Artesa, Pinot Noir, Carneros, 2013

  Artesa, Pinot Noir, Estate Reserva, Carneros, Napa, CA, 2013Artessa Vineyards and Winery, Estate Reserve, Carneros, Napa Valley, CA, 2013 is clear cherry red in the glass. The Artessa, Pinot Noir has plenty of upfront fruit aromas of cherry, wild strawberry, raspberry and violet on the nose. There are also minerals and some toasted oak that comes in on the back of the nose. The rich palate shows off the bright cherry, raspberry and strawberry highlighted in the nose. The minerals and toasted oak stay on the back of the palate along with wild flowers. The Artessa Pinot Noir has … Continue reading Artesa, Pinot Noir, Carneros, 2013

Milagro Tequila cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

There is no rule that your drink of choice for St. Patrick’s Day has to be from Ireland. The only real rule that is enforced is that you have to wear something green. The punishment for not wearing green? A pinch! Those pinches can add up after a long night out. The later the night gets the more often and harder the pinches seem to get.   There is a strict rule for being granted sainthood though. To be granted sainthood you have to perform a miracle and it has to be confirmed by someone. According to the website About … Continue reading Milagro Tequila cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

Disappointing Samuel Smith, Organic Chocolate Stout

Samuel Smith, Organic Chocolate Stout, 5% abv. Tadcaster, England is dark black in the glass with a fluffy dark khaki head. The dominant aromas are dark and milk chocolate with hints of dark roasted malt and vanilla in the background. That chocolate dominates the palate with a caramel sweetness behind the chocolate flavors.   All over this is a disappointing brew from Samuel Smith. The chocolate is added to the ale instead of natural chocolate aromas and flavors coming from dark roasted malt and beer making skill. The chocolate is too much and doesn’t feel natural. The ingredients may be … Continue reading Disappointing Samuel Smith, Organic Chocolate Stout

Italian Wine Dinner at Miami Beach’s La Moderna

There is nothing like having a great meal with great wine. Even better is to go out for dinner and have your wines and food already paired for you. Wednesday March 9 at 7:30pm at Miami Beach’s La Moderna is hosting a special wine dinner featuring wines that span from the north of Italy to Italy’s south. This dinner has been put together by Italian wine specialist Renato Spanu and La Moderna’s chef Antonio Borriello. Renato also makes wine in his native Sardinia and this dinner will feature one of his wines, a real treat. Besides the food and wine, … Continue reading Italian Wine Dinner at Miami Beach’s La Moderna