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It’s been a busy year at Wine and Beats HQ lots of new things and tons of wine. Here’s a look back at some of the wines we tried and think you should take a look at. Full list (in order shown) in the notes below. Thanks for all the support and look for more wine and music goodness in 2015! Cheers! Keeping Wine Fresh since 2004!
Evil Needle and Sivey – Down There
Excelsior Syrah 2011
Pascal Bellier Chaverny 2013
Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Bonarda 2009
Liberty School Merlot 2011
Clayhouse Syrah 2011
Mulderbosch Rosé 2013
Indaba Chenin Blanc 2013
Brazin Old Vine Zin 2012
Stags Leap Cab 2011
Wine Men of Gotham Shiraz 2012
Le Jaja De Jau Rouge Syrah
Yalumba Shiraz Viogner 2012
Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cab 2011
Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve Cab 2012
Zin 91 Old Vin Zin 2012
Route Du Van Gioia Bianco 2011
Beso De Vino Santa Carinena 2013
True Wine What the Factor 2013
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If you love the bubbles this one is a no brainer. While all Lambrusco’s aren’t sparkling, most that you’ll see will. It’s the kind of wine new wine drinkers will love and long time wine lovers can appreciate more than a mass produced Champagne.
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Grapes: Pinot Noir
Everyone loves a good Pinot. This particular Pinot Noir is no excemption and wouldn’t mind a long stay in your fridge or cellar before being consumed. This is a wine that should be shared with friends, especially those who might know and/or appreciate a well made wine.
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Named for the Italian actor Andrea Occhipinti this is just a great wine. There is a lot going on. It’s like a date who doesn’t talk your ear off on the first date, leaving lots to be discovered. It’s unclear at this time how well distributed this wine is but if you can find it, buy it.
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Grapes: Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc
This wine wants to be drank in Spring but should probably be saved for Summer. It’s a really great wine that gives a great since of the South African Region it’s from (Western Cape).
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One of the lesser known album of non Stevie Wonder fans under the age of 30 (meaning you should know this album) this is a great wine to be enjoyed in the summer with the Bloeme White Wine directly to it’s right in the picture above. It’s not secret Stevie is one of the most prolific song writer’s of our time, this particular time around you’ll have feelings of flight and being free. Similar to the wine.
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Old School – Occhipinti – Italy
Zero 7 is an amazing band who has been defying genres since their inception. Their sound is almost never confused with any other band and yet many have been influenced by their brand of electric soul. Similar to the Occhipinti, it’s hard to place at first. It doesn’t fit into one category and that’s how we like it.
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New School – Pinot Noir – Argentina
As with all classics Aretha is to be enjoyed not critiqued. This live album was recorded at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in the Fillmore District of San Francisco, California. It’s classic and will impress lovers of any genre, as will the wine.
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Old School – Lambrusco – Italy
Quirky! This description of Conan is underwhelming but accurate. The red headed one himself has been known to enjoy quite a few glasses of wine and we think he’ll appreciate being paired with a sparkly red with a great history always enjoyed by people of all walks.
Who knew? Action Bronson is the son of a restauranteur and guitarist. While it’s fairly common knowledge amongst fans that he is a chef in his own right Vice is about to take this awareness to whole new heights. Whether it’s the an episode of Vice Eats with Action Bronson and his homie Big Body at Marea (NY) getting the private room treatment or seeing him out out the road for the Munchies series called Fuck, That’s Delicious you’re going to be getting a lot more of Action stuffing his face. We can’t get enough.
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Found this one at Piranha Killer Sushi in Austin, Texas. Seeing F Bomb on the menu is a sure way to get me to order your wine, as I’m sure it is for many others, but it’s the label that won me over. In a conversation with our wonderful hosts for time spent in Austin, we talked over the importance of labels. Education and tasting help you to decide what you like but when you’re shopping blind, it’s all about price point, varietal (kind of wine) and most importantly, the label.
Here’s what the winery has to say about this one.
The majority of fruit—89% Grenache , 6% Barbera, 5% Lagrein—was sourced from vineyards in Santa Barbara County.
“The unique, transverse nature of the valleys of Santa Barbara Wine Country provides a patchwork quilt of microclimates and terrains, resulting in one of the most diverse grape growing regions in the country. The valleys in the Pacific coastline actually run east-west rather than north-south, and both the coastal Santa Ynez Mountain range and the more interior San Rafael range are transverse too. Because of this geologic oddity, the ocean breezes sweep eastward, channeled by the hills and mountains that ring the region. Heading east into the foothills, the temperatures are warm during the day and very cool during the night, whereas the vineyards that lie westward toward the ocean enjoy a mild and moderate climate. Coupled with soils that run the gamut from ancient beach and diatomaceous earth to chert and limestone, this is a near-perfect place for a wide variety of wine grape varieties.
The 2012 vintage has notes of fresh cracked black pepper, white flowers and cigar box followed by a deep and brooding core of blackberry jam, ripe strawberry and velvety textures with purity, concentration and a long, seamless finish.
A total of only 1,400 cases was produced of this Small Batch Series – Volume 1 by winemaker Charles Hendricks.”
I’m actually pretty pumped about this pressing. DJ Premier always hits the hip hop sweet spot but whether or not The Lady of Rage was going to bring great vocals and wordplay was the question. From the second the track begins you won’t want to hit the stop button.
Jhene Aiko has been slowly and steadily growing on my soul artist chart. Always with controlled vocals and soft whispers as part of her timbré, this video explores and emotional juxtaposition to her vocal style by showcasing a huge range of emotions. Take a look!