9/28/2010

The Wine Connection: 2006 Luce & Grilled Steak


Hello Friends,

Depending on how old you are, you may remember classic television game shows like "The Dating Game" and "The Love Connection."  These shows sought to connect compatible people, as well as entertain those of us who watched. Here at www.myvinespot.com, your host Dezel, seeks to marry food and wine on the new “blog show” – "The Wine Connection."

2006 Luce Della Vite


Generally speaking, food and wine pairing can be a match made in heaven, bringing out the best in both food and wine. It can also be a not-so-pleasant experience, producing off flavors and bringing out the worst in both food and wine. In the game of food and wine pairing, at least for me, it’s all about using a common sense approach and experimentation. One dish may go well with several different types of wine. That’s all part of the adventure! Finding a combination of food and wine that you first and foremost enjoy is key!

Grilled Steak


I recently grilled a New York strip steak, using only salt and pepper for flavor.  Steak is hearty, flavorful, packs protein and some fat, so I'm looking for a wine with size and substance to make a potential “Wine Connection.” The wine I uncorked was the 2006 Luce Della Vite: a Merlot (55%) and Sangiovese (45%) blend from Tuscany, Italy. I had my doubts that the Luce could stand up to a steak, but I was wrong. The 2006 Luce is dark purple-red in color, nearly opaque, with the body, structure, and tannin profile to complement the grilled steak dish. The wine offered dark cherry, blackberry, and plum fruit aromas with subtle vanilla, spice, and toasted espresso bean notes. On the palate, the wine is mouth-filling with a rich mid-palate, firm tannins, and a long lingering finish. The fat and protein in the steak complemented the wine’s structure and softened the tannins and allowed the fruit to show. The steak and wine combined offered additional flavors and complexities that I would not have gotten separately. This couple, the wine and steak, completed one another and made a very nice ‘Wine Connection.”  The Luce clocks in at %15 ABV, has a real cork enclosure, and retails for $94.

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** Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample **

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9/21/2010

Loudoun Magazine: Fall 2010 – Pick up a Copy!


Hello Friends,

The Fall 2010 edition of Loudoun Magazine is in stores now, and outside of the gorgeous cover shot of North Gate Vineyard's 2008 Merlot paired with Grandale Farm Restaurant's New Zealand Lamb Rack, I had the opportunity and pleasure of contributing to one of the feature articles – “Fine Wining and Dining in Loudoun.” Additionally, there is a very nice article on Loudoun County farm-to-table destination restaurants that you will definitely want to check out. Lastly, Virginia wine bloggers Allan Liska of Cellar Blog and Paul and Warren of Virginia Wine Time offer their expert wine recommendations for people looking to stock their wine cellar. There are many other good articles too, but if you are a Virginia wine lover and locavore don’t miss this issue! Click here for a list of merchants that carry Loudoun Magazine or contact Deb Hummel at dhummel@acnpapers.com. Cheers!

Loudoun Magazine Fall 2010



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Quick Sip: Sipping for a cause!


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One Hope is a California-based business and wine label that donates 50% of all profits to meaningful partner charities. One Hope was founded by eight individuals whose original plan was to help out a good friend with her fight against cancer. Today the founders combine their sales, marketing, management, and experience within the wine industry to offer hope to those in need and to embrace the gift of giving. Every varietal that One Hope produces supports a different cause. The wines and causes range from support for our troops (Zinfandel), fight against Autism (Cabernet Sauvignon), AIDS awareness (Merlot), breast cancer (Chardonnay), and saving our planet (Sauvignon Blanc), which we’ll review in this post.

One Hope 2007 Sauvignon Blanc


In the glass, the 2007 One Hope Sauvignon Blanc displays a pale yellow color with light green hues. The swirl and sniff offers orange zest and lemon grass aromas heightened by soft melon notes. On the sip, the One Hope Sauvignon Blanc is clean and fresh with bright citrus flavors and refreshing acidity. Enjoy the One Hope Sauvignon Blanc on its own or try pairing it with grilled white fish, shellfish, etc. This wine retails for $18.99, has a reconstituted cork enclosure, and clocks in at 13.5% ABV. In closing, it’s great to see a wine label making a difference and raising awareness for such important causes. I’ll open up another One Hope wine in the near future to talk about. If you are curious about their mission and wines and want to support please visit their website at http://www.onehopewine.com/.

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9/17/2010

Mountfair Vineyard Wooloomooloo Virtual Release Event


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Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of participating in Mountfair Vineyard’s virtual release event of their 2008 Wooloomooloo Bordeaux-style blend. Mountfair Vineyard is located in Crozet, Virginia on the Monticello wine trail and specializes in producing small batches of blended red wines using Bordeaux varieties. The 2008 Wooloomooloo consist of 60% Petit Verdot, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. The wine retails for $25, was barrel aged for 24 months, and will be available for purchase through their website and tasting room on September 25th, 2010. Only 150 cases of this wine was produced and winemaker Fritz Repich and team did a nice job with the latest vintage.

Mountfair Vineyard 2008 Wooloomooloo


Kudos to Mountfair Vineyard for blazing the social media trail by leading the way with a Virginia Twitter tasting event and Frank Morgan for facilitating. The tasting event was enjoyable and wine enthusiasts outside of Virginia had the opportunity to sample what we do here - and do good! Below are some of the comments captured from Twitter about the 2008 Wooloomooloo – Enjoy, friends!

  • TheOther46 ~ First impressions... Dark purple in glass, black fruit, berries, touch of tobacco with a hint of earth. #VAwine @Mountfair
  • Melanie0 ~ Big cherry, earthy, a spice I am having trouble placing (said floral 1st, not it) #mountfair #vawine
  • wawinereport ~ Dark in color. Fascinating nose. Dark berries, earth. Touch of brett perhaps? If so I like it. Takes me back to Old World #VAWIne #mountfair
  • myvinespot ~ 08 Wooloomooloo ~ getting dk fruit, soft violet notes, smidgen of bret, hint of mushroom - very complex nose #vawine #mountfair
  • vcuspoon ~ bit of bret on the nose is giving the Wooloomooloo a nice "barny edge" @mountfair @MfVvinotweets #mountfair #vawine
  • DrinkWhatULike ~ I'm liking the 'Brettiness' ...adds an interesting component... #VaWine Wooloomooloo
  • vawinetime ~ in the mouth...dark cherry, dark berry, spice, long yet smooth finish... #mountfair #vawine
  • vcuspoon ~ great body and structure, awesome acidity @mountfair @MfVvinotweets #mountfair #vawine
  • vawinetime ~ Aged 24 months and surprisingly smooth...would go well with a nice herb crusted leg of lamb #mountfair #vawine
  • myvinespot ~ Wooloomooloo 08 : Love the mouth-feel of this wine , smooth texture , velvety tannins, nice long lingering finish. #vawine #mountfair
  • DrinkWhatULike ~ There's a LOT going on in this @Mountfair Wooloomooloo #VaWine ...
  • vinotology ~ This definitely seems like a food wine. The acidity is crying out for something to eat with it. #mountfair #vawine
  • myvinespot ~ The 2008 Wooloomooloo is very "complex" ..... #wine peeps pulling out all sorts of stuff! Nice job @mountfair #vawine #mountfair
  • vcuspoon ~ I think this is my favorite Wooloomooloo yet! @mountfair @MfVvinotweets #mountfair #vawine has some nice raspberry edges on the palate

Info: Mountfair Vineyard, 4875 Fox Mountain Rd, Crozet, VA 22932, T 434-823-7605

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9/16/2010

Bogati Bodega: A Splash of Latin in Loudoun

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I recently paid a visit to Bogati Bodega, an Argentinean-themed tasting room located in Round Hill, Virginia. Bogati Bodega is owned and operated by the Bogaty family, owners of nearby Veramar Vineyards. The tasting room opened doors for business on May 1st, 2010, and joins the blossoming Loudoun County wine trail.

Bogati Bodega Tasting Room


The tasting room is spacious and offers a relaxing atmosphere in which visitors can choose between plush indoor seating near the toasty fireplace or the outdoor patio that overlooks a serene pond and surrounding countryside. There is also a large and attractive room with picture windows that can host very large groups or special events.

Tasting Bar


Winemaker Justin Bogaty, who makes wines for Veramar Vineyards, also makes the wines for Bogati Bodega. While the wines are made and bottled at Veramar Vineyards, they are made specifically for Bogati Bodega and can only be tasted and purchased there. During my visit, I was told that the wines made for Bogati Bodega are very much different from what is being poured at Veramar. The tasting room’s first wine releases include a Seyval Blanc, Viognier, Tango Blu (a fruity white wine blend), a young Cabernet Franc, a Syrah and Mourvedre blend, and a Malbec. The tasting room also serves Sangria for those wanting something different.

The Wine and Tapas Experience


Tasting options include a $5 tasting to sample up to six wines and a $25 wine and tapas experience that offers visitors almost three full glasses of wine, sausage, cheese, olives, and baguettes. The tasting room also offers other light fare as well as gourmet flat bread pizza to pair with their wines. Guests can also pack a picnic basket, purchase a bottle of wine, and enjoy the outdoor seating area (NOTE: food is not permitted indoors since they offer food). The Bogati Bodega tasting room is open daily from noon to 6pm. When you visit, please let them know you read about them here on Dezel’s My Vine Spot wine blog.

Enjoy a bottle of wine outdoors!


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Info: Bogati Bodega, 35246 Harry Byrd Hwy, Round Hill, VA

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9/12/2010

Quick Sip: When in Texas ….


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Last week I was away on a short business trip to Dallas, and I’m sure you know the saying: “When in Texas, sip what the Texas wine tweeps sip!” If you follow the #txwine hash-tag on Twitter, you already know that these folks sip Texas grown wine. After asking a few questions about Texas wine on Twitter, several kind people quickly pointed me to a Whole Foods store on Park Lane in Dallas that carries a nice selection of Texas wine. NOTE: A few of the Texas wines at this location are Texas wine in name only, so check the label if you want the real deal. Like Virginia, Texas is an up-and-coming wine industry, boasting eight AVA’s, over 160 wineries, and attracts visitors from near and far to sample their award winning wines. Additionally, like Virginia, I found that Texas makes a pretty good Viognier wine.

Becker Vineyards 2009 Viognier


A bottle I found favor in while sitting in my hotel room reading and dappling in social media was the Becker Vineyards 2009 Viognier. According to the wine label, Becker Vineyards was the first producer to grow and produce a Viognier wine in the state of Texas. The Becker Vineyards 2009 Viognier is made in an elegant (round and complex with moderate acidity) style, which is a style I’m starting to see more of in Virginia – even though the bright, sleek, fruit-driven style is the most popular. In the glass, the Becker Vineyards 2009 Viognier displays a medium straw color. The swirl and sniff offers subtle, yet pleasant scents of apricot and tree fruit blended with notes of smoky clove and roasted hazelnuts. On the sip, the Becker Vineyards Viognier is round, with a fleshy mouth-feel, good acidity, and aromas that extend to the palate through to the medium length finish. Enjoy the Becker Vineyards 2009 Viognier on its own or try pairing it with grilled chicken, smoked white meats, and white cream sauce dishes. This Texas Viognier retails for $14.99, has a real cork enclosure, and clocks in at 14.16% ABV. After living in Texas for over ten years, during which time I was not a wine drinker or knew a wine industry existed in Texas, it’s nice to see Texas on the wine map and producing nice wines at reasonable prices. Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned friends ...More to come!

Info: Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall, TX 78671,T (830) 644-2128

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9/07/2010

By the Glass: Iron Bridge Wine Company


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After a splendid weekend spent winery hopping on the Monticello wine trail in Charlottesville, Virginia, I paid a visit to the Iron Bridge Wine Company in historic downtown Warrenton for an early dinner. I’ve heard many very positive reviews from friends on Face-book and Twitter about the restaurant, so I was eager to stop in for a bite and a sip.

Iron Bridge Wine Co.


The Iron Bridge Wine Company can be divided up four different ways: a restaurant, a wine bar, a wine shop, and a self-service Enoteca wine lounge. Once inside, the interior is spacious with a relaxed and causal atmosphere and a lot of character. Seating options range from comfortable and cozy spots for two or upstairs seating that overlooks the wine bar, to relaxing on the outdoor deck or grabbing a window seat and checking out the street scene.

Grab a window seat and enjoy the street scene


My visit was during the restaurant’s transition period from lunch to dinner (which starts at 5pm), so I ordered from the “In Between Menu.” The cuisine is contemporary American served tapas style, but the portions are more than filling – and I’m by no means a petite eater. The staff was warm and friendly and very attentive during my visit. Some of the dishes we ordered: the Cranberry Salad, Gazpacho Soup, Lobster Mac N Cheese, Bacon Infused Angus burger, and a Chocolate – Pistachio Bread-pudding, were prepared and / or cooked to perfection. The food was delicious and prices were fairly reasonable. I plan on visiting for dinner in the near future as the Shrimp & Grits, Roasted New Zealand Lamb Chops, and Grilled Angus Beef Meatloaf caught my eye.

Cranberry Salad


As a wine bar / wine shop, Iron Bridge specializes in stocking small-vineyard, limited production wines that you won’t find at every other wine shop or your local grocer. Options for wine range from using the self-service Enomatic dispensers, ordering off the wine list, or purchasing a bottle right off the shelf to enjoy with lunch or dinner. If you opt to buy a bottle and take it home with you a 25% discount is applied.

Upstairs Enoteca Lounge


The Iron Bridge Wine Company makes this week’s “By the Glass” feature because of their commitment to support and carry locally grown seasonal foods and 100% Virginia grown wines. There is currently a Virginia wine flight available and several Virginia wines on the wine list and Enomatic dispensers that can be enjoyed by the glass. The Iron Bridge Wine Company also has a Columbia, MD store, which I hope is just as kind to the local food and wine scene in Maryland. If you have not visited Iron Bridge yet and this post has piqued your interest in doing so, please let the kind folks at Iron Bridge know you read about them here at Dezel’s My Vine Spot wine blog. If you are a regular, send me your favorite food and wine pairing so I can try it out during my next visit. Lastly, be sure to check their website for daily food and wine specials.

Wine Bar Area


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Info: Iron Bridge Wine Company, 29 Main Street, Warrenton, VA 20186-3436, (T) 540.349.9339


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9/01/2010

Say Hooray for #Cabernet Day!

Hello Friends,

Did you know that September 2nd is Cabernet Day? Cabernet Day is a virtual and in-person wine tasting event put together by Rick Bakas of St. Supery Winery in Napa Valley, California. Wine lovers from all over our great globe will share their Cabernet experiences with other wine lovers via popular social media platforms, wines shops, tasting rooms, etc. I'm looking forward to reading about which Cabernet wines other wine lovers selected and enjoyed for the event. Click on the link or video to see which Cabernet I uncorked for #Cabernet Day, friends! NOTE: If you have trouble viewing the video please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY6HA4HdD30

By the way, the intro image is a picture I took when visiting the producer I’m blogging about. These guys make some nice Bordeaux-style blends and have beautiful views to match! Tweeps: Follow the fun on Twitter by using hash-tag #Cabernet.

Say Hooray for #Cabernet Day!


Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned friends ...More to come!

Info: Mountfair Vineyards,4875 Fox Mountain Road,Crozet, VA 22932-1729, T(434) 823-7605

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