July 31, 2008

July 31, 2008

Drinking from a Drop - Fubiz™

droppa.jpgCheck out this crazy cool carafe. Definitely not the most practical for wine--the base is only about 10cm--but it might work for sake or for a romantic dinner for two. The water droplet design is breathtaking. And I love that the cup, carafe and tray are a fluid, self-contained unit. Check out more photos after the jump.

Via Fubiz

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July 29, 2008

Cat's Phee on a Gooseberry Bush 2007

catspheeLABEL.jpgVARIETAL: Sauvignon Blanc
REGION: New Zealand
PRICE: $10

Remember that pucker you got when you first popped a Lemonhead in your mouth? Well amplify that about ten times and you'll get this extremely vibrant New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Aromas of cut grass and a certain l'eau du chat that the name implies are a little sharp. Explosions of zesty lime follow on your palate and reinforce the racy nature of this wine. I love the irreverence of the name, but I do wish the wine was a little more well rounded. Fun and refreshing, but a little one-dimensional.

I found mine at Cost Plus World Market, but if you require further investigation, check out the Coopers Creek site.

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July 16, 2008

Drunken Horse Wine Holder

horseholder.jpgKitchy doesn't quite cover this little gem. I want to hate it--but a little part of me smiles inside when I see it because it is exactly the sort of thing my grandfather would have proudly displayed on his bar, among the collectible antique car, covered wagon and train shaped bottles of Jack Daniels and Jim Beam. Not sure if he would have used it as a wine holder, but I'm sure he would have used it to hold a bottle of something.

Via Fosfor

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July 16, 2008

Snoqualmie Nearly Naked Gewürztraminer 2006

06_NearlyNaked_Gewurz_Label.jpgVARIETAL: Gewurztraminer
REGION: Columbia Valley, Washington
PRICE: $12

From the folks at Snoqualmie, their 'Nearly Naked' designation indicates that minimal non-organic production methods are used--in other words, the grapes are organic (though not certified) and as much as possible, they've tried to let the grapes do all the work. And, as many certified organic wines die on your palate before they've fully evolved, I think they have made the right decision. This wine is both delicate and unctuous. A lovely orange blossom bouquet is punctuated with shots of fragrant spice. In true Gewurz style, the floral and spice notes are layered with juicy fruit viscosity that clings to your taste buds, bursting with ripe stone fruit flavors. A refreshingly crisp mineral finish adds polish and dimension. We took this when invited to dinner with some friends--they prepared a sumptuous Indian dinner for us and the Nearly Naked Gewurztraminer was the perfect complement to every dish.

I found mine at Whole Foods, but they have a retail distribution page on their site that is fairly up-to-date. Snoqualmie Winery

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July 7, 2008

Silverado Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc 2006

silveradoSBlabel.jpgVARIETAL(S): Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
REGION: Napa Valley, California
PRICE: $15
Lovely, light and oh-so-summery, this sauvignon blanc shines. It is a pale golden yellow with bright citrus scents accentuated by a palate that is soft, yet crisp with ripe melon and golden apple flavors. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, stand by for the palate cleansing citrus and a clean stony finish. It s so easy to drink I found myself slurping a little. Great on its own, but even more lovely with light seafood fare.

I probably wouldn't pay full price for it, but luckily I found mine on sale at a local market. If you can't find it locally, you can find it here: Silverado Sauvignon Blanc

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