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.

Wine By Joe 2010 Pinot Gris

26 Nov

image (3) I’m not sure how but my notes have been deleted on my Ipod touch, which is where I take all my wine notes, so I don’t remember exactly what I thought when I tried this wine last Friday. This 2010 Wine By Joe Pinot Gris from Oregon was a gift from my grandfather, whose name is also Joe. It looks like it cost about $14 depending on where you find it, and I believe it was around 13% ABV. I think it smelled much better than it tasted. It was light with notes of pineapple and I can’t remember what else; it smelled sweet. It tasted pretty tart with a sharp finish, but also like it was watered down. It is a few years old so it might be past it’s prime. It was okay, but then again white wine isn’t my favorite.

Thanksgiving Pie Wine Pairing

25 Nov

I just realized it’s almost been 2 full months since I’ve blogged so I figured it was about time I make a new post. I saw this awesome infographic postedthanksgiving-pie-wine-pairing-chart by through Facebook yesterday that gives wine pairings for Thanksgiving pies. Yes, it made my mouth water. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year, plus wine, equals so much delicious. Personally I will be drinking Cooper’s Hawk Almond Sparkling wine that I picked up on my recent visit there with absolutely everything I will be eating tomorrow. Too bad sparkling wine isn’t on the list. Here is what the chart suggested:

-Pumpkin pie & Riesling

-Blueberry pie & California Cabernet

-Sweet potato pie & Gewurztraminer

-Apple pie & Chardonnay

-Peanut butter pie & Pinot Noir

-Chocolate cream pie & Zinfandel

-Lemon meringue pie & Pinot Grigio

-Key lime pie & Sauvignon Blanc

-Pear pie & Chenin Blanc

-Pecan pie & Port

-Cherry pie & Gamay

Happy Thanksgiving & Cheers!

Tunnel of Elms Merlot

21 Sep

IMG_8225I finally opened one of the bottles of California wine my aunt brought with her as a gift when we had a mini family reunion in Massachusetts a few months ago. This Tunnel of Elms Merlot is 13.5% ABV and very smooth. Bold and spicy as a Merlot should be, but not too strong of tannins, almost on the sweeter side. Nice finish, not too dry or bitter. Almost fruity. This would be a good introductory Merlot for someone who isn’t used to very dry wines.

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.

Carolina Vineyards Red Raspberry

23 Aug

So when we were on our way back from our recent trip to Massachusetts, we stopped at a gas station in South Carolina and I picked up a bottle of IMG_3230Carolina Vineyards Red Raspberry wine for $12.99.  I had no idea what to expect but knew I was definitely not going to find this wine in Florida and thought it was worth a try. I chilled it and brought it to share at shabbat dinner with my friends last Friday and it went over pretty well. I would compare it to a Keel & Curley wine; sweet, light and fruity. It’s a perfect summer wine. I’m guessing you could order it online to be shipped to you if you really wanted to try it, but you would be just as satisfied picking up a bottle of Keel & Curley.