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Music in a bottle: Wines That Rock Review

Rolling Stones’ 40 Licks, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, & Wood Stock. What are you thinking about right now? If you’re like me, each one of these albums or events puts amazing thoughts, ideas, and maybe even memories (if you’re old enough) into your head. Now, imagine for a moment taking all you’re memories and thoughts and bottling it up for consumption.  Seem ridiculous? Don’t tell that to wine maker Mark Beaman.

Inspired by these very events, wine maker and die hard music fan Mark Beaman has done just that. He along with Mendocino Wine Company have collaborated to bring you “Wines That Rock” – “Great tasting wines inspire by music”.

“We wanted to challenge our winery to produce varietals that were a great tasting, quality product that we could all be proud of…and you would thoroughly enjoy.Years in the making, Wines That Rock knew it wanted to create a unique experience in the wine world. We didn’t want to just “slap” cool labels on a bottle and call it a day.”

Forty Licks Merlot, Dark Side of The Moon Cabernet, and Woodstock Chardonnay are Beamans first attempts at capturing the essence of an album. Though they mentioned that they didn’t want to just “slap some cool labels on a bottle”, their marketing department most certainly did their part. I would be lying if I didn’t say that when these bottles caught my eye, I didn’t immediately start hearing music in my head. But lets face it, when it comes down to wine making, a great name and a fancy label can only get you so far. How exactly do they taste? Having had the pleasure of tasting these let me say that they are not merely novelty acts but actually hold their own against similarly priced wines in their categories.

Wood Stock Tasting Notes: The 2008 Woodstock Chardonnay opens with an enjoyably eclectic mixture of rich pear, mineral and papaya aromas followed by fresh flavors of Asian pear apple, citrus, and tropical fruit with great acid on the finish—or, as Mark likes to say, “sunshine in a bottle.” Enjoy this rich dry white wine with salmon, chicken, creamy soups, and white-sauced pasta.

40 Licks Tasting Notes: The 2007 Merlot captures the attitude of Mendocino County’s style. Aromas of black cherry, with hints of mint are followed by rich flavors of plum, black cherry, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cedar. This dry red wine is a fine match for herb-roasted chicken, grilled beef or smoky chili.

Dark Side of The Moon Tasting Notes: The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon captures the attitude of Mendocino County’s style. Aromas of black currant and cherry are followed by rich flavors of cassis, toasted vanilla bean, and hints of chocolate. Enjoy this rich dry red wine with hearty chicken dishes, beef and lamb, and red sauced pasta.

You can find these wines all reasonably priced ( at around $15) at your local wine and spirits retailer. If there isn’t distribution in your area, feel free to visit their website.

“I can’t believe that this is my job. I get to taste wine, listen to music, and think about how to put it all together in a bottle of wine that truly captures the essence of an album.”
—- Winemaker Mark Beaman.

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Mark Beamans Hand Written Tasting Notes


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Posted by on August 18, 2010 in Reviews, Wine, Wine

 

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Yoo-Hoo for Adults: Chocovine Review

Remember how deliciously refreshing it was to enjoy a cold bottle of Yoohoo as a child? Remember when you got to that age where drinking it was considering a no no? Ever wonder what it would be like if they made a yoo-hoo for adults?  Holland and Clever Imports may have finally answered that question for us. I had heard rumblings of a wine that was making it into specialty shops around the country. Once it reached my market I had no choice but to give it a try.

ChocoVine is a French Cabernet subtly combined with rich dark chocolate. According to their website, it’s the “perfect union between wine and chocolate”. Mixing wine and chocolate is nothing new, especially for those of us use to American holidays. It’s the decision to blend the two together in a liquid form that is making waves around the world.  Upon tasting it I first had the opportunity to survey a few of those that had tried it before. All of them agreed it was a delicious alternative to several of their favorite dairy based favorites such as Baileys, and Cask & Cream. And at a price of around $10 for 750 ML it was also a satisfactory alternative financially.

Tasting Notes: The bottle is a screw cap, so for those of you that see it in the wine section but are afraid of having to uncork, don’t worry, Chocovine has you covered. Traditionally screw tops have been seen as cheap and tacky but it’s a trend that is becoming more and more popular in the industry. Upon pouring, the color is a muggy brown, similar to the chocolate river in the  “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” movie. It’s color and dairy base are where it stops in comparison to Baileys fans. It is not as thick, and the red wine gives it a different taste than that of the Irish whiskey used for baileys. The aroma is definitely strong both in chocolate and in alcohol. Don’t be confused by its appearance and description, for a wine this one packs a punch at 14% alcohol. While that may not be much for those use to cordials, that is above average for those use to wines. Much like you would expect, this one is very much on the sweet side.  First comes a mild sense of the alcoholic strength followed by the intense flavor of chocolate. It does a good job of disguising the strong alcohol content that you are ingesting.  Overall I feel this is a great buy for those looking for something sweet, strong, and on a budget. Unlike most red wines, this one is recommended to be served cold which adds to its drink-ability.  Because of it’s unique combination of flavors, this can be drunk alone or used in a mixture of recipes which I have provided below courtesy of Chocovine.

Ladys Night
2 oz Chocovine
1 oz Raspberry Liqueur

Mon Cheri
2 oz Chocovine
1 oz Vanilla Vodka
1/4 oz Cherry Liqueur

Serve in a Martini Glass

Treasure Island
1 1/2 oz Chocovine
1/2 oz Banana liqueur
1 1/4 Coconut rum

Serve in a Martini Glass

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Posted by on July 29, 2010 in Reviews, Wine, Wine

 

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