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Day 23: Brian and Jean’s Excellent Adventure . . .

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Channeling our inner-Keanu Reeves, (a bottle of wine to who is the first person to name the actor who played “Bill” to Reeves “Ted”) we spent a most excellent (air guitar, please) Saturday afternoon at Dough, which was most EXCELLENT, we went to 20nine at the Quarry in San Antonio.  It was there that we met the most courteous and helpful, Sarah who helped in  selecting a flights of wine – something different for each one of us – imagine that!  Jean’s “Road Trip” went down the Syrah/Shiraz lane that included tastes of a 2008 Rosenblum Petite Sirah, followed by a 2005 Naughty (or Nice – where’s Santa when you need him?) Petite Sirah and wrapped up with an amazing (and personal favorite of ours) 2010 Molly Dooker, ‘The Boxer’!  An adventure that even Rufus would say is, “most excellent!”

Not to be outdone, Brian called for a Cab – three of them to be exact!  He sampled a 2010Hahn Cabernet Sauvignon followed by a 2009 Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon and wrapped it up with a 2009 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon – all from California and each with distinctive aromas and tastes.

But, that is not all wine friends . . .

We got into our ‘time travel phone booth’ and proceeded to open and enjoy a Frogs Leap 2009 Zinfandel.  We think we may have found the key to saving the civilized world!  This Zin was GOOD, not just good – we mean really, amazingly GOOD!  The second you put your nose to the glass, you’ll be reminded why you love Zinfandels in the first place, oh, the pepper and spice – it was a ‘most delicious thing’ (air guitar, please).  Following the nose, we sipped the first taste of this full-bodied Zin and got lots of jammy fruit with a long finish and soft tannins.  Adding to the experience, a snack of hummus and flatbread – fortunately the hummus had a little ‘kick’ which only helped the wine taste even better.  We agreed that this wine would be even BETTER with a rack of mesquite smoked ribs or even some spice Kung Pao Chicken!  Even with the hummus, the flavor of the wine was intensified bringing out the black cherry, currants and leather on the finish.  This is a really good Zinfandel, and although it’s price point is higher than our normal blog pricing, if you’re in the mood to treat yourself or splurge on something different, then the 2009 Frogs Leap Zinfandel is yours for the asking.

We really liked and recommend that you try out 20nine in San Antonio’s The Quarry Shopping Center.  This trendy locale is also home to Max’s Wine Dive and coming soon is a new Trader Joe’s – so you know you’re going to be in good company!  One of the things about 20nine is the wall art is ALL WINE; very tasteful maps of wine locations around the globe combined with really cool curtains, lighting and an awesome floor design.  Their prices are right in range with what you’d expect from a top quality wine bar and the food menu has much more than your average ‘pub grub’.  It’s pretty obvious this place has been well thought out and wants to be known for offering great wines from all over!  If you get a chance to go, we suggest you ask for Sarah.  It’s like this . . . if you’re going to try a new place, you might as well ask for a server that’s been recommended by your friends at  It’s our hope that at least one piece of good information about wines or places to enjoy wines gets into your hands over the next year!

As we set our sights on the week ahead, we hope you’ll try some of the wines we’ve recommended.  Whether you buy them at 20nine in San Antonio, Twin Liquors in San Marcos or Grape Juice in Kerrville (or any where in between), we hope that you’ll take a most excellent adventure with wines that you love!  Have a great Monday and we’ll be back tomorrow with another sampling.

Please remember to enjoy responsibly and recycle whenever possible.

Sarah made our first visit to 20nine a most excellent adventure – we will return!

Now Boarding - Road Trip #10 . . . Syrah & Shiraz

Now Boarding – Road Trip #10 . . . Syrah & Shiraz


One thought on “Day 23: Brian and Jean’s Excellent Adventure . . .

  1. Greatlace and Sarah is awesome!

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