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Just another delightful wine selection I discovered as a Wine Ambassador at Disney's California Adventure. According to the label, this is a lovely Moscato that can be enjoyed as an aperitif or an after dinner "quaffer". Huh? I don't know what a quaffer is exactly but this wine is very fruity and sweet and is best enjoyed outside in the sunshine. It is delicious and refreshing by the pool(as you watch Paco do his thing), in the garden and accompanied with a bowl of fruit and some cheese. Trust me on this one, if you are in the mood for a little something sweet this holiday weekend, this tasty wine is a must! It is produced and bottled in Paso Robles, CA (Central Coast) by Martin Weyrich and costs around $12 a bottle, and what a pretty bottle it is!. As usual, Email me if you have any questions about this or any other wine.

Today's featured wine is a lovely Riesling by Dr. Willkomms called Blue River from the Mosel area of Germany. It's only slightly sweet, or as snobby winos say, off-dry. It definitely won't give you cavities but it's got just enough sweetness for those of you who prefer sweeter wines. The alcohol content is only 9.5% allowing one to enjoy subsequent glasses without the headache. I picked up my first bottle at Sam's Club for less than $8 and enjoyed it so much, I picked up four more on my next trip. The bottle is pretty too! It's frosted with a lovely drawing of a Mosel River that winds through the steep German hillsides. As my daughter would say, it looks like a bottle of Grey Goose. I suppose the wino in me has rubbed off on her.
Today's high is going to be over 100 degrees! So it's still summer here in the 'burbs of Los Angeles making it perfect weather for enjoying a cool glass of this delicious wine. Cheers!
OK class, in case you haven't already been edumacated on this wine, let me give you a quick run down on zee Malbec. The Malbec grape is grown in Argentina, South America. The wine region in Argentina best known for Malbec is called the Mendoza region. Malbec is grown and produced in other parts of the world but when you hear Malbec, you pretty much think, Mendoza region of Argentina. Its look and consistency is much like that of a hearty Merlot. Nuff said. One of my favorite Malbecs is the 2006 Kaiken Ultra Malbec. Sounds like a diet beer, doesn't it? But far from it! It's a great one to try if you've never tried a Malbec before. It's medium to full-bodied so it's on the heavier side but loaded with lots of fruity goodness.
I first tried it at dinner at the World Famous Pacific Dining Car in Los Angeles pictured below.
It's been cloudy and drizzly here in Southern California the past few days so it's perfect "Malbec" weather. This is not a wine I would drink outside on a hot afternoon, while Paco the pool boy waits on me hand and foot. If I did I'd end up passed out in the cabana with Paco giving me mouth-to-mouth...Hmmm. Paco
Wondering where you can find this delectable item? Not Paco! the wine! Focus, people, I know I probably lost some of you to Paco but the rest of you, please bear with me!
Email me and I'll research it for you...yes, it's worth trying and no it won't break the bank!

Me, Uncorked

My wine journey started about 11 years ago when I began making monthly trips to the Temecula Valley Wine Country in California. My wine "education" did not go into full swing until I became a Cast Member at the Disneyland Resort. I began my career as a Wine Ambassador at the Golden Vine Winery in Disney's California Adventure Park where I received excellent training including a wine and beverage class at the famous Napa Rose Restaurant. I recently decided to further my "alcoholic beverage" education by attending The National Bartending School. I am also a Trojan at heart, having graduated from the University of Southern California. My greatest love is being a mom to my 15 year-old son Bubba and my 11 year-old daughter Kimmie. Vino Bodega is a place where I can share my passion for wine and make new Wineaux friends so set aside the dishes and the laundry for a bit and sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of vino with me...Salud! -