Santel's Pick: Heavy Seas Double Cannon

       Michael's Pick: Gran Centenario Anejo Tequila 

I think sometimes our wine choices tend to match our personalities.

When I saw the tractor on the label, having the heart of a country girl, I just had a feeling this wine and I were going to get along real nice. It's made in farm country on Maryland's eastern shore.

Now, first off it is just as sweet as it needs to be, and nice and jammy like a fresh batch of Mama's homemade grape jelly. And like me, this wine has a little extra get up and go, that is why they call it "Turbo Charged" it is high octane at 18% ABV. Let's just say it helps me when I'm fixin to relax after a long day of chores. 

I like it best served, a mite bit cold. but like most things it's even better when ya have someone special to share it with. So if you enjoy the country life like me, try a few glasses of "The Tractor Wine" and see if it makes ya let out a YEEEEEHAWWW

 I'm a hoppy kind of guy. Anything with nice hops and high IBUs-I'm almost always sold, and Heavy Seas Double Cannon did not disappoint. First off, this beer is best enjoyed in a glass rather than straight from the bottle, and you definitely want to let it sit for a few minutes to allow the hops to balance out. The head is medium sized and the body is a dark brown tint, not transparent whatsoever. It has a very nice mouthfeel, and the body on it is very full and it has a lingering finish, very similar to the Loose Cannon. It has a nice sweetness that isn't overpowering, instead it's very much so balanced in flavor. With its 9.5% ABV, you do taste a bit of the alcohol, but it doesn't deter it from the flavor at all. 


       Tara's Pick:  Layton's Chance Joe's Cool Red Turbo Charged

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Everyone likes to indulge themselves from time to time, and I am certainly no exception. This wine has become one of my favorite indulgences!

Not long ago, I was afforded an opportunity to join some friends on one of those river cruises you see advertised on TV. The destination was southern France, cruising along the Rhone river from Avignon to Lyon with several stops in between. It wasn't cheap, but it was worth every cent! The history, the beauty, the food and yes the wine... it was all quite magical, but then that's how vacations are supposed to be.

The Rhone meanders through the heart of some very famous wine regions, and one in particular held a singular excitement for me - Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I've enjoyed the red wines made here for many years, but it wasn't until I toured the town that I discovered a white version of this wine. Intrigued, I had to try it! The wine is comprised mostly of Roussanne with a bit of Grenache Blanc and Clairette added in for a bit of minerality and to balance the fullness of the Roussanne. What can I say? I fell in love with it instantly! It is one of those wines that every wine maker wishes they could make, and one that I would certainly want to taste again. The trouble is the "blanc" is rarely found on store shelves here in America, and there’s only so much room in my suitcase! For starters there is not a great deal of it produced, and of that small production, very little is exported.

Still, when I got home I checked with our reps who handle some really nice French wines. Without hesitation, my dear friend Jimmy Walker suggested Domaine les Cailloux from his Robert Kacher Selections portfolio, and with equal enthusiasm I placed an order! Now, I'm enough of a realist to know that the chances of any wine recapturing the magical experience of that first glass - tasted while being immersed in French culture, and eating actual French cuisine - would be nearly impossible. Still, I wanted to give it my best shot! I planned a menu of Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Lyonnaise potatoes seasoned with Tasso ham and an avocado, tomato and corn salad. (Did I mention that I sometimes like to indulge myself?)

 To my delight, the lush richness of this wine brought out the buttery creaminess of the crab, its texture matched the silkiness of the avocado, and the taste enhanced the flavor of those well roasted potatoes! This was a meal that would have pleased any chef in any restaurant hands down, and the wine was right at the heart of my enjoyment. I wished it could continue forever!! Did the taste carry me right back to the French countryside? No, not really. Instead I had the very rare occasion to thoroughly enjoy a fabulous wine with a favorite meal in the best restaurant in town... my own dining room. It was heaven!

If you ever get the urge to similarly indulge yourself, I would whole-heartedly recommend Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc!

I have been a fan of Catena wines for a long while… even before they started receiving high points from the “experts”.  After meeting with the winemaker Nicolas Catena who brought us the wines under the Catena Zapatas Malbecs and sensing his pride when he talked about the wines he makes, I just had a feeling they were all going to be winners. His son Ernesto is the winemaker of the Alma Negra M blend so he has been well taught. Alma Negra M blend is something special - it went straight to the top of my list!

The color of this wine is so intense it almost stains the glass, and the fragrance jumps right out as you begin to pour.  It has a full-bodied texture, the taste is jammy and delicious, and it is so well-structured that layers of flavors continue to build with every new sip. It’s a powerful wine, yet it has such a silky mouthfeel to it, it’s hard to describe.  The tannins are so very soft and ripe, just at the peak of perfection - it is truly love at first sip!

I recently served this wine with a special dinner of veal Osso Buco, and it was just as perfect as I knew it would be. After all that work, I wasn’t taking any chances! I also enjoy Alma Negra M with roasted lamb, but you know, I’d recommend it for just about any high quality red meat – the heartier, the better! This is one of those wines that you always wish you could have just one more glassful after the bottle’s empty.  The next time I see anyone from the Catena family, I’m going to tell him he should package an 800 ml bottle, just for me!

ven·det·ta  /venˈdedə/  noun  : an often prolonged series of retaliatory, vengeful acts or exchange of such acts <waged personal vendetta against those who opposed his domination>

I'm just an occasional wine drinker so when I do sit down for a glass of wine, I not only want it to be good, I want it to be interesting.  This bottle has some great packaging that will be a "hit" with any Godfather or Good Fellas fan. But, it is what's inside the bottle that delivers. A deep complex full-bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. It has a nice fruit forward flavor with an extended dry spicy toasted wood finish.

Share this wine with your "Family" their enjoyment  "is an offer you can not refuse".

Wine World does not condone the use of firearms while drinking, the picture is strictly for entertainment purposes only and no alcohol was consumed during the photo shoot. 


       Elizabeth's Pick:  Alma Negra M blend 

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       Elizabeth's Pick:  Domaine Les Cailloux Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

I first enjoyed this great tequila at river float party in Texas. They had a wide range of tequilas some extremely expensive. It was agreed by most that this reasonable priced tequila was as good or better than many of the higher priced offerings.  It defines smoothness and agave flavor. It has been distilled from carefully selected ten year old blue agave plants and aged in new oak barrels. I like to keep it in the freezer and sip it nice and cold.

       Mike's Pick:  Francis Ford Coppola - Vendetta