What a Wine Weekend!

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Wine Whore Review:

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

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)

Here's the wrap-up from last weekend: (my responses are in red)

_sweetjane said...
    I was off this weekend so decided to stay home. I stayed in yesterday watching movies. Opened up a bottle of Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon. It was okay, had better. Going to finish it tonight.:)

    There is something about sleeping in, watching television, and wrapping up the day with a bottle (or two) of vino that just makes a great weekend! With all of the hustle and bustle, it can be so nice to get a break!


David Coleman said...
    I did my book signing yesterday and combined it with a friend's 60th bday and also a wine tasting. We had:

    White Cottage Ranch (Howell Mt.)Sangiovese 2000
    Lewis Wines - Alec's Blend 2000
    Ceago - unoaked Chardonnay - Lake County 2007
    Rosenblum - Rousanne - 2004
    O'Brien Family Vineyards - Seduction 2003

    There were about 70 people at the event over 5 hours. Not everyone drank wine, but those that did finished the bottles I opened. I had the rest of a case from my cellar available, but never needed to open it.

    That sounds like a lot of fun... a book signing, birthday party, AND wine tasting! How come I wasn't invited?!? I did notice that you enjoyed a bottle of O'Brien Seduction. This is one of the three bottles that will be given away to one lucky winner of the Free Wine Giveaway. Make sure to tweet to win! In any case, this sounded like a great way to celebrate the weekend... good wine, a reason to celebrate, and good friends!


Top Aussie Tones said...
    Top Aussie Tones said...
    I had the latest Dr Loosen Riesling, just a lovely wine, wonderfully aromatics, a seductively sweet fruit palate and a dry crisp finish and a so so Cabernet Merlot from the Brands family in the Coonawarra.. it was good for the money

    I really need to get into more Rieslings. Although I have had many, I just haven't found that one that I really love. The one you are describing sounds like it would be right up my alley. I'll have to give it a shot!


Jasmine F said...
    Our neighbors purchased 120 bottles of different wines before moving here from Italy a few years back. They have been so great in sharing their stash with us, knowing I'm a wine whore. I can't pronounce any of them because they are all in Italian, but I have never had better wines either! And come to find out, they are all the cheap brands: ) This weekend we sampled Sovrana and Principe Di Corleone. Thank God for great neighbors, and even greater wine!!

    First of all, it is very nice to hear the wine stories from a fellow wine whore! :) Second of all, you have to let me know if any homes available in your neighborhood since this sounds like where I should be living. It's really cool to hear that you can find a great wine for not a lot of money in Italy. I'll have to spend more time on this region!


Sebastian Saint said...
    This weekend's wine adventures with friends: Few(more than six but who is counting...)bottles of Paumanok Dry Rose with BBQ meats and Paumanok Vin Rose with appetizers and cheese selection. These will also go great with your clam bake or a nice picnic basket on the beach, in the park or anywhere you can find a sunny spot...

    I know we are fortunate to live in NYC with such abundance of good food, drinks and friends but we never take it for granted, not even a minute of it...


    Sebastian Saint

    Hello Sebastian! After last weekend's epic wine journey, it sounds like you have done it yet again. Summer is such a great time for white/rose wines that get neglected during the frigid winter months. I especially enjoyed what you said about being fortunate and not taking friends, food, and wine for granted... couldn't have said it better myself!

    For great NYC dining information be sure to check out Sebastian Saint's New York City Restaurant Guide.


joeshico said...
    Anything but boring. Dad-in-law in VA hospital for a while. May have to change vacation plans.
    Did find a 'sweet' red that was drinkable and an organic Cab/Sav from California that's pretty nice.

    Joe, I always love hearing about your wine stories and reviews. I am sorry to hear that you are having this kind of excitement and may have to change your vacation plans. I hope you have some wine to make up for it!

    It is always part of my morning routine to check out Joe stories and reviews at Why Wine Blog and you should too!


Anonymous said...
    My wife had a 54th birthday this weekend with a friend of hers. We had 4 couples celebrating the 2 birthdays so I decided to bring out a special bottle - a 2001 O'Brien Estate Merlot 3L that I had been saving. This was the first large format bottle I have ever drunk. I had always heard that large formats age at 1/x the rate of a 750ML, where x is the number of 750s to fill the large format bottle. I had recently had an O'Brien Estate 2001 Merlot 750ML, so I was curious as to the comparison.
    At first, the wine from the 3L seemed slightly acidic and I was less than impressed. But then it started opening up in the glass and in the bottle, and by the second glass it had transformed into an amazing wine. I was impressed with the 3L format, which by the way, came with a wax capsule. The secret to opening a bottle with a wax closure is to ignore the wax - just put a corkscrew straight through it and pop off the wax. If you try to cut it off, you will likely cut your thumb in the process.

    Happy birthday to your wife!
    That's so funny that you mention how to open the wax capsule. I could have used this advice a week ago. While trying to open a bottle with this type of enclosure, I completely slaughtered my finger with a pairing knife. It hurt to type all week! :(

    This comment gets kudos for this reason as well as the fact that you were enjoying a bottle of O'Brien wine that is coincidentally part of the Wine Whore Giveaway (although not the 1.5L size) Isn't it funny how much air plays a part in changing the character of a bottle of wine! This week's experiment on The Price of Air should be interesting.


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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Joeshico said...

My week-end had it Up's and Down's (mostly up's)
Up's - Did get to NYC (my fave city), had two outstanding meals, lunch at the Rock Cafe at Rockfeller Plaza, Dinner at a nice Italian Restaurant in Restaurant Row(Da Rosina), section not really known for their good resstauants, but this one get's high marks. Visited excellent Wine Bar near Carnegie Hall (The Park Blue)and most of all enjoyed a few good wines.

Down's - Bad experiece at the Manhatten Club, would not recommend to anyone. (Time Share Tour).
And, we usually go two to three times a year for at least three nights this time only one night.
Hate leaving to return to Syracuse.

drinkwhatyoulike said...

Flew down to Orlando last week for a few days of vaca with the in-laws. Stopped at Total Wine to stock up to ensure that I survived the weekend. Had several bottles - notably the organic Elizabeth ROSE Rose and Belle Valle Reserve Pinot from Willamette Valley. Wine, in-laws, sun, swimming, wine, Shamu and good food...
Frank, DrinkWhatYouLike.com

pwllcornel said...

This weekend we used our horses and carriage for a friends wedding. It was our present to them. We also had a bottle of Sparkling White Wine for when they came out of the Church. We popped the cork to celebrate their happy union! Great day....fab couple.

Dan said...

Started the night off with a 2007 Meridian Chardonnay with a couple friends on the patio. Soon the fire pit was going and we migrated to a 2007 O'Reilly Oregon Pinot Noir which I had tasted when the winemaker David O'Reilly from Owen Roe was in town for a tasting. We finished the night with an Adelsheim 2006 Pinot Noir. I am a good host :)

Anonymous said...

Was an interesting weekend of highs and lows.... The hell with the lows; the high points are started trying to move to wine country and finished rewrite on first book. Drink a Lange 3 hills cuvee PN, 06 graves Cht Le Bourdillot, Ripasso from Santi and a 01 Brut from Argyle. When it doubt, drink wine!

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