Category Archives: Impress a Snob

Chandon Vintage Brut 2012

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Chandon Website, $45

Info on Wine Searcher


Aaron: This is a solid brut.  Traditionally sharp and dry as you would expect, the nose is a non-factor.  I noticed pine on the flavor and not a lot of apple or pear like other sparkling wines.  89 points

Teri: Light nose, just a hint of lemon curd. Very crisp, dry and leaves you with a nice clean mouthfeel. Some grapefruit and lemon on the taste. Pleasent flavors and easy to drink. 89 points

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Spindrift Cellars Pinot Noir 2014

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Spindrift Cellars Website, $22

Cost Plus World Market, $18.99

Wine Enthusiast Discusses Spindrift Pinot


Aaron:  I noticed ferns and raspberries on the nose of the pinot.  The flavor included a bit of a tangy bite which wasn’t my favorite and reminded me of underripe pears.  There was also noticeable cranberry and lemon so this wasn’t very appealing to me.  86 points

Teri: Herbal nose and a solid medium body on the wine. Full flavors of mushroom, strawberry, grassy hers, and sweet oak. Flavorful and hearty. Quality pinot which is great with food. 91 points 

Terra Blanca Arch Terrace Rose 2016

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We purchased this bottle from the Terra Blanca tasting room in Washington.

Terra Blanca Website, $18

Vivino Raiting 


Aaron:  This is great!  The strong red nose of grapefruit and pomegranate makes for a nice summer wine while the mellow, smooth flavor is very refreshing.  It was a bit more tart than I expected, but not super acidic and very full.  I found this to be appealing while still being complex which was unexpected.  91 (94 for a rose) points

Teri: I enjoy rose wines, but hardly purchase them for myself. Every once in a while there is a rose which comes along that is flavorful, easy-drinking, and full enough to makes me what to purchase some to take home. This is one of those bottles. The nose is a light hint of citrus and strawberry but the flavor is extremely full of cherry, watermelon and a hint of herbs at the end. Easy drinking and highly enjoyable. This one could be enjoyed at any time as a stand-alone wine or with food. 91 points

Treveri Blanc de Noir

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Treveri Cellars Website


Aaron:  Red apple and palm trees cloud the nose and this is a little on the tart side but not bitter.  It’s more to say it’s not sweet.  I like that this is an easy-to-drink sparkling which can stand up to food and be enjoyed at any time.  89 points

Teri: Full disclaimer, I’m part of the “bubble club” for Treveri. Everything they make is high quality and a fantastic value (a few of their wines are even served at the White House). Their Blanc de Noir carries a nose of rose petals and raisins with flavors of orange peel, red apple, and floral undertones.  This bottle is excellent on a warm day or to break out for a celebration (even the small ones). Not too sweet and not too dry, the Goldilocks of Brut sparkling wines. 91 points 

Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Tawny Porto

Total Wine & More, $46.99

Taylor Fladgate Website


Aaron:  This is AWESOME!  It’s a little pricey for our wine blog (gift from a friend) but definitely worth it.  Super rich, smooth flavors with less raisin and prune flavors than most ports.  More traditional wine flavors with dark berries and a great oakiness.  The finish is gentle but still full.  This is exactly what I want, not syrupy but still flavorful and a brandy flavor without the brandy burn.  94 points

Teri: This bottle is worth the splurge. Most people think of ports’ tasting similar to liquid raisins. After being aged for 20 years, this port is smooth with beautiful flavors of blackberries and mild but not overpowering warmth. It drinks like a wine with smooth complexity and pairs beautifully with desserts and cheeses. Impress your dessert loving friends by bringing this bottle along! 93 points