52 Weeks of Wine – Week 7: Grüner Veltliner (December 8th-14th 2018)

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This Grüner Veltliner will be my go-to this Holiday Season for contributing to parties and giving as gifts! If you like Sauvignon Blanc, you really need to give Grüner Veltliner a try!

When I hear Grüner Veltliner, I’m a little bit intimidated. That sounds like a beast of a wine! Am I about to get by butt kicked? Should I be wearing Lederhosen while I drink this? Is a wine glass appropriate or do I need a boot? Okay…I’ll cut myself off there.

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52 Weeks of Wine – Week 6: Madeira (December 1st-7th 2018)

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Tasting this Madeira Rainwater this week was a fantastic experience! I have found that I have had so much development in my wine palate since starting the 52 Weeks of Wine and I now have an appreciation for dessert wines!

I’ve never been one to consider myself a “dessert wine” drinker. I have a hard time enjoying sweeter wines because I have difficulty getting past that initial sweetness shock. As soon as sweet wines hit my palate, I feel like I can’t even taste the attributes because I am overwhelmed by the sugars.

However, this 52 Weeks of Wine palate training has been incredible! I knew my palate would grow by tasting new varietals, but I didn’t expect growth this early. I’m telling you – the aromas, flavors and subtleties that I can identify in wines is blowing my mind, and we’re only six weeks in! Now, I’m finding that I have quite a new perspective on wines that I had historically avoided – even sweet wines.

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52 Weeks of Wine – Week 3: Penedès (November 10th-16th 2018)

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For Week 3 of the 52 Weeks of Wine Training Program I featured a Penedès. It may be one of my new favorite white varietals as it has the tang and citrus of a Sauv Blanc but the smoothness and balance of a Pinot Grigio! You should try it!

I wish I had some great story about how the first time I tasted Penedès was when I went on some luxurious vacation to the coast of Spain. Well, I have never even heard of Penedès. If I wasn’t in the wine shop standing in the white wine section, I couldn’t have even told you whether it was a white or red varietal. So, when the woman helping me with my selection said, “How about a Penedès?” I awkwardly said, “Oh yea! Of course! A Penedès!” Considering my selection criteria consisted of (1) a white wine and (2) a varietal that I’ve never tasted, I was 2-0 and on track for this week’s 52 Weeks of Wine selection!

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52 Weeks of Wine – Week 1: Languedoc (October 26th-November 2nd 2018)

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52 Weeks of Wine: Week 1 – Languedoc. Rated 4 out of 5 corks.

I was recently listening to an audio book by Gary Vee (Gary Vaynerchuk, once known as “The Wine Guy”) and he recommended trying a different varietal of wine every week for one year to expand your taste palate. Well, twist my arm! So, I will be featuring a new varietal each week with my experience and recommendations. My strategy is to start with wines I have am not familiar with and see where that takes me! If you would like to use this as your guide and find the varietal at your local wine shop, I would love to hear your feedback! Please let me know if you decide to join me on the “52 Weeks of Wine” journey!

Week 1: Languedoc

I deliberately chose to start this learning experience with a French wine for a funny reason, which I will share with you. In 2013 my husband was deployed to Kosovo and was authorized one four-day weekend for R&R with two travel days on your own dime. Many people did not take the opportunity because the cost of traveling home to the US for such little time or for families to travel to meet in Europe was so high. We were pre-kids and both active duty, so a flight to Europe for me was within our budget. We chose to meet in Paris and fly together to Bordeaux for our second wedding anniversary. Continue reading “52 Weeks of Wine – Week 1: Languedoc (October 26th-November 2nd 2018)”