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Day 354: Sometimes things are better left alone . . .

santa julia torrontesYeah, so we’ve already talked about the Santa Julia Malbec and tonight we’re going a little crazy because we’ve found a white wine from the same folks.  The only catch is that this wine is from a torrontes grape.  Torrontés is a white Argentine wine grape variety, producing fresh, aromatic wines with moderate acidity, smooth texture and mouth-feel as well as distinctive peach and apricot aromas on the nose.  Keep that in mind…we’ll come back to it later.

We are closing in on the final days of our quest to taste and write about 365 different wines in 365 days.  While we are deeply appreciative of the following that has grown over the past eleven and a half months, we know that the world isn’t sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for the next blog!  However, Doug – one of our followers asked ever so sweetly – and we paraphrase . . . “what, you can’t stop – i love your blog . . . can’t you just go on forever”.

Simply put, we have found an AMAZING number of wines over the past 353 days that reminds us of how many varietals, labels, wine makers and vintners there are in our world.  We thought that we’d scratch the surface of wines in a year’s time, but sadly, we aren’t even close.  Thank you to the comments that have asked us to continue on past our 365 days!  While we appreciate the comments and support, the budget isn’t as willing.  After reading a fair number of other blogs, we can tell you that all but one of our reviews have been wines purchased by us.  No freebies, no giveaways, no tainting the process; everything that  we’ve smelled, tasted, reviewed and written (other than the one bottle) has been purchased by us.  SO, if you wonder why we’re wrapping this puppy up in 10 days, well, the coffers are thin and we’ve accomplished our goal.

However, the best part of this journey (other than the wine) has been the comments, the followers and the friends who have stood up and joined us on our journey. . .from all over the country and the world!  It’s a medium like this that provides platforms for promoting something we love very much. . .good wine, good food and good friends!  Tonight’s wine is an extension of that very thought process.  Torrontes–a grape variety from Argentina.  Santa Julia, a wine maker from Mendoza, Argentina.  We previously tasted and wrote about their Malbec, but we had no idea about their home grown varietal until purchasing this Torrontes from Twin Liquors.

Three Torrontés varieties exist in Argentina: Torrontés Riojano, the most common, Torrontés Sanjuanino, and Torrontés Mendocino. It is primarily Torrontés Riojano that has received attention for the quality of its wines, and is the variety used for most Argentine wines simply labeled Torrontés.  Our wine tonight, a 2010 Torrontes was very tart from the beginning to the end.  Like biting into a granny smith apple, this wine had ‘pucker power’…yeah, it wasn’t a smooth and elegant wine.  It was more like an in-your-face-kick-butt wine!  Wines like this are tough to review because they have a flavor and aroma about them, but they aren’t necessarily big dog wines that you’d keep on your shelf for periods of time.  After plenty of tastes and sniffs, we pretty much decided that the wine is ‘nice’ but there is NO WAY that we’d consider adding this to our deck wine favorites. For the record, Kathryn – aka www.teamwhitaker.org – we have conquered the white . . . be proud!

In a perfect world, we’d keep right on writing.  But, let’s face it, ours is NOT a perfect world.  We have been reluctant (or scared) to tally up our “investment” in this past year’s blog.  When we write our final piece on August 31st, we’ll have talked about a LOT of wine that is available all over the State of Texas.  What happens after that. . .well, who knows but YOU will have a terrific opportunity to take the journey with us. . .try some of the wines and who knows, you may want to venture out on your own.

For us, we’re closing in on a finale.  For you, we hope that you’ll enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and remember to recycle whenever possible.


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Day 279: Thursday Night — White Night . . .

Macon-VillagesSo, it’s Thursday night and we have yet another new episode of Chopped and Giving You the Business under our belts.  Because we had a meeting with someone important to us tonight, Jean left straight up (or at least no less than 3 minutes after) 5 p.m. today in order get on home.  It is fun to arrive home a bit earlier than usual – makes the whole night seem longer.  But, this time of year…no matter what time you leave from work…it’s still HOT.  Yep, today it was 97 degrees, but we’re promised a tomorrow of ‘only’ 89 degrees!  Such is the life living in Central Texas!  Come to think of it, we’re not sure it makes ANY difference what part of the State you’re living in. . .when the calendar turns from May to June–the result is HOT!

With the house “empty” we’ve been able to clean up and prepare for the weekend. . .kind of nice when you consider that it’s only Thursday, but you know as well as we do that when you have two people working–keeping the house clean takes a back seat to keeping the house on a schedule. . .bills paid, vacuuming done, dishes clean and dishwasher emptied. . .and so it goes!  We totally understand the young families today–a Mom and Dad who both work; child care at a center; a home; car payments. . .it’s tough raising a family.  BUT, guess what?  We get IT!!  Yeah, it wasn’t that long ago that we were in the exact same situation as you. . .we were raising two girls with both of us working–one traveling at one point and then both traveling. . .it’s NOT easy.  What these situations do call for is cooperation, communication and patience!  Yep, that’s what it took 15 years ago and we suspect that those three guiding stars—cooperation, communication and patience—are still the basis for successfully raising a family!

Because it was so crazy hot today, we decided that we needed a nice, refreshing white wine to talk about for this evening’s blog.  Having visited with Andy at Central Market North Lamar, we bought a really–we mean REALLY–nice French Chardonnay.  This wine is unoaked and even though it’s a very young wine, the nose, the taste and the finish are something to behold!  The wine shows floral, apple and citrus aromas and flavors, with mineral notes; a classic expression of Chardonnay from this appellation.  Pairs with poultry, shellfish, grilled firm-fleshed fish such as swordfish, and salads.  A very tasty wine for less than $15 a bottle–yes, it’s French wine, but we can tell you that it’s quality through and through!  There is a “minerality” with this wine that really caused us to stop and taste. . .stop and smell. . .stop and swirl!  Wines like this don’t come along ever day, but it appears that we are heading in that direction!  The bottom line–good wine–fair price–un-oaked–not buttery, but very fruity and floral–we understand what’s at stake!

Thanks for reading tonight and we hope you’ll be a part of this blog as we wind down to the last two and a half months of the Blog.  It’s what SHOULD happen;  please remember to enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and recycle whenever possible.