Monday, April 30, 2007
Here's a sneak peak of the new home page...
So stay tuned, I'm off to Houston for the next 3 days, hope to launch the new site by the weekend.
Check back tomorrow - May 1 for a VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Cheers - Ali
Saturday, April 28, 2007
I'll be representing Handley Cellars at the Dallas Food and Wine Festival
- Please join us at Abacus at 1:00 - 2:15 for the "Summer Splash - Global Styles of Sauvignon Blanc"
More information on their website .
Oh the joy of I-35 on a Saturday morning....Ali
Friday, April 27, 2007
THE bottle to buy this weekend, come on - everyone's doing so! It's available all over Texas - just ask your favorite wine shop to chill it down for you!
Tasting Notes/Food Pairing Suggestions
A beautiful, deep, vibrant rosé color. Has a surprising amount of glycerin and body for a rosé wine, and beautiful aromas of fresh, ripe wild strawberries. On the palate, the flavors of strawberries and cherries come rushing in, accompanied by some spice notes and a clean, dry finish. This is the wine to serve with warm-weather meals when there is a mix of traditional white & red wine foods. Keep one in the fridge at all times and you’ll always have a delicious wine to enjoy with light snacks and cheeses. Best consumed in its youth.
About the Name/Label
Crios means "offspring" (as in children). Susana selected a word to express the notion that these are wines that haven’t quite "grown up" to the same level of quality and maturity as her more expensive Susana Balbo label wines, but they receive the same loving care and attention throughout the winemaking process. The label features a series of three connected and overlapping hands, an image inspired by a Mayan artifact. The three hands represent Susana and her two children.
Cheers - Ali
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
So we drove up to Dallas to meet with a few restaurant accounts as well as the Sigel's Fine Wine staff. It was a rainy and dreary day - thank goodness we had such amazing wine to talk about and taste all day - truly the sunshine we needed!
The Sigel's customer tasting at the Greenville Ave. store was a wonderful success - over 50 folks came out in the rain (and a Stars Game night!) to taste Jo's chenin blanc and to meet the man in person. All of his wines tasted absolutely beautiful, now I totally understand why the greats of Burgundy look up to this man!
To make Jo's time in Texas just about perfect, we dined at Lola on Tuesday night. As always, a perfect meal, amazing wine and a true delight to sit and talk with Van - the owner over the Pithon collection.
Jo Pithon wines are available at Sigel's in Dallas - and soon at The Austin Wine Merchant for those in my hood! Have a good weekend - Ali
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Here's the list of medal winners:
- Crios Torrontes - Argentina
- Fort Ross Pinotage - Sonoma Coast - California
- Fort Ross Chardonnay - Sonoma Coast - California
- Fort Ross Pinot Noir - Somoma Coast
- Tikal Patriota - Argentina
- Crios Syrah Bonarda -
- Davis Family Vineyards Barn d'Or (Syrah/Cab blend) -
California DavisFamily Vineyards Syrah - Russian River- California DavisFamily Vineyards Pinot Noir - Russian River DavisFamily Vineyards "Gusto" Sauvignon Blanc - New Zealand DavisFamily Vineyards Chardonnay - Dutton Ranch - California
- Handley Cellars Zinfandel
- Handley Sauvignon Blanc -
Anderson Valley, California
- Handley Chardonnay -
Anderson Valley California
- BenMarco Malbec -
Argentina Crios Malbec – Argentina
- Generations of
Sonoma HWY12 - (Cab, Cab Franc, Merlot blend) Sonoma California
Stay tuned for more info! Cheers - Ali (photo credit: EVANS CAGLAGE / DMN)
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Mendel is fast becoming a favorite among Texas Malbec drinkers!
Mendel Malbec Clip
Cheers - Ali
PS...thanks for all your emails over the past few days, I'll be back in my office to answer them all on Thursday!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Who is Jo Pithon you ask? He is a treasure on loan from the Loire Valley. If you don't know anything about Chenin Blanc from France or if you are an aficionado - you won't want to miss tasting the GORGEOUS Pithon wines. We will have a selection of 3 dry wines and 2 sweet labels open for this special offering.
Here's a little background on this character from Gunsmoke looking genius...“Pithon and his colleagues should be applauded for attempting to push the quality envelope.”
"Mastermind of Chenin Blanc”
Founded in 1978, Domaine Jo Pithon is situated on 12 hectares in the
This event is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for any lover of wine! See you there, Ali
This is the first and only
Oh but the wine ---- so delicious!
A little tidbit…Don and Wendy Lange settled in the Dundee Hills of
Pinot Gris 2005
3000 cases produced
100% stainless steel and little to no RS makes for a great, dry pinot gri"gio" style gris. Lange was only the fourth winery in the USofA to produce a singe-varietal Pinot Gris.
Chardonnay 2005 "Reserve"
400 cases produced
50/50 stainless steel to oak with minimal malo results in a vibrant, tropical chard that shows off pear and melon instead of a tongue depressor dipped in Land-O-Lakes.
Pinot Noir 2005 "Three Hills Cuvee"
600 cases produced (6pk)
13 months in French oak, 40% new...13.5% alcohol...so far so good...sources from Lange Estate in Dundee Hills, Freedom Hill and Yamhill (Three Hills)...a little slice of the valley.
Pinot Noir 2005 "Dundee Hills"
400 cases produced (6pk)
same oak treatment; this is Lange Estate fruit from their holding in the Dundee Hills...possibly the best example of Oregon Pinot Noir that Lange has to offer. Tremendous.
Pinot Noir 2005 "Freedom Hill"
400 cases produced (6pk)
same oak treatment; while this is Lange's 11th vintage with Freedom Hill namesake bottling, they've been using fruit from this vineyard site since 1990. I have a feeling they know what they're doing with it. Enjoy.
Very EXCITING!!! www.langewinery.com
Cheers - Ali
PS - Big thanks to JI for helping with the wine tasting notes today!