Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Brand matters. The quality of the product, its price and how it is represented to the public - when bundled up equals brand. Think about the great brands: Coke-a-Cola, Apple, Disney and Caterpillar: each has a well-defined brand image which they closely control to ensure a consistent unambiguous message to the consumer. A good brand is easily identified. So too is a less
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
John Larson (right), owner and winemaker, of Snus Hill Winery (Madrid, IA) suggests one of his well-crafted red wines to conference tasters. His latest Frontenac, not yet released, was a big hit offering soft tannins and delicious fruit and perfect acidity (not easy to do with a Frontenac). Nice!
Enology instructor, Paul Gospodarczyk (DMACC) with student and gardening writer Susan Appleget Hurst. Paul teaches enology and wine appreciation (for culinary students and others who desire advanced training working toward Sommelier certification). Additionally, he is the founding organizer of the the Mid-American Wine Competition.
And lastly, I thought I'd throw in a picture of me and Jill for fun. We had a terrific time meeting so many nice wine-folks, tasting wines, and learning more about the wine business. We're already looking forward to next years conference!
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Yalumba is a very-well established Australian brand of which most of you have never heard.
While Australia has been foisting “critter wines” featuring cute animals on the label to the wine buying public - certain winemakers have continued to hone and perfect their craft. This is where Yalumba comes in.
Yalumba is a hand-crafted wine and has been such for over 160 years producing a wide variety of reserves, single vineyards, and interesting blends. I first became aware of the brand a few years ago when one of our wine reps brought in a bottle to sample. I’d never heard of Yalumba at the time and didn’t know quite what to expect - what I sampled was one of the Yalumba blends (not sure which one) which nocked my socks off. The brand has remained on the wine list since that first tasting.
My impressions: Dark purple in the glass with an expansive nose of raspberries. Busy, in a good way, with crushed red fruit giving way to a certain earthy wet-rockiness reminiscent of a Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The earthiness grows as the wine opens up. Strawberries arrive late. Medium-long finish with soft tannins reaching the stage just as the curtain falls - a pleasant ending. Highly recommended.
While there is a significant amount of fruit in this wine it also has sufficient tannic structure to stand up well with food - and you know that I think that is crucial. It is not fat, nor flabby: it is a food-friendly Shiraz which I’d recommend with the typical pairs for medium reds: would be PERFECT with rack of lamb.
95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier - co-fermented (!).
$19.99 at The Wine Seller, Herndon, VA.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010