I open, taste, and review a Bordeaux from France! We also toast National Days. Plus, a wedding toast, Another UFO Day, sci-fi trivia and the usual off-the-cuff entertainment.
Rick is not a sommelier. He doesn’t play one on TV. He just likes to drink wine. He doesn’t know everything about it, and he doesn’t pretend to be an expert. He’s not. But he knows what he likes, and what he doesn’t. And that’s good enough for him.
If it tastes good to him, He will drink it, and if he likes it, he’ll recommend it. If he doesn’t, he won’t, and he won’t drink much, either. He’ll just chuck it down the sink. And that’s what counts.
Because that’s the way most people in the real world drink wine. They aren’t hung up on all the nuances of a fermented beverage. They don’t want to waste time with all the pretentious pomposity associated with wine snobbery. They just want to enjoy it and the fellowship of family, friends and acquaintances who share their interest in this nectar. After all, at the end of the day, isn’t that really what wine is all about?
Rick prefers dry and semi-dry red wines, although he will occasionally drink white, if it is at least moderately dry and not too tangy. He does not like sweet wines, but will occasionally drink a dessert wine in small amounts if it isn’t overly syrupy or sickeningly sweet.
Among the reds, he prefers a good Merlot, Cabernet, Bordeaux, Valpolicella, Zinfandel, Chianti, Malbec or Tempranillo, and some red blends if the combination is right. So, if you want to send him a nice bottle of wine to taste and review (hint hint, nudge nudge), send him one of those.
I open, taste, and review a Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles! We also review a beer from a local brewery. Plus, National Days, dad jokes and the usual discourse.
I open, taste, and review a Vinha da Fonte red blend from Portugal! I also make a cocktail made with root beer, rum and Bailey’s Irish Cream. We also toast national days. Plus, National Root Beer Day, dad jokes and a giveaway.
I open, taste, and review a La Ferme Julien Rosé from France for National Rosé Day! I also try an instant coffee with cream and sugar already in it. Is it good or gross? We’ll find out.
I open, taste, and review a Gruner Veltliner from Austria! Does it really taste like orange? We’ll find out. We also toast national days. Plus, National Repeat Day, Community coffee, and dad jokes.
I open, taste, and review a Sangiovese from Italy! We also toast national days. Plus, a mead from North Carolina, a hot cocoa from Amazon, and dad jokes.
I open, taste, and review a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Italy! We also toast national days. Plus, a porter from Michigan, a hot mint chocolate dessert drink, and a dad joke.
I open, taste, and review a Cameleon 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina, a gluten free ale from Ipswich, and a Target brand coffee! We also toast national days. Plus Mother’s Day, dad jokes, and Open Chat.
I open, taste, and review a CSt Giorgia 2021 Chienti, a Rain Fruited Sour, a Noble Cherry Hard Cider, and a coffee from Trader Joe’s! We also toast national days. Plus, a butterfly garden, a tribute to an old friend, and Open Chat.
To celebrate the 200th episode, I open, taste, and review a Caymus 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California! We also toast national days. Plus, chicken jokes, a a look back at the early days of the Winestream, and giveaways.