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December Wine - Shiraz
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Best Wine Taster Review | Shiraz
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espressojoe
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMG PAt, one of my favorite wines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will have a lot of drinking to do this month!!!! Very Happy Smile Surprised
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am I the first one???? OK... I am the Wino...
I wasn't planning on drinking wine tonight, after all... Shiraz doesn't really go with Pesto... BUT... I decided I wanted some cheese for dessert. Cheddar cheese screams for Shiraz....

Name:Billy Goat Hill
Price: $2.99 - I actually found it at Big Lots
Year:2006

Short intro from the wine maker about the win:
Billy Goat says...
you will love the feel and smooth taste of this wine, with it's lovely, deep rich red colour, it oozes opulence and style. Not overly fruity, it has a dry, smoky taste with just a hit of berries.
Billy Goat says...
You would like my vineyards! Situated in the countryside not too far from Sydney, in an unpolluted and sparsely populated area. The vines are located in the bed of a river system giving abundant pure water and minerals and encouraging wild flowers and herbes to grow. Great for grapes - and also for Billy Goats.
Review:I love this wine... and I bought 4 bottles over a year ago.. This is my last bottle and now it's all gone. Sad
The Color - Deep Rich Purplish Red...
The Bouquet - I smell Dark berries... I don't mean just plain blackberries... Like Black currant, Huckleberry, Black Cap Raspberry(I checked, I have some in the freezer) and Elderberry(of all things) all floating on top of a smoky tobacco'ed leather...
The palate - Not that I am complaining about the flavor, but I REALLY wish it tasted like it smelled... I get hit with light smoke... Melding into much more juicy berry than they claim... Mellowing into a tobacco-y type flavor laced with rich black pepper and maaayyyybe all-spice... Delicious!!! I find this wine sweet... But I am also tasting big berry where they claim it's not...
Would you buy again?: I wish I could FIND it again...
Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: Roasted Duck, and My dessert - Cabot Cheddar with Horseradish... It brings out the berries almost making the wine sweet; The Cheddar compliments the smoke and tobacco and brings the fruit so far forward that the you feel like you have stuffed your mouth full of berries, then the Horseradish brings out the deep Black pepper in the finish .... DELISH!!!!
I was having a blast tasting and tasting and tasting; all for research purposes of course... Then I ran out of cheese... Shocked I cried...
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wowsy, Big Lots huh? you got some high faluten big lots there, I don't think I've EVER seen any wine at our Big lots here! who knew? Shocked

Anywho, just reading your descriptive review made me want some! Wow, thanks for such a great job walking us threw the tasting experience. I think I need a cigarette.....


P.S I'm kinda bummed that you say you can't find it anymore, because seriously, it sounds like something I'd like.....I'll look for it anyway, just in case.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I just bought 6 bottles of Little Penguin for the holidays...
Sustenance.... Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am gonna have to find this little penguin... Smile

Oh, I picked up a "Black Swan" at lunch today...

Penguins, Goats, Kangaroos and Swans.... The Zoo grows... (I resisted the "Little Roo" that was next to the Black Swan)
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok...the night I actually drank this was a bit crazy (to say the least...just don't mention lamp shades....LOL) But here goes:



btw...what is with Shiraz and animals? I bought 2 more bottles today and both also have animals on the label (if you cant tell, thats a kangaroo on the label). omg...wait.....nooooooo....drinking shiraz must bring out the animal in you!! I will have to confer with Shane and DD on this..lol

Name: Alice White
Price: $6.00 (gotta love it!! ya baby!!)
Year: 2007
Short intro from the wine maker about the win: Zesty with lavish plum and berry aromas and robust savory flavors.
Review: This is where I'm not so established yet, so bare with me. (I like shanes layout so I think I'm going to borrow it to help me cover as much as I'm capable of)
Color - Purple, maybe a hint of red. reminds me of a dense grape juice
Bouquet - is this also known as the "nose"?: LOL, ive been cleaning and all I can smell is my hand!!! 409 with hints of bleach, and Dove accents...LOL hold on...lemme try this again. Ok....(swirl and sniff, swirl and sniff..lol) Ah...fruity. I have no idea which fruit although the bottle talks about plums and berries but I can't define the scents.
Palate - It has a burst of fruity flavors that quickly dissipate into a smooth almost refreshing finish. I like how it starts out bold and ends off subtle
Would you buy again?: I was intimidated by the talk of Shiraz being dry, thinking that I didn't like dry wine. what do i know??!! I really enjoyed it. I think I like it better than the Merlot that I usually get, not to mention the fact that its waaaay cheaper...woo hoo!!!
Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: The other night I was drinking it with a very spicy chicken, which seemed to bring out a sweetness in the wine and really helped define the burst of flavors. Yum!!! Sugar cookies....eh, but not awful. (won't even mention ranch dressing). I did try it with some smoked cheese last night and wasnt impressed, but like Shane said...cheddar is beddar, which is what I'm having with it right now. it ads a lot of dimension to the pallet. The bottle says it goes well with grilled meats. I think the bolder the flavor of the food, the better this wine will taste.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm so pleased you like it Danielle...It's one of my favorites.

I'm not going to post a revue ... I have Little Penguin in the house, and since I'm getting ready to leave again...etc...
The taped revue says it all much better than I could.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danielle: I know, what is it with Shiraz and animals? Mine has a shark on it.
Name: Greg Norman Shiraz
Price: 11.99
Year: 2005

Short intro from the wine maker about the wine: This Shiraz from Australias Limestone Coast is made from vineyards grown on shallow red soils overlying hard limestone. Dark plum and black cherry are enhanced with a touch of spicy oak and followed by supple, yet supportive tannins.
Review: I don't know about supple, I didn't see it doing any splits or anything. But the smell is pleasant, light, fruity and has something like coffee or chocolate in there. Something rich like that anyway. The taste is smooth and bright, with a rich middle (proper term?) and nice, clean, very slightly tannic finish. I can definitely taste cherry and some kind of woody flavor, but that one is pretty subtle. It has a little of that same coffee/chocolate flavor that it has in the nose. Slightly dry, but not much.
Would you buy again?: Oh yes, it was very good.
Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes: Once again I didn't have any cheese to try with it, so I can't help you there. Honestly, I'm not really sure what it would go well with. Probably strong desserts, maybe something like tiramisu. But I didn't try it with anything sweet, so I don't know for sure. I bet it would go well with something like Korean short ribs or a good teriyaki.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did my shiraz tasting this past weekend, but I have to go upstairs and get my camera, right now, I'm too lazy LOL

Nice reviews Danielle and Bob Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I love the reviews.... Excellent... I have to type up my other two... GOOD thing I scrawled notes while I was Testing the wines...
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