Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2015|Varietal: Pinot Noir | Region: Oregon | Price: $25 Baby, it’s cold outside! I can’t believe that it’s snowing in Houston for the second time in literally a month. I’ve lived in Houston for almost six years now and this is pretty exciting for the California girl who has only experienced snow three times now in her lifetime. Nothing says “snow day” like curling up on the couch in front of the fireplace with your favorite glass of wine. Now, I may not have a fireplace anymore, but definitely found this new Pinot Noir to get me through what some are deeming snowpocalypse. I purchased this bottle at 13 Celsius’ end-of-year sale last month. I love Oregon Pinot Noir, so it was only right that I bless this cold, frigid night with the best. Ty’s Takeaways… Now this Pinot Noir is from the Dundee Hills of Willamette Valley in Oregon. I wasn’t familiar with the Dundee…

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It’s an Italian Wine Kinda Week

This week, I visited an Italian restaurant called Perbacco in downtown Houston. Their food is actually really good if you ever get a chance to stop by. For this occasion, I was actually there doing some research for next week’s post, but decided to review some of their wines as well. I must say that I haven’t really explored Italian wines much. I read that Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and grapes are grown in almost every region of the country. Plus, there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation. Italy is definitely on my list of countries to visit this year (hopefully). So, what did I drink? I decided to try a Pinot Noir (pictured center) and a Chianti (pictured right). Two very different wines that are worth discussing. Ty’s Takeaways… 2016 Cavit Pinot Noir It’s no secret that Pinot Noir is…

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Altra Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon | Region: Rutherford | Price: $44 Day three of the new year and I have to admit that I’m a little very nervous about writing this post. Feeling a bit rusty in my writing after my hiatus, but here it goes… So, what am I drinking? I have a bunch of new wines that I purchased at 13 Celsius’ End of Year sale, but decided to go with a red that’s been nestled in my wine rack for a while now. The Altra cab was actually a gift from one of my cousins. I remember being surprised when I saw the price. Most people I know don’t gift that high. Even I’m not buying $40 wines unless they’re rare and I know that I can’t find it at a local wine store. Anyways, I assumed this cab had to be good and decided to hold on to it for a…

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Don’t Call it a Comeback…

New year, same blog…who dis? (Literally…lol) I’d been off the blog scene for so long, that some of y’all were starting to question my blogger status. But, I couldn’t even get mad because I did fall off for a minute…ok maybe nine months. Ouch! That even hurt typing that. Lo siento, my wine friends! I never expected to be gone for so long, but hey life happens. So, where were you? 2017 was a crazy good year! I started a new job that’s the biggest role that I’ve had in my career. I put in a lot of work into learning the position and getting settled, probably too much because everything else was put on the back burner. Oh and I bought my first house. As many of you may know, homeownership is no joke. This new normal that had developed in my life, created a whole new group of responsibilities…

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Rodeo Houston Wine Experience 2017

Howdy, wine friends! If you live in Houston then you already know what time it is! It’s Rodeo season! It’s been over a year since the last time I attended, but I’m back and checking out the wines of course! So, this year, the Champion Wine Garden features more than 70 award-winning wines from the 2017 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition. There is literally something for every palate—red, white, sweet, dry, bubbly to wines made in Texas and internationally. The menu can be quite overwhelming, but there are volunteers available to help you decide. Wine is served by the glass and bottle. Prices by the glass range from $6 to $14, while prices by the bottle range from $20 to $140. I also noticed that the wine garden also sells snacks. You can purchase a cheese plate for $18 and/or charcuterie tray for $28. The Wine Garden has everything to make…

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