Recently, it may seem that I’ve taken a hiatus from wine. But that's simply untrue. While I may have mingled with a negroni for an evening cigar or indulged in a beer while practicing water skiing at the lake, ultimately, wine remains my focus. Even if it is in a state of neglect on the website. It has, however, come to my attention that the neglect has affected you, my generous reader, and your wine journey. Therefore, I am introducing a new series called: Tasting Notes.
The concept is simple. Every Friday (within my power), I will post the wines I plan to taste and post the following week. My hope is that you will join me. You don’t have to grab the same exact bottles as me, and you don’t have to buy six to participate. Pick one you are interested in and share your notes. Share them in the post comments or on Instagram.
Next week we will focus on six of the major wine varietals. They will include three red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Noir, and three white: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesiling, and Chardonnay. Mr. Eric Pèlegrin, the Wine & Spirits buyer from Travis Heights Wine & Spirits suggested we start with these varietals to use as a baseline. If you are starting at ground zero, this is perfect for developing your palate. Drinking big name grapes gives you an opportunity to taste the difference characteristics. Enough small talk. Look at the wine below. Grab a bottle (or six), scribble your thoughts, and remember not to take yourself too seriously.
Cabernet Sauvignon: Lamadrid (2016)
Malbec: Terracaë Cahors Malbec (2016)
Pinot Noir: Lompoc Wine Co. (2014)
Sauvignon Blanc: Château Haut Rian (2016)
Riesling: Dr. Loosen Dry Red State
Chardonnay: Domaine de la Croix Senaillet Mâcon-Davayé
Tasting Notes is a series where readers can drink and share wine notes with the author.