Merry Christmas from Wine and Good Food! We hope your holiday is filled with family, friends, and great wine!
I have downloaded countless wine applications on my iPhone over the past couple of years and, time after time, they have been pretty disappointing. After hearing some buzz from friends, I broke down and decided to give Delectable a try. To my surprise, it has now been on my iPhone for over 4 months and I log in almost daily.
To give you a brief over view of the app, it allows you to upload pics of the wines you drink along with brief tasting notes. It identifies the wine (slowly sometimes but surely) and it is added to your profile. Those wines are shared with your followers and you can interact via comments and “likes”. You can also search for specific wines and see history of tasting notes that others have provided. The app even offers wine suggestions based on what you have recently drink.
For me, Delectable rocks because it allows me to see what my friends think of wines on my radar (or perhaps not) that I haven’t had the chance to try yet. I have purchased some great bottles because of high ratings from friends who I know have similar palates. So, if you like wine, social media, and don’t have Delectable yet, you are missing out. It’s a wine app that is actually worth using!
P.S. Look me up if you are using it!
A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to meet Megan Glaab of Ryme Cellars and taste through some of Ryme’s current releases. It was a wonderful experience as I pretty much fell in love with each of the wines.
The standout of the tasting for both Brandon and I was Ryme’s 2012 “Hers” Vermentino. The wine has a pretty cool story behind it as well. Megan and her husband Ryan are the winemakers and owners behind the label and they generally agree on the style of wines they produce. When it comes to their Vermentino, they agreed to disagree and release both a “His” and “Hers” version. The “His” Vermentino (which is pretty awesome as well) had about 2 weeks of skin contact, which makes it an orange wine. The “Hers” Vermentino is made without skin contact and really captivated my palate.
100% Vermentino from the Las Brisas Vineyard in Carneros. Whole cluster pressed and aged in neutral barrels and stainless steel. Unfined and unfiltered. 11.2% alcohol and offered at $24/bottle.
Beautiful aromas of white peach and pear with floral undertones. The palate is bright with lively acidity, crisp fruit, and a clean finish. I could easily sip this wine with a variety of shellfish and other seafood. Definitely among the top white wines coming out of California in my book!
Finding a really great Christmas gift for a wine lover can be a bit of an intimidating task. When a bottle or two of generic wine just won’t cut it, here are a few alternatives:
Gift for the Wine Intellectual
A New California Wine by Jon Bonné is one of the coolest books about wine released this year. It takes a fresh look at the California wine industry and highlights producers that are backing away from over-manipulated, generic wines and producing wines that really express a sense of place. A really awesome read for anyone who wants to look beyond the California wine giants into a dynamic, new world of wine.
Gift for Mr. and Mrs. Wine Geek
Grabbing a couple of bottles Mr. and Mrs. Wine Geek will truly appreciate is a really thoughtful idea but sometimes it’s hard to know what to get. One place you can go to grab unique wines that almost any wine enthusiast will dig is www.KermitLynch.com. Kermit imports some of the most authentic, beautiful wines from France and Italy. This month, he is even featuring holiday sampler packages where the wine has already been picked out for you (too easy, right?). Trust me, the wine will be both distinct and delicious.
Gift for the Host or Hostess
Have friends that are always hosting a wine party? How about giving them something that will entertain their guests for years to come. Wine Wars is a really fun trivia game that covers a wide array of wine topics. It has questions for both the wine expert and the wine novice so it is fun for the whole party. Plus, the price is around $20 so it won’t break the budget.
It’s Monday night after a long, holiday weekend. I probably should be at the gym working off several indulgent, Thanksgiving week meals but instead I am sipping a really unique glass of wine. Marcillac is a region I don’t often drink from so I was excited to come across a bottle of Domaine des Costes Rouges Marcillac 2012. It is made from a grape called Mansois, which, in the Marcillac region, produces a lighter wine with notes of red fruit and herbs.
100% organically farmed Mansois from Marcillac. Aged in cement tanks, the wine is unfiltered and has 12% alcohol. Retails for around $14.
Interesting, smokey aromas of red fruit, red bell pepper, and paprika. The palate is also unique with flavors of raspberry and cherry along with notes of smoke and paprika. Light and very easy to drink (in my opinion!) but not a flavor profile for every palate. Definitely a bottle fit for wine geeks! Would pair really nicely with a pizza topped with bell peppers, olives, and sausage.