit to their winery. Cheers!

TXcellardweller said...
    How did wine play a role in my life this weekend, well I shared a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc with a friend last night and tonight it was a California Cab. Wine although a part of most weekends is far better enjoyed with someone. however tonight it�s drinking a glass of wine solo, for wine is always the friend when people have let you down, And solitude the reward for always being right. One thing I have learned is wine may let you down occasionally, however people let you down far too often.

    I used to feel odd drinking a bottle of wine by myself. Lately, I have realized that it is actually very therapeutic and fun to share a bottle with myself. I have to admit that if you finish the whole bottle flying solo, you may be in for a bit of a hangover in the morning... nothing a couple of Tylenol and a tall glass of water can't fix! :) If you ever need a wine drinking companion, you can always message me on twitter or Facebook. I'll share a glass with you anytime! :)

vinosseur said...
    Hello Randy!

    Yes, I have a weekend wine story!

    I have tasted many Prosecco's and have come to expect a light, sparkly, slightly sweet refresher. From what I have read, the attributes of the Prosecco grape are "slightly sweet, with a bitter after taste". Thus far, all the Prosecco's I have tasted have had this "slightly sweet" characteristic.
    Well, this weekend I was invited to a friend's for dinner. This friend also happens to be a new importer of wine into Norway. He has been waiting to introduce me to this Prosecco that he was considering importing. He pulled out a "regualar" Valdobiadene Prosecco and a Cartizze Prosecco from this producer. I had an epiphany!

    I have never tasted such well-made Prosecco!
    Silvano Follador's Proseccos are aromatic, super concentrated and close to bone-dry! The Cartizze had less than 3 grams of sugar and such high acidity that the wine seemed to have even less than this!
    I never knew that Prosecco could be so serious. This weekend was a weekend that introduced me to the way Prosecco should be, and it has really changed my opinion about this bubbly wine from the Veneto!

    Cheers Randy!

    Although I have never tried a Prosecco, you have inspired me to find one on my next wine outing. Living in Norway, you really get a different view on wine which I admire. I really enjoy reading your wine reviews and posts on Vinosseur. If you are into wine and want a different perspective from someone who used to work as a sommelier, you owe it to yourself to check out this site.

Lorenzo Bolognini said...

    Was drinking Grignolino, a little known wine from Pidemont...

    Very interesting! I have never heard of this one but now you have my attention. Too many different wines, so little time! :)

drinkwhatyoulike said...

    Role Wine Played in Weekend = Grilled fish tacos + bottle of Carabella Chardonnay that I picked up at a wine maker tasting last week + sitting on the deck with my wife relaxing + perfect weather.

    I love hearing stories like! It reminds me that wine is about those simple moments: good food + good wine + good company = perfection!

Thank you all sharing your wine stories with me and all of the other wine lovers who are out there! Keep 'em coming!


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Bradley Cooper, Winemaker said...

My wife and I spent the weekend working on our Black Cloud 2006 Pinot Noir. Literally in two ways. We own the company and we're brainstorming ways to grow the brand and we're tipping a few glasses for inspiration. As the weather has been fantastic, it's the only Black Cloud to be seen!

Mike Roadie said...

Usually we'll find (or make) a reason to open a nice Cab on the weekend, but I decided to open the Hall 2006 Darwin Red (Syrah/Cab blend). Really the best such I have ever had. Can't wait to open the the Hall Cabs as well. BTW, these are the same folks who are donating 25% of sales to The Lance Armstrong Foundation to help fight cancer!!! Drinking wine to fight cancer??? Count me in!! www.hallwines.com/shop-livestrong

joeshico said...

Another weekend almost over. I though have one more day. I work Saturdays and have Sun/Mon off.
This past week has been an excellent wine week for me. First, I received a mixed case of Damiani Wine Cellars wine, wife bought me a 44 bottle dual temp. control wine fridge and I discovered one of the finest Chardonnays I've ever tasted. I take that back "the finest Chardonnay I have ever tasted." Only thing that ruined the week is that the Yanks are now in 1st. and Melo and the Nuggets are eliminated.
But life goes on!! More Wine Please!!

Trecini said...

With all the wines out on the market, none have been as food friendly and enjoyable as the Trecini wines. I got hooked by their 2006 Syrah. Since then I have tried all their wines but now I'm in love with their Rockpile Zinfandel. Smooth and full of flavors. In the blind tasting parties I bring it to, it's always wins as the favorite. I can hardly wait to see what they do with their Pinot in October


I just got back from a blind tasting party and discovered the wines from Trecini. They are wonderful. If you haven't heard about them, you are missing out. They are a small winery in northern California and their wine is really good.


I just had the Rockpile Zin from Trecini and it was outstanding! Not high in alcohol like so many of the other wineries that use the Rockpile grapes. This was perfectly delicious.


Finally a merlot that tastes like a great merlot should taste. I just discovered Trecini Merlot and it was the best Merlot I've ever tasted. They definetly know how to make great wine

jFLASHj said...

Thanx or that Shout out Randy!
Cheers to you!

Corkdork said...

In response to Lorenzo's post, you can also find a little Grignolino in Napa -- Heitz makes one, and it's quite good. Fairly low-alcohol, with a reasonably full flavor and surprising tannins.

For me, I got to have some insanely good Shiraz; Thorne Clark William Randall 2005. Powerful, brooding nose with tons of dark berry and over-ripe plum, rich flavor, showing more fruit (including raspberry), spicy cedar, some hints of tobacco on the underside, and an everlasting finish. Truly a great wine for $50.

BrixChick_Liza said...

WOnderful WIne Weekend in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Northern California. Had several glasses of delicious Hahn Family Estates Wine including uber tasty Lucienne Lone Oak and the most food friendly wine in the world: Hahn SLH Pinot gris. Much blogging owed by www.brixchicks.com

Carol Wolniakowski said...

Had a fantastic wine weekend with my new partners of Mind's Eye Winery working on our inaugural blend. Dream opportunity - so excited I could burst!

Ianinvirginia said...

Well, I won my first WineBid.com auction. Do you like how I used the word "won"? That's because I'm the big winner. 2003 Glaetzer Amon Ra.

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