Twenty-Wine Days of February: Day 1

2010 d’Autrefois Pinot Noir Rosé A rosé on February 1st, you say? Yeah, it was unseasonably warm today in the nation’s capital region (about 70 degrees), so I went with an unorthodox choice for the ‘middle of winter.’  I opened this wine with my good friend and neighbor, M.C.  The d’Autrefois is 100% Pinot Noir from the Languedoc Roussillon region… Read more →

Twenty-Wine Days of February

It’s leap year, so I thought it would be fun to take advantage of the “extra” day somehow; naturally, it involved wine.  As a jump-start to the 2012 wine festival season and a means to increase the regularity of posts on CorkEnvy.com, The Rib and I are embarking on a journey to open a different bottle of wine every day… Read more →

This Wine Is SO Last Century!

The Rib and I bought this bottle back in February on the recommendation of one of the helpful lads at our favorite local wine shop.  We originally intended to open this bottle while celebrating our anniversary on Valentine’s Day (I’ll pause a second or two for the “awes” from the ladies and sensitive men).  For whatever reason, we didn’t end… Read more →

Linden to the Second Power Equals Twice the Enjoyment

In looking through my backlog of tasting notes, I realized I had two Clarets from Linden Vineyards in the pipeline.  The Rib and I love Linden wines and while Jim Law’s Clarets (which are Bordeaux-style red blends) represent Linden’s more pedestrian or entry-level offerings, these two bottles lived up to the label’s reputation.  Here are my impressions of consecutive vintages:… Read more →

Yoda Says: “A Bunch Of Funny Words A Good Wine Makes, My Friend”

  2009 Domaine Bonfils Vin de Pays d’Oc Mas De Cha Bert, Languedoc-Roussillon, France The Rib and I popped and poured this Roussanne (pronounced “roo-sahn”) from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.  Roussanne is a winemaking grape native to the Rhône region.  Wines made from the Roussanne grape are often characterized by herbal (tea) notes, pear, and solid acid structure.  Roussanne… Read more →