Skip to main content

Almost Lost Thoughts

In the past few weeks, I have gotten way behind on things about which I wanted to post. To name a few, this would include notes on: a beer, saki and cider tasting, a Sherry tasting, a bottle of Cabernet from British Columbia, a Mexican Merlot, a few bottles of Romanian wine, Krug Grande Cuvee Brut Champagne, Pierre Peters NV Cuvee de Reserve Blanc de Blancs Champagne, some of Napa Valley's finest: 2006 Darioush Merlot, 2006 Dominus, 2006 Quintessa and last but certainly not least, the Houston Bloggers Dinner at Ciao Bella.

All of these were certainly "thought inspiring"  but the clock is ticking so I decided to summarize what a few weeks looks like in the life of someone who is trying to stay on top of the world of wine and beverages before these thoughts were just "lost" for good. 
The Beer, Cider and Sake Tasting: After over 20 bottles of beer, I am still pretty much of a Hophead but I knew that going in. I certainly enjoy a good brew but I was not really inspired to start blogging beer, cider or saki. Of interest to me, mainly because I had not ever had it, the nigorizake Snow Beauty which includes the lees and gives the sake a milky appearance.

After having been a part of 4 or 5 Sherry tastings within the last two years, my thought remains the same after this one...Sherry is never going to be for me. I get its historical significance, I understand the unique way it is made but I personally cannot get past the fact that I just don't like it so I will not actually be commenting on it.








This next bottle is not available in the Houston market as far as I know which is a shame. A friend had a friend traveling in Canada and he brought it home and she was kind enough to share it (Thank you, Yvonne!). The 2009 Blasted Church Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot from Okanagan Falls, BC. A nice balance of fruit and structure, absolutely lovely. If you are traveling there, it sounds like a great place to check out. 

The 2006 Don Luis Cetto Seleccion Reservada Merlot from Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico, was brought home from Mexico by my brother-in-law who was kind enough to share it with me. The wine had a beautiful nose but was just a little thin on the palate for my taste. Another lady in the group, however, thought it was fantastic. Unfortunately, I did not get a very good bottle shot of that one.


Romanian wine...In a short time span, I read a posting about a Romanian wine, tasted a few of their wines in a classroom setting and then went to a friend's house who just happened to be serving a white Romanian wine that she had just had in a deli in New York and had really enjoyed. My main thought- Romania is around 10th or 11th in world wide wine production, I guess we are going to be seeing more of it in the Houston market.






Champagne thoughts, so unlike me to let these slip by. No surprise, they were crisp, bubbly and delicious. One big house bottling, Krug Grande Cuvee Brut NV Champagne and one grower bottling,  Pierre Peters Cuvee de Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne. Two different evenings with only happy thoughts and memories involved and absolutely no spitting required.

Two ridiculously over the top Napa Valley splurge bottles, I know. They were, however, everything that they should have been and you do have to wash your dry-aged ribeyes down with something.




The 2006 Darioush Merlot was enjoyed with friends at the BRC Gastropub. By that, I mean that 3 couples sucked down 2 bottles in record time. Yummy aromas and lush in your mouth. A terrible picture, I know, but I was not with people who are used to the restaurant photoshoot which is a beloved activity of my fellow bloggers.
Speaking of my fellow bloggers, I did not want to miss the opportunity to say how much I enjoyed the mini Houston Wine Bloggers summit last week which was set up by DoBianchi at Ciao Bella. The food was outstanding, the conversation was fascinating and the wine was a diverse assortment of  deliciousness. Absolutely looking forward to doing it again soon!

Comments

  1. I am so glad to have met you at the Houston wine bloggers dinner. Hope to connect again IRL soon. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Me, too! I am going to try to be at the event next month so maybe we can meet up there if not sooner :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Sandra, that was so awesome that yall made it! I love our wine blogging community!

    We will have to figure out a time to do it again soon... wine bloggers of Houston unite! :)

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thank you for reading Wine Life - Houston.

Popular posts from this blog

A Flavor Inspired Georgian Wine Tasting and Lunch

Last month, wine professionals in Houston were given the opportunity to taste wines from one of the country of Georgia's flagship producer, Teliani Valley, over lunch at Concura to learn about the ancestral grapes, the ancient winemaking techniques, and the modern tools which come together to make the classic wines of the Kakheti region. There are 525 grape varieties currently recorded in the country with over 135,000 acres under vine, 72.4% of those vines are located in Kakheti. The country of Georgia is located approximately 620 miles from Rome and size wise, it is just slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut. Despite its small size, it has a lot of neighbors that border it: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Turkey; it also touches the Black Sea. The Kakheti wine region is located in the eastern part of Georgia with two river basins, the Ivri and Alazani, which both influence the wines. The vineyards are located at elevations of 800 to 2,600 feet with views of the Caucasus

Tasting with Rob and Bonnie Lloyd of Lloyd Cellars

Rob and Bonnie Lloyd of Lloyd Cellars. Rob and Bonnie Lloyd were in Houston in November to meet with a small group of local wine media to share their story and their Lloyd Cellars wine at Savoir . The Lloyds have family in town and were here for the holidays. Their wines are currently on the shelf at Total Wines. Rob Lloyd immersed himself in wine after graduating from UC-Irvine. He moved to Napa and put his dream in motion by working harvest at Cakebread followed by a job at the Stag's Leap Wine Cellars tasting room. These experiences motivated him to go to UC- Davis to get his Masters in Enology. After graduating, he continued immersing himself in California Chardonnay with positions at La Crema and Rombauer. He would co-found JaM Cellars and be their original winemaker launching the top selling Butter Chardonnay brand. He eventually opened a consulting firm and started his own wine projects with wife, Bonnie. Bonnie Lloyd moved to San Franscico in 1996 to continue her career in

The Villa Sandi Houston Sommelier Competition Winners

This past Sunday, Taste of Italy - Houston held The Villa Sandi Houston Sommelier Competition at the Hilton Post Oak in collaboration with the Italian American Chamber of Commerce . The competition was orchestrated to help local sommeliers hone their both their service and test taking skills while showcasing their knowledge of all things wine. Competitors started with a deductive tasting and theory exam and concluded with a table service exam. The winners were announce on Monday morning at the opening of the Taste of Italy - Houston. Tony Elsinga won the top prize of $750 along with a trip to Italy. Mark Fusco was the first runner up also winning $750 and and Carlos Rosas was the second runner up earning a $500 prize. Each winner also was a gifted a jerobaum bottle of Villa Sandi Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore.  The competition was originally conceived by Jaime Deleon , the Adult Beverage Sales Manager for Kroger's Houston Division and an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Mast