Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Winey Tasting Notes: A Wine After My Own Heart: Ann's White Wine

Judging by the gifts that The Winey Children bought for The Winey Hubby and I this past Christmas, we can honestly say that we have taught them well when it comes to choosing presents. The Winey Hubby has very good taste when it comes to shopping. He has his artist mother's eye for decorating and choosing things like artwork, china, table linens and furniture. And I am a big advocate of the "buy fewer but buy quality - especially if you can get it on sale" shopping school (I love me a good sale hunt). The Winey Kids have taken the best of these lessons and become very good and thoughtful shoppers.

Elon University Wine Glass, Callaghan Vineyards Ann's White Blend
My presents!
For instance, The Winey Daughter was able to find me a gold and maroon Elon University wine glass for Christmas. It is oversized and long-stemmed and I just love it! The Winey Son is old enough to buy wine as presents now, and in exploring his temporary digs in Arizona, found Callaghan Vineyards and another amazing Christmas gift: Ann's Selection White Wine (2010, 13.5%, Elgin, Arizona). Yes, a wine named after ME!! OK, maybe not me in particular, but hey, it says Ann's right there on the label and that is all that matters to me! How great is that?

Ann's is a white blend, and Callaghan says it is made up of "equal parts Grenache Blanc, Verdelho, Symphony (Muscat x Grenache Blanc), Marsanne and Roussanne." It's also an unfiltered wine (meaning that it doesn't go through the process to make it see-through wine. So while it has a sunny golden-yellow color, it isn't "crystal clear". It's also totally barrel fermented in French Oak, which gives it a creamy feel and taste.

Ann's starts out with faint aromas of ripe pears. The flavors of yellow apples, golden pears, starfruit and cinnamon are dominant and it finishes up with a sour, tart taste. To expound on that "creamy" feel, I'd describe this wine as "round". It's not as satiny full as a Chardonnay. It has a lighter feel to it even though it has many of the same flavors you'd expect in a Chardonnay. (It paired nicely with the Elon glass, by the way.)

Ann's is currently available to buy from Callaghan's on-line store (check to make sure they can ship to your state AND note that they will only ship wine from November-March, thanks to the hot Arizona weather). You will love it as much as I did if you like your a smooth, creamy white with lots of mellow fruit flavors. It would pair wonderfully with roast chicken or a pasta dish with a creamy (not tomato) sauce.

I wonder what other amazing gifts The Winey Kiddos will find for me in the future? I think I cannot wait for Mother's Day!

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Winey Tasting Notes: Wyandotte Winery's Vin de Cacao for Valentine's Day 2015

Vin de Cacao Chocolate Red WineAhh....Valentine's Day. One of my favorite times of the year.  And when I refer to favorite, I am NOT talking about roses or fluffy heart pillows or little cupids flying around shooting at us. When I say favorite I am referring to  chocolate and wine. Together. Because there's no other time of the year when you are practically obligated to nibble on chocolate and sip wine. Know what's even better? When they come in the same bottle, as they do when Ohio's Wyandotte Winery makes their Vin De Cacao. My friends at Ohio Cellars (a Grove City, OH business that champions Ohio wine and beer and makes them available online to us all, bless their heart) sent me a bottle for my sipping pleasure.

But first a little quiz: what words do you think of when I mention "chocolate wine"? I'll bet "sweet" and "thick" come to mind. But go ahead and banish those words right now. Are they gone? Good, we will continue with my review then.

Vin de Cacao (NV, 12%, Columbus, OH) is a very pretty garnet red color and gives off a nose of milk chocolate and cherries. It's not an overwhelming nose, either. It's just a light whiff of those yummy aromas. The first sip brings you flavors of cherries with a line of mocha running through them. The cherries aren't the sweet ones - they are the tart cherry flavor of riper, darker cherries instead of the smaller, bright red cherries. The mocha is smooth and velvety and it plays very nicely with the cherry. There's a crisp little bite of light tannin at the end of it all too.

Vin de Cacao Chocolate Red Wine labelNot too much red, not too much chocolate....this is a great blend of the two.  Can you see why I wanted you to get away from thick and syrupy when I said chocolate wine? Nothing like that here - the wine feels like a smooth ribbon of silk. Wyandotte classifies this wine as a semi-sweet red infused with chocolate, and they are spot on with the blending of the two. The red wine is bright and the chocolate is rich, making them the perfect Valentine's Day couple.

Buy this wine if you want a different sipping treat. Whether you fall on the sweet or dry side of the red spectrum, I can almost guarantee you'll enjoy it.

A bottle of Vin de Cacao will run you less than $20, which will leave you with plenty of cash left over to buy your sweetie something else. May I suggest a second bottle?

Happy Valentine's Day! Cheers!


Want to try more chocolate wines? Check out my review of Chocolate Shop Chocolate Red Wine


I was given this wine for review purposes. The opinions are all my own.


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