Does drinking wine ever make you think of music?
Have you ever taken a sip of that delicious vinous nectar and the first thought through your mind is a song? Or a melody?
Or perhaps the words someone uses to describe a wine makes you recall a song?
Well it happens to me quite a bit, but most recently a wine made me think of an entire album!
I had the delightful opportunity to be invited by Serendipity Wine Imports representative, Felicia Gonzales to taste a few of the Failla (pronounced FAY-la) Wine selection. We met up at a local seafood bar called Sandbar located at the Pearl Brewery here in San Antonio along with Matt Naumann, assistant winemaker at Failla Wines, and Sandbar sommelier, Adam Spencer. We sat down to a sun-kissed table covered in white linen and fancy silver spoons and spitoons (fancy!) As I was being poured the first wine I remember Matt saying how Failla wines all had a common thread of lively acidity running through all the wines. This is what sparked my memory to think of an entire album to pair with these wines … Read more →
So I have been reading a wine book called Simply Wine, by Heidi Yorkshire, in which she shares an adaptation of a wineless wine tasting exercise devised by Tim Hanni of Beringer Wine Estates that involves learning about wine through a tea tasting exercise!?! Read more →
By Melissa Unsell An enduring, rustic 15 mile climb up the Santa Cruz mountains has me eager and full of joy. We make our ascent with our first destination being Ridge Vineyards. The destination just may take your breath away. Upon arriving, I almost stumble clumsily because I’m too busy looking down at Silicon Valley below (see images in… Read more →
By Melissa Unsell Let’s take a short reprieve from wine, just a short one, and talk ice cream. Ice cream cools us down on a hot summer day; why not make it gourmet! Check out these tasty ideas (click image to enlarge). *Image from InStyle magazine, June issue 2013 Once you’ve cooled down, please replace that empty spoon (immediately!) with… Read more →
“A What?!” You ask. A Gruner Vetliner, I reply. You know, that awesome white grape from Austria. I really enjoy Gruner’s in the summer. Try the Austrian Pepper – on the nose, I smelled hints of herbs and spice. At first taste, it’s sharp and crisp - like a razor on the tongue. On second taste, it’s spicy – a… Read more →