Phoenix wine blog

How to participate in #WAMerlot, March 25th 2010 in Phoenix Arizona

If you are in the Phoenix metro area on Thursday March 25th, 2010 you won’t want to miss #WA Merlot at Az Wine Company on North Scottsdale Rd.  If you would like more information on this specific event please email Tim  (weeklywinejournal at Gmail dot com)

#WA Merlot is twitter speak for “Washington Merlot”  All across North America and around the world people are going to be tasting various Washington State Merlot’s and then posting their comments on twitter using the hashtag #WAMerlot to track the conversation.

AZ Wine company has a FANTASTIC DEAL for everyone:

$5 glasses of wine!

FEATURED WINES:

BASEL CELLARS 2005

CANOE RIDGE 2004

SEVEN HILLS 2007

REININGER 2003

MERCER 2007

ALL FOR ONLY $5 A GLASS!  THESE WINES ARE ALL $20 TO $25 A BOTTLE RETAIL, SO THAT REALLY IS AN INCREDIBLE DEAL.

For more help using twitter and more info on #WAmerlot watch this helpful video put together by Josh Wade at Drinknectar.com

AZ WINE COMPANY: 2515 NORTH SCOTTSDALE RD (South of Thomas on east side of street)  or call 480 423 9305

Another visit to AZ Wine Company, Scottsdale Arizona

In this visit I took a closer look at the Washington Wines section and also AZ Wine Company’s “reserve” section

Tim

Wine Review: Lang and Reed 2007, Cabernet Franc, North Coast California

Alcohol: 13.5%

Lang & Reed 2007 Cabernet Franc

Price: $22 online, $15-$20 retail. In Arizona it’s available at AZ Wine Company

100% Cabernet Franc

The nose:   Pretty floral notes, sweet almost marshmallow like…  it’s true!  Smell a freshly opened bag of marshmallows sometime…

The Palate: Slightly creamy texture, bright acidity, not a heavy long lasting acidity.  It’s more of a youthful acidity.  The fruit is a sweet and sour cherry. Sweet like a ripe dark cherry but quickly transitions into a tart unripe fruit center.  Like you are eating the center of the fruit.  Chewy Wooly tannins which make your mouth pucker up a bit, squeaky teeth tannins I like to say.

The Finish: Pleasant and light little touch of herbs.

Conclusion:  For the price ($15-$20) it is a very decent Cabernet Franc.  I’m not blown away to the point of buying several cases of it, but I think I will buy several more bottles and lay them down to see how it ages of the next year or two.  I paired this wine with a nice big New York Steak, and a twice baked potato with loads of melted extra sharp Tillamook cheddar on top.  And finished with a big piece of chocolate brownie cheesecake.  The wine went great with all three. And speaking of a nice big steak why not check out my super awesome steak recipe here

Lang and Reed Website Here

Tim

Bomberos Cafe and Wine Bar, Phoenix Arizona

Bomberos is located on an old fire station (Bomberos is firemen in Spanish).  I’ve been there a number of times on Thursday nights when they have live music on the back patio.  Comfortable couches and chairs allow you to lounge, drink and eat in comfort.  Their focus is  South American wine and cuisine. Most of the appetizers are around $10 and most wines are $10-$15 a glass.  Wines are half price during happy hour!   They have live music on Thursday and Saturday nights.

8801 North Central Ave, Phoenix

602 687 8466

Bomberos website