Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Septima Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Argentina has been making wine since the 1500s, tracing its wine heritage back to Spain, France and, perhaps surprisingly, Italy. Italian immigration is second only to Spanish in Argentine culture, and the flavors of Italy show up strongly in the nation’s wine, food and cultural tradition. Historically, Argentina has kept much of its wine consumption at home, drinking most of the wine it makes. But we are now seeing more very serious Argentine wines north of the border, and Malbec is leading the movement. The wine-making region in Argentina ranges between the 22° and 42° South latitude. It spreads at the foothills of the Andean mountain range along over 2,400 km; from the province of Salta to the province of Río Negro, with a variety of climates and soils that makes each region a unique land. In general terms, the areas dedicated to vine cultivation are dry and arid with a low level of rain and humidity, determining factor as regards grape health. Abundant sunny days and thermal amplitude favor a good maturity and concentration of aroma and color in the grain. Soils are deep, permeable and poor in organic matter, decisive qualities at the time of obtaining good wine. Due to the low rain regime, irrigation is necessary. Water comes from the Andean range thaw, descending in the shape of rivers to become channels or ditches. Undoubtedly, the combination of these factors turns Argentina into a veritable oasis for the highest quality wine-making. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go. Wine-making in Argentina, at the level that it achieves today, has a young history that goes back to a little more than 10 years ago. Technological progress, investment and some farsighted businessmen enabled a determining transformation. The province of Mendoza is the most traditional area in the viticultural industry, and is diverse enough to be divided into zones, according to their significantly different weather, height and soil characteristics. These include the Northern Zone, which is suitable for fruity whites and young reds, at a height from 600 to 700m; the Eastern Zone, with a height ranging from 600 to 700m, and the most productive zone in the province; the Uco Valley, a zone of colder weather and higher altitudes (between 800 and 1,400m over sea level); San Rafael, with heights ranging from 450 to 800m; and the High Zone of the Mendoza River, with heights ranging from 800 to 1,100m over sea level and various microclimates, this is the zone where almost all noble varieties have easily become adapted. It is a region that is remarkably well-suited to vine culture, protected from the Pacific’s cooling influence by the Andes and enjoying a long summer of cool nights and warm days, with a dry summer climate but plenty of water available from the region’s rivers. Malbec in particular is outstanding from this area, and it has clearly emerged as the star, the darling of both consumers and critics.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Orzada Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

The beautiful dark color of this cab, in the glass, is quite inviting. The aroma is rich, full of berries with hints of chocolate and leather. The palate is very balanced; a little dirty, a little elegant and a whole lot of yummy! In my opinion, this isn’t your usual cab… unique on the finish, asking me to drink some more.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Marpuche 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

A vibrant and fresh Sauvignon Blanc, this wine is sure to please anyone looking for a great value. The cool breezes which blow in from the Pacific aid in the slow ripening of the fruit, which adds terrific depth of flavor to the finished wine. The grapes are sourced from leading vineyards throughout Chile's Central Valley, all of which use techniques that maximize sunlight hours for the vines, especially vertical shoot positioning which greatly improves exposure. The grapes are then harvested by hand, de-stemmed, and pressed at a cool temperature. The juice sits on lees before being fermented in stainless steel tanks.

The Mapuche Winery is named for the loose conglomeration of indigenous peoples of Southern Chile and Argentina who successfully maintained cultural identity despite efforts of both the Inca and Spanish to subjugate them. The moniker is derived from the word mapu, or earth.

Chile's Central Valley, located between the vast Pacific Ocean and the forbidding heights of the Andes Mountains, has excellent climate conditions for growing. The Valley is influenced by two major cooling effects, the "Humboldt Current"Â which originates in the Antarctic and travels up the coast of the Ocean, and the nightly blowing of the cold desert air sweeping down the desolate slopes of the Andes. This lengthens the growing season, allowing fruit to reach full maturity, and granting greater flexibility in harvest.

Sebastiani 2009 Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Sula Chenin Blanc

Though India may seem an unlikely region for producing world-class wine, Sula Vineyards does just that. Their Chenin Blanc's pleasant semi-sweetness is balanced by mild acidity; it is similar in style to a demi-sec Vouvray, but its origin imparts a unique character to this wine. South Asian cuisines--including Indian--are a classic pairing, but this would also be a sensational accompaniment with most Mexican food.

I have many desert wines in my Cellar from Italy, France, South Africa, Israel, Argentina & California - but to my surprise this one is equal to any of the finer and expensive brands in its class, and even outperform some traditional wine makers ! I am pleasantly surprised with this wine and welcome Rajeev Samant the Indian wine maker to my hall of fame ! 

Situated 180 km northeast of Mumbai, Nashik is India’s largest grape-growing region, but had traditionally never been used to grow wine grapes. Wondering why, an enterprising, Stanford-trained engineer named Rajeev Samant quit his hi-tech Silicon Valley job in 1993 to do some investigating.

A little research quickly showed that the Nashik climate was not only perfect for wine grapes, but was also on par with winegrowing regions in Spain, California, and Australia. His determination doubled, Rajeev returned to California in search of a winemaker. In Sonoma County he found Kerry Damskey, an eminent Californian winemaker, who enthusiastically agreed to help start a winery on Rajeev’s 30 acre family estate.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Innocent Bystander Moscato

Moscato is my favorite desert wine, and I have several: Israeli, Italian, Argentinean but this great bottle is from down under Australia !

Released May 2012. If it was any fresher you'd slap it!
The very definition of fun... A true Moscato (in that has been made from 100% Muscat grapes) this wine is light in alcohol, fantastically fizzy and shows summer fruits, rose petal and Turkish delight. Available here in a larger 750ml bottle but be careful - there's no excuses for not sharing with this one.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Penley Estate Aradia Chardonnay 2008

The objective of the winemaker has been to create a crisp, young style wine with soft fruit flavours so it can be consumed now, but the fine acid length and mellow French oak will aid bottle maturation (1-3 years from vintage date.)

The balance is a key feature in all Penley Wines. This ensures that Chardonnay will mature successfully in bottle, but with rich Australian flavours can be enjoyed now whilst the fruits are youthful. Quality new French oak, barrel fermentation, partial lees stirring and 20% Malo-lactic fermentation (MLF) all contribute to the style.

Crios Rose of Malbec ?

I love the Crios Malbec, but when I read about the Rose of Malbec I was curious and wanted a taste. A beautiful, deep, vibrant rosé color. Has a surprising amount of body for a rosé wine, and beautiful aromas of fresh, ripe wild strawberries. On the palate, the flavors of strawberries and young cherries come rushing in, accompanied by some spice notes and a clean, dry finish. This is the perfect chicken wine and a charming companion to mildly spicy Asian cuisine. Keep one in the fridge at all times and you’ll always have a delicious wine to enjoy with light snacks and cheeses. Best consumed in its youth.

LES TOURS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2007

Peaches on the nose with pink grapefruit, lime and gooseberry on the palate. This wine is a perfect cross between a Sancerre and a ripe Marlborough, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Good crisp acidity with mineral and stone fruit to balance. Blends nicely with shellfish, especially oysters, pasta salads, grilled shrimp or seared scallops.
LOCATION & CLIMATE
These Sauvignon Blanc vines are planted in the cool plains with deep soil in the Western zone of the region known as “Océanique”. The have a southern exposure which ensures plenty of sunshine during the daytime. The cool microclimate of this area, with breezes all the way from the Atlantic Ocean, is perfect for the production of quality Sauvignon Blanc.
SOIL
The soil is mainly clay with a high concentration of organic and mineral components. This maintains cool soil temperature and minimum levels of humidity.
VINES AND VINEYARD MANAGEMENT
These Sauvignon Blanc vines are about 15 years old and are pruned in the Guyot method. The shoots must be lifted up and attached to the upper wires to allow the grapes to breathe. Some defoliation is also required to permit effective ripening and avoid to much grassy character in the wine.
VINIFICATION AND AGING
The grapes are hand picked when fully ripe. They are hand inspected and triaged on a vibrating table to select only the best. Whole grape pressing , cold soaking and cold maceration take place before alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Extended contact with the skins and lees contact bring out better concentration of flavours.
VINTAGE 2007
The cool weather during most of the summer offered a careful, slow maturation of the grapes. 2007 offered the best possible conditions for Sauvignon Blanc as it enhanced the exotic fruit characteristics and ripeness with a perfect balance of sugar and acidity.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Residual sugar: 2.5 grams per litre PH: 3.4
Alcohol content: 13.5 %
TASTING NOTES
Light pale yellow colour with a distinct kiwi nose followed by flavours of lime, melon and gooseberry with nice mineral overtones on the palate.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Chill to approximately 45 degrees Fahrenheit. This wine is crisp and vibrant and would be best serve with shellfish, especially oysters, pasta salads, grilled shrimp, seared scallops, a creamy goat cheese or grilled chicken.
CERTIFIED ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
The production system of the Anne de Joyeuse Winery is a Bureau Veritas Certified Environmentally Friendly French business. “Protect Planet” is a long-term sustainable wine-growing commitment that focuses on the following processes:
 Ecosystem management
 Water conservation
 Pollution control
 Producer and consumer health protection  Preserving the true taste of the wine

The six keys to success


1. Attitude
Bloom where you are planted. You have a choice to get back up after temporary set backs. Attitude is a small thing that makes a big difference!


2. Direction
If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. Write your short term goals down on paper. I have discovered and continue to discover that putting your dreams and goals down on paper lock in or focus your belief that they can be achieved--even if you have to take a course correction in achieving your goals. Success comes in cans, failure comes in can'ts.


3. Values
Explore what is important to you. Maybe it is family, friends, your spirituality or working hard at any given task. I can assure you that your priorities will change as you grow older. Very important that you value yourself and treat yourself like the valuable gift from God that you are.


4. Interests
Birds of a feather flock together. This is to say that if you are hanging around winners or others with a "can do" mind- set, you'll likely adapt to this same kind of thinking. Remember--"SUCCESS LEAVES CLUES! 


5. Commitment
Feelings may change, commitments do not. "Success is getting up one more time than you fall." I have often wanted to give up, and then I must think to myself about what the consequences of giving up will be. Generally, this is more than enough of a motivation to make us stick to the task at hand even if we don't feel like it. When the task is achieved, Whow!--IT FEELS GREAT!


6. Encouragement
Be an encourager and comforter to friends that are feeling discouraged. I promise that you will not regret this as you will be encouraged by one, if not many, when you are feeling down. Encouragement and love are contagious qualities that can change the minds of the most stubborn and "hard-to-get- along-with" people you know. I have seen it happen over and over again.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Home Automation Projects: Thermostat Charts with RRDTOOL & Ubuntu

I wanted to generate charts from my web enabled thermostats for a long time and finally I got it ! I use the Proliphix Thermostats and the RRDTOOL with some help from Ander's website.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

The 2007 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted from several of Sonoma County’s most prestigious appellations and blended seamlessly to bring together the unique characteristics of each vineyard, creating a superbly balanced Cabernet Sauvignon. Made to accentuate the high-toned, delightful fruits of Sonoma County's vineyards, this wine offers many layers, featuring aromas and flavors of red cherry, plum and blackberry fruit with an underlying dry creek dustiness. The round, full mouth feel has just enough structure to lead it into a fruit focused finish.

Indaba Chenin Blanc 2010

Although this is not my favorite style of South African Chenin Blanc, I have to give them credit for making a relatively complex, terribly interesting bottle of wine. Typically, with South African Chenin Blanc, I can catch some of that Loire Valley earthy, mineral mustiness. This one does not have that to the extent I like. What it does have, that I am not all that happy about, is too much Granny Smith Apple malic acid. It dominates the palate and masks most of the other flavors. Possibly I tasted this too cold, because as it warmed, I started to make notes of mineral, and shale. It has a deep golden color. The mouth feel is medium plus bodied, with a very nice, oily, lanolin viscosity. The nose has a honeysuckle and dried hay. The honey continues on through the palate with some citrus, and even a little pineapple. The finish is mineral and citrus, with some honey.

Torresella 2008 Nero d'Avola

Nero d’Avola (Calabrese) is the most important and widely planted red-wine grape variety in Sicily. Vast volumes of Nero d’Avola are produced on the island every year, and have been for centuries. The dark-skinned grape is of great historical importance to Sicily and takes its present-day name from the town of Avola on the island’s south-east coast. The area was a hotbed of trade and population movement during the Middle Ages and Nero d’Avola was frequently used to add color and body to lesser wines on the Italian mainland.

Nero d'Avola is the signature variety of Sicily, the land of sea, sun, art and good food. At Torresella, meticulous selection has created a wine that reflects the authentic Sicilian spirit in Nero d'Avola's aromatic abundance of red fruits, spices, and Mediterranean herbs. Torresella's sustainable practices, symbolized on the label, ensure an ongoing commitment to preserving the environment.

I found this to be very grape like and less wine, the sour taste and fruity texture didn't meet my tasting standards.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ten Commandments

Someone has written these beautiful words. One must read and try to understand the deep meanings in them. They are like the Ten Commandments to follow in life all the time.

1] Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble; it is a "steering wheel" that directs us in the right path throughout life.

2] Do you know why a car's WINDSHIELD is so large & the rear view mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.

3] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.

4] All things in life are temporary. If going well enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong don't worry, they can't last long either.

5] Old friends are like Gold! New friends are Diamonds! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a base of Gold!

6] Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!

7] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8] A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision."

9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them; and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES; it takes away today's PEACE.If you really enjoy this, pass to others. It may brighten someone's day. Praying for love and peace to fill your life

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Chateau Cote Montpezat 2009

In the glass, Chateau Cote Montpezat is deep, dusty red, opaque in the middle, brick at the edges. Not surprising, since it already wearing 9 years of age. Right from the bottle, upon swirling, the nose is gamey and chewy, with a vegetable medley mixed in - sort of a beefy stew. On the palate, the vegetables come through first - a fairly flat mid-palate bringing broccoli and cauliflower, with little hints of fruit around the edges. Modest finish shows a touch of acid and tannin.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon (my new favorite)

Tilia, the Latin name for Linden, is a traditional tree in Mendoza whose flowers are used to make a relaxing herbal tea, enjoyed after a long day's work among the vines. The choice of this historic tree to represent their wine reflects a commitment to the traditional way of life in Mendoza, where most farmers bike or walk to work and live with their families near the winery and vineyards.

Tilia is sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Eastern and Southern regions of Mendoza. Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon shows rich red currant and cassis fruit flavors and aromas with a note of cedar and a long, well-structured finish.

Tasting notes
The 2009 Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark purplecolor with ruby red tones. The nose is full of ripe red fruits, sweet spice and a touch of tobacco. The mouthfeel shows red currant and cassis fruit layered with notes of cedar and espresso bean. The finish is soft and sweet, with finely grained tannins adding structure and length.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Founded in 1880, Geyser Peak Winery owns 120 acres of estate vineyards in Alexander Valley, a region supremely suited to producing world class Cabernet For this wine we source fruit from the central to southern regions of the valley where the cooling influence of the fog and coastal breezes have a dramatic effect on the climate
Vintage: 2006
Wine Type: Red Wine
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Acid: 6.0 g/L
PH: 3.65
Alcohol %: 13.5
Tasting Notes:
Known for luscious Cabernet Sauvignons, this wine is a classic example of Geyser Peak Winery’s intense, lively style. Forward fruit characters of black cherry and blackberry dominate the aromas, with underlying grace notes of dark chocolate and black pepper. In typical Geyser Peak style, the bright fruit is nicely supported by a restrained oak character. The palate is rich, round and lush, seamlessly pairing the cherry and berry fruit with a hint of spice and vanilla. The fine-grained tannins meld into a persistent, lingering finish.
Winemaker Notes:
Within its narrow confines, Alexander Valley provides a surprisingly diverse array of terroirs for Cabernet Sauvignon. The best lots for this wine came from well-drained hillside and benchland vineyards located above the valley floor. In 2006, we further refined our Cabernet program with particular attention to our estate Cabernet vineyards, as well as to minute variations in ripeness levels within a given vineyard. By picking only specific rows, or blocks, of vines at a particular time, and then fermenting these block separately, we were able to ensure optimal ripeness and quality.—Mick Schroeter

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tin Roof 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tin Roof wines originate in choice vineyards located in California’s acclaimed North Coast and Central Coast wine-growing regions. These ideally situated, cool-climate vineyards foster slow, even ripening of the grapes, enabling us to produce outstanding super-premium wines with an ideal balance of rich, ripe fruit flavors and crisp acidity.

Blending state-of-the-art technology with old-world, artisan winemaking techniques, we craft bright, fruit-forward Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, a delicate, refreshing Rosé, and rich, complex Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon.

Boasting distinctive varietal characteristics, these delicious, handcrafted wines are richly flavored, yet refined; fruit-forward, yet complex. They display the seamlessly integrated oak character and textural elegance that are the hallmarks of super-premium wine quality.

The Tin Roof Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, sophisticated red with lush cherry and dark berry flavors, smooth tannins, and a judicious dash of toasty oak. It’s a perfect match for grilled steak, roast beef, rack of lamb, veal medallions, venison stew, red-sauce pastas, and soft ripening cheeses.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

An Obituary printed in the London Times.....Absolutely Dead Brilliant

LONDON February 2012

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- And maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, launched a lawsuit and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death,
-by his parents, Truth and Trust,
-by his wife, Discretion,
-by his daughter, Responsibility,
-and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;
- I Know My Rights
- I Want It Now
- Someone Else Is To Blame
- I'm A Victim
- Pay me for Doing Nothing

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Punto Final Reserva Malbec 2006

Definitely one of my all time favorite Malbec. 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Punto Final Reserva contains 99% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc aged for 10 months in French oak. It, too, was sourced from vineyards over 50 years of age but with lower yields. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up a fragrant bouquet of cedar, scorched earth, lavender, and black cherry. Layered, dense, and concentrated, it has tons of savory black fruit, spice notes, and excellent balance. This lengthy effort can be enjoyed now but will evolve in the bottle for 2-3 years." (08/09) This is a big wine, but not a monster. Boldly structured, the Reserva is a much more serious effort than the Clasico. Showing an opaque, purple-black color, this reserve bottling shows deeply pitched dark fruit and cocoa aromas, with a hint of braised meat adding more complexity. It is extracted on the palate, chock full of blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors. A modern style to be sure, but still showing good balance, this wine is an incredible bargain.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Marqués de Cáceres 2007 Rioja Crianza

Founded in 1970 in the heart of Rioja Alta, Marques de Caceres has been the pioneer of modern style Rioja wines with intense colour, rich fruit and delicious tannins.

This crianza red wine is made from hand-picked tempranillo grapes with a small proportion of graciano and garnacha, selected from Rioja's finest vineyards.

Aged for 16 months in French and American oak barrels, followed by at least 14 months in the bottle, this wine reveals delicious black fruit flavours balanced by a delicate touch of vanilla and spice.

A perfect accompaniment to all kinds of foods, especially Mediterranean cuisine, vegetables, pasta, rice and meat dishes, and fine cheeses.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Purple Moon Shiraz

I think this is the epitome of an "average" wine. It is fruity with semi-sweet flavors, low acid and very mild tannins. It's also clean and has a bit of smokey Syrah aroma going for it. But there's no ambition, no individual character whatsoever. While this is perfectly drinkable, in fact easy to drink, it's dull. Like a top 40 pop song, it gets old quickly, though it's simple to enjoy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Gascon Malbec 2010

Since 1884, Don Miguel Gascón has been synonymous with the fine wines from Argentina's Mendoza region. With high altitude vineyards at the foothills of the majestic Andes, Bodegas Escorihuela Gascón is renowned for bringing Argentine Malbec to the world stage. Gascón offers wines that reveal the rich tradition and contemporary culture of Argentina's wine capital

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Medoc Malbec 2010


The Medoc sub-region of Bordeaux is home to four of the most famous appellations in France: Saint-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien and Margaux. The Medoc runs along the western bank of the Gironde estuary, covering a 50-mile (80-km) strip from the city of Bordeaux to the Atlantic Ocean. Its larger, southern section is known as the Haut-Medoc, and it is here that more fine wine is produced per acre than almost anywhere else in the world. The northern section, once commonly referred to as Bas-Medoc, also produces quality wines, but to nothing like the same extent. Its wines are made under the generic Medoc appellation and are less ambitious and cellar-worthy. That said, significant changes have taken place over the last 25 years, including extensive replanting and the appropriation of winemaking techniques used by the more successful Haut-Medoc producers. This has resulted in some winemakers gaining a reputation for consistently high-quality red wines that are very attractively priced.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mionetto Il Moscato


I usually don't like sweet wine since the calories counter goes crazy, but to end a night with this is really mystical and enchanting. I have several bottles of this great desert wine.

Wine Maker’s Notes:This gentle-sparkling wine is fresh and crisp with a floral bouquet and fruit finish. The gentle efferves- cence of this distinctive white wine makes it a favorite at celebrations and social gatherings. Perfect for summer patio parties!
Pairing:Serve as an aperitif or after brunch, lunch or dinner. Enjoy with dessert – from simple fresh fruit to sophis- ticated pastries. The “IL” Moscato also serves as an excellent complement to spicier cuisine such as Indian or Thai.

Lapostolle Casa Merlot

Still a favorite worldwide, this soft-textured, fruity red is extremely easy to drink, food friendly, and versatile, which means it will be around for a long time—despite any movie-inspired tantrums.

This major Bordeaux red grape made its way to Chile in the mid-19th century, but didn’t become truly popular here until the early 1990s. “Chilean Merlot” as it was known, had a unique spicy, green-peppery characteristic that was later discovered to be due to a stowaway in the vineyard. Carmenere, a fellow Bordeaux grape that had long been forgotten in France, was found among the Merlot in 1994.

The vineyards have since been separated and true Merlot appears in nearly every one of Chile’s wine valleys and results in wines that range from fruity and friendly to vibrant and exciting, depending upon where it is planted.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Di Majo Norante Sangiovese Terre Degli Osci Igt 2009 750ML



This wine is from Italy. The 2006 Sangiovese Terre Degli Osci is simply gorgeous. This superbly balanced red offers generous, super-ripe blueberry, spice and sweet toasted oak along with a soft, accessible personality. Despite its very ripe style, the wine remains surprisingly fresh. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2009. -89 Pts. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate SANGIOVESE Wine

Campos de Solano: Cabernet Sauvignon

Campos de Solana is a relatively new company but was formed by two families with a long history winemaking. They have burst onto the scene and now have the largest market share of sales in domestic Bolivia. They use the latest in production techniques and also use grapes grown in the highest vineyards in the world which allows them to produce extremely tasty and aromatic wines. Their varieties are listed below. The general manager shows us through the Campos de Solana wine cellars and explains there philosophy of winemaking in one of the newly planted vineyards intended to increase their production in the future.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Orzada Cabernet Sauvignon

The deep, dark color of this wine is inviting. Rich aromas of dried figs, red currants, blueberries, black cherries and lychee lead the way, with lingering notes of chocolate, leather, olives and ink.
This refined Cabernet Sauvignon offers a balanced and elegant palate, with plentiful, smooth tannins and touches of vanilla. The long and complex finish is harmonic, with refreshing acidity.

Monday, January 30, 2012

A COMPARATIVE GUIDE TO World Religions

TAOISM: Shit happens
CONFUCIANISM: Confucius saya " Shit happens"
BUDDHISM: If shit happens, it isn't really shit
ZEN: What is the sound of shit happening ?
HINDUISM: This shit happened before
MORMON: This shit is going to happen again
ISLAM: If shit happens, it is the will of Allah
CALVINISM: Shit happens because you don't work hard enough
CATHOLICISM: Shit happens because you are bad
PROTESTANTISM: Let shit happen to someone else
JUDAISM: Why does this shit always happens to us?
STOICISM: This shit is good for me
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE: Shit is only in your mind
SEVENT DAY ADVENTIST: No shit on Saturdays
HEDONISM: There isn't anything like a good shit happening
MOONIES: Only happy shit happens
HARE KRISHNA: Shit happens, shit happens, shit happens, shat shat
RASTAFARISM: Let's smoke this shit
EXISTENTIALISM: What is shit, anyway?
ATHEISM: No Shit !



STRESS

"STRESS" that confusion created when one's mind overrides the body's basic desire to choke the living shit out of some asshole who desperately needs it. - Anonymous

Friday, January 27, 2012

Lady Liberty



The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986 read more at National Parks Service Website

This picture was taken from a 26 yard yatch during an office event around the NY harbour in 2009. Lets hope that sometime in the very near future the People of Tibet will erect a statue to celebrate their freedom and it will be as well known as our own Statue of Liberty.

FREE TIBET !!!



Why do we continue to ignore the voices from Tibet; why is our economic interests more important that the humanitarian! Monks are setting themselves on fire in protest against China’s denial of basic human dignity. The people of Tibet need our support and let 2012 be the year to set Tibet free from China’s atrocities.

Read more at: West Wight Sangha

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Alamos Malbec 2010

This is another amazing Malbec- I have Argentinian friends and almost all agree on the superb taste of this fine but inexpensive Malbec.

This Alamos wine comes from high-altitude vineyards in Mendoza wine region of western Argentina. The wine represents the highest levels in the art of blending, using grapes from many distinct microclimates. Alamos wines are blended to create flavorful, drinkable wines that preserve each variety`s distinctive flavors, aromas, and textures.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Steele Globe @ Flushing Meadow Park


I took this picture before the US Open 2010. The Unisphere found its perch in Queens for the 1964-1965 World's Fair. The US Steel Corporation built it as a symbol of world peace. Since then the Unisphere has welcomed visitors, soccer players, museum and theater goers, Mets fans, and the people of Queens, New York.

Heidi Klum dressed as Kali in 2008



Controversial: Klum's decision to dress up as Hindu goddess Kali in 2008 wasn't received well by members of the religion


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2055263/Heidi-Klum-Halloween-costume-2011-Dead-body-pictures-annual-party.html#ixzz1kPDI8avB

Was this sach religious or hollywood doing what hollywood does best: imitate ?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Emotions

I was told emotions are like roller coaster, with many peaks and valleys, but my experience tells me that it's more like the solar storms lashing out with its killer flares and then slowly disappearing without any remorse or regret because that's the nature.

Thoughts to Destiny

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny

Tashlich: On the Jewish New Year

On the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, there is a ceremony called Tashlich. Jews traditionally go to the ocean or a stream or river to pray and throw bread crumbs into the water. Symbolically, the fish devour their sins. Occasionally, people ask what kind of bread crumbs should be thrown. Here are suggestions for breads which may be most appropriate for specific sins and misbehaviors:



  • For ordinary sins White Bread

  • For erotic sins French Bread

  • For particularly dark sins Pumpernickel

  • For complex sins Multi-Grain

  • For twisted sins Pretzels

  • For tasteless sins Rice Cakes

  • For sins of indecision Waffles

  • For sins committed in haste Matzoh

  • For sins of chutzpah Fresh Bread

  • For substance abuse Stoned Wheat

  • For use of heavy drugs Poppy Seed

  • For petty larceny Stollen

  • For committing auto theft Caraway

  • For timidity/cowardice Milk Toast

  • For ill-temperedness Sourdough

  • For silliness, eccentricity Nut Bread

  • For not giving full value Shortbread

  • For jingoism, chauvinism Yankee Doodles

  • For excessive irony Rye Bread

  • For unnecessary chances Hero Bread

  • For telling bad jokes/puns Corn Bread

  • For war-mongering Kaiser Rolls

  • For dressing immodestly Tarts

  • For causing injury to others Tortes

  • For lechery and promiscuity Hot Buns

  • For promiscuity with gentiles Hot Cross Buns

  • For racist attitudes Crackers

  • For sophisticated racism Ritz Crackers

  • For being holier than thou Bagels

  • For abrasiveness Grits

  • For dropping in without notice Popovers

  • For over-eating Stuffing

  • For impetuosity Quick Bread

  • For indecent photography Cheesecake

  • For raising your voice too often Challah

  • For pride and egotism Puff Pastry

  • For sycophancy, ass-kissing Brownies

  • For being overly smothering Angel Food Cake

  • For laziness Any long loaf

  • For augmenting your breasts with implants Cup Cakes

  • For habitual errors Muffins For trashing the environment Dumplings

Sunday, January 22, 2012

El Malbec 2006

Ricardo Santos is another excellent Malbec - I have been enjoying this 2006 since yesterday. A rich violet color of this wine combines the earthy, black-pepper aromas with gentle influences of French oak. The fruit flavors of cassis integrated with soft tannins results in a wine that is full bodied and ready to drink now or to be aged.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Rhetorical question

Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to "put your two cents in". But it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going to?

Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby " when babies wake up like every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.

Why is "bra" singular and "panties" plural?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?

If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn' t he just buy dinner?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your ass?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

STUDENT WHO OBTAINED 0% ON AN EXAM.............

Q1. In which battle did Napoleon die?
A1. his last battle

Q2. Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
A2. at the bottom of the page

Q3. River Ravi flows in which state?
A3. liquid

Q4. What is the main reason for divorce?
A4. marriage

Q5. What is the main reason for failure?
A5. exams

Q6. What can you never eat for breakfast?
A6.Lunch & dinner

Q7. What looks like half an apple?
A7. The other half

Q8. If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?
A8. It will simply become wet

Q9. How can a man go eight days without sleeping ?
A9. No problem, he sleeps at night.

Q10. How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
A10. You will never find an elephant that has only one hand..

Q11. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have ?
A11. Very large hands

Q12. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
A12. No time at all, the wall is already built.

Q13. How can u drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
A12. Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Trumpeter Malbec 2009

This is my absolute favorite Malbec, this is the winemaker that started my lovefest with Mendoza Malbec. The winemaker Rutini's history stretches back to the early 19th century. This is revered as one of Argentina's most prestigious wine producer.

Aromas of cinnamon and berries lead into flavors of cherry, blackberry and plum intermingled with hunter of ginger and pepper.

This is a very rich velvety taste and a very prominent taste of the Malbec.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Wine from India: Aryaa

Mercury Winery made this colorful designed bottle hopefully to distinguish itself from the overpopulated and already established wine industry. But this bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon was amazingly familiar; the taste resonated which I enjoy. This wine has a rich purple color, with strong aromas of the capsicum with a hint of cloves. It has black currant flavors, with a good balance between tannin and the acidity giving this wine the everlasting finish. Bravo to the Indian winemaker.

Cheap Malbec: Astica 2011

If you have had the pleasure of tasting home made wine - this Astica 2011 comes close to that taste at the first sip. I bought a case of this from Fresh Direct. Astica means flower in the native Argentinean Indian language, and as such this verity of Malbec was made in their honor. They claim this to be a sweet wine, unfortunately I didn't care of this winemaker.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Nieto Senetiner: Malbec 2009

Another excellent Malbec. This reserva from the Andes is made by the Italian immigrants who were wine makers for generations. This has the woody flavor that I really enjoy, made in the French oak barrels.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Bodega Poesia

100% Malbec, this is an Argentinean heritage combined with Bordeaux expertise. Ripe black cherry fruit, rich and remarkably soft. This is a 2007 bottle that I got from Winebuys.com

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Dona Paula Estate' Malbec

This is one of my personal favorite. I have several bottles of this in my cellar. I was introduced to this accidentally during one of my random online purchase from wine.com

Their website is www.donapaula.com and this is a keeper

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ecco Domani Italia - Chianti

Winemaker Fabrizio Gatto of Ecco Domani makes this chianti, it's truly stylish from an label design perspective, elegant too and sophisticated. A very enticing aromas of cherries entwined with pepper and spice, complementing soft tannins and a long, fine finish. Three thumbs up!!