Monday, May 19, 2008

Dow's Fine White Porto

clip_image002By Demetrius D. Blake

The brandy is incorporated nicely to give you that nutty buttery vanilla smell and taste that goes well with most chocolate desserts. As a person who doesn’t normally drink wine, this port was the one for me. I liked the vanilla flavor of it because it was not too strong but enough to be able to have a nice piece of German chocolate cake with a glass of it. Dow’s White Porto left me wanting to actually give wines a second go round and see if there are more wines out there for me.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bogle Chardonnay 2006

image By Jacob Sikes

The Bogle Chardonnay is a very nice wine. It has a caramel, buttery, oaky smell and taste. This is a California wine and has a medium acid level. This wine can be paired with a lot of foods. This is one of the most important white wines because of the grapes it is produced with. It is a very smooth wine that when pairing goes with creamy foods. A couple great pairings for this chardonnay would be New England clam chowder, lobster, and shrimp Scampi. You can buy this wine around $10.

Les Rocs de Plaisance 2005

image By Caleb Cronk

This is a cheeky little simple Red Bordeaux that is earthy, light, and with a long finish. 100 percent Merlot grapes and coming from “old world” terrior gives you “stony” flavors in the front, light fruit in the middle, and finishes long with a “cassis” flavor. This is a polite wine with higher tannins and lower acid is a great compliment to cuts of beef, tomato sauces, and is even light enough to compliment robust cuts of pork and gamier meats. At about $15 a bottle this is a great French wine that has versatile applications.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc 2007

By Matthew Coates

image With the New Zealand terroir often described as the best in the world for growing the Sauvignon Blanc varietal, finding a cost effective wine that will oblige this reputation is of interest to many an oenophile, and when you’re being set back no more than 10 to 15 dollars , Nobilo’s 2007 Sauvignon Blanc does a pretty good job.

This wine starts with a large mouthful of unripened citrus very similar to grapefruit, followed by an earthy definitive leather undertone midway, and finishes very subtly with a crisp cleaning effect on the pallet. Pair it with grilled pork or poultry, anything not requiring tannins that is marinated with lemon or tarragon, and it also fits well with vegetarian dishes.

Palais de Versailles Brut NV

By Keri Navarre

clip_image001Sparkling wine has had a bad rap. Most people think it is too expensive and is only to drink on special occasions. What is not realized is the versatility of this wine. The bubbles and balance of acidity pair well with a multitude of foods and desserts.

A well-made, inexpensive sparkling wine is Palais de Versailles Brut NV ($10-$15). This Bordeaux sparkling wine will tingle your taste buds with caramel and oak and tight, effervescent bubbles. The finish is smooth with a slight apple taste that lingers on your tongue. Whether you are having a brunch of Eggs Benedict and Quiche or a dinner of Roast Pork and Apples, this wine will pair well with a myriad of dishes usually reserved for a light Chardonnay. So, I encourage you to open your wine palate and make room for sparkling wine to pair with your everyday meals.

Rudolf Muller Riesling Eiswein 2004

By Harry Lee

clip_image002This dessert wine has a caramel, yellow color with aromas of honey, pear and blossoms. It has a candied orange taste and can easily be paired with fruit salads or pound cake. I would dare to pair it with a spicy Asian dish such as Kung Pao Chicken or a spicy orange chicken, with the heat from the dish neutralizing the sweetness of the wine. You could easily drink this wine as your dessert.

This wine will cost you about $21 for a half bottle, but is well worth the money.

Placido Pinot Grigio 2006

By Scott O'Neal

imageThis wine had a pungent smell, but was lighter in color than the Riesling I had previously tasted.  While the smell was light and lemony, it had a mineral aroma. There was bitter aftertaste, as well as a brief lemon peel taste.  The wine did have a clean, clear, crisp edge to it.  There was a general wince when I tasted it, that made my taste buds stand up, but again,overall, it gave of a clean taste.  Noticeably dry, I would appreciate this wine much more with a good spaghetti dish or fettuccine Alfredo.  Glad to know it wasn't too expensive either (about $10). 

Texas Regional Wines

May 6, 2008