Wine Life

Apr 21 2014

Belle Ambiance Pinot Noir 2012

Belle Ambiance Pinot Noir 2012

Belle Ambiance bottle 002The 2012 Belle Ambiance Pinot Noir is sourced from grapes grown in more than one California grape growing AVA. Belle Ambiance is a new label, suggested list price $9.99, from Delicato Family Vineyards, who have been in business for over 80 years. DFV also produce Gnarly Head, Brazin, HandCraft and Bota Box, along with several others. For a wine to be labeled as a single AVA, either a large…

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Apr 20 2014

2nd Annual American Whiskey Affair at Untitled Chicago

2nd Annual American Whiskey Affair at Untitled Chicago

American Whiskey Affair 2014

If you love your whiskey with an “e” but don’t have tickets to this amazing event yet, you better get to it cuz they’re going fast! Use promotional code “whiskeylove” to get half off while you’re at it. You’re welcome.

We had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Affair last year and it was a blastand a great change of pace from the over-priced drunk fest that whisk(e)y usually brings to…

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Apr 19 2014

Belle Ambiance Pinot Grigio 2013

Belle Ambiance Pinot Grigio 2013

Bell a PG bottle 004The 2013 Belle Ambiance Pinot Grigio is sourced from more than one California grape growing AVA. Belle Ambiance translates to “beautiful place” and is one of Delicato Family Vineyards wines, their other labels include Gnarly Head, Brazin and HandCraft, they specialize in well priced California wines aimed at the American palate. DFV is family owned and has been in business since 1924(growing…

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Apr 17 2014

Saviah Cellars The Jack Riesling 2012

Saviah Cellars The Jack Riesling 2012

saviah_cellars_the_jack_rieslingThe 2012 Saviah Cellars The Jack Riesling is sourced from two contracted vineyards, Evergreen vineyard, which is one of Milbrandt’s properties (if you are into Columbia Valley wine, Milbrandt’s vineyards will come up often) located in the Ancient Lakes AVA and Elerding vineyard located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA and both within the larger Columbia Valley AVA in Washington. Saviah Cellars is a

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Apr 15 2014

Salomon Undhof Hochterrassen Grüner Veltliner 2012

Salomon Undhof Hochterrassen Grüner Veltliner 2012

Salomon_undhof_grunerThe 2012 Salomon Undhof Hochterrassen (translates to high terracesGrüner Veltliner is sourced from estate vineyards in the Wachau region of Austria near the Danube River. The family owned Salomon Undhal winery has been in operation since 1792 and they have some of the best vineyard locations in AustriaGrüner Veltliner is THE grape of Austria and Salomon Undhofproduce classic examples of this…

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Apr 13 2014

[yellow tail] Sauvignon Blanc

[yellow tail] Sauvignon Blanc

yellowtail_sauv_blanc_nvThe [yellow tail] Sauvignon Blanc is a non-vintage wine sourced from vineyards in both Australia (93%) and New Zealand (7%). Even though this is a non-vintage wine, meaning the grapes come from more than one years harvest, the percentage of Australia to New Zealand grapes seem to change, there are some older bottlings with 86% Australia to 14% New Zealand. New Zealand is famous for its Sauvignon…

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Apr 08 2014

Magnolia Court Pinot Noir 2012

Magnolia Court Pinot Noir 2012

magnolia_court_pinot_noirThe 2012 Magnolia Court Pinot Noir is sourced from vineyards located inside several Central Coast grape growing AVA’s. Magnolia Court is part of the Thornhill Company who own some of the best vineyards in the Central Coast AVA, though they do not say if any of those vineyards are used for the Magnolia Court. This Pinot Noir was aged “onFrench oak for 9months. Normally when a wine is aged in oak…

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Apr 07 2014

Hyatt Vineyards Rattlesnake Hills Merlot 2011

Hyatt Vineyards Rattlesnake Hills Merlot 2011

hyatt_rattlesnake_hills_merlotThe 2011 Hyatt Vineyards Rattlesnake Hills Merlot is 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Hyatt’s Rattlesnake Hills vineyards. Hyatt Vineyards is a family owned vineyard and winery, founded in 1983. Rattlesnake Hills is a relatively new grape growing area, it didn’t become an AVA until 2006 and it is located inside the Yakima Valley AVA which in turn is located inside the much larger

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Apr 06 2014

Modern House Wines Red Blend

Modern House Wines Red Blend

modern_house_wines_redThe Modern House Wines Red Blend is a greeting card you can drink. The Modern House Wines label has been around since 2010, back then it was a Napa Merlot based Red with labels that said Lucky You, Please Forgive Me and Merci among others and it sold for around $25. The new version of Modern House Red is a blend (they don’t say what grapes are used) sourced from more than one Californiagrape…

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Apr 03 2014

PoiZin California Zinfandel 2012

PoiZin California Zinfandel 2012

poizin_zinfandel_2012The 2012 PoiZin California Zinfandel is 75% Zinfandel, 19% Petite Sirah and 6% Grenache sourced from more than one California grape growing AVA. There are actually 2 different PoiZin bottlings, this one, sourced from California vineyards, which has the black skull and crossbones on the label (should sell for a little over $10) and the PoiZin sourced from the Dry Creek AVA inside Sonoma, it has the

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