Tuesday, July 17, 2012


I am just sharing this info for anyone who wants to know a little more about the world's most popular white varietal, Chardonnay. This is from my friend and Sommelier course-mate, Lindsey Roffey from Rodrigue-Molyneaux Winery in Livermore Valley, CA. Enjoy!

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Gift of Riedel

It's proof once again...I have amazing friends. Recently, Mr UPS made a stop at my house and delivered a set of Riedel Pinot Noir glasses from a dear ex-work friend (the "ex" refers to the work part, not the friend part). A sweet gift from a really sweet person who knows I've been going through a little rough patch.

Because of a certain girls trip I took in April, my wine racks currently are laden with excellent Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. I headed downstairs to get a bottle, however, I was hesitant to open one of those up by myself. Instead, I went for one from Fontanella Family Winery - the one place where I am currently a wine club member. The Spring shipment was comprised of three bottles of Pinot Noir, and I'd never tried it from Fontanella, so I opened one up ( knowing I have 2 left and I can easily get more!).

I didn't know what to expect from this wine. Jeff Fontanella makes an extremely good Cab and an equally good Zinfandel, in my opinion - lush, bold and juicy - and I wasn't sure what he'd do with a Pinot which is a lighter wine which, if done well, can pack a different kind of punch. Like... a "punch" with finesse".

Well, I loved it. This 2010 from Carneros was absolutely delicious. It has the characteristic cherry spice flavor of a good Pinot but with a slightly heavier texture - not heavy, but heavi- ER (in my experience) than a typical Pinot Noir. This is a well balanced Pinot that, if not on steroids, at least "works out" daily. My opinion: another hit for Fontanella Family Winery...so glad I have 2 bottles left downstairs!

Watch for an upcoming post on the Riedel glassware - I'm planning a taste test to see if the wine really does taste different from these glasses as some people swear is the case. Hmmm...a good excuse to open bottle #2....

Cheers..here's to great friends and great wine..!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pay Lots of Attention to the Wine Inside the Bottle...

A few weeks ago, I was in Total Wine with friends, taking advantage of the Friday afternoon tasting and I tried this:

No...it's not port...it's good old red table wine.  Of course I was intrigued by the funky bottle, but also enjoyed the contents - a 2010 , 100% Syrah from Martin Ray Winery in Santa Rosa, CA. It's called, simply, "Red".

I enjoyed the juicy dark fruit...the wine was more substantive than I expected a "fun" wine to be, a bit spicy but not very tannic. It was a bit like biting into a juicy piece of Blackberry flavored Bubba-licious (remember Bubba-licious?!). It's a fun little wine you can get at Total Wine for $12.99 to share with friends.

For reference, Martin Ray Winery also produces Courtney Benham Wines, of which the 2010 Cab is also a very nice, accessible find at a price point in the $20-$25 range.

Cheers, and thanks for following the VinoGals!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Beer Gals for a Night!

Well, the mood struck, so the VinoGals hit up Mac's in South End for some delicious Carolina BBQ tonight. Afterwards we checked out a new place on South Boulevard, World of Beer. There are plenty of good wines that pair well with BBQ, but curiosity about "WOB" won out so we headed over.

World of Beer is located on the corner of South Boulevard and Bland Avenue. Very friendly and helpful staff..live music..loud, but upstairs (so it's not blasting in your face) and a good vibe. I liked it. I think we must have selected  "girlie beer", because the served it to us in glasses that looked suspiciously like wine glasses....hmmm. Perhaps they knew who we were....

Cheers, and thanks for following the VinoGals!


Sunday, June 3, 2012