I have grown up around wine - my dad has made wine from fruit in our yard since before I could remember. It's always a really sweet wine and so that is what I learned first and stuck to for a while. During my senior year of college, I was in need of a part time job and found Fox Run Sentry Liquor (RIP) and was hired as a part time cashier and floor sales member specializing in wine. I started to ease myself into the heavier wines by starting into the whites - like Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. With this employment came in-store demos, employee post-work tastings, and industry shows that let me try many, many more wines (and beers) and really see what I would like.
My palette quickly developed and I am now a lover of all things red. Don't get me wrong, a crisp Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc still make an appearance in my house, but I tend to pick reds as my go-to's. Pinot Noir used to be one of my favorites, but now I drift even a little heavier into Zins and Cabernets.
With this page, I hope to share with you my experiences with wine and what I do and don't like. Lately I am on a huge Red Blend kick - even attending a tasting at Spring City Wine House completely focused on Red Blends. There are good, bad and in between, and I hope to share all of that with you.
14 Hands - Stampede Red Blend (Columbia Valley, WA - 2014) - This one definitely drier and I caught a little coffee on the nose. This would be a good sipper or it can hold it's own with a (red) meat and potatoes dinner.
Apothic Red - No matter the year, this is a staple for me. Its a Zin, Merlot, Syrah, and Cab blend.
Apothic Dark - Even better than the original - watch out, it will dye your teeth purple. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate in this one. I enjoy this on it's own.
Apothic Crush - This is a new find for me and it's a little lighter, but if you are looking for a red to enjoy in summer, this is smooth and goes down without a problem.
Menage a Trois Red Wine - I first had this wine before they came out with the full gamut of varietals. It is a bit lighter, but a very easy sip. Add an ice cube if too tart.
Menage a Trois Midnight - This one sits on the pallete a little longer with the deeper flavors. A great one to pair with red meat again - steak!