Wine Wednesday – Thinking Al Fresco Dining

“Summer afternoon ~ summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  ~Henry James, American Novelist Spring is finally becoming a reality, and the thought of dining al fresco comes to mind. Fresh air, a shady spot and a bottle of wine to share. Wishing you warm and happy Wine Wednesday thoughts. A languid atmosphere, a lazy breeze, With labored respiration, moves the wheat From distant reaches, till the golden seas Break in crisp whispers at my feet. My book, neglected of an idle mind, Hides for a moment from the eyes of men; Or lightly opened by a critic wind, Affrightedly reviews itself again. Off through the haze that dances in the […]

Wine Labels with Tasting Notes

  Wine Tasting Notes refer to the aroma, taste identification, acidity, structure, texture, and balance of a wine. We have assembled tasting notes for the wine parings in our blog posts.     shop Sokol Blosser  

Wine Paring with Chocolate – Chocolate Week

In celebration of Chocolate Week and Wine Wednesday, we bring you a wine and chocolate paring. Wine and chocolate are the perfect ending to a meal, a sweet repast or even at-home television viewing. Keeping in mind, wine and chocolates compete for the same palate space, a light bodied wine will not fare well with the richness of chocolate. Much like wine, chocolate is simultaneously sweet & bitter, fruity & acidic. So what is the perfect paring? To create harmony, choose a full-bodied wine, such as a Mourvèdre, a full-bodied red wine as an excellent companion. Mourvèdres are of the Bandol, France and Jumilla, Spain regions. On the nose, a Mourvèdre is a burst of dark fruit, flowers and herbaceous aromas of […]

Upscale Up-Cycle

Wine Bottle Chandelier This handcrafted wine bottle chandelier was created by Masion Estate’s owner Chris Weylandt, who also owns a well known South African home decor and furniture store, Weylandts. Maison Estate is a vineyard, a tasting room and bistro-style restaurant, all nestled in The Valley of the Huguenots, South Africa. The Tasting Room and The Kitchen is an extension of Chris Weylandt’s Good Living philosophy which is a celebration of relaxed living, operating on the principal of producing great wine, delicious food and great design. Images: Maison Estate