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Psagot Shiraz 2001 & More

2 Mar

IMG_8241I failed to realize how long it’s actually been since i’ve posted anything. Sadly I don’t have any tasting notes on these two wines, but I will tell you what I remember. The Psagot Shiraz 2001 vintage was the wine I brought back with me from my trip to Israel in May of last year. I don’t remember how much it cost but I think it may have come out to around $30 for the bottle.


Psagot Winery tasting room in Israel, May 2015. Photograph taken by myself.


It was a super cute boutique winery that had a short movie about the land as well as a 30 minute movie someone filmed to tell the story about how the winery started. Afterwards in the shop they were sampling this Shiraz in tiny pill bottle caps. I recently opened it for my birthday in February but got a cold and didn’t really get to enjoy it. From what I remember, it wasn’t super dry and nothing really memorable. Not sure i’d buy this one again.


The Ben Ami Chardonnay 2013 vintage, I can’t even remember when we opened this. Honestly, I don’t really like Chardonnay that much, but it definitely was one of the more tolerable Chardonnays i’ve tried. It looks like it’s about $15 at Total Wine, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Oh another wine I tried recently that I actually really liked was a Robertson Winery Pinot Noir 2013 vintage that my boss gave me for my birthday. I didn’t take notes on this one either, or even a good picture, because I was cooking when I opened it. From my research, it seems like you can find it for around $10. Now THAT is a good wine buy.


Tehama Oaks Winery Red Rock Red Wild West Blend 2011

10 Jan

IMG_0454I finally opened the last bottle of wine my aunt brought me from California. The bottle alone gave me the feeling that this was a small, local winery whose wine I wouldn’t be able to find around here, which made me excited. From Tehama Oaks Winery its label read: Red Rock Red, Wild West Blend, 2011 California Red Wine. On it’s website I found out it’s a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah and 5% Petite Syrah. It was named for the famous pro-rodeo bucking bull Red Rock, who is pictured on the label. At 12.46% ABV it cost $24, and I would absolutely pay that for it. While I don’t have specific tasting notes as I brought the bottle to a party and didn’t bother to analyze it closely, I can confidently say it is one of the best wines i’ve had in a long time. Very bold but smooth. It was a delicious blend. If I ever get a chance to visit my aunt I will definitely be checking out the winery and bringing a few bottles home.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

13 Sep

11039287_10153639623562650_6035191452863452582_nI finally made it to Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Tampa and it was everything I hoped and dreamed of, and more. A few friends and I had a ladies night out and the wine alone was worth the trip. You walk into a cute shop where you can buy or taste wine, then there is a separate bar area, and the dining area is also separate in the back with it’s own fancy ambiance. It was very modern and cute, but not very private. That was my only complaint; all the tables were very close together and I could just about see everyone in the whole dining room area. And no, it wasn’t because i’m as ta as a giraffe.

We started out with wine flights and at first I was confused why it cost $14 for four wines, but when I realized they were full pours I was happily surprised. Two of us went with the sparkling flight (including myself) and one of the girls ordered the desert wine flight. The sparkling flight included the Blanc de Blanc, Raspberry, Almond, and Peach wines. They were all extremely good, but we were all super 12026520_847738711978925_64502214_nimpressed with the almond. If you’ve never had almond champagne or sparkling wine before, it’s something you should try to find immediately. You will not be disappointed. I took home a bottle for $14.99. Worth every penny. The desert flight included Rhubarb, Peach, Sweet Red and Raspberry. Their wine list was them most extensive I’ve seen in awhile including just about every style of wine you could think of, including ice wine, plus some interesting flavors like rhubarb and passion fruit.

We were also blown away by the food. We were not expecting such good quality. I went with Dana’s Parmesan-Crusted Chicken that came with a side 11999024_1181703215189668_3953828204313261282_nof Betty’s Potatoes and garlic green beans for $17.99. I don’t usually eat a lot of meat and will eat half of a chicken breast and bring the rest home, but this was so flavorful I cleaned my entire plate. Even the shredded potatoes were so cheesy and delicious, I wished there was more of them.

But honestly, it’s a good thing I don’t live closer to this place or I would be broke. If you have a Cooper’s Hawk near you and you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend it.

Henscrach Farms Country Raspberry

27 Nov


Henscrach Farms in Lake Placid, Fla. is my favorite vineyard i’ve been to yet simply for the reason it also has animals, specifically chickens. It has over 200 free range Rhode Island Red and Plymouth Barred Rocks chickens, a goose, a huge pig, koi fish, and some muscadine and scuppernong grape trees and blueberry bushes. They show you where they make the wine on-site, and have an adorable country store with a wine tasting of 3 different wines for $1.

The type of wine they have rotates with the growing season. I brought home a bottle of Country Raspberry that is made with all raspberries and no grapes, if I remember correctly. I think it was about $12-15. It’s a fairly sweet wine that basically tastes like raspberry juice, and the best part is the bubbles. All the wines I tasted were nice; they also had a blueberry wine as IMG_4751well as a wine with port that had a high ABV but didn’t taste like it did, if that makes sense.

If you’re ever in Lake Placid, this place is worth the stop. They also sold eggs from the chickens, homemade jams and jellies, and adorable wine and kitchen accessories.

Cooper’s Hawk Raspberry Sparkling Wine

12 May

IMG_4192Even though i’m not a mother I had the most relaxing Mother’s Day yesterday. Nothing beats laying by the pool with a book and a glass of champagne, especially if it’s raspberry flavored. My mom wanted to crack open the bottle of sparkling wine her and my dad bought from Cooper’s Hawk at their anniversary dinner a few months ago. I’ve heard great things about this winery/restaurant and have been itching to go, but this wine was the clincher. It was the best sparkling wine I have yet to taste. Not too sweet,IMG_4191 not too dry with just the right amount of tart from the raspberry flavoring. From their website it looks like a bottle is $14.99 and I would definitely pay that, if it wasn’t so far away. Once I get around to visiting this place myself I will be sure to report back on the rest of their wines.


Rosa Fiorelli Florida Muscadine Blush 2010

8 Nov

image (2)A few weeks ago I visited the Rosa Fiorelli Winery in Bradenton again and it was still hot weather for October in Florida. Right now there were no grapes on the vine and the leaves were starting to go dormant and basically looked like they were dying. After a tour of the facilities and informative wine tasting I decided on two bottles to take home. I was enjoying some of the muscadine blush I purchased last night. It was $16.86 before tax and although it probably isn’t in a store near you unless you live in Bradenton, you can order their award winning wines online. It is made from native Floridian white triumph and red noble muscadine grapes. With 11.5% ABV it had very nice legs and quite an interesting


taste. Muscadine wines are very different from European grapes and it is kind of hard to compare the taste. The smell had hints of cherries, oranges and pears. Yes, pears. It was unique. Even the flavor was distinct and the only thing I could

think of was flowers with a little spice. I’ve never actually eaten a flower before but I imagine that’s what they would taste like. It’s a semi-sweet wine but I still think it’s finish is a little dry to drink alone. I would pair it with some seafood, chicken or chocolate. This would definitely make a good sangria. L’chaim!

Keel & Curley visit

7 Apr

This past Tuesday my best friend and I decided to stop by the Keel & Curley Winery for an afternoon tasting since it was the last day of unleavened bread and we couldn’t do anything productive anyway.

It was a little busier than I expected but I didn’t mind the bartender’s lack of customer service since it gave more time for conversation. I noticed they added a Wine Makers Reserve wine under their blackberry wines since my last visit, which wasn’t terrible but I wouldn’t buy a bottle of it.

I also noticed that instead of the previous 80%/20% grape to fruit ratio they now have a 90%/10% grape to fruit ratio. As I mentioned, I didn’t bother asking the busy bartender much about the wines but I did overhear her telling another group that all their wines were 12% abv.

I also noticed a sign in the corner mentioning something about a brewery that would be opening later this year. It was for some company I had never heard of so you know I will be checking it out and letting you know all about it.