Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Mixed Bag

Over the last couple of weeks I have tried a few wines. I am behind on blogging about them. I need to be better about that.

We tried several new sparkling wines. I picked up a bottle of the Rondel Pura Raza Semu Seco Cava which was a steal at $8. It was very good. Sweeter than the other Pura Raza, as the name suggests which I like better. We also tried the Rosé Semi Seco which was excellent and was also $8. We picked up another rosé cava at the same time as the non rosé Rondel. It was Marques de Monistrol Rosé Brut. It was a little more at $10 but also very good. My husband prefers Brut so he liked it a lot.

My husband is a fan of red wine and as you already know, I like it well enough but I prefer a good white. He picked out a new cabernet sauvignon...a 2005 Steel Creek Cabernet which was $10. We had it with flank steak and I have to say, it was really good. It was full-bodied with a taste of blackberry and hints of pumpkin pie spice. I would definitely get it again.

The last new one we tried was a white by Mendoza Station which is in Mendoza, Argentina in the foothills of the Andes. It was on display at Total Wine and was selling for $6. I thought "What the heck?" They had both reds and whites on display so I picked up the 2008 Torrontes which was a variety I had never tried. It was excellent for a $6 wine. It was full bodied and had hints of rose and orange peel. I drank it alone but it the label indicated it would go well with grilled vegetables or seafood dishes so the next time I pick it up I'll try it with one of those.

Well, that's all for now but I have 2 reds that I will be trying this week and I will try to be blog about as soon as possible. In the meantime, happy drinking!


Kristen said...

If you enjoy nice, sweet white wines, I would suggest a Moscato. Sutter Homes has one for less than $6 that is delicious. My husband even likes it, and he's not a wine junkie like me. ;-)

I'm excited for this blog! I'm always on the look out for new wines to add to the cellar. Thank you!

Erin said...

Moscato is too sweet for me. I used to drink wines like that...Moscato, Reisling, etc. but I can't stomach them now. The semi seco was just the right amount of sweet.

Kristen said...

I will definitely try it!

Erin said...

Another good and cheap Moscato is Barefoot Cellars. It can't cost much more than the Sutter Home.