Log in

Wine Lovers' Journal
19 most recent entries

Date:2008-07-09 12:14
Subject:Heightening One's Appreciation For The Genuine Article

Cut for extensive cross-postingCollapse )

2 comments | post a comment

Date:2007-03-07 19:33
Subject:Mimosa anyone?

Hi all,

I'm looking to make mimosas for my girlfriend this weekend for brunch.  Any reccomendations on what champagne to mix in with the OJ?  I'm looking to spend about $15-20 for the bottle.  Help is greatly appreciated.

4 comments | post a comment

Date:2006-09-09 17:03
Subject:Saying Hi

Found this group while looking for wine fans on LJ...have had a love affair with wine for about two and a half years now...would not say I'm a connissieur by any means, but I enjoy good quality reds that don't stretch my wallet TOO out of shape. And, living in Tampa, I have access to Total Wine and More, which kicks ass on wine prices. (For those who may not live near one, there's a online store too- wineaccess.com) Anyhoo, love Merlot, Shiraz, and sometimes a Cabernet/Merlot blend. However, I recently had a 2001 Veramonte Cabernet (a Chilean winery) that has made me rethink my views on Cabernets, since the few I'd tried up to this point were shall we say QUITE dry for me. So, hope to find some more of that, because it was quite good.

1 comment | post a comment

Date:2006-08-14 12:24
Subject:Wine & War




post a comment

Date:2006-07-12 19:15
Subject:Monthly Wine Tasting...

Hey kids,

For those of you over at the MySpace, feel free to check out my "Monthly Wine Tasting" group. Right now it is pretty small, but i'd like to blow it up. Basically, each month we pick a bottle, taste it, and then post our notes online... Most bottles will be in the $8-25 range, so there is a little bit for everyone... anyways, feel free to check it out!



post a comment

Date:2006-05-26 02:42

I found a great bargin at a local market having a clearence sale on wine. I got a 1999 Merlot from Black Oak in California for about $10.00! This wine is so smooth. I am sipping it with a fruit bowl of cantalope, green grapes, and ripe strawberries. OMG! I am in heavan. I cannot wait for my husband to get home!!!!!

Anybody else ever had this wine before?

post a comment

Date:2006-05-21 21:07
Mood: amused

Hello everyone. I'm Kerry. I'm 25 and live outside of Atlanta.  A new memeber of loving wine. It's all I want to drink now. I recently tried my first one about 3 months ago and I loved it. It was Château Élan’s - Winter Spice. From there I tried the other three: Spring,Summer(the best so far) and Autumn. They're all great. I also love the Wild Bunch's white.  I can't really afford to buy/try expensive wine right now,but someone told me "not all expensive wines are the best" So far I've done well with the cheap ones.  If anyone has any suggestions for somemore great,affordable wines I'd love to hear them.  I'm more partial to the whites, but I will try reds too. Glad to be a memeber of the community. toodles

3 comments | post a comment

Date:2006-05-07 20:35
Subject:Sangria Recipe

Red Wine Sangria

I made this the other night and it was actually good.
Not as good as the sangria I had at Cha Cha Cha in LA.
But still much better than restaurant sangria I've had at overpriced tapas places in DC, Austin, and NYC.

1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup lemon juice (I used fresh)
1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
1/3 cup orange juice
1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
1/2 cup triple sec
1 lemon, sliced into rounds
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1 lime, sliced into rounds
1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
8 maraschino cherries


In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries in the mixture.

The original recipe recommends marinating overnight in the fridge but it actually tasted better freshly made. The overnighting dulled the fruitiness and yumminess for me. Also, they tell you to add ginger ale or club soda if u're into fizzy sangria or sweeter sangri. When I added the former right before serving, it diluted the taste as well as killed the sweetness. I say keep the intensity and just add ice.

Lemme know if you like it.

2 comments | post a comment

Date:2006-05-04 11:57

i'm making red wine sangria tonite
following a recipe i found online
if it's any good, i will post it

1 comment | post a comment

Date:2006-04-21 22:31
Mood: cheerful

I'm not usually a big fan of Chardonnay wines because of the high oak-ey flavors and lingering after taste which sucks the moisture out of my tongue. I prefer a smoother, mellow wine with a burst of fruit and a delicate floral scent for the nose. Here are two that have appealed to me and luckily they are on opposite ends of the wine spectrum and budget.

Let's start with the less expensive, but still very tasty wine:

1.) Macon-Villages
Chardonnay (White Burgundy Table Wine)
Louis Jadot 2004

Price ranges between $9-12 depending on store. Here's how their 2003 version was described:
"Winery Notes ~ This fresh, brilliant pale-gold Chardonnay shows delicate varietal aromas with flavors of apple and melon offset by citrus notes and a crisp acidic balance ending in a clean, lively finish."

2.) 2002 Skywalker Ranch Viandante del Cielo Marin County Chardonnay
$30 but worth every dime.
Described as: "The mouth-filling, fruity Chardonnay with a hint of cinnamon on the finish is on sale only at Niebaum-Coppola Estate Vineyards and Winery in Rutherford and at niebaum-coppola.com."

Here are two other earlier community entries where I discuss my favorite wines:

2 comments | post a comment

Date:2006-04-05 23:22
Subject:Why have I never thought to search here before?

My fiancee and I love wines. Mostly red, but I have found a couple of lighter wines (white merlot for example) that we enjoy as well. Why I never thought to look for a community to share my wine journal with (if I can find it again...LOL) and to get ideas from. Thanks! This looks like a great place to share wine!

3 comments | post a comment

Date:2006-03-16 23:41
Subject:Lucky Find!

Sometimes I can't stand the LCBO, but other times I just love it. Somebody, crazy as it may sound, returned to the Summerhill branch a collection of properly cellared 1990 white Burgundies (Charton Trebuchet - one bottle of Chassagne Montrachet 1ere Cru, and five of Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru). The beautiful part about it??? They're selling them for the price they originally sold them at... back in 1993!

I couldn't quite afford the Chevaliers, but I jumped all over that Chassagne. Problem is, none of my friends are likely to care about it - I've trained them, but not that well yet.

Anybody in Toronto (or willing to travel) interested in tasting it with me? We'll split the cost, and share the enjoyment. I'll bring the wine, you bring $20 and some cheese, we'll call it even.

Or if not, I'll let you all know how it was... I've been tasting some beauties lately, and trying some more (85 and 86 Palmer) this Saturday.

Sometimes, I love my job.

post a comment

Date:2006-02-17 14:10

I prefer red wine.
I love sweet wine.
Wine that isn't dry.

Can you suggest the best?

3 comments | post a comment

Date:2006-02-09 23:51
Subject:Great Wall Cab
Mood: surprised

Drank my bottle of Great Wall cab that I bought when I was in Bejing--
Not bad and a good value for the money.

Does anyone have any idea if anyone imports it into the US?

3 comments | post a comment

Date:2006-02-08 09:57
Subject:Napa Valley in '07

I am an advance planner. I am planning a trip to the Napa Valley in Sept of '07. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on some of the smaller wineries that we should definitly put onto our visit list. I prefer whites, generally Reisling and Geverstraminers (I know I massacared that word). I enjoy a smaller vineyard/winery where the owners truly take pride in their product. We are possibly renting a house in the Russian River area but don't mind driving somewhere that is definitly worth it.

Thanks in advance for any and all help provided.

3 comments | post a comment

Date:2006-02-06 16:01
Subject:This Friday in L.A. - Irregular Wine Tasting: The Wines of Jindalee & Benjamin of Australia

Friday, February 10; 8PM
Irregular Wine Tasting - Songs for Musical glass by Douglas Lee: The Wines of Jindalee & Benjamin of Australia

@ The Echo Ex_Plex (enter through Glendale Blvd.)
1822 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles (Echo Park), 90026

Unlike "Buy a Bear a Beer" Day in Montana, this city-sponsored vaginal rejuvenation surgery includes, but is not limited to,

* Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz from Jindalee and a port from Benjamin

Read more...Collapse )

post a comment

Date:2006-02-03 18:33
Subject:Screw tops
Mood: content

Who says that you need to pull a cork to find a great wine.

My current choices for everyday drinking wines are both great,
relatively inexpensive and have screw-tops...

post a comment

Date:2006-01-24 17:44

teba13 and I had a party to celebrate my new job with friends. I did a blind wine tasting. Seven different wines from seven different countries. Six different grapes. The most popular Read more...Collapse )

5 comments | post a comment

Date:2006-01-23 02:43

I havent been on LJ in quite a while. So I've decided to leave the community. Thanks for having me.

post a comment

my journal