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Aromas of Wine

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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.

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Keel & Curley wine tasting

22 Jun

It’s funny, I checked my blog and the last time I went to Keel & Curley Winery was a year ago last month. I guess it was time for their annual check up. I went yesterday and they’ve only changed a little. It now costs $6 to taste all 12 of their wines, and you get to keep the wine glass with their logo on it.

I compared my wine list from the one I kept when I visited last year because i’m nostalgic like that. Now they have two blackberry wines, a dry and a sweet. All of the blueberry and blackberry wines are made with 100% blueberries or blackberries, no grapes. I love blackberries but I wasn’t a big fan of the blackberry wine. It had a yeasty smell and didn’t taste as much like a blackberry as I was expecting. The blueberry wines have twice the antioxidants of regular wine so it’s good for you too.

All of their fusion wines are 80% grape/20% fruit. They no longer produce the Mango Mama which included 8 different types of white grapes. Their list includes a new ice wine called Monica’s Florida Frost. It is too sweet to drink much of unless you were pairing it with dessert, which is why they call it a dessert wine. They get all of their grapes from California except the grapes for the ice wine which come from the Canadian part of the Niagara, if it’s cold enough.

I enjoyed all of their wines with the exception of the ice wine; it was just too sweet for my liking. If you are the type of person who doesn’t like the taste of wine that much, you will enjoy Keel & Curley’s wines. They taste so fruity, but not too sweet. It’s almost like drinking juice.

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Wine tasting at Keel & Curley Winery.

Lakeridge Winery

27 Feb

I finally got to visit Lakeridge Winery in the rolling hills of Clermont this past Saturday with some friends. I’ve been wanting to go to this place for about a year now, I just never got around to it. This is by far the largest winery i’ve been to in Florida. They have machines that shake the grapes off of their 127 acre vineyard and huge vats of wine. Bigger doesn’t always mean better, though. The largeness of the group tour (about 30 or more people every 15 minutes or so) takes away from the intimacy you get when the owner and winemaker himself gets to take you on a tour, like at the Rosa Fiorelli Winery in Manatee county.

The tours and tastings are complimentary making the trip worthwhile. Another letdown for me was the fact that they didn’t provide palette cleansers between the wines they served you to taste. Now I don’t claim to know too much about wine, but as a basic, if you don’t cleanse your palette between wines, you’re not getting the full taste of the wine. They gave us 8 different wines to try starting with the drys and moving to the sweets, as they should. The prices are reasonable with the cheapest being $7.99 for the Chablis and Sunblush and the most expensive being $16.99 for their Pink Crescendo (delicious sparkling wine) and Proprietor’s Reserve.

One thing I noticed during the tasting is that the Muscadine grape indigenous to Florida, which is what they make most of their wines from, has a very gasoline-like smell to it. After the tasting I decided to buy a bottle of the Cuvee Noir Reserve, their driest red wine. It has a deep red color in the glass and a fruity smell. Once you taste it, it’s not too harsh on the palette with a warm, light tannin finish. 12% alcohol by volume at $10.99 a bottle, I can afford. While shopping I also saw a small bottle of 100% Muscadine Grape Juice, which I thought was ingenious since i’ve always wanted to know what the grape tasted like before fermentation, so of course I bought a bottle, it was only $1.50 or so. It tasted like a white grape juice, not too sweet, with it’s own flavor. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Lakeridge Winery.

The olfactory pathway of wine from bottle to brain

18 Sep

I was doing some reading in my old textbook for my wine tasting class, Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, and came across this interesting description of what happens during the process of smelling wine. The steps are below, enjoy!:

  • We open the bottle, in happy anticipation.
  • We pour the wine into a proper glass.
  • We swirl the glass to release the wine’s aroma.
  • We inhale the wine’s bouquet deeply and repeatedly.
  • Chemical components-esters, ethers, aldehydes, etc.-in the wines swirl upward through the nostrils on currents of air.
  • Midway up the nose, millions of olfactory receptor neurons (olfactory epithelium), with their specialized protein receptors, bind the odorants that form the components of the specific wine profile.
  • Interaction of the specific odor molecules matched with the right receptor causes the receptor to change shape. 
  • This change gives rise to an electrical signal that goes first to the olfactory bulbs and then to the areas of the brain that convert the electrical signal to the identification of a smell, or group of smells.
  • The brain associates the smell(s) with perception, impressions, emotions, memories, knowledge, and more.