Archive list of 2014 Monday Nights

In January 2014 we tasted the following Cabernet Sauvignon wines.  I started this website after this tasting so I don’t have all the info at my fingertips right now while I am on the road but here are the wines for a reference. We had Beef Wellinton, 5 cheese mac & cheese, roasted green beans & tomatoes and Esspresso Crinkles/Chocolate Icebox Cake

2010 Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, WA;   2010 Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA;  2011 Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon, CA;    2010 Souverain North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, CA;  2008 Atlas Peak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, CA;  2010 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, CA


In February we tasted Merlots.  We had 3 Merlots from Washington State and 4 from California, the goal was to taste wines priced from $10 to $25.  Following are the wines in the order they were tasted with notes as to which were favoites at the bottom of the list:  IMG_4607

2011 Canoe Ridge Expedition Horse Heaven Hills Merlot, WA $
2011 Columbia Crest Grand Estate Columbia Valley Merlot, WA $
2012 14 Hands Columbia Valley Merlot, WA $
2011 Liberty School Central Coast Merlot, CA $
2010 Kenwood Sonoma County Merlot, CA $
2011 Toasted Head California Merlot, CA $
2011 Markham Napa Valley Merlot, CA $

In March we are tasting Shiraz as the Aussies call it, traditionally this would be known as Syrah.  For this tasting however we are going to focus on Australia with one value outlier from California.  So we have had one of the coldest winters on record here, and Shiraz is a great red wine to warm up a cold winter night.  So what is the temp going to be today? Try 70 degrees and sunshine!  Pair it with a little meatloaf and roasted garlic mashed potatoes and spring will be here soon.  So here are the wines we are going to taste in March.  Prices are approximate.IMG_2069

2010 Dandelion Lionheart Barossa Shiraz $25             6th/3rd  
2011 Mt. Monster Limestone Coast Shiraz $19              7th/5th
2011 Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier $15                   3rd/4th
2011 Ravenswood Shiraz (CA) $12                                   2nd/7th
2012 Redbank Long Paddock Victoria Shiraz $15        4th/6th
2012 Lucky Country McLaren Vale Shiraz $20             5th/2nd
2012 Fish Eye Shiraz (3.0Lbox) $18                                  1st/1st

April is a transition month for those of us who are Monday night winos.  We are finishing up with the reds and looking forward to the white wines.  In the past we have done specific countries, but this year we are going to check out 1 winery that has just decided to bring their wines to Kansas.  Row Eleven Wine Co. has several wines available, we are going to taste the following: row eleven

Civello (white blend) $12.99                                                         1st/2nd
Stratton Lummis Chardonnay $19.99                                       2nd/1st
Row Eleven Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $31.99             4th/1st tie
The Magician (red blend) $16.99                                                3rd/1st tie
The Riddler (red blend) $21.99                                                    1st/2nd
Stratton Lummis Cabernet Sauvignon $26.99                        2nd/3rd
Here are some additional pics from Monday April 21,2014
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May starts our summer white wines!  This month we are going to check out Chardonnay wines.  Chardonnay has a long history and is predominately known as White Burgundy or Chablis in France.  In America though we just call it Chard!  We went thru a phase in the 80’s and 90’s with wineries competing to see who could have the most oaked Chard.  Today we have gone in the opposite direction, many of the wineries are now producing an oaked and an ‘unoaked’ Chard.  So we are going to check out both styles and see what we think. Here is the lineup for week 1 at least.

Unoaked:  Dipinti Las Vis (Italy) $15                                                              5th/1st
                    Hedges Independent Producers Dionysus (WA) $16           7th tie/7th
                    Mer Soleil Silver $28                                                                       4th/6th
                    Hoopla $20                                                                                        7th tie/didn’t do
    Oaked:  Angeline Reserve $16                                                                    2nd/3rd
                   Black Stallion $21                                                                             3rd/5th
                   Souverain $16                                                                                    6th/4th
                   Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells (WA)$23                           1st/2nd
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June, finally some warm weather!  So with the sun shinning and the evenings perfect for patio dining we are going to look at Sauvignon Blanc wines this month.  This is a great white wine for a warm evening, it has flavor characteristics that range from grass, lemon, grapefruit, gooseberry, passion fruit, jalapeno to name just a few!    Here are the wines we will be tasting so get ready for a lot of flavor.

Hall Napa Valley, CA $26                                               5th/
Merry Edwards Russian River Valley, CA $47         2nd/2nd
900 Grapes Marlborough, NZ $18                              3rd/
The Ned Marlborough, NZ $15                                    4th Tie/
Brancott Flight Song Marlborough, NZ $19            1st/1st
Neil Ellis Sincerely Western Cape, SA $14                7th/didn’t do
Indaba Western Cape, SA $13                                      6th/
Mulderbosch Western Cape, SA $20                          4th Tie/
Dinner for the evening was a butterflied chicken breast with roasted garlic & provolone rolled inside then grilled and finished on the grill with my homemade Basil Pesto, Wild Rice, Salad (below) and Key Lime Bars. Also pictured below Rolled Eggplant and the sheet of fresh off the grill chicken as Bill finished up grilling.
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July brings on the heat, in more ways then one. We will be tasting Rieslings which are sweet but they are one of the best wines for spicy foods.  So I did a test tonight and we are definitely doing Thai so you know what that means… heat! Don’t worry even though there is some spice it hopefully will not be to much and there is some Riesling to tone it down.

Once I finalize the wines I will list them here but in the mean time here is a picture of dinner.

thai dinner August Kessler R Riesling                                 2nd/2nd
Starling Castle Riesling                                     1st/1st
Elk Cove Estate Riesling                                    4th/6th
Stonecap Riesling                                                6th/4th
Mercer Canyons Gone Fishing Riesling         3rd/3rd
Chateau St. Jean Riesling                                  5th/5th

August, is usually blistering hot and you want some white wine to chill out on the patio.  This year in Kansas has been an anommoly, I probably just jinxed it!  However, these wonderful 70 degree evenings have been perfect for white wine on the patio!  So this, we are focusing on a couple varietals that you don’t hear to much about, Chenin Blanc and Viognier.  We are also having several white blends, which are wonderful.  Put this with a little savory pulled pork, sweet potatoes, fresh green beans & tomatoes and Fresh Peach Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert. Can’t get much better then that!!!

Ballentine Chenin Blanc                         1st/5th
Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc       2nd Tie/3rd
McManis Viognier                                    3rd/2nd
Tangent Viognier                                     5th/6th
Fifty Shades White Silk                          4th/4th Tie
Market Vineyards Liquidity                  6th/4th Tie
Milestone White Blend                          2nd Tie/1st

These wine were paired with Michael Chiarello’s Forever Pulled Porkaug dinner2014 pic 2





September, Just a quick note now, I will update with more soon.  Here are the wines!  So this month went by so fast, we usually taste wines from Argentina primarily Malbecs in September and this month was no different.  We had a great line up and week over week a lot of agreement as you can see below.

2013 Alamos Torrontes                             1st/1st
2012 Callia Alta Torrontes                       3rd/3rd
2012 Bodini Chardonnay                          2nd/2nd
2012 Alamos Malbec                                  1st/2nd
2012 Zuccardi Serie A Malbec                 5th/5th
2012 Bodega Caro Aruma                        4th/4th
2011 Ca’de Calle Reserve Red                  2nd/3rd
2012 Alberti la Mano Dercha Rsv           3rd/1st
          Cabernet Sauvignon 

sept tasting 2014sept 2014 tasting 3Dinner for this tasting was Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Chimichuri, Grilled Smoked Beef Sausage, Roasted Asparagus & Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes.   For dessert I made my own version of a Chocotorta go to the recipe page of my site to see the recipe for this.  


October is Zinfandel month, not necessarily super dry but enough body and brambly, cobblery juice and pepper to warm us up on those cool fall evenings by the BBQ, Burgers or Pizza.

oct zin dinner 2014Acre Zinfandel                                                       1st/2nd
Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel                                   2nd/4th
Candor Lot 5 Zinfandel                                       4th/1st
Eberle Estate Zinfandel                                      6th/6th
Predator Old Vine Zinfandel                             5th/3rd
Rodney Strong Knotty Vine Zinfandel           3rd/5th

 We paired these zinfandels with BBQ Beef Brisket, Ultimate Mac & Cheese, Steamed Broccoli.

 November brings families together for Thanksgiving.  This month we will focus on Pinot Noir and also highlight a couple whites (Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer).  Pinot Noir is technically the varietal of what we know as a Red Burgundy.  Burgundy is considered one of the greatest wines in the world and can age for decades.  Pinot Noir, is a lighter red that is typically not as dry as other red wines and can pair well with Salmon, Pork, Beef, and YES Turkey.  This month we will Try the following wines, and pair them with a Roasted Herb Pork Loin, Butternut Squash Risotto, Green Beans & Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake.

Fetzer Gewurztraminer                                              1st/1st tie/1st/1st
Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio                                          2nd/1st tie/2nd/3rd
Riff Pinot Grigio                                                            3rd/2nd/3rd/2nd
Castle Rock Willamette Valley Pinot Noir              1st/3rd/2nd/4th
Liberty School Central Coast Pinot Noir                 2nd/1st/1st/1st
Schug Carneros Pinot Noir                                         3rd/4th/4th/2nd
Figge Pelio Vineyard Pinot Noir                               4th/2nd/3rd/2nd
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December 2014 it is amazing to me how fast time seems to fly by.  I remember being a child and thinking that it would take forever to get out of school, or for Christmas to come again next year.  So this month we are focusing on dessert!  Most of us don’t usually take time to have dessert wine, but it really is a nice finish to a nice dinner or a long day.  This month we tasted the following dessert wines:

Pacific Rim Riesling Dessert Wine                          1st/3rd/2nd
NxNW Riesling Dessert Wine                                   1st/4th/1st
Hardy’s Whiskers Tawney Port                                2nd/1st/5th
Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Ruby Port               1st/6th/3rd
Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Port                                        4th/5th/4th
Bogle Petite Sirah Port                                               3rd/2nd/6th

Theses were paired with the following desserts:  Tiramisu, Caramel Cinnamon Apple Crostota, Chocolate Tart with Chocolate Ganache, Crumb Cake with Holiday Jam, Creme Brulee Cake, Cheesecake, Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Salted Caramel Frosting, Pecan Pie Bars, Brownie Bites, Sweet Almond Florentines, Blue Cheese.   For dinner we had Grilled Salmon with Wild Rice and Roasted Asparagus and wine from the cellar.

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