Category Archives: Merlot

Let’s Talk Turkey (and Wine Pairings)

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Its almost here! Thanksgiving, a day to celebrate family, friends, and food. Of course wine is always something I’m thankful for, in fact I usually thank the wine gods at almost every meal. However, the Thanksgiving meal is different. Hard work has been put in by moms, dads (maybe), or your local caterer. What wines should you pair with turkey and all the trimmings?

Well don’t assume a dry white wine will bring an extra something to the holiday table. If you like red wines you should bring that along. Here are some wines that will go beautifully with your turkey this Thanksgiving.

Iron Horse 2007 Classic Vintage Brut
This will be a crowd pleaser because its a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Its a beautiful taste of apple and pear with just a hint yeast. Amazing with a turkey dinner

North Valley 2009 Pinot Noir
Pinot Noirs are my favorite but this particular bottle has a beautiful flavor of cherry and raspberry and ends with some amazing spice.

Navarro Vineyards 2011 Dry Gewürztraminer
Normally a Riesling is the wine people confuse with Gewürztraminer. But Gewürztraminer actually has more floral aromas and citrus. When you have a cranberry and turkey combination this wine will make everyone at the table smile.

Northstar 2008 Columbia Valley Merlot
The movie Sideway gave Merlot a bad name. Who would have known one line could give such a bad connotation to Merlot. But no worries this Merlot has a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot which gives a great fruit forward taste and ends soft tannins.

Mostly importantly remember to enjoy time with your family and friends this holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Harvest Fest at Bin36- Blend Your Own Wine

Harvest Fest

It’s fall and that means it’s harvest season. Here in Chicago there isn’t exactly a lot of winemaking going on, but Bin36 doesn’t let its patrons miss out on harvest activities. Every fall they host a Harvest Festival. This year was the 2nd time I have gone. It’s a chance to blend your own wine. You heard me blend your own wine. It’s a fun experience and your newly blended wine is a cool gift idea and arrives in time for the holidays.

Here’s how it works. There are 3 stations a smelling station, a blending station and a buying station. Read the rest of this entry

My Apologies & a Dynamite Review

I feel I need to apologize. I have been completely slacking when it comes to this blog. I’m going to go with I went into winter hibernation and now I’m awake and ready to start wineing again. Yeah… winter hibernation, totally not my fault!  It’s finally spring and I have all sorts of wine events coming up and I have finally got my inspiration back! Again I’m sorry I’ve been MIA.  I’ve already written my next post so that should be up shortly and Lissette and I and ofcourse Rio, are going on our Second Annual Memorial Day Wine Weekend in Michigan, so more to come soon!  Just to kick of my renewed dedication to the blog here’s a quick wine review.  Enjoy!

Dynamite Merlot:

The Dynamite Merlot is a decent bottle for $10 – $12. While not the most refined wine out there it has a nice nose and good flavor. This wine does better once it’s opened up a little bit.  It starts off subtle and builds to rich dark fruit flavors in the finish.  It’s not a punch you in the mouth kid of wine but it still has some rough edges. What do i mean by rough edges? The tannins are not completely mellowed but  the long fruity finish keeps it balanced. Overall it a good everyday bottle of wine. It pairs well with food but is also tasty all on it’s own.

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