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1000 Stories Wines: An Evening With Bob Blue And Red Wines

On a typical rainy Spring evening in New York, I was ushered to the back of Fine & Rare restaurant at 9 East 37th Street, to a grand table and intimately introduced to a wonderful collaboration of wine and spirit for the palette in the form of 1000 Stories Wines. On any night, a lot can be found nestled in the little nooks and crannies of the city streets. Delightful little eateries with locally-sourced specials, goodnight kisses had under the awnings of Old-World high-rises and the little peeks of west and eastside sky-line pushing their way through the dusky fog.

It was on such an evening in classic New York fashion that I found myself tucked behind a beautifully arranged table for sixteen at the wonderfully hidden restaurant.  The restaurant can usually be found offering up cool live jazz-infused acoustics to go with your pappardelle Bolognese and burrata heirloom tomato salad.

1000 Stories is a line of exquisite and well-executed wines that distinguish themselves from the lot as they are aged in whiskey barrels.  The fineness of the grape meets the distilled beauty of the whiskey in 1000 Stories Wines and creates broad flavor profiles that pull from the diversity of the loveliness of Zinfandel and Bordeaux grapes and merges them with the lingering and definitive essences of oaky, sweet and herbal whiskey.

On that evening, winemaker and co-founder of 1000 Stories Wines, Bob Blue gave a verbal soft-sell of how the brand came to be and then walked us through an exclusive tasting of the brand’s renowned line-up together with one of its latest, The Prospector’s Proof.

We started the pre-dinner tasting with a 2016 Zinfandel Batch 42, a peppery full rounded fruity wine then moved onto 2016 Zinfandel Batch 52, a wine sourced from grapes all over the Californian Redwood and Sanel Valleys that carried a welcomed depth that grapes from this Mendocino Region are recognized for. Then onto 2016 Zinfandel Batch 54 which was smoother yet carried a delightfully weighted depth while being soft and satisfying on the palette.  The 2017 Gold Rush Red was strong and full-bodied with its mélange of intense and bold grapes from the California Hills.

Finishing off the bunch was 2017 The Prospectors Proof Cabernet Sauvignon, another bold wine with the spiced pop of vanilla and fragrant herbs from the whiskey barrels. With each wine, it was important to note the presence of the grape characteristics and the presence of the whiskey attributes working together. With the lesser-bodied wines, the sharp higher tannin zinfandels in their various aged stages allowed hints of the whiskey notes to carry through more while the Gold Rush and Prospector’s Proof carried weights that created a harmonious intermingling of full flavor. Altogether, it was an evening of wine lessons that, when combined with better wine understandings, left us all with our favorites and a greater appreciation for brands like 1000 Stories Wines; brands that have found a way to make a wonderful staple even better. It was a delectable evening filled with continuous delights. We’ll end with some of the decadent desserts we enjoyed.

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Better With Age: Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine

Late last year, we were introduced to Sauvage Distillery‘s one of a kind sparkling wine from, Comsi Comsa Sparkling Apple Wine, and we’ve been addicted ever since. We didn’t think anything could top the delicious flavor of a perfectly chilled glass of our favorite sparkling apple wine until we were introduced to the latest from Sauvage, Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine.

For anyone who’s enjoyed wine aged in oak barrels, you’ll know oak often softens the wine and smooths it out. In many cases, aging grape wines in oak barrels also improves the taste of the wine. So you can imagine what it does for an apple wine. Although we didn’t think Comsi Comsa could be any more delicious than it already is. We are happy to be proven wrong. The new Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine is aged in French white oak barrels for a minimum of six months. The result is an apple wine with warm vanilla, caramel, and toffee flavor tones. It also boasts a wonderful oak nose reminiscent of a fine apple brandy.

Unlike their American counterparts, barrels made from French oak, mostly grown in five main forests in France, produce wines that are more subtle and spicy in taste. The wines aged in French oak barrels are said to produce wines with textures so smooth, they are often described as silk. And that is how we would describe the new Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine. You’ll also love its long finish. Both its smoothness and lasting finish will keep you going back for more.

We enjoy this wine the most on the cool rainy days we’ve been having. There’s nothing more wonderful than relaxing at home with a glass or two of Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine while listening to the sound of rain gently hitting the windows. You won’t have to wait long to enjoy this limited edition wine, Comsi Comsa Oak Aged Apple Wine should be hitting stores any day now.

 

Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines | You Can Take it With You

Have you ever attended an event or party where the only alcohol they’re serving is exactly what you don’t drink? As Bloggers, we get invited to many things but a lot of the time it’s an alcohol-sponsored event, and if you’re like us, you do not like beer, whiskey, or gin. As lovers of wine, we were super excited to find out that something as wonderful as Zipz Wines exists. Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines are amazing, premium, single-serve wines that you can enjoy indoors, outdoors and on the go, thanks to its innovative and non-traditional packaging.Zipz_AllVarietals

Zipz Wines is available in four varieties, a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Pinot Grigio, and a 2011 Merlot, all of which come individually wrapped and covered in a patented Clean Wrap™ that keeps the wine fresh and the glass clean, making Zipz perfect for enjoyment anywhere.

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You may be thinking, “but what about the taste?” well, all four wines are absolutely delicious. The Chardonnay has aromas of tropical fruit with notes of cinnamon, vanilla bean, lemon grass with hints of hazelnut and cloves. This medium weight white wine boasts crisp citrus, melon, pear and crème Fraiche flavors. The Cabernet Sauvignon delivers varying aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cassis and vanilla with various layers of spice and a hint of herbs. A multi-layered, medium-bodied wine that boasts textures of ripe blackberry, mocha, toffee, and vanilla. The deep, rich, ruby-colored Merlot features warm cherry aromas, accented with notes of mocha, red licorice, sage and toffee with flavors of black cherries and plums that are balanced with caramel and toffee from the oak. Last but certainly not least, the clean and crisp Pinot Grigio gets a bit tropical with both aroma and flavor.Notes of mango, pear, orange spice, lemongrass, and pineapple perfectly compliment the  flavors of tropical fruit, apples, pears, and a nice orange citrus note that is balanced with minerality and a wonderful round finish.

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How portable are Zipz Wines and where did they go with us? We took it to our front porch, the racetrack, and a friend’s house, traveling with ease in our handbag with no fear of spillage. Another key note is you can securely reseal your Zipz wine to save it for later without spilling a drop or having your wine get stale. You can’t tilt a half full, regular glass of wine without losing the contents.

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Zipz Premium Single Serve Wines are currently available in several states or you can just buy it online at Zipz Wine or Amazon.com. A case of Zipz Wines comes with 12 glasses and retails for $39.99, that’s less than $3.50 a glass. That alone is a reason to raise a glass and toast to this innovation and non-traditional creation.