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Monday, December 22, 2008

Last Minute Stocking Stuffer idea!

Fashion, Style, Shopping for last minute stocking stuffers?

Well the big day is almost here and maybe you have not filled the stockings hanging over the fireplace as of yet or you think why did I get them that?? Well for all my wine loving friends, I have an idea which is not terribly creative but it is definitely a great read for the wine lover on your list:

Red, White and Drunk all Over!

A Wine-soaked Journey from grape to glass........

Natalie MacLean

This a great book I just finished this the other day, hard to put down! An easy read at just a little over 300 pages. The journey Natalie takes through Burgundy is compelling, and really you never want it to end. The people she meets from all corners of the wine world will inspire you and challenge your palate to want to leap outside the box of wine you may now know and love.. she takes on the critics in classic fashion. She ponders the necessity of stemware for each type of wine and wraps up the conclusions nicely. Her trip to California and the conversations she has with the like's of Kermit Lynch and Ellisa Cooper of Discovery wine shop... is riveting. What I am trying to say is pick up a copy of this book and check out her website! Please if you do purchase a book, video or whatever please tell her you were sent by Cuvee Corner. Thanks so much to everyone and have a great holiday season. All the best to everyone of my subscribers! I will see ya in the new year! I have a ton of reviews to write.. until then Cheers Everyone!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Royal Tokaji: The Renaissance of Tokaji

Have you ever wanted to discovery a 14th Century Masterpiece, well here's your chance. I hope you will swirl, sniff and sip yourself into the wonderful discovery of this amazing elixir. Be part of the history of great wine and try this today! Cheers!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

It's that time of the year and some of you may being going to gift exchanging events or simply want to give some of your wine loving friends a gift that shows your bon vivant taste as well your prowess in choosing quality wines and its accompaniments without breaking the bank.

Last year when my wife and I were in this predicament, while wanting to give a interesting gift that also involved a little more personalization then the simple choice between basket A or B at Costco. We saw many gift baskets, which included a couple wine choices pre-packaged with assorted items which did not necessarily pair with the wine. We thought why would we give someone a "pre-made" gift basket with wines with which we had know experience.
So we embarked on making our own gift baskets. We purchased all are items Cost Plus World Market who had everything with which to create our personalized gift baskets. The had little cheeses, chocolates, wine, baskets and if you want to be Eco, then I suggest shredding some old paper grocery bags which looks great as basket filler. We chose two wines a red and a white, (or one bottle of nice Champagne and my suggestion is the Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvee) and we included a different x-mas ornament for everyone. They ran us about $48.00 each basket. We wrapped them up and were a huge hit. We were pretty proud of our creativity and I invite you to do the same this year!

This year I came across a new product which I've seen before, but these seem to be far more fun! There are many themes and they are removable. They are personalized wine labels from Cerebral Itch . So before you finish up your gift basket get some of those wine labels from Paul and you'll be giving your friends a thoughtful gift and good chuckle as well! I hope everyone has a great Holiday Season! Until next time Cheers everyone!

Cerebral Itch Wine Labels

Seleccion Especial

The Abadia Retuerta, Estate Grown in Rioja, Sardon De Duero 2003, 14% alc. In the glass a thin violet colored rim that segued to an opaque velvet curtain core. This wonderful wine is a blend expressing Tempranillo’s richness at 75%, Merlot’s roundness at 5% and Cabernet Sauvignon’s aromatic elegance coming in at 20%. Which for my palate made like a visit to a tobacco store humidor, breathing in all the wonderful aromas deeply and a lithe compote of dark fruits and well worn saddle leather, followed my a long palate coating finish. In a word yum!

Mr. Parker rated this wine 88 Pt's. I would say it requires a least hedonistic 91 Pt's. This is huge wine for the price. It is selling for $19.99 @ Bevmo and was a wine I tasted in my wine class @ ISG. This could be a everyday drinker and just happened to pair ever so nicely with some smoked beef sausage one of my classmates most graciously provided. My recommendation is purchase a six pack if you can and if storage is not an issue or buy one for an upcoming holiday party or gift giving occasion to show off your epicurean taste! Until next time Cheers!

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