Thursday, January 31, 2013

My Half Full Glass - January 31st, 2013

I'm going all wine this week. I'll circle back on a few other items folks who were at my house might (or might not) remember. I'm without power as I write this, but with the generator humming away I can both work AND share my beverage adventures in the wonderful ambiance that is New England weather!

Wines from Trione

Before Christmas Lori from Trione reached out to me to ask if I was familiar with the wines from Trione Winery, a relatively new winery (7 yrs) from a family of long-time grape growers and farmers in Sonoma County, CA. I replied that I was not and a few weeks later I got a sampler with six different wines to sample. Thank you Lori!

The sampler included whites and reds which were organized in the following order:
  • 2010 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2008 Russian River Valley Chardonnay
  • 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • 2008 Russian River Valley Syrah
  • 2007 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2007 Alexander Valley Red Wine
My favorite red was the "Red Wine", a Meritage/Bourdeaux style blend that is put together nicely. It was rich and full and plenty earthy. While a very tart wine, the long finish was slightly sweet. The fruits trended from bright red to purple/black and the nose was slightly herbal.

Both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were notable for the lighter style wines. The Chard is oaked, but does have a nicely balanced grilled fruit palate. The Pinot is tart, abundantly fruity with a smooth finish.

All the wines were well made, and any of them would be expected to show well in more recent vintages, something needed by the taster to help sharpen focus and understand of the house style.

Update on the Ancient Fire Spiced Wine

The spiced wine I made on a whim in the Fall has turned out to be more versatile and interesting than we thought. My initial review didn't have say a whole lot, and certainly nothing that would get a reader to jump at trying it unless no other options existed. The tartness in one of the bottles I sampled had me worried that I was going to need to doctor this wine for service. Well, that is sort of the point to how it came to be in the first place, so why did I mention this again?

Because a second and third bottle were sweet, spicy and exactly what I was hoping for. But that doesn't mean doing something even more "non-traditional" with this wine shouldn't be attempted.

But "non-traditional" where and to whom? Maybe to some people in parts of the United States, but what I'm about to do isn't non-traditional in many places around the world (Spain for example) and since it is also so good I highly recommend it! Let's drink us some red wine and cola!

I first saw the concoction on an episode of No Reservations when Anthony Bourdain was tracing his family roots to Uruguay.

Ancient Fire Spiced Wine Soda
  • 1 pint glass
  • 8 oz Ancient Fire Spiced Wine
  • 8 oz Original Coca-Cola
Spiced wine on tap is the first thing that comes to mind. It really is delicious. I wouldn't do this with expensive wines, unless they had been open a couple days already, and wines that aren't balanced on their own might not  blend well with the Cola.



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