I know we’ve been, well, dormant for the last year or so. Life does that occasionally. But we’re going to return with a vengeance soon, with a whole new way of accessing the content.
So hang on for another week or two and My Wine Education will be back, educating and learning as we go!
Arbanta Rioja 2010, around $11.99
I usually drink white wine in the summer, but the other day the weather reminded me so much of Fall. I was eyeing the red Rioja that has been in my wine rack for a couple of months now. So I decided to give it a try. I was really tempted to start a fire in my fireplace, but that would’ve been pushing it.
Rioja is named after La Rioja in Spain. This wine is made from the Tempranillo grape – a variety of black grape – often referred to as Spain’s noble grape. Wines from Rioja are known to be aged in a barrel.
Spanish wines are about the place they’re from, and Rioja offers silky wines. Silky is a great description because this is a smooth wine. I was surprised how much I liked it. It has spicy floral aromas with a full-bodied yet bright flavor. It’s somewhat sweet on the tongue at first but then it’s a bit spicy. The solid fruit flavors of this wine remind me of cherries and plums. Delicioso!
I drank a glass…OK, two…solo, but the Rioja pairs nicely with roasted chicken and pasta. Yum.
I know it’s been slow around the blog. There’s definitely been a lot more action over on the Facebook page. But that’s all going to change soon.
First, I just took, and passed, the Introductory Level Sommelier course. I’m convinced they do their best to scare you to death as part of the training. I need to write up the experience but I’m still sort of processing it.
Next, I’ve got the opportunity to spend more time on the West Coast over the next few months. That means I’m taking more of a backseat role here at the blog, and functioning more as a Managing Editor.
Of course, I need something to edit, right? I’m bringing on two lovely new writers, both with fresh perspectives and who are perfect for Wine-Girl.net. Like me, they’re not wine experts, but consumers, just like you. I’m excited about them both. I’ll let them introduce themselves to you over the next few days.
I will be chiming in periodically with things I simply must share, wines that simply must be reviewed, and interesting observations of a Cincinnati wine girl in California wine country.
I’m excited about the changes ahead!
Swirl, Smell, Slurp is a blog based out of Los Angeles that is trying to taste wines from all 50 states. Their original goal was to do it in 50 weeks, but the sample process does not work quite that quickly.
Thanks to Dep’s Fine Wines’s Kevin Keith, I was recommended to be the Ohio wine blogger with whom the Swirl, Smell, Slurp bloggers virtually tasted. I immediately recommended several Ohio wineries, including Firelands, Kinkead Ridge, Harmony Hill, and St Joseph’s. Kinkead Ridge got back to my new bloggy friends, but unfortunately, Nancy is seriously low on wine. Heck, I picked up one case of their second-label white and they’d only made 42 cases! Friends, the Ohio valley can be brutal on grapes some years.
However, my friends at Harmony Hill got back to the fine folks at Swirl, Smell, Slurp and I picked up my samples on Memorial Day Weekend. Bill provided us with four vastly different wines and you can read all about it – from She, He, and Me – over at the United Slurps of America: Ohio edition.
Oh, and my advice to He and She of Swirl, Smell, Slurp? Go sign up for the Wine Century Club. You’ll be getting all sorts of French-American hybrids at your doorstep if you’re trying all 50 states. Everything from the more common southern grapes of Chambourcin, Muscadine, and Traminette to crazy things like Teraldego. You’ll be in the Century Club in no time!
We’re moving from Typepad to WordPress on Thanksgiving. That means the blog might be unavailable on Thanksgiving, and if things go poorly, on Black Friday as well. I will do my best but tech issues are tech issues and well … It may also disrupt your RSS feed.
There is a backup plan: you’ll still be able to access the site at http://writegirl.typepad.com/wine. Ideally, you won’t have to do that, and ideally, you’ll be able to always use Wine-Girl.net.
When we launch the new blog, you’ll notice the design is more complete than it is currently, more vines and clouds and butterflies and such … for this you can thank the wonderful amazing design skills of John @ 520Red. Hire him. He designed “cartoon me” and all of her derivatives …
So, deep breath … and wish me luck!
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