Tomorrow we are on our way to Portland, Oregon to the 2012 North American Wine Bloggers Conference. We were lucky enough to attend the first one in Sonoma in 2008, and it was a hoot, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend the one hosted in Oregon, [...] Continue reading
In 2008, at the first North American Wine Blogger’s Conference, Alice Feiring gave a of the keynote. She closed her talk with the advice to “drink more Gamay. I am not sure that she is only reason that we have been drinking Gamay, but I know that we have [...] Continue reading
We tried 3 different wines this past week of interesting finds that we could recommend to just about anyone. Of course, these were in addition to our usual standbys that we share with our friends.
First, we had a white Chateaneuf from Alain Jaume, Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieux Terron 2009. The wine [...] Continue reading
Since Neil is writing a book on The History of Texas Wine we’ve been conducting some background research, so we went on a fact finding mission a couple of weeks ago. We chose the Hill Country Wine Trail, frankly, because it is closest to our house out of all [...] Continue reading
I have been working on a book about the history of Texas wine for what seems like an eternity (even longer according to my publisher). There were lots of reasons for the delay: I had a very large project at my day job; we had some family issues that [...] Continue reading
I never drink this wine without flashing back to the scene in Silence of the Lambs where Hannibal Lecter tells Clarise that he “…ate his liver with some fava beans and a fine chianti.” I mean that scene conjures up some fairly grotesque images in the mind; therefore, I [...] Continue reading
The Israeli restaurant, Zahav, was not the only culinary adventure we had while in Philadelphia. The first day we arrived, we walked to Rittenhouse Park and had the pleasure of dining at Parc – Restaurant, Bistro & Café on the square. As I am sure you can surmise it [...] Continue reading
We had an interesting and unusual wining and dining experience last night. We were visiting our wonderful friend and webmaster, Michael Waring, and had reservations at Zahav, a really hot Israeli restaurant on Society Hill in the Old Center City of Philadelphia. A super friendly chap was the sommelier [...] Continue reading
After gardening all morning, we decided to kick back at The Grove and have a flight and some appetizers for lunch. It was spectacular! Here’s a recap of our lovely lunch.
2009 Etz Gruner Veltliner
This wine was cool and clean with a spicy finish – just enough. It went [...] Continue reading
A couple of months ago, I came home to a nice surprise from UPS. It was a package from the famous Biltmore Estate Winery in Asheville, North Carolina. They had shipped WineEnabler a bottle of their bubbly and a bottle of their white table wine. Recently, we decided to [...] Continue reading
Recently, a friend of ours brought a nice little bottle of white wine over to the house and, lo and behold, it was from Texas. Lucky for us, the winery was only 27 miles from our house, so we hopped in the truck and headed out there last Sunday.
The [...] Continue reading
Another summer favorite has resurfaced this year and we couldn’t be more delighted. I am talking about a beautiful Muscadet from the Loire Valley produced by Domaine de la Quilla. The winemakers, Laurence and Gerard Vinet, “mature their wine on the lees and bottle it in the spring following the harvest.” The time spent on [...] Continue reading
Gruner Veltliner is often an overlooked wine, but is one of our favorites during the summer months. The one that we have tried this evening is a 2009 Singing Gruner Veltliner produced by a father-daughter team namely, Laurenz Maria Moser V. and Sophie Marie. The grape is indigenous to Austria and the winemaker describes the [...] Continue reading
“Let Elios White transport you to the sunny Mediterranean – a light, crisp and refreshing blend with complex citrus and floral aromas…..” I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly with the producer’s description of this wine and the best thing about it is it goes with just about everything. I have had it with [...] Continue reading
I love June because it reminds me of my youth when I got to go fishing, ride my horse and cook s’mores on a campfire at my parent’s ranch. Now it brings a different sense to me – it reminds me of bar-b-ques with friends and having that first pink wine of the year. You [...] Continue reading
I’m back! I know what you are thinking – it’s about time. That was quite a hiatus – a whole year. You got to be kidding! Oh well, people get busy and then decide it’s time to get back to the basics – like writing about wine and food. So here, I am!
After a fun [...] Continue reading
We were lucky enough to be invited to a fantastic wine tasting this past week at our favorite wine purveyor, The Austin Wine Merchant. I’m going to get right down to business and give you the skinny on the tasting. We tasted a total of eight 2007 Bordeaux wines, but I am only [...] Continue reading
My husband and I have been on a search for a nice summer white wine (even though we are ½ way the summer now) that is priced under $11. So, we decided to have our own private tasting recently with a selection of 3 different wines ranging from the low end at just under [...] Continue reading
More than a month ago a bottle of 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc appeared on my doorstep. Craig Camp of Cornerstone Cellars sent the wine to me to try. I always leave wine in my cellar for a month or so after it arrives, so the delay gives the wine time [...] Continue reading
I have always appreciated the wines from André Brunel. His wines from Les Cailloux in Châteauneuf du Pape can be outstanding. Brunel also produces a Côtes du Rhône from a small vineyard just outside the city of Orange. His Cuvée Sommelongue is 90% Grenache with 5% Syrah and Mourvèdre thrown in for [...] Continue reading
Recently, we were lucky enough to spend a delightful evening with a couple of friends celebrating one of their birthdays, and we decided to celebrate with food and wine from France. So, we started out the evening with a delightful little white called La Poule Blanche 2008. The producer describes this blend [...] Continue reading
Yesterday, we were out doing our usual Saturday errands, so we stopped by our favorite local wine purveyor, The Austin Wine Merchant. It turns out Lady Luck was on our side, and the store was having a tasting of Pinot Noirs, one of our favorites. They had a selection of four different Pinots [...] Continue reading
I am always on the lookout for a house wine. You know, the bottle you open on Tuesday night or maybe it is the second bottle you open when company stops by. A couple of weeks ago, a friend sent me home with a bottle of 2005 Chateau Greysac. I like the [...] Continue reading
I like sparkling wines. Bubbles are fun. Sparklers are made in just about every wine producing region, however, when they come from the Champagne region they come with a lot of history, tradition, and excessive profit margins! I love Champagnes, but with the price for most cuvees starting north of $30, they [...] Continue reading
Since we are not going to make the European Wine Bloggers Conference, we have been trying Portuguese wine – not that it will make-up for the fun we will be missing, but we had to do something. This weekend we tried a couple of bottles of Vinho Verde. Vinho Verde is a light, [...] Continue reading
With the economy continuing to struggle, interest in wines under $15 has exploded.
WineEnabler.com has tried to keep pace with this trend, so we were thrilled when I was asked to meet winemaker Adam Richardson, International wine director for Underdog Wine Merchants. Adam was in Austin to promote his latest venture with Underdog, Cupcake Vineyards. [...] Continue reading
On Wednesday, Rachael and I visited Parkside, which is located on 301 E 6th St in Austin, right smack in the heart of the 6th Street district. Presumably, we were meeting Justin of ModernWino.com there to talk shop about wine blogging. But in actuality, I think we were all the most excited about [...] Continue reading
I am continuing my slow walk toward membership in the De Long Wine Century Club. This weekend, I shared a bottle of 2006 Statti Calabria Gaglioppo ($23) outdoors at Mandola’s Italian Market in Austin. This wine is made from the Gaglioppo grape, which was light and refreshing, with plenty of fruit and a [...] Continue reading
As the holidays approach, WineEnabler.com is making every effort to keep you up to date on the best wine values available in Austin. In a previous post, we listed wine suggestions from the Austin-area experts from The Austin Wine Merchant, Grapevine Market, and Central Market.
This week we have wine selections from Molly Sheehan at [...] Continue reading
I keep a close eye on my wine prices. That doesn’t mean that I won’t pay for good wine, but I want to be sure that I know a bargain or a rip-off when I see one. Unfortunately, these days, bargains are harder to find. It seems that all the wine that [...] Continue reading