Don’t be afraid of the Pink

Don’t be afraid of the Pink

Spring is trying to sprang but it hasn’t fully sprung yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help it along with a glass of a pink, fresh and lively rosé.
 
 
 
A true rosé is made from red grapes where the maceration (softening or breaking down of skins to add color, tannins and flavor) occurs for a shorter period of time than it would require to produce a red wine. Good quality rosés were around long before the “fake” white zinfandel versions and are making a comeback.
 
 
 
Recent discoveries of early wine-making technique show that rosés were the first wines ever made due to the time and effort it took to hand-macerate the red grapes. Today, red wines will ferment with their skins for up to 100 days while rosés will have a total skin soaking time of between 12 and 20 hours. Most white wines have little to no skin contact.
 
 
 
iKenosha’s Wine of the Day likes to prioritize “tongue and mouth contact” over technique, and this wine from France’s Louis Jadot performed well. This Gamay grape rosé is a year older than what pink wine snobs would consider fresh, but the nose and flavor holds up well. Fresh floral hints in the nose and a soft red wine structure in the mouth offer a pleasant combination of exactly what this wine should be.
 
 
 
Push the play button to follow Bob Mitchell as he describes the wine and the region of Burgundy, France. If you’re feeling spring-like and want a wine that drinks like a white with a bit of red structure, this blush wine may be the answer. One can wear pink proudly while saving some coin with this Louis Jadot value.
 
  
 
This French bargain rosé is only $5.50 per bottle. The 2017 Louis Jadot is just $10.99 for two bottles in the 2 for 1 section at Tenuta’s in Kenosha.  
Art and Facts and Cabernet Sauvignon

Art and Facts and Cabernet Sauvignon

For those that love wine for its deep-rooted history as well as its downright deliciousness, we’ve uncovered a gem that is not meant for a glass – but will hang nicely on a wall instead.

Kenosha artist John Gehring created a work of art that is both attractive and informational. His hand-painted print is simply called “Wine” and offers a myriad of wine-based facts that are interconnected with bursts of colorful images of wine and its history. There is not another wine book or chart available that is packed with as much information on a single page as this inventive piece.

It’s also a conversation piece. Robert Mitchell and Tom Oldani are inspired by Gehring’s work and discuss elements of the poster and let you know how you can get it.

The posters are available through Portraits Plus and come in three sizes, small (11”X17”), medium (16”X23”) and large (21”X30”). The wine posters will be shipped in a protective cardboard tube. There are currently no options for framing but John, Tom and Robert recommend that every size gets protected in a glass covered frame. There is a small shipping and handling fee and the posters sell for $8, $15 and $20.

Watch the 12-minute video to see John’s wine art, hear the conversation and get more information on how to order.

Casillero El Diablo Sauvignon Blanc

Casillero El Diablo Sauvignon Blanc

probably have even tasted the wine. While not a restaurant wine list staple, this wine producer and its entire family of grape varietals is a retail darling. Its everywhere. This wine can't be that special.

But like that friend that is always there, always doing something good, this label

Casillero sauvignon blanc bottle

Casillero el Diablo Ssauvignon Blanc

and the Sauvignon Blanc in particular from Casillero del Diablo shows up like clockwork and does the job. Every single time it is opened.

This Chilean wine falls under the Concha y Toro corporate umbrella which now divvies the Casillero del Diablo wine family into three tiers. The affordable white (and this Sauvignon Blanc) and premium black label categories has just expanded the tree with a middle price point red label. I'm here to tell you the white label is solid.

You'll taste the dark rock from the Andes foothills and understand how this lemony crisp white wine is built to be paired with the fresh caught fish on the Chilean coast. This is where that whole sea bass thing started you know. Now, after being over-fished, you can't find it. When the fish does appear on a menu it is either not the real thing or has a similar price tag to Wagu or Abalone. That is not the case for this Sauvignon Blanc though. It is delicious, affordable and abundant.

Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon

Oberon Cabernet Sauvignon

What if I told you that I know a guy who knows a guy that can get you a full-bodied Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for less than $20? You would say, "What's this guys racket?" or "It's not really from Napa."

This guy is legit and the Cab is awesome. I just tasted the 2014 Oberon Napa Valley Cabernet. I loved it. When I saw the price, I loved it even more.
This well-structured and even-keeled wine has bursting blackberry and blueberry fruit with hints of tea and tobacco. It's ready to drink now or even last a decade. Watch this 5-minute review and discover where you can find this bottle today - for only $15.99.
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Wine of the Day – Monterey Pinot Noir

Wine of the Day – Monterey Pinot Noir

Robert Mitchell's "Wine of the Day" debuts today with his take on a delicious and VERY affordable Pinot Noir from the coast of Monterey, California. The best part about this swirl and swish snippet is we let you know where you can pick up each daily selection - in Kenosha. And, this palate-friendly advice column comes to you Every. Single. Day.