I recently tried McWilliams Hanwood Estate Pinot Noir 2008. It was a gift to my husband, and he graciously passed it on to me. I did share, though.
Nice ruby color with a cherry aroma. The fresh fruit flavor was accompanied by a little bit of oak and some spice. This light-bodied wine is nicely structured with balanced tannins, but I thought it was a little dry for a pinot noir. I am starting to prefer more full-bodied, flavorsome reds.
Hanwood Estates boasts six generations of wine making – since 1877. Their wines are sourced from select vineyards in some of the best wine growing regions of Southeastern Australia. Other Hanwood varieties include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Jack’s Blend.
I believe the average price is less than $10 a bottle.
Celebrate the wines of Kentucky this Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Northern Kentucky Wine Festival. With 19 participating wineries, you’re sure to fall in love with a wine or two. They will have two city blocks filled with food and craft vendors, music and lots of wine.
Participating wineries include:
Old 502 Winery
Rose Hill Farm
The Northern Kentucky Wine Festival takes place from 3 until 10 p.m. this Saturday in Covington’s Mainstrasse Village. Tickets are $10 and include a souvenir wine glass and four sample tickets. Additional sample tickets may be purchased on-site.
If you go, please share which wines you enjoyed the most by commenting on this post. Cheers!
I recently had the chance to eat at Crave Cincinnati at The Banks downtown . While this post is not a restaurant review, I have to say we had a fantastic experience – exceptional service, delicious food and the chance to choose from a very extensive wine list (my favorite part).
While we waited for our table, I had a glass of wine at the bar – Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. This is a crisp, vibrant wine full of tropical fruit flavor and a little bit of grapefruit. It is very smooth from start to finish and rather acidic. Delicious. I will be searching for this one at my local store.
With dinner, I had a red – what Crave classifies as a Unique Red – Gascon Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. Big and bold, this wine is a good blend of fruit and spice. It has nice round tannins and a long smooth finish. I don’t drink Malbec on a regular basis but this wine is above-average.
Crave’s wine list boasts nearly 90 wines by the glass and bottle. They also have a selection of Martinis, Crafted Cocktails like Blueberry Lemonade and Crave Creations like their Summer Shandy.
I would definitely like to visit Crave again for the wine… and for the sushi.
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