Barboursville’s 2010 Paxxito


Sweet and very tasty.  If you like dessert wines, this is a great one:  Barboursville’s Paxxito 2010.

Revelry Cab & Libration


The first two victims of Thanksgiving that I like… 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon by Revelry Vintners and a red blend by Los Carneros called Libration.

Paradise Springs of Clifton 2012 Melange


We’ve had this in our wine rack for a couple years.  I’ve always heard that wine gets better with time.  I know I liked this Mélange two years ago when we tasted it at the winery in Clifton, Virginia.  I know I like it tonight.  Is it better than two years ago?  I have no idea.  I can’t really remember what it tasted like back then, but we wouldn’t have bought it if we didn’t like it.

Velvet Moon 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon


Mmmmm…..I like this cabernet sauvignon by Velvet Moon.  It has a very velvety, full mouth feel with a slighty smoky, spicy finish.  At under $10 at Trader Joe’s, I highly recommend it.

“How I like Claret!” – A Quote by Keats

Veritas Claret 2010Here’s a quote I found on the back of a bottle of Claret 2010 from Veritas Vineyard and Winery:

How I like Claret!  When I can get Claret, I must drink it.  ‘Tis the only palate affair that I am sensual in.  If you could make some wine like Claret to drink on summer evenings in an arbor!  It fills one’s mouth with a gushing freshness, then goes down cool and feverless:  then, you do not feel it quarreling with one’s liver.  No, ’tis rather a peacemaker and lies as quiet as it did in the grape.” – John Keats, 1819, in a letter to his brother

I must agree with Keats.  I’m not a wine enthusiast.  I’m not even a wine drinker.  I am a beer and liquor drinker, but will go with my wife to wine tastings and vineyards when we’re traveling.  In all the times we’ve hit wineries, I’ve never really liked much of what we’ve tasted.  I found the Pirtle Winery in Kansas while on a trip there and liked most of their wines, especially their meads.  And last week, my wife and a couple friends visited Veritas.  Again, there weren’t many in the tasting that I liked, but I did like the Claret, which wasn’t part of their normal tasting line-up, but they were happy to add when we asked.  It wasn’t my favorite, but it was tasty and I look forward to having a glass of it rather than tasting sip from my wife’s.  I really liked their ice wine, Kenmar, and their Othello, which has brandy in it…very yummy.  Since Veritas is only a couple hours away, kid friendly, and we both found a few wines we like, we became members.  If you hang out there, maybe we’ll run into you sometime.

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