WW Weekend Wrapup

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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)

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!

    Thank you Bradley for stopping by and sharing your story! I really find it interesting to hear from winemakers as they work on their wine. I get to experience your journey after it is bottled and handed over to the world to enjoy, but that leaves a whole side of the story left to be revealed.

    Please, come back anytime and share your progress! I look forward to tasting your Pinot Noir in the future!

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

    Thank you Mike! One month after my wife and I wed, we went out to a very special dinner to celebrate. The bottle of wine we had with dinner: Hall Cabernet! It was a special night for many reasons.

    Any winery that sponsors such a worthy cause is tops in my book! I encourage you all to help support this cause.


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!!

    Hello Joe! You know how I feel about that Chardonnay! Anyone who hasn't tried this one really should.

    I also just participated in the pre-release tasting of Damaini's Cabnernet! It was very tasty. Although I have never had any of their wines before, everyone commented that this new release was even better than previous years... keep an eye out for it! :)


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 have heard good things about Trecini wines but have not had the chance to try any... I wonder if they would be interested in submitting to The Wine Whore... stay tuned! :)


jFLASHj said...
    Thanx or that Shout out Randy!
    Cheers to you!

    My pleasure! The best part about this gig is having the chance to meet other people and share experiences together. I look forward to hearing about more of your weekend wine adventures!


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.

    Shiraz has a fond place in my heart! Your description is making me yearn for a bottle right now. Hmm, maybe it's time for a trip to the local wine shop :)


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

    Thank you for stopping by Liza! Sounds like a fun wine weekend! To everyone else reading, make sure to stop by and check out brixchicks.com, great stuff!


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!

    This is a great opportunity... I would be excited too! Make sure to keep us posted on the inaugural blend's progress. Sounds like a blast!


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.

    Ianinvirginia on CT

    Winebid.com is really cool! Kinda like ebay meets wine! That Shiraz sounds epic... I can see why you used the word "won"! :)

    Keep us posted as you open and taste it... I am excited to hear how you enjoy it!


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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Anonymous said...

Well I'm in love with the Trentadue 05 Old Patch Red and since it went on sale at World Market for around $13 I picked up three...expecting to save them for the weekends. Instead we proceeded to drink a bottle Thurs, Fri and Sat! I can't say enough good things about this wine and we even visited the winery two years ago and they were fantastic. Oh well....guess I'll just have to get back to World Market before the sale is over.

Wino is Queen Creek, AZ

Shona Milne said...

Went to the Grand Opening of Northwest Cellars Tasting Room. Great wines, great prices! Also went to a Lachini Vineyards tasting at Willows Lodge. Love those Oregon Pinots. My fav was the 2007 Lachini Vineyards Pinot Noir Cuvee'Giselle. Light color but a big flavor. Still writing everything up.

Debbie Stertz said...

I went to The Italian Festival in Kansas City Mo area at The Zona Rosa Mall. It was all weekend and after deciding that I really like peach bellini's and buying my second annual shirt, I left very satisfied.
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Anonymous said...

Vintage Indiana in Indianapolis. Wineries from all over the state. Some wonderful finds. Perfect weather, good friends, good conversation all topped off my a tasty meal and one more glass of wine.

Sebastian Saint said...

Enjoyed a bottle of Chateau Ksara 2003, Bekaa Valley at the Ilili Restairant in NYC. This rich, earthy and smokey wine from Lebanon went nicely with the Lebanese food. Also had a bottle of Orlando Abrigo Barbera D`alba Vigna Roreto 2006 at home with some grilled lamb and chicken over risotto. It's been a nice weekend...


Andrea Faria said...

Went to freezing ass cold Mendocino Mountains to go camping with bible thumping side of the family... forgot ALL (and desperately needed) wine at home... had to settle for $5 "something from Sonoma County" at the only place that sells ANYTHING in Stonyford... it was 35 degrees outside that night... but that $5 bottle made the trip totally worth it...

kirk.alexander said...

Whoa, what a wine weekend! Best ever for me! I hosted a wine dinner at Palm Beach Grill, Palm Beach friday night. Thank god for no corkage!
- 1994 Dominus (tasted like a first growth!)
- 2003 La Sirena (sublime, BRAVO Heidi Barrett)
- 2003 Macauley (pleasant surprise, fruit forward)
- 2005 Parallel (more structured and balanced, drank too early)
- 1996 Chat Rieussec
What a hell of a wine dinner. Good company, good wine, good food... in that order!

Sunday was the surprise wine dinner that I hadn't anticipated. A good foodie called Saturday and wanted to do his birthday dinner at Cafe Rustico Italiano in Lake Worth FL... said to bring my "A game." By the way, this is the best genuine Italian food outside Italy... nuff said.
I brought
- 2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia (blockbuster)
- 2003 Araujo Estate Eisele (painful to open... like ripping up a mickey mantle baseball card)

He brought
- 2005 Shrader T6 (better than Harlan)
- 2005 Lewis Reserve

A friend brought a 2005 Caymus, and it was left to the last... how in the hell can a Caymus be the "also ran" wine at a dinner? Thats how good this dinner was.

Best weekend of my wine life.

drinkwhatyoulike said...

Stayed at the Beach (Virginia Beach) for Sand Soccer weekend. Drank a bottle of Maysara Pinot Noir and watched the sunset on the balcony of the hotel...

joeshico said...

Had very boring week-end. Very busy re-modeling my basement and helping daughter with her new fixer-upper. No new wines til Monday.

http://bit.ly/XXlGG Heron Hill Eclipse

Next week though; VACATION. Seneca Wine Trail on Tuesday and New York City on Friday.

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