Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Way off track...

I know I really need to get with the program, but work has been killer.  
Very little time lately to do any of my much needed research but I heard through the grapevine that a new beer is coming into our market and is next to impossible to find anywhere at all.

I really would have wanted to throw a New Year's Party in the new house but I don't have the time, money, or energy to do it....

I'll have more than enough posts to keep y'all happy after the first, but till then, just enjoy this:


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Rogue Santa's Private Reserve Ale

I can't believe I'm actually doing an update today!
The other day I decided to finally try this after having it tease and taunt me for nearly a month.

Rogue Santa's Private Reserve

Although it really seemed like a real interesting brew, I was a little disappointed at first but then some of its underlying beauty started to bloom towards the end.

Nice and hoppy with a nice toasty malt, but what threw me off for a spin was this overbearing flavor of spruce, almost like a perfume really.  Honestly not a bad brew, but I think it's certainly a once a year beer.

Try it out some time especially it your house is lacking a tree and you absolutely need to huff some Xmas tree.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bacardi Rock Melon Rum

So in case you're wondering where I've been for the past few days, let's just say I've been a little lost.
Not lost in the sense of "Honey, ask that stranger with the arm one for directions," kinda lost, but the "HOLY CRAP IT'S A SQUIRREL!!!" kinda lost.

See, in the same weekend, Mine craft came out with the beta version, I found Big League Chew at a local store, and Bacardi released this wonderful new beverage that I've taken a moderate liking to.
Although I can't really explain the first two due to my over-indulgence of child-like behavior, I can explain in GREAT detail about the third.

Bacardi Rock Coconut

For those of you unaware of it, a rock melon is another fancy name for a cantaloupe, just as is a muskmelon.  But before you freak out thinking this is like a rum infused with the Godly power of Midori (Which is a muskmelon liqueur), sadly it is not.  But nonetheless, it's pretty badass as far as flavored rums go.

Like all Bacardi flavored rums, this holds some serious stomping power at a whopping 70% as opposed to the regular flavored rums out there averaging about 25-35%.  The flavor in itself has a slightly different taste from its regular coconut rum as the "water" from the coconut provides more of a lighter less sweet flavor, which is pretty impressive since the rock melon really stands out.

The only downside to it I find is that the rum proves to be just a tad too sweet for my taste and I needed to mix it with something a little harsh.  For those of you with a sweet tooth, this will mix well into cola or pineapple juice, but for me, I did this:

Purple Panty Ripper
2oz Bacardi Rock Coconut
2oz POM Pomegranate juice
1oz Club Soda
Twist of Orange

Shake first two ingredients over finely cracked ice and strain into a martini glass topping with club soda.

I'm not trying to make a habit of using cocktails with the word "panty" in its name (if you remember my Lace Panty Martini from an earlier post), but this is based off of a normal cocktail called a panty ripper which is a girly little cocktail composed of Malibu and Passion Fruit Juice.  
Mine is just slightly different in which I use unsweetened pomegranate juice and club soda.  For me, it creates a nice and natural balance of sweet and sour that really tie in the drink as a whole.

Overall, a pretty good spirit for about $16 but a little tricky to utilize.  I'm pretty sure you can use it in lieu of any clear rum in jsut about any recipe, but it will add a great deal of sweetness.

I'll have another Christmas beer for y'all tomorrow, but til then..
Bon Boire!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

My Apology....

Because of this thing I recently discovered called a "life,"  I've been forced to spend time with family, coworkers, and friends.  Actually it's not too bad, but it does interfere with my drinking time somewhat.  But I have noticed that you can drink AND be sociable!
For a quick update, I have added a new poll so go and VOTE!!!
As proof of this newfound discovery and penance for my lack of REAL update last night, I give you a picture of myself sexually molesting a Velociraptor at The Celebration in the Oaks at City Park.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Update Tonight

I know it's been a while but I will finish my Vodka list and Christmas beers before the big day!
Today I'm preparing to have Christmas with my wife's family at her grandmother's house and later tonight we are going to Christmas in the Oaks - a large celebration that takes place in City Park in new Orleans.  I'll post some pics of it and whatnot later, but right now just hang tight and grab a cold one.

Also chcek out this video which has some pretty cheesy sexual wine references in it:

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rökk Vodka

One thing that's really neat-o about the winter season is that it's the perfect time of year to drink vodka of any kind and sort.

Just the other day, I was introduced to a Swedish vodka called Rökk.  The bottle and pretty much everything concerning it really seemed like a knockoff of Absolut or some other of its cheaper brethren like Sobieski or Svedka.  It's large plastic bottle makes it look like a pumped up bottle of SmartWater and notes of condensation in the brim note that it has a high water to spirit content.

All negativity aside, it is a pretty decent drink.  For about $19 per 1.75 Liter, it made a pretty damn smooth Bloody Mary.  Now before you freak out thinking that any vodka is decent in a Bloody Mary, this isn't necessarily true.  It's the same principal of saying, "as long as you're putting ketchup on them, it doesn't matter how bad the French Fries taste."

Rökk has a very smooth and clean start and finish that drinks easily neat as does mixed, but it does lack a serious quality of body.  Most vodkas in this price range add additional starches or gelatin to fatten its body for the consumer, but they seem to have just skipped that to go straight to the bottling.

Overall, it's not a bad buy, but for twenty bucks, just splurge on yourself and get a 750ml of something decent.
Be sure to keep up to date with me as I post some more vodkas for the winter season!
Bon Boire!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Herbal Healing

So lately I've been going through a phase of mixing my energy drinks with herbal liqueurs.  I know this is nothing new but still, mixing herbal liqueurs and energy drinks is about as American as apple pie, baseball, and filing frivolous lawsuits..  I usually shy away from this concoction because it winds up being a little too heavy to drink, but I've found a couple good mixes that aren't half bad.  Here's a few for those over the top Christmas parties!

Classic Jager Bomb
Shot of Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur
Half Can of Red Bull

Most of this drink's potency is in the chemistry.  You need to place both in the freezer until very cold and the Red Bull is almost like a slushie.  Jager and Red Bull seem to blend so well together because of the deep dark flavors of the Jager and the sharp citrus acidity for the Red Bull.  Mix both together and drink down quick.

Lamborghini Drag Race
3oz Sambuca
16oz Monster Java Mocha or Vanilla

There is an interesting alternative to this called the Flaming Lamborghini that includes overproofed rum, but this classic has been improved with the addition of everybody's favorite mind-altering chemical: Caffeine!  An easy to make drink that can be further improved by throwing everything into a blender with some ice.

Liquid Cocaine, 8-Ball Style
½oz Amaretto
½oz Triple Sec
½oz Southern Comfort Peach Liqueur
½oz Peach Schnapps
8oz Rockstar Energy Drink

Shake the first four ingredients over ice and strain into a beer mug while simultaneously pouring the Rockstar. If you want to make it flaming, just float 1/2oz of Bacardi 151 on top and ignite with caution.

Well i hope you've enjoyed.  I will have a more serious update tomorrow.  But for today, I definitely needed all three of these....
For lack of a better post, I leave you with this:
Mobile Jager Bomb.
Bon Boire!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Corsendonk Christmas Ale

I know it's been a while but I'm delivering as promised!!!  This is just the first of a few Christmas Ales I'll be reviewing until Christmas Day, and yes you can expect me to do one of my favorite line of all time: Abita.
But the first was one pointed out to me by my good friend, Theresa. She told me about it and explained the flavor and whatnot, but completely sold me on the fact that it came with a free chalice laced with a gold rim.
That's right.  I love free shit.

So anyway, here's my overall analysis of a wonderful work of art from the heart of Belgium, this is Corsendonk Christmas Ale!  Visit the brewery by clicking here!

Pictures courtesy of my wife's camera I stole while she was at work.  Pictured is the 12oz bottle along with the free chalice enclosed in the 6-pack for $14.99.

The bottle really screams "CHRISTMAS!!!" at you.  Most others kinda put on a little show, maybe add snowflakes or some crap to their label.  but this one is colorful, snowy, has a star on it and everything.   Unlike Brooklyn Lager which just barely changes the color of the label, this is a complete overhaul of its original format.

As you can see, the dark abbey style ale is very similar in color to the bottle itself, barely allowing any light to pass through.  Most who revel over the thickness of a beer's head boast that you can float the bottle cap on the head, but with this brew, you could float a brick!  It's so interesting because it allows you mix this heavy top head with a smooth and light body that really drinks like a crisp lager.
The aroma is pretty typical of a Christmas Ale with nice little warm notes of coffee, pecan and hazelnuts; but a little hit of metal and chemical is present due to its rustic hops.

Once again, the body is creamy yet crisp, not overbearing like a stout yet not watery like a lager.  A very nice balance of flavor and ability to drink, not something you would normally expect out of a "spiced" ale.
Also, unlike most Christmas Ales, this isn't overly Christmas-y.  Just the label.  Although it still has those great notes of deep and heavy cinnamon and nutmeg along with a refreshing citrus zest; it's not too heavily present.  You can still taste the slightly bitter hops and deep roasted malts through all the holiday flair.

My dad told me once before, "Christmas beer is the shit they put back in the tank because it wasn't good enough to drink then."  You can clearly see what my opinion while I gently nurse the second bottle.

This was a nice introduction for me this year considering I usually skip on what I used to call novelty beers.  If others produce the same quality as this one.  I believe I will be tempted to try more than a few other Christmas Ales.

For a little bit of langiappe, here's the notes I took while drinking this beer.  If you read carefully, the second to bottom line states "Heavy nuts."  I need to get some better adjectives.

Bon Boire!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Top Ten Red Wines!!!

Now that I no longer have any excuses to procrastinate my work, I now present you with my list of my favorite Red Wines on the market!  I've stalled long enough and done my fair share of research on this so I think this list will be pretty definite of what I want to tell you all.
The one thing i should not is that I'm only applying vintages to certain reds on here, more specifically because that is the one vintage of that particular wine that I prefer.  I usually don't pay too much mind to vintages years unless there is an inconsistent little boost in quality amongst one or the other.  For example, bad vintages don't concern me at all.
So hope you enjoy and feel free to ask any questions that you may have!

10 - EOS Zinfandel 2003
A rare wine that I've fancied for some time now but the main issue I have with it, is its availability.  Right now, it's hard enough just to find any vintage, let alone the 2003.  But the juice is spectacular.  Exactly what you would expect out of the great American descendant of the Primitivo.  It's smooth and spicy with lots of complex aromas and bites with just the slightest hint of oak.  As majestic as the name implies and just as elusive.  Expect to find this one for anywhere between $15-30 per bottle.  But absolutely worth it at any price.
Pairs well with gourmet woodfire pizzas and heavy red sauces.

9-  Miguel Torres "Santa Digna" Carmenere 2007
The first and only time I've had this wine was at a fantastic bar in town called the Obelisk.  I knew the owners quite well but had never stopped in so they ordered a bottle for my friends and me to try on our first visit.  Not only did the wine pair well with the food (which I list) but with the atmosphere of the wine bar itself.  It had one of the most beautiful aromas I had ever encountered before in a wine, and at first sniff I knew I was going to be in love with the bottle.  At the first taste of blackberries and roasted raspberries, I wanted to propose to it.  It drank as smooth as silk and left just the faintest little bite in the back of the jaw with little but noticeable acidity.
It was served with roasted pork and cranberry chutney, stuffed mushrooms and lobster paté.

8 - Chateau Lafont Fourcat Bordeaux
I could mouth off on several Bordeaux's at a moment's notice but this one I chose over others because two main factors:  its flexibility and its price.  Unlike some of its cousins, Chateau Lafont Fourcat is an inexpensive cheeky red that rolls with the big dogs.  Some of the flavors that are normally masked out in cheaper reds are predominant here and linger without any lack of quality.  Truly something unique amongst its peers.

7 - Immortal Zin
Another insanely good pick out of Lodi, Immortal Zin is crafted from 114 year old vines and every drop is reminiscent of that fact.  Handcrafted by the wonderful people at Peirano Estates, Immortal Zin brings forth a massive tidal wave of berry flavor and mild citrus, that which is only replicated from Old Vine Zinfandels such as this one.  The one thing that it truly reminds me of is Monster Energy's Import, it has those deep vibrant berry flavors with the lemon-lime zest.  But Immortal Zin won't give you a charge of energy, just make you "feel" immortal.
Drink with diner style cheeseburgers or some late night fast food!

6 - Clos de los Siete 2007
A true marvel in South America, Clos de los Siete is crafted now as it was years ago when the vineyard was first found.  Originally founded by seven of the biggest names in French viticulture.  As deep and rich as its history, the wine is an amazing blend of some of Argentina's finest.  You can simply taste the tradition and love put into this bottle by its current vitners and all the splendor it has to offer. It has great aromas of black cherry and currant with similar flavors incorporated into light grippy tannins.  A good find for arounf $15.
Pairs with spicy green chile dishes, and curries.

5 - Row Eleven Vinas 3 Pinot Noir
One of the domestic Pinot Noirs I tend to go around anymore.  Row Eleven has seemed to work its way into being a cult favorite in my area, much like Opus One has in Chicago and New York.  More than likely because it has a few advantages over Opus One, like its smooth round texture and lack of that awful "watery" Pinot Noir trend, the drink itself is much easier to go down and its flavor is more adaptable to food, and also it costs about a tenth of the price of Opus One.  As a matter of fact, if given a case deal, you can get 12 bottles of 11 for 1 bottle of 1.  BUT ENOUGH OF THE MATH!!!  What it adds up to is a blend of sweet and spicy that goes down well in the clubbing scene and still holds boldness amongst a few friends in a social atmosphere.  Great for those who are sick of the whole "La Crema" thing too.  For the same price you get double the quality.  The only thing it's lacking from it, is nobody can tell how big of an asshole you are if you choose it over La Crema or Opus One.
Pairs well with people who actually enjoy drinking wine.

4 - Primaterra Sangiovese
Lately I've found myself bored of Chianti's and other Italian wines that I can't pronounce.  But I'v found a soft spot in my heart for Primaterra and its line of wine.  Their Sangiovese is one I can't get my hands off of, being a strong yet soft and vibrant red wine that is studded with amazingly thick portions of natural grape flavors.  Although it bears much oak and tooth-staining goodness, the juice tastes as fresh as if just picked from the vine.  Pretty amazing stuff that is for the most part a paradox in a bottle.  It's a young wine that seems to have age twenty years overnight and shines through those other "serious" reds on the top shelf.  Bold and deep flavors of cassia bark, muscadine and raisin are softened with plum, white cranberry and sugarcane.  Pretty awesome find if it's in your neighborhood.
Goes well at parties and family gatherings!

3 - Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
I had always imagined that everyone involved in this wine is wearing a white lab coat and thick goggles that come out of a B-list Sci-fi movie.  Educated Guess is not only one of my favorites because of it's taste, but because of it's lack of seriousness in choosing wine.  They're mocking what people normally do when trying a wine.  They simply take an educated guess, but EdGuess suggests that drinking a wine should be much like making a wine in which there is no guessing, just SCIENCE!!!  The flavor is very difficult to describe but the easiest way to put it, is that EdGuess is one of the richest, fullest wines you can find at it's price.  The label is also pretty damn cool.  being a Chem major in college, I have a deep fondness for it and its meanings which you can discover by clicking HERE!

2 - Clos du Bois Marlstone 2005
This is my bottle.  I am so proud of it. ♥

An amazing blend from one of my favorite wine producers in California.  Very few wines come this close to perfection without going well over $100.  A proprietal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.  Crafter by Clos du Bois's Erik Olsen, Marlstone is a shining example of a great Meritage, modelling itself after the premium Bordeaux's of France.  Nice smooth flavors of cassis flow well with notes of cigar box, cocoa, and brown sugar.  An overall astounding wine that will make your head spin in ecstasy.
Pairs well with grilled lamb, prime rib, and premium cuts of beer tenderloin. 

1 - Silver Palm North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Not only my favorite red, my favorite Cabernet and more than likely one of my favorite wines of all times.  It holds not only a palatable memory to me, but also has great sentimental vale as well.  Accidentally ordered by a fellow coworker, it quickly became a favorite at the first taste that I held with my dad, whose opinion of wine I greatly respect.  He held Cabernets amongst the top of the red grape varietals and knew that this was worth drinking.  Previously available only at restaurants, it slowly became available in certain retailers but more or less as a hush-hush kinda thing.  It's robust notes of cranberry, nutmeg, coriander make it a strangely complex drink that mingles well with the deep oak and moderate tannin.  Being from North Coast, it picks up a natural moderate sweetness that doesn't overpower the Cab but rather gives it a supple smooth finish that lasts long after it's finished. Another cool note is that it has chunks of raw platinum studded throughout the glass. I drank it with my father to commemorate our bond in wine, I drank it after one of my closest friend's funerals, and I will drink this on my deathbed.  

Well now that I've self-inflicted my hands with arthritis, I'm going to take a break and do some hands-on research on Christmas Ales!  I'll have that update for you tomorrow!
Bon Boire!

p.s.:  Because a certain someone refused to read the list after intially giving me the idea to do so.  I am obligated to mention one Deloach Pinot Noir.
Honestly, I've had it once, and although I won't hold it at the same level of Row Eleven, it would be #2 on a top ten Pinot Noir list.  just above Mont Avril from France.  The reason this too is an excellent choice is much like Row Eleven.  It's inexpensive, highly drinkable, and won't make you look like a pretentious wine snob amongst your friends.  Also a damn good find, and easy to do so as well.  Has a giant fleur de lis on its label!

This one's for you, Lacey.  You now owe me a bottle ;)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Got Sole?

Once again I thank everyone that's been following and supporting me along the way. I'm still a few glasses away from my Red Wine list but in the mean time I've done some non-alcoholic research and found something I think the ladies might enjoy!

Looking to decrease your carbon footprint? A Montana-based footwear company might offer the most literal way for you to do just that. SOLE, a manufacturer of footbeds, socks and sandals, is partnering with ReCORK, a wine-cork recycling program, to design a new line of products. The company’s “upcycled” footbeds and footwear will be made with wine bottle tops that come from restaurants, culinary schools, and an airline that participates in the recycling program.
SOLE sandals will soon be made with recycled wine corks

Corks are received at a storage facility in Napa, Calif., and one in Great Falls, Mont. The corks are sent to SOLE’s factories in Asia to be used in products and packaging. While SOLE is focusing on integrating the cork into its footwear, other uses ReCORK cites for upcycled cork include fishing rod handles, bulletin boards, place mats, flooring tiles, building insulation, gaskets, packaging materials, and matting under playground equipment.

The ReCORK program is sponsored by Amorim, the world’s largest producer of “natural cork wine closures.” About 12 million wine-bottle corks have been collected for processing since 2007, and the organization touts it has also planted 3,000 cork oak trees. Says the company’s literature, harvesting cork does not harm the trees, in fact the trees provide “an important source of carbon-dioxide sequestration.” Sounds like that’s sustainable product sourcing at its best.
SOLE’s cork-based Napa sandal

I would love to see a Bordeaux one for men! Hope you guys enjoyed! Til next time!

Bon Boire!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Wow!  It's been a long trip but i finally made it!  But I'm not going to stop until I reach a million following this damn thing.  Everyone celebrate with me and grab your favorite beer or champagne or whatever the Hell you have to drink by your side!
Woooo!!  Party time!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Top Ten White Wines!!!

Enough of my procrastinating bullshit!  It's time for the top ten White Wines in the eyes of your favorite drunkard!

So like I mentioned in my last post I've been doing some extensive field research within the past week and I've been trying to find exactly what needs to go into this list.  This will be a massive personal challenge for me, simply because I'm not a huge fan of white wines to begin with, but I think you'll see as we go down the list that some you may not even believe exist out there, but take my word on it, they do.
From 100% varietals to insane combinations that were never thought of before, here's my summary of the Top Ten whites you need to down before you die.

10) Ménage à Trois White Blend
I'm just a sucker in general for the Ménage family of wines.  Simply because they are a nice widely available and affordable wine company that is actually good to drink.  Although most of their wines would not be my first choice, sometimes they do indeed become the final choice I make.  The white blend is an interesting blend of Chenin Blanc (also known as the French Vouvray), Moscato, and Chardonnay.  Although made from three of the sweeter varietals on the white spectrum, the wine itself is not overbearingly sweet.  Instead, the sweetness factor in it is more of a gentle surprise as opposed to an obstacle you need to tackle just to drink.  A great wine to pair with any type of seafood really, and with a select few poultry dishes, preferably roasted chicken or such.

9) Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin Brut Champagne
Yeah that's right.  Although I will tell people that VCP is my favorite Champagne, this usually isn't the case.  Although I absolutely the splendid little ecstasy trip that VCP forces you in and out of with each little fizzy golden drop that pours out of it, there is one major thing keeping it from being my favorite Champagne, yet my favorite white wine ever:  It costs too damn much.  I love you VCP, but my wallet doesn't. An interesting thing to note about VCP is that it is most famous for introducing the modern method of Champagne production known as méthode champenois  which is only allowed within the border regions of Champagne.
Occasions to drink: Births, Weddings, and Funerals.  Winning the Lottery is also acceptable.

8) Evolution White Blend
It's Evolution, baby!  It's very hard for me to drink this without thinking of the fast pace grunge groove of Pearl Jam with the same name.  Like the song, Evolution is also a nice little ball of fiery grunge fueled by the rejection of everyone else in the world.  In this case, we're talking about the wine snobs of the world.  Most cringe at the thought of a white blend, and tenfold with Evolution because of the massive amount of grapes shoved into one bottle.  Like a counterpart know as Seven Daughters (available at many chain restaurants), Evolution contains nine white grape varietals including Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muller-Thurgau, Semillon, Gewurztraminer, Muscat Canelli, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Sylvaner.  Before you freak out, yes, these grapes all do exist.  Most just not popular outside of Europe.  Muller-Thurgau, for instance, is a wonderful wine to drink if you ever get the chance, you might just have to go a little out the way to get it.
Pairs well with EVERYTHING.

7) Hob Nob Chardonnay
This to me is a novelty wine even though I am a big fan of Hob Nob wines.  Whenever I have a gathering and I need a decent wine for a decent price, I'll usually pick its Rhone Varietal brothers to serve, but the Chard is a little too sweet for my everyday taste.  Instead, I like to use the Chardonnay as a crowd pleaser and as a palate shocker.  The sweetness that occurs in this wine is really unlike anything else you may encounter in another Chardonnay anywhere.  The main flavor notes indicate an odd plethora of flavors including bubblegum, cotton candy, coconut, and marshmallow.  Something you really need to experience first hand to see what I'm talking about.
Pairs well with desserts and smoked cheese.

6) Peirano Viognier
Once again I present you with a Lodi-born white that drinks like liquid gold.  The vibrant body of it is purely sinful and luxurious at the same time, rippling with a slightly clouded pear-like bronze.  What separates Peirano's Viognier from the others is its remarkable ability to hold strong when paired with foods.  Usually any white that is light in flavor, tends to be easily masked by powerful foods like a creamy shrimp pasta or a red fish poached in butter.  Peirano's light flavor is not as easily hidden by these powerful foods but rather sits comfortably alongside them.  Nice little hints of peach and mineral pop out of its sea of complexity making this a wonderful drink for any day, anywhere.
Pairs well with spicy seafood and creamy pastas.

5) Domaine William Fevre Grand Vins de Chablis
Possibly one of the finer wines I had the luxury of actually getting a bottle of.  Sometimes there are just those rarities out there that can't be found in just any old mom and pop liquor store, and sometimes those aren't necessarily the best either, but this Chablis is incredible amongst its peers.  Chablis, is not just a generic term for white wine in North America; in France, a Chablis must meet certain standards and fall within certain boundaries and contain Chardonnay grapes in order to get the name of Chablis on it (much like the Italian Chianti which is made of Sangiovese grapes).  A very elegant wine, it is shy about its underlying flavors at first and only shows the more dominant introduction of pear and dragonfruit, but quickly followed by a deep lychee and starfruit brightness.  The oak is just slightly noticeable which is nice considering that it is not overpowering, but just present enough to remind you that this isn't some run of the mill factory produced Chard, but rather a small example of the pinnacle that is French wine making.
Pairs well with roasted chicken with herbs and sushi.

4)  Saint Hillaire Blanc de Limoux
Like its cousins over in Champagne, Saint Hillaire is a sparkling dry white wine that is an astoundingly good drink but sadly enough cannot bear the same title.  Since Saint Hillaire is not within the borders of Champagne, it cannot bear the title of Champagne according to France's region laws and does not fall under the AOC classification.  This is truly a shame, because saint Hillaire is the oldest known producer of sparkling wine and to this day still abides by the méthode traditionnelle used in sparkling wines across the world.  A very crisp dry white, it drinks well with low acidity and a palate pleasing cleanliness. 
Pairs well party crackers and light canapés.

3) Root: 1 Sauvignon Blanc
A Chilean marvel amongst whites, rising to the top of its class in South American wines and in Sauvignon Blancs in general.  Although Sauvignon Blanc is heavily debated amongst fanatics, I find that Root: 1 is one that a lot can agree on.  It has all the major qualities that people turn to Sauv Blanc look for like its pleasant acidity, moderate bite, floral aromas, and bold dryness.  But at the same time, more importantly, it lacks all the negative qualities that a lot of people would normally shy away from like that awful stainless steel taste that comes from lack of oak aging or the deep bitterness that comes from the wine being "cooked" by sunlight. Even though "cooking" can occur to any white, Root: 1 doesn't seem to be so fragile to the Sun.  A great Sauvignon Blanc for people who are also wishing to be exposed to the wonderful varietal.

2)  La Yunta Torrontes
A wine I was recently introduced to and one that quickly got accepted into my favorites.  A white varietal that is rarely seen outside of Argentina, Torrontes drinks much like a sweeter version of Sauvignon Blanc, but with a slightly more vivid body.  Some of the first noticeable flavors include green melon and vibrant citrus.  It is very lightly oaked but still shows much of a heavily oaked body, much like a blended county Chardonnay from Sonoma.  The label gives about as much curiosity to the consumer as the wine itself does.  It is adorned by two llamas (or some other kind of animal.  I really can't tell...) aloft in the field.  A must have wine to people looking for a true underdog in the wine world.

1) Hendry Pinot Gris
I will be straightforward about this one.  I don't know much about the vineyard or the winemaker or really anything about this wine except for the fact that I declared and still proclaim to this day that this is the best white I've ever tasted since the first sip.  Something about it really took me over me completely and had me enticed into the bottom of the glass, longing to finish it and keep drinking, long before I ever begun to drink it. The fragrance of this wine was much like an elegant perfume worn by an elegant lady on a smooth October night.  It really is a romantic wine and pours like a sweet waterfall into your glass and slides very smoothly down your throat.  Just as easy on the tongue as it is the nose, many floral and citrus notes are present without brining too much acidity.  Very cool notes of green tea and nectarine really bring forth a bright youthfulness to the wine alongside a hint of maturity.  A must in any wine cooler anywhere.

Hope you guys enjoyed the list and hope you can enjoy some of these with me.  most cost only about $10 or less (except Veueve Cliquot....)  but some are just a real hard thing to find.  
Also, just something I'd like to add in:  I just recently discovered these awesome little wine bags that keep your white wines chilled for nearly two hours.  Lately I have been using it to keep my energy drinks ice cold when I go to school or work!  but otherwise, they totally rock.  They're called BYO bags and they're totally worth it!

I'll see you all next time, and hopefully with the red Top Ten!

Bon Boire!

Update Tonight

Hey guys.... Been falling back on this whole blogging thing.... But the good news is that I've been doing lots of field research as I like to call it. I will be able to post the Top Ten White Wines tonight along with a pretty interesting surprise for you all tomorrow night!

In the mean time sit back and relax, and enjoy this collection of pictures featuring animals doing what I do best!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hayman and Hill Dry Creek Zinfandel 2003

Since the Top Ten White update is still a little ways away I have an actual wine review to share with you all.  The other night my wife and I have a deep desire for Krystal Burgers but because of our area, Krystal burgers are deemed "low income food" and they try to keep it out of the neighborhood.  The only alternative we had was to make our own.  So if you're going to make tiny little burgers, you might as well do it right: with premium grade beef, sweet Hawaiian rolls, good quality cheese, and of course America's favorite domestic red the Zinfandel.

Zinfandel and Hamburgers are about as American as apple pie and pizza.  All of which are from other countries but that's not the point.  It's the idea that counts!  And the bold and sharp sweetness of a nice Zin are exactly what you need to wash down a teeny tiny cheeseburger.  So we rolled out the beef patties as thin as we could get them (they cooked in like 5 seconds) and slapped those hot daddies onto a sweet roll and you could easily down half a dozen in the drive-thru, but two were good enough!

As far as the Hayman and Hill goes, let me break it down.

Hayman and Hill Dry Creek Zinfandel 2003

Hayman and Hill Dry Creek Zinfandel is a seriously good wine.  One of the few Zins outside of Lodi that really catch your attention, H&H Dry Creek is a Sonoma County wine that really shines amongst others in its class.  It didn't have to breath very long before the waves of mocha and berries starting flowing alongside its luster into the glass, leaving heavy drops of beauty along the sides of the goblet as it splashed about.  Its hue is a deep tawny Port red that's darkened by matured oak and deep grapeskin.  Not too much present acid, and just the perfect balance of sweet and dry to accompany any good home cooking.  Leaves you with a good lingering feeling of comfort that only entices you to take another sip.  A very interesting find if you can actually get a hold of a bottle.  Retails for about $15 for current vintages.

Hope you enjoy!  I'll have the white review up soon!
Bon Boire!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Boy and His Blog

Today I actually got to enjoy yet another day off of work.  Not going to get used to this feeling any time soon with the holidays and whatnot coming up.  One thing I can marvel over is that we decided to get a Wii. One game that has caught my heart by marketing it directly to my longing sense for nostalgia, is A Boy and His Blob.  Good Lord I loved this game as a child, and the new one is just as silly, challenging and cute as the first.

For anyone who has not played it before (new or old) the concept is pretty simple.  A boy and his white blob set out for adventure, feeding him jellybeans along the way which allows the cute gelatinous ball to transform into a variety of useful tools and shapes.  One neat little feature they added to this game is the ability to hug the blob.  Really, it pulls at the heart strings a lot.

In commemoration of my favorite jellybean in the game, Root Beer, I whipped up a very interesting little blend that I drank while playing the game.

Root Beer Jelly Bean
12oz Pure Cane Root Beer (like Abita or Jones)
3oz White Rum
1oz Bourbon
1oz Southern Comfort

Mix the rum, bourbon and SoCo in a frozen beer mug and pour root beer on top for a frothy and frosty drink!

Not my usual blog, but I hope you guys enjoy my video game review!  Also, check out this drink, I think you'll love it!

Bon boire et joue!