Sunday Morning Sommelier: Blackstone Pinot Noir


Alcohol content: 13.5% Price: $8.99 Description per label: Our Blackstone Pinot Noir is sourced throughout California’s finest grape growing regions. This elegant wine exhibits ripe aromas of black cherry, vanilla, and hints of spice followed by cherry jammy berry and black tea-infused flavors. Review: It was two years ago today that I returned from a pricey one-week jaunt to Paris. … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Sommelier: ONEHOPE Chardonnay


Alcohol content: 13.5% Price: $18.99 Description per label: ONEHOPE partnered with Rob Mondavi Jr. to handcraft this chardonnay from select vineyards throughout Napa, Sonoma, and the Central Coast of California. Review: It is widely known among numerous Sommelier circles that my enthusiasm for wine is matched only by my charitable nature. I have been known to share my rare varietals … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Sommelier: Mark West Pinot Noir (2008)

Alcohol content: 13.8% Price: $9.99 Description per label: Mark West Winery specializes in Pinot Noir- Sourced primarily from coastal appellations, these vineyards provide grapes of aromatics and flavors…blah, blah, blah… rich in texture with a lingering finish and versatile enough to compliment about any cuisine (food). Review: To me, the name Mark West conjures up images of the … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Sommelier: Middle Sister ‘Rebel Red’


Alcohol content:  12.5% Price:  $12.99  Description per label: A sassy blend of our three favorite red varieties perfect for sipping before, during and after our favorite family meals.   Review: Growing up, I loved being the middle child.  I never felt ignored or the need to compete for my parents’ attention with my siblings. I was the rebel but no one noticed because they were … [Read more...]

The Sunday Morning Sommelier: Ménage à Trois Rosé


Alcohol content: 13.5% Category: other reds (Rosé) Description per label: Think pink! Who says three’s a crowd? Some love our Red, some love our White, everyone loves our Pink. Price: $10.99 Review: Labor Day weekend of 1999 I found myself closing out the summer in Bridgehampton. It was there that I was last confronted with the act of debauchery that is this wine's name. I was … [Read more...]

The Sunday Morning Sommelier: DELTA Sauvignon Blanc


Alcohol content: 13% Price:  $12.99 Description per label:  The Delta Wine Company is a partnership… blah, blah, blah. It’s pungent and gooseberryish on the nose with dry nettley fruit on the palate and an intense lingering finish on the palate. It is like…blah, blah, blah.
 Review: This yarn begins years ago after a long and intense sampling session.  I was being challenged … [Read more...]

The Sunday Morning Sommelier: Bitch Grenache


Alcohol content:  A flammable 15.5% Price: $9.99 Description per label:  Bitch 42x (seriously).   Review: I’d been having quite a week when I stumbled upon this sweet treat at my local wine mart. Between the stifling heat of a Florida summer, the devastating news that school starts a week later than anticipated, and the fact that my roster of babysitters were all headed off to … [Read more...]

The Sunday Morning Sommelier: Mommy’s Time Out Pinot Grigio


Alcohol content: 11.5% Price: $6.99 Description per label: We all know that being a Mommy is a difficult job. A Mommy’s Time Out is a well-deserved break. This wine is delicate and fruity. Review:   Any time a wine implicitly or explicitly encourages the shirking of parental duties my sommelier senses draw me in like a zombie to brains. By now I’m sure you’ve noticed the eerie … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Sommelier: LA CREMA 2008 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)


Alcohol content: 13.9% Price: $24.99 Description per label: 2008 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast cool climate vineyards, Artisan Winemaking. Classic Pinot Noir. Review: Due to the various complexities attributed to a good pinot noir, tasting is no easy task. However, drinking an entire bottle of this heavenly liquid is. For less than $25 you are delivered one of the finest varietals in the … [Read more...]