Posts by: Ann D

AnnD lives in Ohio, but grew up in New Jersey. She is the mom of two teens: 20 year old Waldo who goes to college, and 17 year old Tizzle who pretty much rules the home front. She also mothers a Maltese named Chloe, a Malshi named Rory and a 51 year old husband who has a name too. Twenty-six years ago, she began her working journey as a television news producer…and cannot tell you how happy she is that the journey has finally led to writing about wine from home and letting the dog in and out all day. AnnD considers a great evening to include a fire in the fireplace, a big glass of wine and a good book in hand. Read about her winey journeys through life at The Winey Mom

Review: Lobster Reef Sauvignon Blanc

Who: Lobster Reef – two bottles of it, actually

What: Sauvignon Blanc, 12.5%

When: 2014

Where: New Zealand

Why: Well, it took two bottles to get through this review. That’s why.

Normally, when I review a wine, I open the bottle with the express intent of taking notes and sniffing and swirling and sipping with a purpose. And I swear to you that’s how I started with my first bottle of this wine.

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Wine Review: Schild Estate Unwooded Chardonnay

Who: Schild Estate
What: unwooded Chardonnay 13.5%
When: 2011
Where:  Barossa, Australia
Why: I love the way they call it “unwooded”!

I have nothing against a little oak with my Chardonnay. But lately I’ve been seeing more and more unoaked Chardonnay and I am really liking it. I’m also amazed at how, when you take out the oak, you can get such a range of tastes in Chardonnay.

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Review: Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon

Who: Yalumba

What: The Y Series, Cabernet Sauvignon (14.2%)

When: 2013

Where: Australia

Why: Great wine, great price!

Do you keep a wine journal? I do, for a number of reasons. First off, if you review wines, you need to keep track of them somewhere. You want to think it won’t happen, but they do tend to run together in your mind after a while. Secondly, it’s kind of fun to look back on the notes I take and remember where and when you sipped on a certain wine. But most importantly, if you are drinking wine and taking notes, it’s work, not aimless sipping. (Not that I have anything against aimless sipping, mind you, but if you can justify opening a bottle, this is a very good reason.)

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Review: The White Ribbon

Who: The White Ribbon

What: Semillon (11%)

When: 2013

Where: Australia’s Hunter Valley

Why: Because wine elevates leftovers.

It’s been a little over four months since The Winey Household has become a Winey Empty Nest, and I’d like to report that I am doing quite well. (I’d report on the Winey Husband too, but it seems that no one cares how he is adjusting to the Empty Nest thing-y…it’s me they all expected to pretty much fall apart.) I did not grab anyone’s ankles to keep her from going back to the dorm on the last day of a certain college’s move in weekend. I did not cry myself hysterical on the car ride home. I didn’t have nightmares about my youngest being out in the big, bad, nasty world on her own.

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Wine Review: Riebeek Cellars Pinotage Rosé

Who: Riebeek Cellars

What: Cape Rosé, 13% ABV, 100% Pinotage Rosé

When: 2013

Where: South Africa

Why: Because grown up children still get sick.

This really happened. There we all were, enjoying our Christmas holidays together as a family. The Winey Daughter was in from college. The Winey Son was in from his military training. The Winey Hubby and I had a full house again.

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Review: Manu Sauvignon Blanc

Who: Manu

What: Sauvignon Blanc, 13%

When: 2013

Where: New Zealand

Why: Because you never know when you’re going to meet up with a new favorite.

How:  Every year, a parents’ group the Winey Hubby and I are members of hosts a wine tasting. Actually, it’s a 5-course meal, each course paired with a different wine, so I guess it’s a wine dinner. It is one of our group’s most popular events and since we run it as a fundraiser, well, let’s just say it’s a HUGE success.

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Review: 2Up Shiraz

Who: 2Up

What: Shiraz (14% ABV)

When: 2013

Where: Australia

Why: Because everyone needs a guilty pleasure.

There are people who love fall for the crisp weather and the gorgeous leaf show Mother Nature puts on. And while I’m all about the pretty colors, I look forward to fall because I know that soon, very soon, there will be a new season of Grey’s Anatomy.

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Review: DMZ Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé

Who: DMZ (DeMorgenzon Winery)

What: Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé (13%)

When: 2013

Where: Stellenbosch region, South Africa

Why: Because it was time to conquer my fear of Rosé wine.

There are a lot of things to be scared of in this world. Spiders, thunder, flying, spiders, the toddler years, heights, spiders…so it seemed very silly to me that I had a fearful aversion to wines of the pink hue.  If you tried to analyze the origin of my fear, it might be that my mother was (and is) a pink wine fan. It’s not that I object to pink wine, but when it’s one step above soda pop, and you drink it to the exclusion of all other types of wine, well, that scares me.  So a while back, in an effort to convince myself that pink wine was not the enemy, I tried a French Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé. And did not like it one bit. Nope, not one little bit.

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Review: Presswork Shiraz

Who: Presswork

What: Shiraz (13.8%)

When: 2011

Where: Barossa Valley, Australia

Why: Nice wine, great price.

Let me start out by saying that I am a total stalker in the wine department. I just wander the aisles and gaze at bottle after bottle after bottle. Typically I wind up in the tasting area, where hopefully there is a very helpful wine guru who will taste right along with me. It’s not drinking alone in the food store if someone is matching you sip for sip! Seriously, what more could I ask for?

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Review: Starborough Sauvignon Blanc

Who: Starborough

What: Sauvignon Blanc, 12.5%

When: 2012

Where: Marlborough, New Zealand

Why: Because May is for Moms!

So, it’s May. Notice I did not say “spring” because where I hail from, just because the calendar says “May” doesn’t mean “spring”. There have been times when I have actually cursed snow flurries on Mother’s Day. But even with the nutsy weather, May in the United States means “Mother’s Day”. And if ever there was a day for a good bottle of wine, it’s the second Sunday of May.

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