Wednesday, October 31, 2007
All the very best from everyone at Medlock Ames. - Distributed in Texas by Avante Beverages.
Tonight however, I have a strong feeling that a few glasses of CRIOS Rose of Malbec will be joining me while dealing out the candy to all the neighborhood spooks (let's hope the crazies at the end of the block stay home!).
Cheers to a fun and festive evening ahead and how cute is my 4 month old nephew?!
Trick or Treat? - ALI
Monday, October 29, 2007
2005 BenMarco Malbec ($20) A small percentage of Bonarda gives this juicy, luscious Malbec a perfumey, floral note. It's made by Pedro Marchevsky, who may be the most respected viticulturist in Argentina. Marchevsky named his wine for his father, Marcos, who first taught him how to plant grapevines. Ray Isle - Food & Wine
"One of Pelligrini's labels, the Olivet Lane estate is situated on 65-acres of sloping benchland in the Russian River Valley. Most famous for the role it's played in Williams-Selyem's vineyard designated pinot noirs, the Olivet lane Estate Pinot Noir exhibits those same unmistakable characteristics: vibrant color, silky texture, elegant mouthfeel and upfront flavors of raspberry, red cherry and spice. Enjoyable now, this wine will continue to reward with age." $35.99
Pick up a case while you can folks, like past vintages, I'm certain that this beauty will sell-out quickly! Cheers - ALI
Friday, October 26, 2007
Mark your calendars
A tradition since 1880...Grande
Cheers - ALI
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
So what was Etienne like in person? Extremely jovial, very intelligent, handsome, specific, wickedly witty, curious, charming, spoke great English (and very helpful to me and my fragmented french), ran a little late every morning (ha!) and most of all - humble. Etienne was a true delight to host in Texas.
Wednesday afternoon we had a tremendous turnout of North Texas sommeliers and wine directors. Over 30 pro's attended the tasting of Etienne's 2004 vintage and learn a little something new about Ch. Puligny-Montrachet, Deux Montille and Domaine Montille wines. That evening we dined at the new and glorious Fearings located in the Ritz Carlton in Dallas. Dean himself was on-hand to welcome Etienne and offer his warmest Texas hospitality. A big thanks to Paul and Hunter who assisted us with our wines of the evening. We all can't wait to return!
Thursday morning Etienne had the pleasure of educating over 30 sales folks for Sigel's in Dallas. Then off to Houston for a quaint dinner with members of the Chevalier Chapter of Houston. Etienne flew in a few older vintages - all magnums for the dinner. My notes are still coming together on these - hang on, need to double check vintages (it was a long hot drive before dinner).
On Friday we had a very important tasting at the Austin Wine Merchant for their top Burgundy customers. A wonderful group gathered for a true night to remember - all thanks to Etienne's great winemaking! After the tasting we took a handful of Etienne's best bottles to a delicious BBQ dinner at Ruby's per his request. A great time was had by all!
Saturday we headed back up to Dallas, a quick stop in Waco for a cold Dr. Pepper (Etienne's first!) and to gas up the car (again). Well over 50 Dallas collectors attended the Sigel's Elite tasting honoring Etienne de Montille. A perfect way to end a busy week of selling, a store full of fantastic burgundy fans! Dinner was with one of our favorite Wine Pro's in Texas - Aaron at N9NE Steakhouse. Delicious. I'll finish up my tasting notes from the entire trip shortly, until then Cheers to the 2005 Burgundy Vintage on it's way to Texas! - Ali (click on www.texacaliwine.com to see more pictures!)
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The 2004's are on shelves and wine lists now throughout Texas and the incredible 2005 wines will be available by the end of the month. Please contact me if you'd like to know where to buy ASAP, Texas has a decent allocation - though not a 'Texas Size" allocation so act fast before they are gobbled up before the holiday season. Cheers - ALI
Sunday, October 14, 2007
If you haven't checked out the TexaCali Wine Co. myspace page - go for it. I upload music and pictures all the time. Really much more of a "popculture page" for all things TexaCali Ali. (Unfortunately - you won't find anything too saucy - my overly curious mother checks it out about a thousand times a day. I'm not kidding, it's a habit she started years ago by reading all my "notes" in Jr. High tucked in the back of my bedroom nightstand) Yes Mom - I was on to you back then! Imagine me shaking my head here!
Anyhoo - it's a little edgier to boot. Have some fun and click around today...I just posted some new facts regarding the past few weeks on the internal blog...Cheers - ALI
Also, the hottest Junmai Sake's on their massive list are from www.vineconnections.com - TOP Favorites include Bride of the Fox, Silent Stream and Divine Droplets. Just ask your server for the best they have...Sake imported from Vine Connections! CHEERS - ALI
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
"Grape Juice". Next time you are driving through the Hill Country - head south past Fredricksburg to Ingram! The coolest wine shop and tasting room just opened up. I had the great pleasure of meeting Patrick and his family last Saturday. I picked up the 2006 Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc, which is completely fabulous! I bought a bottle of Joel Gott Chardonnay one foggy night walking up a steep hill to my house in San Francisco and have been a fan every since.
Patrick knows his stuff - hope he expands sometime soon! Cheers - Ali
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Watching these guys perform will certainly take your mind away from the hustle and bustle of the week! I'M SOO IN!
Also, catch them on KGSR 107.1 at 9am tomorrow morning to hear PORTERDAVIS live in the studio. Cheers - ALI
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Humidity is at 71%
Frizz Warning : BIG
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Q: Some guys in my office are teaming up on a birthday gift for our boss. Problem is, he has basically everything and can afford anything. Any advice on getting something for the man?
A: It’s not about money; it’s about taste. Buy him something unusual, using your own expertise or that of a connoisseur, say a top wine merchant. How about a case of Crios, a wonderful line of wines crafted in Argentina by master winemaker Susana Balbo? Or a great book, like The Unexpurgated Code by J. P. Donleavy (1975)? It’s the funniest advice book ever written and covers many situations other etiquette books don’t, with chapters on Ass-kissing, Duels, Farting, and the Drunken Lout Loose in the Aircraft. If your boss is intelligent, he will realize that you are, too. Just don’t let the other toadies and trucklers get credit. Business is every man for himself.
Friday, October 05, 2007
A few weeks ago I was sent a bit of great advice written by the head-honcho of Henry Wine Group...it's a quick read and incredibly relevant to the Texas wine industry. Here's the link. Cheers - ALI