Bark (or Howl) at the Moon


Folias de Baco
Uivo Curtido Branco 2019
100% Moscatel Galego

Turn my glass in the sunshine, and it’s a murky swampy peachy gold. Inhale and this is definitely not a funky marsh. Instead it’s tangerine, orange blossoms and a sea breeze. Here goes the first sip…Well that was a fun slap in the face. Tangy and zingy! Multiple citrus flavors pop, but especially grapefruit. There’s an IPA thing going on here, and some salt, granite, and spring flowers. This is one complicated wolf, and I want to run free with it.

Pairs with Cheez-Its: Brings out the IPA grapefruit and the delicate sweet floral. Loving it

The more you know: Uivo in Portuguese means howl so enjoy this pack

and of course the obligatory Ozzy

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Night Flight

Stolpman Vineyards
Para Maria Rosé de los tecolotes 2019
100% Syrah
Santa Barbara CA
A collaboration: Ruben Solorzano + Pete Stolpman

A delicate pale salmon color. Inhale and there’s a dozen roses waiting on you. There’s also salt, lemon and something herbal. A small sip and there’s grapefruit, which for some reason has been following me everywhere lately. There’s also apples, a touch mineral, strawberries, and some citrus zest. This is a lovely quencher. Oh and also the artwork/label is an homage to the Great Horned Owl that polices the vineyard at night to keep it rodent free.

Pairs with Cheez-Its: Really brings out the grapefruit

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A Town of Murals

Cantina Orgosa di Musina Giuseppe
Nero di Orgosa
Vino Rosso
Orgosolo Sardinia Italy
Cannonau 80%, Carignano and Sangue di Cristo 20%

This wine is “pretty in purple” and definitely no filtering. Sniff and here’s the hay, then I’m in a field of lilacs and other purple flowers. Give it a chance to air out and delicious dark fruit, salt, caramel, cocoa, and smoke. Onto the first sip and the hay is still hanging around a little bit. There’s a little tingle, some earthiness and a pop of tart and pepper. Sip some more and there’s dried fruit (cherry, cranberry & fig). Such complexity of flavors and such a light body. Bitter herbs, stone and even some cherry pop. 

Pairs with Cheez-Its: smooth tingle, fruity, sweetness 

Cantina Orgosa is driven by the winemaker Giuseppe Musina, and he keeps everything biodynamic. I applaud his use of native grapes, and from what I’m reading his winery is the first one to produce bottled wine in Orgosolo. Also love that the label on the bottle of Nero di Orgosa is a pic of one of the local murals. Perusing their Facebook Page photos and oh how I wish I could see this in person. The vineyard is just lush and beautiful. There’s pics of the harvest happening by hand and then happy gatherings that must be of some celebratory meal. Honestly, how great would it be to have a large group of your friends gathered around a long table, passing plates and opening wine. 

The comune of Orgosolo is very well known for its before mentioned murals and some call it a “museum town” since you only have to walk and you are immersed in these paintings. From what I’m reading the first mural appeared in 1969 and was signed by Dioniso (which was either a group of anarchists, or an anarchist theater troupe from Milan). Murals were continued in the 70s and 80s led by an art teacher Francesco Del Casino, some of his students, and others. I’m not sure who is continuing them now. There are depictions of war, peace, politics, protest, 9/11, the fall of Saddam, independent declarations, simple family life, love, religion, and even a man holding a goat. Found on YouTube (by Tassos Diavatis), here’s an extensive video of these artworks

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Hug the One You’re With


Mas Alta
Artigas Blanc 2016
Priorat DOQ
Garnatxa Blanca 70%, Pedro Ximénez 20%, Macabeu 10%

Again, I miss you Spain, and of course La Vinya del Senyor. Am so happy that I took a chance with this lovely white wine, and hope one day to sit at the bar again and clink glasses with my S.O. In the past, it was often so easy to take these little moments for granted. If you’re with your family or friends, hug them and appreciate that they are there.

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Red White Pink

Minimus 2016
This Would Be Illegal in Europe
Red Pink White
Blend of Pinot Gris, Syrah, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Tempranillo; or is it Tempranillo, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Petite Arvine, Schiopettino, Savagnin Rose, and Abouriou. I have found three different wine sellers and writers saying all different things so hey, Chad you have us all jumbled, but who cares?

A glass of deep murky rosé. Oh the lovely whiff of light cherry, hay, and licorice in a candy way, floral and granite. Sipping lovely cherry and cola. Tastes like it smells and as it opens up, it becomes much more complex and funkilicious. My hats off to Chad Stock! Yes, I will admit it, I’m a Chad Stock fangirl.

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A Natural Stomp

Tinto Uno 2016
Ribeira Sacra
Lugo, Spain
Mencía 85%, Garnacha Tintorera 10%, Godello 5%

A beautiful glass of heavy purple. Here goes the first breath…mineral and cherry. Let it do it’s thing for a bit and then chocolate, green pepper, and pretty spring flowers. Now on with the show, this one is a smooth operator from the very first sip. Cherry, strawberries, blueberries, and then here pops in olive pit, salt with a bit of earthiness and maybe, just maybe, burnt sage. No, I’m not going all hippie and cleansing the place, even though after WFH for at least 9 weeks, this place could probably use it. This is a juicy friendly wine that makes my brain cry out, “Why can’t I be at a bar or at least with friends sharing this wine! This is a velvety wine that needs to have people together and cheering it!” Also check out the Tech Notes from Mission‘s website. I love the idea of the grapes being stomped underfoot.

Pairs with Cheez-Its: mellows it all out and heightens the cheese in the Cheez-Its. Makes me want to keep drinking more, which I did way too fast. Oof. @docwineshop @docwinebarny @worldbyglass @cheezits #Mencía #Garnacha #Godello #RibeiraSacra #lugo #spain #wine #workingfromhome #pandemic #covid19 #worldbyglass #pairswithcheezits #cheezit #needmorewine #zacharyelfman #organic #Sade

Italy and Spain Had a Baby

Pietro Beconcini
Ixe Tempranillo 2016
Toscana IGT 

Beautiful ruby color. Take a breath. Cherry, warm spice that envelops you, plum, mineral/slate and a hint of leather. Time for sipping. Again there’s the cherry, plummy goodness. It’s tart and cola with peppercorns and yes my favorite granite. Opens up so smooth. Day two, it’s a juicy sweet (not like a sugar bomb but delicious sweet ) fruit friendly 

Pietro Beconcini is the only Tempranillo wine grower in Italy. He found some old vines on his land and with a bit of investigation, discovered they may have been dropped off by ancient travelers. Maybe they were on a pilgrimage or on a trade route. Either way, I’m sure glad they did! It’s like Italy and Spain had a baby. Each sip makes me want to be sitting outside in a bar in Spain, but then also reminds me of long ago when I was studying in Cortona, Italy. Man, how my drinking days have changed. Back in the early 90s in Cortona, between classes we would grab a bite and as students do, grab a cheap beer, known as Splügen. Ah for the simpler days.

Pairs with Cheez-Its: It makes the wine have a darker feel. It’s delicious yet I can feel the good funk. Oh this is so good in bed with the cats snuggled near.

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A Basket of Kittens

Fossil & Fawn

Rosé 2019
Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris

Deep plummy vibrant salmon color.

On the tip of my nose is salt, orange blossoms, orange peel, tangerine, and I do believe slate. Take a gentle swig and pow what an explosion. This isn’t a shy kitten. It wants to come out and play There’s apple, a touch of tart. There’s cranberries (not the band), strawberries, orange peel, tingle, salt, mineral/stone, and a touch of funk.

Day two makes me want to dress up to go to work in the home office. Ok, so it’s still jeans, but with a spring green silk top with fairywrens on it.

Pairs with Cheez-Its: Makes it much sweeter, quite sweet…maybe a touch of honey.

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What a wonderful day, and one not so long ago, yet seems like an eternity. Sitting in Kaelderkold, drinking Basqueland Seven Minutes Siesta Salted Caramel Frappuccino Imperial Stout, and listening to Ministry and Nick Cave. What a perfect pairing. This was my first introduction to Basqueland Brewing and after looking through their site and FB page, they are one impressive operation. I love the fact that they are one of the breweries that joined in on Other Half’s worldwide collaboration “All Together” beer. The current count on the page is 792 breweries, 48 States in USA and 51 countries. An amazing drive to support the breweries and their local hospitality workers. Just damn beautiful!

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A Giant Among Us

Cantine Chessa
Cagnulari 2016
Isole Dei Nuraghi IGP
Sardegna, Italy

What we have is a very Deep Purple…Bring on “Smoke On The Water”

I used to work at a record store for many, many years in high school and college, and thinking back must have sold thousands of “Machine Head”. 

Take a giant breath while jamming out and here comes the chocolate, smoke, salt, cigar, and a touch of cherry. You have to hunt for the cherry, but when you find it, it’s a chocolate covered cherry with a side of cola. Lift your glass and sip in the deep dark cherry and plum, smoke and salt, granite, dried figs, and cola. Deep dark earth finish. This is the happy goth of wine. Luscious 

Pairs with Cheez-Its: makes it more juicy and fruity

This wine is unbelievably delicious and I had a hard time restraining myself from finishing the whole bottle. For years I’ve wanted to go to Sardegna but each year I said next year. Why on earth did I put this off?

Cantine Chessa according to their site (which is a darn beautiful site) have been wine growers for over 60 years. The winery is owned by Giovanna Chessa, and she has continued the tradition of using local Sardinian grapes: Vermentino, Cagnulari and Moscato di Usini. I’m not one to choose a wine based on awards, but honestly all of Chessa’s wines have garnered a lot of acclaim. Cagnulari in particular has quite a catalog of awards over the years, and the 2016 I have received a Decanter Bronze. Cagnulari sounds like a gem of the Using area and a true survivor that was brought back to it’s now elevated level, or as on Chessa’s site, they call it “The King of Usini Grapes”.

Usini (and the province of Sassari) seems to be quite a land of celebration. I’m finding festivals for wine, saints, Carnevale, folklore; and the one I’m most intrigued about it for their famous pasta Andarinos, In the summer, they kick up their heels for this pasta, which is only made (and also only handmade) in Usini. There’s a lengthy history to this pasta that traces all the way back to the 17th Century. Maybe during this lockdown, I’ll try to teach myself how to make it. In December, there’s also the Faradda Dei Carruzzi. Participants (or Charioteers) zoom down Viale Trento in makeshift creations built of all sorts of junk. As long as it has wheels and you can ride it, then anything goes. 

What intrigued me the most from Usini and Sassari are the nuraghi. From what I’ve been reading, there are tales that these were graves for giants that once roamed the land, but in actuality, archeologists believe they are sites for multiple burials, and are from the Bronze Age. Their are nuraghi’s all over Sardinina and are recognized by Unesco as world heritage sites since 1997. The structures are built from stone and the one I’m most intrigued with is the Tombs of the Giants Li Lolghi. Along with the interior graves there is an outer area that most likely was used for rituals. Honestly I wish I knew more about these structures. Others are mentioned as fortresses for the Nuragic civilization. Click here for wonderful photos of the Giants Tomb. It’s a fabulous site about everything you could want to know about Sardegna by travel writer, Jennifer Avventura. I don’t know if she will see this, but I want to thank her for her wonderful work. I’ve never met her, but stumbled upon the site, and she makes me want to whisk away to Sardegna and investigate every thing.

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