Booze reviews: We review a red, a white and a tequila
There are things in this world that are often described as stunning, such as mountain views, people and art. But rarely does wine get the same commendation, but that was the first thing that Mickey Werner, wine wiz at Alpine Wine and Spirits, said when I asked him what he thought of this wine stunning. And I would have to agree.The cabernet was smooth with great flavors of black cherry, tobacco and vanilla oak. The vineyards Web site describes it as Jammy fruit flirts with bitter chocolate. This is a description I can relate to sweet fruit matched with the tart; the wine is meticulously balanced with complex flavors that never get too heavy.Werner said that this vintage (2002) is so good because that years growing season was ideal long, slow and consistent. The wine is made from vines grown in the northeast part of the Napa Valley, where it received western sun. The estate is located on the sides of the valley not the floor. Being higher up it got warmer in the day and colder at night. Apparently, that is just how the wine likes it.WIth a price tag of $75, this is wine for a special occasion, not just to have after a day at work. It could be the final touch on that special night you have been thinking about. The wine will shine with roasted lamb chops or a good rib eye steak. When you are ready to indulge, find this remarkable wine. Jessica Slosberg, Daily Staff Writer
If youre a staunch pinot grigio drinker it might do you good to branch out and try this wine. Thats exactly how Jarrett Osborn, wine guy at Riverwalk Wine and Spirits in Edwards, sells this wine, he said. The Verdicchio grape is a light, crisp grape from the Marche region of Italy and it produces wine very similar to pinot grigio.This wine has more of a mineral characteristic, which you get from higher end pinot grigios, but usually not in that $13 range, Osborn said. The acidity in the wine cuts through creamy sauces quite well, Osborn said, so try it alongside a vegetable pasta with a light alfredo cream sauce. It would also pair well with shellfish, raw oysters or light chicken dishes.Be sure to check out the label on this wine it features a woman from Botticellis masterpiece The Birth of Venus. And if you look closely, you can even catch a glimpse of her nipple, which is generally a no no when it comes to passing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms inspection. This wine label must have snuck through, much like the spelling of white (they spelled it DRY WITHE WINE) on the back label did. Caramie Schnell, Arts & Entertainment Editor
Lets get one thing straight right out of the gate I dont drink tequila without training wheels, i.e., a dash of salt on my hand and a wedge of lime waiting. Well it turns out thats because Ive never had tequila worth sipping. The word tequila used to conjure up visions of college town dive bars. Not this tequila. This Mexican spirit, made from 100 percent blue agave and then aged 11 months, is surely the sipping sort. Its smooth going down, and though theres still a little burn, it leaves a pleasant aftertaste in your mouth.No, I wouldnt mix it in margaritas, really, said Geoff Moser, a manager at Riverwalk Wine and Spirits in Edwards. Its smooth because its reposado. Its aged in oak barrels, so you get more of the wood flavor. (Herradura) matches up to the top tequilas out there.The Herradura estate is on the high plains of Jalisco, at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The same family has been bottling tequila, made from blue agave harvested at its prime, for five generations. Caramie Schnell, Arts & Entertainment Editor
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