Welcome! Thanks for joining us today as I taste through six delicious wines.
Today I have six wines to taste. I am going to go through and taste each one and give you a little description of each.
Kendall Jackson Riesling
First, I will start with the Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Riesling. This is a Riesling from California. Kendall Jackson is more well known for their Chardonnay, which is one of the top selling wines in the country. But they also do a number of other wines, including this Riesling.
Very pale in color. I smell some apples and faint pear notes as well. A lot of sugar. A lot of sweet like over ripened apples or over ripened pears, that is the kind of sweetness you get. It is a little bit too much. It almost feels a little sticky. So that’s Kendall Jackson Vintner’s reserve Riesling.
716 Cellars Pinot Grigio
Next up we have 716 Cellars Pinot Grigio. ‘716’ is the area code of Buffalo, New York. This wine is not made in Buffalo, but the company is owned and operated by a local owner. They source the wines and then private label them. They have a Pinot Grigio and a red blend under the 716 label. The Pinot Grigio is from Italy. Very fresh nose. A little bit too much acidity for Pinot Grigio for my taste, but it would still make a nice summer wine. That acidity lingers on the finish and kind of leaves you thirsty for more, so it would go down well on a hot summer afternoon. Good, easy, refreshing wine.
Next up we have Fleurs de Prairie Rosé from Provence, France. As we have talked about in previous videos, rosés are traditionally dry wines. This one I believe is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah. It has a very faint pink tint to it. It is not very heavy on the red color, it is very light. The nose has some watermelon. A little bit of strawberry and watermelon on the palate. Very dry with very faint traces of acidity on the finish. This is a very nice wine to pair with some appetizers or just by itself on a summer day. And it has a beautiful bottle with the embossed glass.
716 Cellars Red Blend
Moving in to the reds. First up we have the 716 Cellars Red Blend, which is a Syrah/Cabernet blend. This one as I said is not made in Buffalo, but it is private labeled by a local company. The wine is from Australia.
I get a lot of black pepper on the nose, little spiciness, a little bit of dark fruit. It is very fruit forward, very easy drinking. Settle tannins near the finish which dry it out a little bit. But it is not overly dry. It is heavy bodied and definitely fills your mouth and makes you feel like you are chewing on something.
Colby Red – A Good Wine for a Good Cause
Moving on, we have the Colby Red. This is a red wine, made in California. The winemaker’s son had a rare heart condition when he was young and the winemaker decided to make a wine in honor of him – Colby. Proceeds from the wine are donated to various heart foundations around the country. It has great little story to it.
This wine, I don’t know if you are able to see, but it is much darker than the 716 that we just had before it. It has some deep ruby, purplish color to it. I get a little smoke on the nose and some like dark rich black fruit flavors.
Very thick and heavy, some leather and earthy notes to it, but not overly tannic. It is not too dry or too strong. Very rich and fruity. This is a very good, easy drinking red wine. This is the kind of style that has been very popular lately. It is a pretty versatile wine that can be paired with a variety of food or just sipped on its own.
Tasting Voga Moscato
Last stop, we have Voga Moscato. As you can see this bottle stands out a bit from the more traditional shape. The story behind it is that the monks that live near the winery have been bottling spring water in these types of bottles. So the winemakers decided to honor them by using this type of bottle. And obviously it helps to sell it a little bit more, it is a little bit unique, a little bit different. We also have a Pinot Grigio that comes in the same type of bottle.
Moscato is a sweet white grape, which is why I am doing it last. Smells like peaches and apricots. Very fresh, it has some light effervescence to it, and as expected, very sweet. But it is not overly sweet. It just has a good sugar consistency to it. It is good for hot summer days or for an after dinner drink. Moscato has been very popular lately , so it’s always a good hit in a summer party.
That is it for our wines today. Thank you very much for joining us. We look forward to hearing your feedback and comments. And look forward to joining us again soon. Thanks very much, cheers!