Category: Homework Wine

Homework Wine, Week of 11/7

Name: Seebrich Riesling Spätlese
Color: White
Country/Region of Origin:
Price: around $20

So. This stuff kicks ass if you’re looking for something sweet to go with a dessert course, like a slice of cheesecake with apricot glaze or something. Or maybe apricot chicken. If I’d known EXACTLY what I was getting into with this wine, I would have made a chicken and apricot tagine recipe that I’ve got laying around and haven’t made in forever. Or this would be fantastic with super spicy Indian or Thai.

The wine itself is thick and fairly sweet – lots of fruity notes like pear and apple in it. There’s a touch of almost honey-like sweetness as well. It’s a thick wine with a touch of carbonation.

I liked it and would recommend it, and this coming from someone who likes her wine dry and red.

Homework Wine 10/31/10

People, I have a bloody amazing job perk homework again. Each week, I have to try a bottle of wine and report back on it, cork attached to the report sheet to prove that I have indeed busted on in to partake.

Now, I’m awesome with beer. I’m pretty good with liqueurs and whiskeys and all that.

I comparatively suck at wine. Like, I’m not hopeless by any means, but my knowledge of wine is something like 1% of what my beer knowledge is.

But now I have homework wine, and since I’m incapable of remembering things without writing about them, I’ve decided to share my thoughts with you. Hopefully, in six months I’ll sound like I have a clue what the hell I’m talking about. I don’t think I will right now.

With that preamble, this week’s wine:
Name: Pagos de Equren Tempranillo
Color: Red
Country/Region of Origin:
Hrm. I should check, but the bottle is downstairs. I am not downstairs. I am lazy, so we’re not going to worry about this right now.

This has to be the lowest-tannin red wine I’ve ever encountered. It’s still dry, but it’s so low in tannins that my mom, who has the tannin allergy that makes drinking red wine intensely painful along about the jaw region, was able to drink it no problem.

The wine was… red wine. It had a sort of menthol-y, mineral-y undertone* that I frankly didn’t like all that much. It did have a nice sort of sour cherry/berry flavor though – much more pronounced than the mineral aspects – and I liked that.

Overall, I’d pass. I think this was the first Tempranillo I’d ever had. If this is what they’re like, then I think I’ll stick to recommending Riojas when people want Spanish wine.

* Note: it was my comment about the menthol/mineral combo that made Mom try it – one of those “that sounds gross, let me try it!” things that always happens with food.**

** Yes, I did link you to my other blog. Yes, I am that person.

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