Tuesday, April 10, 2018
I've thoroughly enjoyed tasting the "Readers" wines over the past 45 days and I'm so pleased every time I have the opportunity to do so. This 2014 vintage from Bookwalter Winery stands up to Cabernet blends that are easily twice the price. While I am a staunch supporter of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the blends that have been coming out of the west coast for the past 10-12 years have really helped pull in more non-traditional red wine drinkers and in many cases, have helped create wines that are more flavorful and expressive. This blend boasts blackberry jam, dusty library books and a distinct mocha aroma that is reminiscent of your favorite coffee shop. In the mouth is a solid wine that doesn't feel tight or young at all, but rather more mature than it is with predominant flavors of blackberry, wet stone and steak seasoning. In the glass, this wine has sexy legs and a color that puts a smile on your face. The Readers branded wines are an exceptional value.
Columbia Valley & Yakima Valley, Washington
Suggested retail price: $28.00
Drink The Bottles score: 89/100
Sunday, March 25, 2018
What do you see here? Champagne! No. It's sparkling wine. But we don't need to get into the whole conversation about sparkling wine and Champagne right now, do we? If you want to know the history behind it and why this is sparkling wine....perform a quick Google search. Now, me personally.....if someone says they are serving Champagne with hors d'oeuvres at brunch, well, I'm not going to get mad at them when it's American sparkling wine nor am I going to correct them. In many cases, sparking wine has much more appeal than several Champagne I've tried over the years, both in flavor and price point. This NV Treveri Cellars Brut Blanc de Blancs is made in the Champagne style and expresses green apple and a beautifully balanced warm bread yeasty flavor that is delicious. Beautiful pale golden color (this is a Chardonnay blend). Micro bubbles help lift and muted apple and pear aromas and when served slightly chilled, this sparking wine is refreshing and an excellent pairing with finger foods like smoked salmon on toast points. Here's a fact I just found out about Treveri Cellars: Their wines have been served at the White House. I think that says a lot about the quality and popularity. And for the value, you'd be remiss not to have a couple of bottles lying around for your Sunday brunch.
Yakima Valley, Washington
Suggested retail price: $15.00
Drink The Bottles score: 87/100
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