Author: Stub

How I Got Lost On The Road Less Traveled But Then Got Instant Karma At The Wine Bloggers’ Conference

So last Friday afternoon, I was reviewing the initial draft of what was to be my second piece on the Wine Bloggers’ Conference.  I had painstaking chronicled the “Mystery Bus” tour I was on during the conference, going minute-by-minute through Bus 5’s adventures.  Sure, about 30 of us boarded a bus (of unknown destination) and headed out to a few… Read more →

Wine Bloggers’ Conference or ‘Whine’ Bloggers’ Conference? A Little of Both, But Room for All

A couple of days removed from the 2011 Wine Bloggers’ Conference, I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to recap my experience(s).  This is the first of three pieces I plan to write on WBC 11 (the second will be a quick hit on the adventures of “Mystery Wine Bus 5;” those who stick with my WBC 11… Read more →

Thank you, Mr. Jefferson! 2009 Jefferson Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Charlottesville, VA

Happy [late] Birthday, America!  You don’t look a day over 234.  On the anniversary of the signing of that most excellent document authored by Thomas Jefferson, I thought it appropriate to open a wine that bears the Founding Father’s name.  Along with his duties as Founding Father, T.J. was convinced that his little corner of Central Virginia could produce fine… Read more →

2009 Bodegas Couto Albariño Rías Baixas Serra da Estrela, Galicia, Spain

Albariño is grown primarily in the Galicia region of Spain.  The white wines made from the Albariño grape are known for their crisp acidity as well as their fruit and floral notes.  Albariño is sometimes likened to Viognier (for its fruit and floral notes) or Riesling (for its sometimes spicier notes).  This is an excellent varietal to serve chilled during… Read more →

2004 Chateau Chevalier Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California

I decanted the Chateau Chevalier (with a horse right on the label) Cabernet Sauvignon from California’s famed Napa Valley for about an hour and a half before pouring. On the nose, I got some big fruit—blackberry, raisin, and maybe a little fig.  There was a little “earthiness” and some [wet] leather notes, as well.  The alcohol on this wine was… Read more →

2009 Real Sitio de Ventosilla Ribera del Duero Prado Rey Rosado, Castilla y León, Spain

The Predo Rey Rosado is a unique rosé blend (50% Tinto Fino/50% Merlot) from the Ribera del Duero appellation of Spain that is fermented in oak barrels. On the nose, I got some strawberry notes that were reminiscent of a pitcher of strawberry Kool-Aid made with not quite enough sugar.  There were also some nice wood and vanilla notes on… Read more →

2008 Linden Boisseau Chardonnay, Linden, VA

Popped and poured this Chardonnay from one of my (and everyone else’s) favorite Virginia winemakers. The nose showed some nice citrus notes—lemon, a hint of orange, and pineapple.  There were some stone/mineral aromas, as well, along with a slight (very slight) butter and herb and a hint of vanilla.  The Boisseau had a pleasant finish that lingered just short of… Read more →