Wine and Walnuts

A blog about eating, drinking, cooking and reading in the not so Deep South

Wine Basics: Tannins

Kimberly Houston | March 17, 2011

(So what’s the deal with that pic of tea up there? Not to worry, all will become clear.)
Today we’re going to tackle an often little understood wine basic: tannin.
Oh, how many times have I heard tannin dissed by wine shoppers who don’t understand its reason for being, or heard at a wine tasting, “I don’t [...]

Lovely Pinot Noir on a Budget: Bearboat Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2007

Kimberly Houston | March 13, 2011

I’ve been a fan of Bearboat Pinot Noirs for a few years now, since I had my first one back in 2005 while living in DC, where a Bearboat Pinot was on the wine list of the restaurant I was working in at the time.
So recently when I was wondering up and down the wine aisle at [...]

Great Bubbly for Getting Over a Breakup: Santa Julia NV Brut Rosé, Mendoza, Argentina

Kimberly Houston | March 9, 2011

I had this at The Fortunate Glass last week with a friend who was dealing with a recent breakup. Over the bottle of Brut Rosé and the sparkling wine flight that followed, we vented about the state of guys who don’t know how to conduct a “proper” breakup (and it’s NOT with a note left [...]

2009 Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Kimberly Houston | March 1, 2011

This is a nice little grocery store wine you can pick up at Harriss Teeter for around $10 bucks.  It’s a good deal at that price. I originally had the 2008 version a few months back at Press 102, that lovely little spot in downtown Wilmington in the Hotel Tarrymore, right off Second Street, just [...]

Your Basic, Enjoyable, Grocery Store Pinot Noir: Mark West California Pinot Noir 2009

Kimberly Houston | February 15, 2011

Now here’s a wine I resisted buying for years – because it’s everywhere, everyone seems to drink it, and there didn’t seem to be anything really knock-out about it.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, sometimes you just want a wine to get you through the night.  Meaning, something decent to go with your basic [...]

I Heart California Sparkling Wine

Kimberly Houston | February 6, 2011

I recently developed a crush on an off-dry sparkling wine from California — Petit Cadeau Semi-Seco.
See, over the holidays I got out of my comfort zone and tried a couple of lightly sweet sparklers for a change (I usually do Brut when I do sparkling wine), and found I really liked them.  So when I [...]

California v. Oregon, Round Two: Argyle Willamette Valley 2008 Pinot Noir

Kimberly Houston | February 3, 2011

In the last post, we talked about California Pinot Noir and the differences between it and Pinot Noir from Oregon, broadly.  To recap:  Cali Pinot Noirs tend to be fuller-bodied and more fruit-driven with flavors and aromas of juicy red fruits, while Oregon Pinot Noirs are typically lighter-bodied and complex, with earthy aromas and a [...]

Value-Priced California Pinot Noir: Hahn Winery 2008 Monterey Pinot Noir

Kimberly Houston | January 30, 2011

So yesterday I’m working on the Pinot Noir section of a series of food and wine pairing “lessons” I’m going to be launching  from this blog (free, and coming your way soon!), and it put me to seriously craving a glass of Pinot Noir.  At 7:30 pm I’m not going to drive “into town” to [...]

Wine Basics: Dry Versus Sweet and What It All Means, in 5 Easy Steps

Kimberly Houston | January 20, 2011

OK. I feel compelled to write this specific post because I need to get a couple things off my chest.  Yes, that’s right, I’m taking to the blog to work out some of my recent (wine-selling) frustrations.
To be clear, these aren’t frustrations having anything to do with you, the ever awesome readers of Wine and [...]

iViva Chile!: Llai Llai Pinot Noir, Bio Bio Valley, Chile 2008

Kimberly Houston | January 16, 2011

Aaah, Chile.  By now we all know there are some great wine bargains to be had from South America.  This wine from Chile’s Bio Bio Valley is one of them. Aromatic and silky, this excellent value Pinot Noir is one of my favorite recent discoveries.
The Bio Bio valley is in southern Chile.  Warm days and [...]