From Chilean Petit Sirah to French Whisky – An Afternoon Tasting with Palm Bay

The transcendent moment came when I sampled their exquisite Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, and Eiswein. Yes, I had them all. Don't hate me because I'm Prüm.

Hug Cellars Pinot & Syrah with Friends

No additives and no laboratory gymnastics to get the wines to fit a certain "profile," just fermented grapes in a bottle. What more could you ask for.

Rex Pickett’s Vertical – Part Two of the Trilogy

If you love a well-crafted, beautifully-plotted book, you will enjoy Vertical. As with all of Rex’s books, you'll have to bring your brain to the table. And a dictionary wouldn't hurt, either.

Tasting Notes: 2009 Gap’s Crown Chardonnay

2009 Gap's Crown Chardonnay
I'm just not really a Chardonnay kind of gal. However, a good wine is a good wine and this is a good wine! Plus, it’s spring! Plus (insert any relevant excuse here to have an expensive wine on a weeknight)!

(Good) Nevada Wines from Nevada Grapes. Yeah. Really.

UNR Vineyards
For many years, Nevada wines were known for their relentless mediocrity - they seemed to be White Zinfandel wannabes - and there wasn't much that the serious wine person could glean from them other than a collective meh.

2004 Barolo from Trader Joe’s – the Verdict

Glass of Barolo - Wikipedia
Instead of pairing with the dish, I felt that it was coyly teasing it.

Tasting Notes: 2014 Monte Velho White

Monte Velho
"I'll drink from the wine glass. If they have a problem with it, f**k 'em." Alrighty then!

Tasting Notes: My Wine and My Muse

Villicana Liquid Hope Rose
This would be fabulous with a weekend late evening summer dinner of salads, light meats, and other summer fare. It also pairs well with writing, because it's what I'm drinking now as I sit at the keyboard.

Sideways: A Decade Late. So Sue Me.

Yeah, yeah. I know I'm late to the party in getting on the Sideways bandwagon, but I don't care.

So What is a Bibliophilic Oenophile To Do?

Books and Wine
"Reading" the books by audio has been very satisfying and listening to Sideways is not my first rodeo.

Today’s Tasting Notes: 2013 Cep Hopkins Ranch RRV Sauv Blanc (Peay)

It isn't a world-changing wine, but it is one of the few California Sauv Blancs that I actually like. This is easily another Ernest Hemingway wine.

Beer People are Crazy – Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
While I've had coffee infused beer in the past, this particular stout will put hair on your chest. I'm grabbing tweezers.