Changing Palates with Branwar Wines

Changing Palates is a new series on Your Glass or Mine, where I’ll chat with a wine professional about tips to help beginners and self-proclaimed winos (like myself) expand their tasting palates and explore new wines. Moving forward Changing Palates will occur the third Friday of every month. On Friday, I attended a wine tasting event with Branwar Wines at Posh Liquors in downtown Houston. Branwar Wines is a local wine distributor here in Texas, with an impressive portfolio of wines from South Africa and other regions including, Chile, Argentina, Italy, Spain, and the U.S. I did some a lot of tasting that night :) However, I’m saving my review for #WineWednesday! I must admit that as much as I love wine tasting, the geek in me also enjoys the educational part and talking with experts to really help expand my wine knowledge. Like I said before, I have the drinking part…

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#WineWednesday: Prove Me Wrong Chardonnay

Crossbarn By Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Price: $25 Year: 2013 Region: Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County Retailer: Houston Merchant Wine (check online if you live outside of Houston) So, I was originally going to review this red blend that I’m really feeling right now, but a friend recommended that I try this chardonnay that was without a doubt #WineWednesday worthy. I’ve never been a big fan of chardonnay. I find it to be very dry and high in acidity. The only time I really drink chardonnay is at happy hours because that’s typically the house wine that’s half off. But, at $25, I would have no problems paying full price for this wine! Ty’s Takeaways… Crossbarn By Paul Hobbs has definitely made a believer out of me that good chardonnay does exist! If you follow my winetasting tips from last week, you should be able to smell aromas of fruit, such as…

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Does Size Really Matter?

It depends on what you’re talking about…*sips wine* PAUSE. Pump your breaks! Let’s bring it back into perspective. We’re talking about wine glasses here. #getyourmindright I’ve seen wine served in so many different types of glasses. Big, small, flutes, globlets and crystal if you’re real fancy. #notaboutthatlife I started with my little glasses from Ikea (see above, second from the right), but after seeing Olivia Pope with her ridiculous ginormous glasses, I knew I had to step my game up to start drinking like a boss. The bigger, the better, right? *sips wine* But, with so many wine glasses out there…does the size really matter? Let’s sip and see! Ty’s Takeaways… Red vs. White Red wines are best served in larger wine glasses. They’re full of complex aromas and flavors that need more room to open up. A larger bowl allows the wine to come into contact with more air and…

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#WineWednesday: The Doctor Is In

The Doctors’ Sauvignon Blanc Price: $14.99 Year: 2012 Region: New Zealand Retailer: Spec’s The Doctors’ Sauvignon Blanc is currently my favorite wine in THEE whole entire world. It’s so special that you can only find it at ONE Spec’s in Houston. (Sorry, non-Houston followers, but at least you can order it online.) Here’s a funny story about how I discovered this gem… So, this guy took me on a date to 13 Celsius (another favorite…review coming soon), a really cute wine bar. We’re scrolling through the menu and I’m trying to pick something new. I came across The Doctors SB, which is described as full of black currant, tropical fruit and herbaceous aromas. All I understood was tropical fruit and that was good enough for me. We both decided to order a glass. I’m telling you it was love at first sip! The wine definitely trumped the entire date. I…

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Up Against the Vine

Wine is like that guy you really like, but won’t commit. It’s complicated! You know you like it, but just don’t understand it. #kanyeshrug It’s no secret I enjoy a good glass bottle of wine. Since I’m trying to be more honest with myself in 2015…I will admit that I do more drinking than tasting these days. Believe me there IS a difference! I guess you can say I went from 0 to 100…real quick. I skipped the wine ABC’s and went straight for the bottle. Now that I have the drinking part down, I’m getting my Michael Jackson on and moonwalking back to the basics. That way I’m not just gulping down wine, but taking in the experience as well. I understand wine can seem very overwhelming, especially for young professionals like myself who enjoy wine, but don’t necessarily know much about it. So, I took one for the…

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