Entries categorized as “Wine Tasting”

  • May 6, 2015

    This wine was one of our favorites from our Cab tasting. With cherry and chocolate flavors, this medium-bodied red was well balanced with a velvety finish. This would be great wine to serve with a grilled steak and garlicky veggies.... Continue Reading...

  • February 27, 2015

    The 667 Pinot Noir packed a punch! This wine offered a spicy finish and had a bolder or more powerful flavor than the rest of our Pinot tastings. We appreciated the uniqueness the wine presented and would recommend it to friends... Continue Reading...

  • January 26, 2015

    If you have been following us, you know that recently we officially kicked off our first wine club and our theme was sparkling wine or champagne. This theme was a great first choice as there are many options and it... Continue Reading...

  • January 30, 2015

    We saved the biggest bang of alcohol for our last sparkling wine tasting. Sitting at a whopping 14% alcohol by volume, the Sparkling Fusion Tune not only gives you a sparkling wine, but a mix of vodka as well. Well, why... Continue Reading...

  • December 8, 2014

    Whether it’s a BYOB restaurant or a party, it’s sometimes tough to decide what to bring. Will I be having a steak tonight or the fish? Will they be serving Mexican food at the party or will it... Continue Reading...

  • May 4, 2015

    We had our Cabernet Sauvignon tasting a few weekends ago. The rules - we couldn't go over $10 for the bottle that we chose to bring. It wasn't hard - there are plenty of options for Cabs under $10 but they are... Continue Reading...

  • November 24, 2014

    Today is International Carmenere Day. Carmenere is a red grape born in the Bordeaux region of France but currently the signature grape of Chile. We suggest trying Root 1 Carmenere as it is affordable and full of flavor. It is a... Continue Reading...

  • February 25, 2015

    Red berries, spicy, & organic. What more could we ask for in a Pinot Noir? Cooper Mountain Vineyard got everything right - the label design caught our eye right away and their smooth and fruity Pinot Noir was delicious. Their vineyard... Continue Reading...

  • January 29, 2015

    Although typically more dry, this Prosecco leaned towards the sweeter tones. Pull out your fruit and make yourself a Bellini for a breakfast or brunch. Cupcake Wines have many types, but we were a fan of their Prosecco because the... Continue Reading...

  • February 12, 2015

    Kudos to the people at Food Network for developing this foolproof wine. If you always seem to have a conflict with pairing wines with food, they have taken all of the heartache out of it. Their wine bottles offer pairing... Continue Reading...

  • May 5, 2015

    This medium-bodied red wine went over well during our Cabernet Sauvignon tasting a few weeks ago. The first sip had everyone interested - with strong black cherry and vanilla flavors and aromas, it was a great hit! For just under $10... Continue Reading...

  • February 28, 2015

    This wine came highly recommended by the awesome Russian lady who works at my local liquor store. I said that I wanted a Pinot Noir that had a lot of red fruit aromas and flavors and she was spot on.... Continue Reading...

  • January 28, 2015

    The second sparkling wine that we tried was a Loire Valley Vouvray. We also found this wine to be an easy drinker. Being off-dry with a nice finish it paired nicely with our Parmesan cheese and crackers. Priced at under $20.00... Continue Reading...

  • January 27, 2015

    The first sparkling wine that we tried at Wine Club was Louis Bouillot Perle d' Aurore Rose. It paired well with our Spicy Salmon Bites and had a delicate smooth finish. It made a great sipping sparkling wine and seemed... Continue Reading...

  • January 3, 2015

    Murphy-Goode Vineyard is located in Sonoma County in California. Founded by three friends, Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and Dave Ready, the vineyard now produces their own vintages and world-class Bordeaux varieties from the Alexander Valley. Their vineyard sounds like a... Continue Reading...

  • February 26, 2015

    ​The first Pinot Noir we tasted was the Naked Grape Pinot Noir. By far the sweetest Pinot's of the day, this Pinot would make a great choice for individual's with a sweeter tooth or those who aren't as acclimated to... Continue Reading...

  • March 1, 2015

    Info - Pinot Noir is a complicated wine. Complicated in the uniqueness of each bottle and the variances in smell, color, and taste. We held our first Pinot Noir tasting over the last weekend and had several bottles from the... Continue Reading...

  • February 24, 2015

    We had our Pinot Noir tasting this past weekend and most of our wines originated from the West Coast. Several of the wines began to taste the same after the first few we tried so next time we will try... Continue Reading...

  • January 6, 2015

    Our first Tannins & Tatas Wine Club "meeting" will be held in just a few short weeks! The theme will be "Sparkling Wine" and it looks like we have some planning to do! Procrastinating like usual... So what do you need... Continue Reading...

  • January 13, 2015

    Wine tasting planning shouldn't be hard. It should be fun and educational for both yourself and your guests. We tackled the first task last week, Choose a Theme and are on to Planning the Meal. Champagne and most sparkling wines... Continue Reading...

  • January 20, 2015

    Once you have chosen your theme and planned the food for your event, you will need to get supplies. This may be our favorite part of planning for a wine tasting, what girl doesn't love to shop? Here are some... Continue Reading...

  • June 28, 2015

    It's time to celebrate - I have finally found a white wine that I can drink all summer without getting sick of it! I often find white wine too dry or too sweet, depending on the varietal. We stopped by... Continue Reading...

  • October 7, 2015

    We definitely took the summer off from blogging, yikes! We spent all summer soaking up a ton of wine knowledge while visiting many, many wineries. We wrapped up our summer with a trip to Vinmark Estates in Hastings to check... Continue Reading...

  • November 26, 2014

    Pairing wine with your Thanksgiving dinner can be difficult. Try serving Bogle's Sauvignon Blanc. It pairs well with light appetizers which makes it a great choice to serve when guests first arrive. With a touch of white pepper, it will... Continue Reading...

  • November 18, 2014

    You may or may not have heard someone mention the "Big Eight" of wine tasting. Simply put, the "Big Eight" refers to the top eight most popular and influential wine varietals out there. The "Big Eight" includes four reds and... Continue Reading...

  • November 20, 2014

    Next time you pour yourself a glass of wine, follow the Five S's of wine tasting: See - Swirl - Smell - Sip - Savour

  • January 25, 2015

    ​A little bit of background on us: We are a group of Midwestern ladies that were tired of feeling the winter blues. The notorious winters of the Midwest are no exaggeration and can become brutally long and boring. So to... Continue Reading...

  • December 2, 2014

    This week we are highlighting Bogle Vineyard's Essential Red 2012 for Twisted Tuesday. Bogle produces some flavorful blends that we always have on hand. They pair with a variety of foods and are affordable making them our go-to wines during the... Continue Reading...

  • November 25, 2014

    It's Twisted Tuesday here at Tannins & Tatas. Each week we will highlight wines that fall into the "blend" category. Vintners will use a variety of grapes to increase the complexity and flavor of the wine to create a blend. This... Continue Reading...

  • November 26, 2014

    Wine tastings are a great way to get together with friends and discuss wine. We are actually looking forward to January this year since it will be our first wine tasting club meeting. If you are hosting a wine party,... Continue Reading...

  • December 10, 2014

    Definition: Weight or fullness on one's palate.

  • December 31, 2014

    Definition: Wines over 13.5% alcohol are considered full-bodied. They are higher in alcohol and viscosity therefore producing rich and complex flavors on one's palate. How to recognize a full-bodied wine: Full-bodied wines are typically darker in color and ranging from red... Continue Reading...

  • December 17, 2014

    Definition: Wines under 12.5% alcohol are considered light-bodied. Lower alcohol means lower ​​viscosity​ leaving a crisp and refreshing feeling on one's palate. How to recognize a light-bodied wine: Wine will leave a watery feeling on one's palate. When swirled, a light-bodied... Continue Reading...

  • December 24, 2014

    Definition: Wines between 12.5-13.5% alcohol are considered medium-bodied. How to recognize a medium-bodied wine: Wine will leave a texture similar to that of 1% milk, not too watery like skim milk but not too thick like whole milk. When swirled, a... Continue Reading...