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Aug 31

A New Chapter: New Location, New Look, New Attitude, New Posts

After over a decade here at Wine-Girl.net, we’re moving. After Labor Day 2015, all new posts – of which there will be many – will be happening over on our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/MyWineEducation.

Why? A couple of reasons:

  1. Spammers and hackers. I can’t tell you how many times this site has been hacked over the last couple of years. No matter what I try, I can’t seem to protect it enough. Facebook has built-in protections and requires less banging-my-head-on-my-desk moments as a result.
  2. Facebook allows long-form posts, such as we’re used to seeing on blogs. But it also is the perfect forum for short posts, such as a neat article or image that I come across and just want to quickly share. Not everything requires multiple paragraphs and Facebook will support both forms of sharing.
  3. Facebook allows for interaction levels we can’t get on a blog. For years, more interaction was happening either on the Facebook post ABOUT the blog post or on Twitter. It’s time to move to where the interactions are, as I love to hear from you! You can like something or comment – it’s as much interaction as you choose to give.
  4. I’m on Facebook anyway. Over the last 5 years, I’ve moved from Cincinnati to San Francisco to Atlanta. Quite frankly, I ran out of time for true blogging. While my heart was always there, time was never on my side. I was tired. But I always seemed to have time for quick posts on Facebook, mostly from my phone.
  5. It’s time for a reboot. Due to the aforementioned lack of time, this site fell into disrepair, despite the valiant efforts of the team. I don’t even resemble my own logo anymore! It’s time for a new look and feel, and a new fresh attitude moving forward.

This site has always maintained the Facebook page but now all posts will be exclusive to that location. This site will still exist, so that the archives can be referenced, but all comments will be closed and no more new posts will appear here.

We plan on being quite busy in our newly refreshed digs though. Over the next couple of weeks, watch for a new logo and look and feel over on our Facebook Page. We invite you to join us for virtual drinks and celebrate our reboot. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be relaunching this blog and diving back into the world of wine.



 – Michelle

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Aug 14

A White Wine (and a Brew) Review

By: Cresta

Pomelo Sauv BlancCresta | My Wine Education
Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc

I prefer a Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand (think Kim Crawford, Nobilo, Brancott Estates). But I really enjoyed the Pomelo 2013 California Sauvignon Blanc. Honestly, I was in a hurry the day I bought this, so I really didn’t think much about it. But it turns out the taste was great and the price was perfect at about $8.

So, the Pomelo is a giant citrus fruit native to Malaysia and thought to be an ancestor of the grapefruit…

And this wine smells exactly like grapefruit. It’s light and citrusy, but not overly sweet; somewhat tart but not bitter. I could absolutely taste the grapefruit, as well as some lemon, lime and citrus fruits. I think it’s a very refreshing wine with crisp acidity.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest

I am always willing to try a new beer. Last weekend I was looking for something different to enjoy outdoors. I discovered Sierra Nevada Summerfest (5% ABV), a crisp lager that really is refreshing.

I was pleasantly surprised at this beer’s fairly light-bodied wheat and mild citrus taste. It reminded me a lot of 312, although it’s a tad sweeter.  Although a pretty hoppy beer, the finish was not super bitter.

Try this one soon. It is a seasonal brew so it probably won’t be around much longer. In fact, some of the Fall beers are already on shelves.

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Aug 08

Tempranillo from Spain

Actea Tempranillo 2012 was in our very last shipment from Vino Volo. Yes, we chose to give up the wine club for several reasons…at least for now.

Actea Tempranillo is a Vino Volo private label wine produced by the Jorge Ordonez Winery in Spain. According to Vino Volo, Ordonez imports the largest portfolio of Spanish wines to the U.S. This wine comes from central Spain’s historical La Mancha. Tempranillo is, of course, the country’s signature red.

Aromas of cherry and blackberry blend with earthy notes. This medium-bodied selection has bright red fruit flavors, along with a bit of cocoa and hints of herbs. It is mild and smooth with medium tannins and moderate acidity.

Not amazing, but a decent, drinkable wine.

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Aug 06

What I’ve Tried Lately: Nice Red Wines

By: Cresta

William Hill Estate Merlot Napa Valley 2009 is a smooth, enjoyable Merlot.

This is a full-bodied wine with nice structure and a velvety finish. Tastes of plum and cherry blend well with the smoke and spice flavors of this wine. Now is the time to drink!

Average price: $25

Alamos Red Blend 2012, Medoza-Argentina

This is a nice red blend, especially at the price of around $13.

This earthy and spicy full-bodied wine offers ripe blackberry and cherry in front of a flavor that’s full of vanilla oak and hints of chocolate. A bit light and sweet at first, it has a smooth taste, lush tannins and a nice, somewhat dry finish.

The grapes in the Alamos Red Blend include Malbec, Tempranillo, Syrah, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot.

I give both of these reds a

Pink hapy

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Jun 20

Travel Diary: Adventures in Africa

An old friend of mine is on a tour of, well, the world. In the last two weeks, I think he’s been in Istanbul, Zanzibar, and now he’s somewhere in the Serengeti. Curt is a wine connoisseur, so I’ve begged him to send me tasting notes of his adventures whenever he has some time and an internet connection. Here is the first of those missives, detailing a set of Tanzanian wines. I’m hoping for his notes from Africa all the way to Paris. You can check out Curt’s travel blog at march-fourth.com.


The day before leaving for Tanzania for 2 weeks, I attended a once in a lifetime winetasting. Our regular wine group spent the evening tasting some spectacular burgundies, including a Le Montrachet and a Romanee Conti. The advice I received that night, from a friend who has spent numerous years traveling the world – especially in Africa: ‘Take your wine with you!’

Pre-Trip French Tasting (Photo by Curtis Pack)
Pre-Trip French Tasting (Photo by Curtis Pack)

So there I was (there I was, there I was!) in the gift shop at Lake Manyara, and a white and a red bottle From the finest Tanzanian Vineyards stuck out like a tourist in a local village – $10 for the white and $11 for the red. There was no vintage on the label and no way these bottles had been stored adequately in a building that more resembled a permanent camper. It was simply Dodoma Dry White and Dodoma Dry Red…so I bought them both.

Back at the lodge, I opened the white wine first, wanting to follow proper etiquette. The color was nothing special, medium to deep gold. The nose on the other hand knocked me back in my bar stool (and not in a good way)! It overwhelmed me with pungent iodine and I thought, ‘I should have brought some wine with me.’ I mustered up the courage and went back for the second nose with very low expectations, but found more mellow aromas. There were notes of unsweet honey and it seemed similar to a sherry. Lucky for me I enjoy a weird white wine like this from time to time. I took a sip and noticed the immediate dryness and strong acid drawing the moisture from my mouth. It actually had notes of wet tobacco on the palate (weird!). I finished 2 glasses and it held my attention but it was certainly beginning to take an effort to keep drinking it.

Tanzanian Wines (Photo by Curtis Pack)
Tanzanian Wines (Photo by Curtis Pack)

The red on the other hand was totally drinkable. I would probably stand it up against any California $10 red. It wasn’t the darkest red but it was still a teeth-stainer. I picked up consistent and subtle but identifiable hints of black cherry, pepper, and smoke on both the nose and the palate. A hint of extraction on the palate quickly melted away into a good balanced finish. I could have kept drinking this wine with dinner all night, but as customary I reserved a glass for tasting the next day. By then all of the fruit had evaporated and it was a little like licking a rock.

Curious about my experiment, I searched the web for Dodoma wines. CNN dubbed Dodoma as one of the ‘5 African Wines Making a Splash’ in January this year. Other articles are sparse, but commentary seems to at least say the Dodoma wines are making a marketing push. Right now I think it is a high price to value ratio – let’s hope it stays that way.
You win some, you lose some. I am glad that I didn’t bring wine with me!

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