Thursday October 02, 2014


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Frei Brothers


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What do you think that was?


Over the years I have found it not at all uncommon to overhear discussions such as this when circling  around the wine section of the liquor store.


“I had this wine the other day. It was red.  It may have been from Spain. No, maybe France. They said it was from the Old World. What does that mean? I remember it had a red  label,  light red, sort of a ruby or burgundy color.  The color or shape of the bottle? I'm not sure, I didn't notice that. It was purchased here and apparently it's quite popular”. “What do you think it was? Could you help me?”


This scenario, and the many scenarios like it,  drive home the importance of really taking the time to look at  a wine bottle. Note specifics - the producer, name of the wine, country of origin, production area, grape variety and vintage. Write it down, or better yet, with all the apps available, take a picture. It will make your life,  not to mention those attempting to help you, much easier. There are many free apps available that not only provide valuable information about various wines but also allow you to keep a record that  includes any notations or tasting notes you make. “Vivino” is my app of choice.


Even if you don't particularly care for a wine it is important to keep a record, if for no other reason than  it will prevent you from purchasing the same wine in the future. 


Recording information is important from a number of different perspectives. Perhaps the most important is that you learn about wine.  By keeping tract of the wines you have tasted you will be able to identify what you like, what you don't, the style of wine you prefer and which grape varieties. 


The staff can't, after all, read your mind. It would help if they were telepathic. Personally, I think some are.


Patience is a virtue.


The following wines are available at select MLLC locations and fine wine boutiques. Prices verified July 26/2014.



Frei Brothers Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, USA, PRICE: $19.99

This dark garnet colored dry red wine opens with bold aromas of cassis, tobacco and dark berries. The palate reveals warm alcohol (14.2%), concentrated and rich dark fruit, toasty oak and fine yet firm drying tannins. Dark berries and hints of dried herbs carry thru to the long satisfying finish. 

This Cabernet Sauvignon hails from Alexander Valley, the largest and most planted viticultural area in Sonoma California. 




Nugan Estate Alfredo Second Pass Shiraz, 2012, Australia, PRICE: $16.99

A newly listed red wine made in the Italian ripasso style – a style reminiscent of Italy's Ripasso Valpolicella, although this wine is made from the Shiraz grape as opposed to the native Italian varieties used in the production of Valpolicella. A medium-dry red wine with juicy red berries layered over dried and leathery dark fruit. A soft and generous medium-to full-bodied wine. 




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