Friday, March 31, 2006
You can ask for both of these at your favorite wine store anywhere in Texas...both under $20 a bottle.
Cheers - Ali
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
When Nick was down working (skiing?) in Argentina last summer, he called Ed (Ed and Nick own Vine Connections) about how the mapema boys had whipped out a fantastic Sauvignon Blanc during his visit. So Ed tasted it last October and, well, it was super!! Mendoza is generally too hot for good SB, but mapema has tracked down a small, old-vine parcel at 3700 feet in Tupungato and made a delicious, crisp, beautifully textured wine.
Production was 1,000 cases and America gets 800, but at $12.99 suggested retail, supply will not be endless, so don’t delay. Great package too (similar to the current wines, but on a really cool, deep orange background color— no, you don't have to be a Longhorn to enjoy this beauty!). Cheers - Ali
Monday, March 27, 2006
As I posted last week - Whole Foods across Texas has the 2002 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir library edition and 2003 Olivet Lane Chardonnay on sale right now. Look for the stacks or just ask a wine specialist for direction...Cheers! Ali
Sunday, March 26, 2006
We are not saving lives; we as wine pros are adding happiness and enjoyment to lives – boy we have it really good! I look at each day as a true blessing. Greed and power can really mess up the clear picture, maybe the deepest valleys and ditches I’ve climbed out of over the past 33 years keeps it real for me. What keeps it real for you I ask? If being in the wine business is just a job – then move along. Being a part of the wine industry is too special to not appreciate and enjoy its deepest and most respectful past and future joys.
Remember no matter who you are or what you are in charge of – the person in front of you may have conquered a world of adversity before ever meeting you. Keep it real folks. As a wine professional, I believe we should always keep in mind what generations before us sacrificed and gave their blood, sweat and tears for…we have it really good, in each and every sip…My 2 cents - Ali
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Crios Cabernet was also recently selected by Wine & Spirits Magazine as the #2 choice for the most popular Argentine wine poured while dining out! (Luca Chardonnay took the #1 spot!) Great Wine and Incredible Value!! Cheers - Ali
Friday, March 24, 2006
Pellegrini Family Vineyards 2002 Olivet Lane Pinot Noir. Yes, Whole Foods stores across Texas has the 2002 in the spotlight this spring. TexaCali Wine Co. is conducting tastings each weekend throughout April.
This Saturday afternoon please stop by the Whole Foods in Plano where I will be tasting the crowd on this special 2002 Vintage Pinot Noir and the current 2003 Olivet Lane Chardonnay. Both wines are on sale - so load up! Cheers - Ali
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Tikal Patriota was selected by Spec's resident STUD, Mr. Bill Coates as a great value wine from Argentina. "Argentina has arrived and is a wine region to take seriously", said Bill this morning on Channel 4's Good Morning Houston TV Show. Too bad he was interrupted for a segment on men's shoes...have you seen his vintage Harley Davidson boots he sports by the way - they are the coolest...
Tikal Patriota facts:
Varietal Composition: 60% Bonarda, 40% Malbec
Vineyard Locations: Rivadavia, La Consulta, Gualtalary
Avg. Vineyard Elev.: 2,840 feet
Avg. Age of Vines: 42 years
Harvest Method: Hand-harvested
Press Handling: No press wine
Oak Regimen: 12 months in 20% new French, 50% second-use French, and 30% second-use American barriques
Case Production: 3000 cases
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
Under 3500 cases produced, so grab'em now while there is plenty of inventory in Texas! Cheers - Ali
Friday, March 17, 2006
It's almost 1 in the morning and we just uncorked the new release of new Davis Family Wines. We are killing it at In Vino Veritas in San Angelo - the HEART OF TEXAS. Picture the shot on the left with over 12 Texans and 1 California Winemaker hanging out...GREAT STUFF! Cheers - Ali www.davisfamilyvineyards.com
Thursday, March 16, 2006
So if you are in charge of your restaurant's wine list, I hope you have Luca and Susana Balbo standing tall. If you are a regular on the restaurant scene, you can count on Luca and Susana Balbo wines to impress.
I've been trying my best to tell everyone this for a long time now!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheers - Ali
In Vino Veritas is featuring Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon new releases. The fee is $50.00 per person and the event starts at 6:30, with a meal served at 7:00. Spaces are limited so call and make your reservations soon!325-223-1045 This event is going to ROCK! http://www.invinoveritaswines.com/ Cheers - Ali
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Southlake: Tuesday March 21st, Michael Anthony’s @ 7pm, the cost is $125.00 per person Reservations 817.749.0377 Limited Seating.
Cheers - ALI
Monday, March 13, 2006
visiting Texas this weekend and next week! Davis Family Wine dinners and tastings are being held in Houston, San Angelo, Austin and Southlake...I'll have all the details for everyone tomorrow - Inner Circle - stay tuned, Ali
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
WINES OF SOUTH AMERICA
After Tasting many wines from loads of wineries, here are some highlights with my ratings. (Bill Coates and Laura Catena pictured on the left)
Ben Marco Malbec 2004-Beautiful purple color with perfumed aromas of ripe red fruits and roasted coffee beans. It is lush, bull-bodied and penetrating on the palate with loads of chewy, currant jam flavors, bright acidity, and a touch of grip on the almost savory finish. 92 rated
Luca Chardonnay 2004-Beautiful pale-gold color with enticing aromas of lemon crÃ¨me, baking spices and lightly grilled brioche. The aromas carry through to the palate, and are joined by hints of tropical fruit, spiced baked pear, and a stony/mineral flavor that creates a stylish wine that seems part New and part Old World. Finishes long with just a kiss of oak. This Chard has a lot of flavor, but manages never to lose its balance. 94 rated
Crios Torrontes 2005-Enticing aromas that are strikingly similar to Viognier, with hints of peach pit, flowers, and orange citrus fruit. On the palate, it has a beautiful structure and acidity along with enticing fruit flavors that keep you coming back for another sip and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry, this wine has to be tasted to be believed. 91 rated
Tikal Patriota 2004-Aromas of bright berry/cherry fruit and electric-purple color. Like swallowing a whole bowl of mixed ripe berries at once. Big body yet very balanced, with luscious layers of raspberry, cherry, and cocoa flavors. Just a hint of baking spice at the end brings it all together. Pairs well with grilled meats such as beef and pork, smoked ham, and even pizza with meat toppings. Incredibly fun to drink! 93 rated
Tikal Amorio Malbec 2004-Aromas of smoky oak and cherry. Mouthwatering, penetrating flavors of ripe red and black cherries, red berries. Quite rich and velvety on the palate. 95 Rated
LUCA PINOT NOIR 2002-Beautiful medium-red color and aromas of wild strawberries, saddle leather and grilled nuts. A complex Pinot with notes of leather, spice, grilled toast and cherry/raspberry confiture on the palate. Amazing aroma and pure Pinot flavor such a young-vine Pinot. Pairs well with foods such as lamb chops, grilled salmon, roasted duck or chicken, and game birds. Pinot lovers may just go ahead and drink it by itself.
BUDINI MALBEC 2003-Dark red/purple color. Very perfumed with aromas of ripe black cherries. Full and fleshy in the mouth with loads of ripe and spicy red and black fruits. Great structure with loads of ripe, fleshy tannins, and a long, long finish. Wow!
Read more here http://hometown.aol.com/sailor306/myhomepage/index.html Cheers! Ali
All in all the trip was a wonderful experience, I"ll upload pictures on www.texacaliwine.com later today. The shot above is me at Kaetsu Shuzo brewery stirring some fermenting Sake in guest slippers. More soon, I'm dealing with a great big wave of jetlag right now - Ali