The Best Wines I’ve Drank (Lately)

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What has vino done for maine lately?

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A full heck of a lot! Since getting my WSET-2 from American Wine School, I’ve started moving a fewer hours a week astatine Underdog Wine Co. successful Kansas City, Mo. (p.s. it was precocious named one of the champion 50 vino shops successful the U.S. by Wine Enthusiast!) and person been doing immoderate freelance penning for SOMM TV Online Magazine (which, if you similar vino oregon food, it’s a must-get streaming service!). It’s been AWESOME.

And, present connected FBG, I’ve besides been sent immoderate caller wines to effort — and fto maine conscionable archer you, that caller occupation work does not suck.

Read connected for immoderate of the bottles I’ve tried that person had maine feeling similar a heart-eyed smiley look emoji with each and each sip.

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Wine Folly Wine Club Through Wine Access

I’ve loved Wine Folly for a agelong time, truthful trying a shipment from the Wine Folly Wine Club via Wine Access was a nary brainer erstwhile we got the offer.

Every different period the vino nine volition nonstop you 4 bottles with an acquisition absorption successful caput (cost is $120, positive taxation and shipping for each shipment). Our absorption was connected lukewarm clime wines, with ace tasty and not-easy-to-get bottles from producers successful Spain, South Africa, California, and Australia. In summation to the bottles, it came with elaborate tasting notes and basal info connected however a lukewarm clime influences a vino and which varietals thrive successful higher temps.

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How were the wines you ask? SO GOOD. I had immoderate friends implicit to sensation them each (always a bully time), and though we each had our favorites, determination wasn’t 1 we didn’t similar oregon wouldn’t drink. And, it’s ever amusive to sensation things broadside by broadside to spot the differences betwixt the varietals and regions. (Don’t wanna unfastened each 4 bottles astatine once? You could wholly bash these 1 vessel a nighttime astatine a clip — oregon see investing successful a Coravin, truthful that you don’t person to uncork the full bottle.)

I’m a vino nerd astatine heart, truthful I truly enjoyed the acquisition constituent of the Wine Folly Wine Club, but Wine Access has a fig of different absorbing clubs astatine a assortment of different terms points and themes, too, including the Sunset Mag Wine Club that features wines from the West Coast and the Michelin Guide that is curated successful tandem with sommeliers from Michelin-starred restaurants. (See each clubs here.) Wine Access besides sells wines by the bottle — with a beauteous postulation from astir the satellite that aren’t precisely recovered mundane astatine your market store.

Literally Anything from Unico Zelo

Apparently, there’s not a Unico Zelo vino from Australia that I don’t love.

Because successful the past mates of months I’ve had Sea Foam: a deliciously salty and fruity Pet Nat made from Fiano and Vermentino.

sea foam wine

The perfectly balanced River Sand (Fiano) that’s a fab premix of lemon, nectarine, and grilled almond:

river soil  wine

Esoterico, which is simply a zippy small skin-contact (orange wine) blend of Fiano, Zibbibo, Moscato Giallo, Gewurtztraminer, and Greco that’s tastes of mango, nectarine, and spice with tons of minerality racing done (don’t caput the room reno successful the background):

ESOTERICO wine

I can’t hide Fresh A.F. either, which is tastes arsenic amusive arsenic its name. A premix of Nero d’Avola and Zibibbo, it’s light, fresh, and juicy arsenic … well, you know.

fresh A.F. wine

And, I emotion them ALL. Truffle Hound is the adjacent 1 connected my database to try, but, let’s beryllium honest: If I spot a vessel of Unico Zelo that I haven’t tried yet, I’m buying it. (And, astatine $25-$35 a bottle, they decidedly consciousness special, but not so peculiar that I horde them for the commencement of a kid oregon different large event.)

Adobe Road Winery

Last, but surely not least, are 2 wines Adobe Road Winery sent me, which are not playing around.

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Started by erstwhile nonrecreational contention car operator Kevin Buckler and his woman Debra Buckler successful 2002, Adobe Road Winery sources its grapes from immoderate of the astir historical and finest family-owned vineyards successful Sonoma and Napa Counties successful Cali.

To beryllium honest, I don’t portion a batch of Cali Chard connected the reg, but the 2019 Chardonnay Petaluma Gap, Sangiacomo Vineyards, Roberts Road ($31), was conscionable lovely. With ripe peaches and nectarine positive plentifulness of acerb to springiness it a agleam freshness, it is oaked, but not overly so. Think baking spice and a creamy mouthful that’s full-bodied but not excessively heavy.

Then there’s CARBON, which is, let’s say, not shy. A dark, inky blend of 48 percent Petite Sirah, 26 percent Malbec, 22 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4 percent Petit Verdot, the vessel plan itself is arsenic dense arsenic its mouthfeel (seriously, you could usage this vessel arsenic a dumbbell successful a pinch). You get aromas of achromatic cherries, licorice, and affluent toasted oak that pb to flavors of ripe plum and crushed blackberries with a small violet and plentifulness of incorporated tannins that springiness you a brainsick agelong finish. Again, not a timid vino and not thing I’d portion each nighttime (especially astatine $85 a bottle), but it’s decidedly delicious for those times erstwhile you’re successful the temper for thing that’s gonna truly travel aft ya.

What wines person you drank lately that are giving you bully vibes? Share that emotion successful the comments! —Jenn

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