Friday, July 29, 2005

Reynella Shiraz - Not your average Shiraz!

Let me warn you - this is not your average Shiraz, in quality - or price. This is an award winning, BIG shiraz. For those of you who don't know, Shiraz is the leading grape of Austrialia – and it is the same grape as the French Syrah. This is an Australian wine, rich in texture, with warm chocolate flavours and blackberry overtones. Shiraz is a very soft, jammy, wine with a wonderful aroma and is a wonderful wine to drink, especially for those who think they don’t like red wines. Its not nearly as dry as it’s French counterpart, Syrah. Shiraz is perfect with just about any kind of meat: beef, lamb, venison. And let me tell you - it was fantastic with the grilled steak I had for dinner tonight!

Shiraz is one of those great, grill friendly wines, and as I said - for those of you who don't think you like red wines, try a Shiraz. Reynella may be something you might want to work up to - or.... give it a shot! For experienced wine drinkers, this is a must.

For anyone who lives in the Boston area, we're having an instore tasting tomorrow at 2pm. For more information, check out our


Saturday, July 23, 2005

Is that a Martini you're drinking - or are you just happy to see me?

Okay. So I'm going to go a little off topic of wine - and give a HUGE plug to a local restaurant that makes the absolutely BEST Martini's....ever. Even if you think you aren't a Martini fan, you will be after visiting this place (those of you local to MA).

It's called Venetian Moon, on Main Street in Reading Center. (Rte 28). If you do a search online for them, it appears there's no website, but CitySeach seems to have an outdated menu there - with NO Martini's listed. So you're going to have to trust me on this one.

The food is very good - eclectic Italian style dishes; good sized servings and one of the best Marsala's I've tasted. As simple as Marsala is - it's difficult to find a good one at a restaurant. Average entree is between $14 - $20.

BUT - the point of all of this is the Martini bar and selection. I didn't count so don't hold me to this number, but I believe they offer 50 different kinds. Our goal is to try each one of them, of course! Not only are they creative and fun -- they're all made really well. If you like Martinis, then you know how dissapointing it is to order one and have it be all wrong. I've had 6 different ones there, and yet to have one that wasn't made just right. Just a little FYI about me: I'm not really into "fou fou" sweet drinks (e.g. Green Apple, Watermelon, etc..) - I'm more of a "plain Jane" Vanilla Vodka kind of girl... ;)

On a wine note -- I drank a few average wines over the week, nothing worth noting really.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Cha..Cha...Cha...Cheap, Chilean Chardonnay

Okay. First off, let me preface this by saying that I am a big fan of NZ whites. I love steel casked wines.

Now that we've established that, let me introduce you to the wine I had tonight.
Los Vascos Chardonnay: Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) 2004
This is a really fruit forward, crisp Chardonnay from Chile, that at my first sip - I thought for sure it was a Sauvignon Blanc from NZ. It's got a great balance of acid and fruit. Its not as "big" of a Chardonnay as some that I've tasted (Kim Crawford, for example...) but at $9.99 - it's a great summer white. Check it out, see what you think.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

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