Albert Who? No…Albariño!

2008 Orballo Albariño Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain This is the second Albariño I’ve reviewed on CorkEnvy (see the first one here).  The Rib and I love Albariños.  Love them.  This is a great varietal that is appropriate with nothing more than you and your gentleman (or lady) lover and a blanket on the cool grass under a large oak tree… Read more →

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 →