|With the colder weather, Saturday barbecues are definitely fewer and farther between. That said, a few hamburgers made there way to the Weber this evening. A nice bottle of Kaesler Stonehorse GSM fills the bill for wine with this meal.|
The 2006 Stonehorse GSM from the Barossa valley is composed of 45% Grenache, 44% Shiraz, and 11% Mourvedre and was aged for 12 months in seasoned French and American oak. Dark ruby-colored, it has an attractive nose of cedar, spice box, earth notes, and black cherry. This leads to a forward, easygoing wine with savory red and blue fruit flavors, plenty of spice, and a silky finish. Drink this outstanding value over the next eight years.
This wine packs a punch that will stand up to all the fixings you might put on that hamburger.
Available at Cranberry Liquors for $14.99
A serious wine but one that can absolutely be enjoyed with casual drinking. Not to sound like some pretentious wine snob but you can taste hints of tobacco, cherry and a touch of vanilla. This puppy fills the mouth with all kinds of flavor.
Even with an alcohol content of 14.5 this wine is anything but hot. A very mellow drinker that paired well with filet and creamed spinach. All kinds of complexities that work well with red meat as you would expect from a good cab. A very good bottle worthy of your consideration.
Available at Cranberry Liquors for $37.99
OK – maybe like some of you, I’ve been scared away from cheap pinot’s since I watched that foolish “Sideways” movie (if you haven’t seen it but like “middle-aged, time-to-act-like-adults” movies, its for you – if you don’t like whiney, “I’m 45 and my life stinks movies”, save your five bucks).
|Getting over the fear of Pinot’s that cost less than $50 is easy with 3 Girls. Sometimes you just want to have something different than a cab or merlot or zin, and this one fits the bill rather nicely. From Oak Ridge Winery, the oldest operating vineyard in Lodi California, this pinot noir is an easy drinking wine that can be paired nicely with a lot of the fall comfort food dishes (meatloaf, medium spicy chili, pot roast, etc.) we enjoy as the weather gets cooler. It doesn’t fill your mouth the way a big California cab does nor is it as complex as a zinfandel, but it does have a lot of flavor.|
So in short, more interesting than a merlot but not something that you need to wrestle with over a T-Bone. I give 3 Girls Pinot Noir a big thumbs up and worth picking up the next time your in the store.
Available at Cranberry Liquors for $14.99.
I don’t consider myself a cigar afficionado but I do know what I like: A smooth-smoking, light to medium bodied cigar that doesn’t take all day to smoke, doesn’t need to be re-lit unless of course I really neglect it. Ideally, it exhibits characteristics like a consistent flavor as it burns down, a fine ash that holds on until you flick your wrist to shed it and a pleasant smoke in case you ever get the option to smoke in the house (Christmas, in my house).
The AVO XO Intermezzo Tubos is a very easy-going cigar. I have a predilection for cigars from the Dominican Republic and the AVO typifies the important characteristics (see above).
Like beer, wine, scotch and bourbon, there is something for everyone. Including the beginner. When someone comes into the store and he or she is grabbing a fistful of Macanudo’s because that’s what beginners or itinerant cigar smokers smoke, I readily suggest the AVO. It’s a step up and a step away from the norm.
A light, polite, tasty-without-being-overwhelming cigar.
Available at Cranberry Liquors for $11.99
|Dinner tonight was a lovely boneless pork roast with potatoes and sauerkraut. Comfort food, by most anyone’s standards. So what to serve for wine with this?|
I’m sure I could have gone with the German, or if preferred dry, French Riesling. Pork and sauerkraut logically call for that. Instead, I noticed a bottle of La Linda, Malbec Rosé chilling in the fridge. A twist top and tight schedule said ‘go for it’ — so I did.
What a lovely bottle of wine. The color is almost a bright red – suggesting a fruitiness you might not prefer. Let me tell you this bottle of wine had substance. A dry rosé with color. Strawberry without the sweet. A serious wine with a playful color.
On the nose, you notice an earthiness that tells you this is not a toy wine. On the palate, La Linda Malbec Rosé is light like a sauvignon blanc but serious like soave or gavi. Not a patio pounder pinot grigio by any means.
Needless to say, this wine went well with the pork roast. Surprisingly, it went well with the after dinner chocolates!
Available at Cranberry Liquors for $10.99.