10 Jun 2015

Brown Bag Wine Tasting With William Shatner - The Ray Isle Episode

Our good friends at Ora TV brought this episode to our attention. We have been following the Brown Bag Wine Tasting series regularly. William Shatner is a Canadian legend/hero/genius and on and on it goes and for him to do a wine tasting series in this format is amazing. So awesome and if you only watch the episode below you are really missing out. One of the unique parts of the show is he asks guests to describe wines without using wine lingo and using words from the guests area of expertise. You'll see what we mean in the episode.

His guest below Ray Isle is the Executive Wine Editor for Food & Wine and also the co-host of a PBS show that we REALLY loved called Vine Talk.  If you've never watched THAT series you are also missing out. Ray co-hosted with Stanley Tucci and it is a really cool look at wine and wine tasting with some famous guests (but that's another post for another day).

Other than being an entertaining episode in general, Ray talks about tasting wine recovered from a Civil War era ship off of Bermuda that he considers to be one of the worst things he ever tasted. We'll let him tell you the rest. Give it a watch and then go back into the episode guide and watch the rest and then go watch all the episodes of Vine Talk.

We'd love to know what you think. Leave a comment.

Keep on tasting!

Chris & Shannon

6 Jun 2015

Wine Pairing Infographic

Adam at CorrChilled (a kitchen and catering equipment company in the UK) sent us this infographic and we thought it was worth sharing. We always love having easy to reference pairing information available to folks trying to decide what wine might go best with dinner.

So enjoy and we hope it helps...

Source - https://www.corrchilled.co.uk

Keep on tasting!

Chris & Shannon

27 Apr 2015

Wine Review - 2010 Borsao Crianza: Mmmmm Espresso

We had this wine many years ago when we lived in the US and we remember enjoying it.  From Bodegas Borsao and the Campo de Borja region, this is a 60% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon blend which has been aged in oak for at least 8 months and then bottle aged for an additional 14 months.  It is this patience before going to market that makes this such a good wine.

A medium bodied wine with deep purple colouring it certainly is showing it's age with some nice mahogany edges.  It looks really great and cascades down the glass in a sheet.  Extremely nice looking wine especially after a swirl.

Chocolate AND vanilla bean hit you immediately when you stick your nose right in there.  That is quickly followed by plums and some toasty oak notes. A solid bouquet that makes one think the wine is earthier than it is but very nice.

There are cherries and a recurrence of the chocolate on the palate but this time there is a nuttiness in the wine as opposed to vanilla notes from the nose.  This wine is very close to having a great balance but the mid-point tannins are a touch bitter.  That said there is a nice strong espresso finish that lingers on the tongue.  Nice drinking wine and without the bitter mid-palate it would have pushed it from being a good to a great wine.

   Tasting Notes: Score:
Sight (0-5) Medium bodied and dark purple with mahogany edges. 4.25
Smell (0-5) Chocolate and vanilla with plums and toasted oak notes. 4.0
Taste (0-10) Cherries and chocolate come through with a nuttiness on the tongue. Bitter mid-palate transitions into an espresso finish. 8.5
  Total: 16.5 / 20 (82.5%)

This is a $18.50 wine locally and that feels like a good price point.  We're no wine makers but if that bitterness was toned down just a bit this wine would have been fantastic.

Keep on tasting!

Chris & Shannon