Review – White Wine: 2011 Höpler Grüner Veltliner, Burgenland, Austria

A beautiful dash of grape (or “plum”) purple in the label gives pleasant contrast to the liquid color of lemonade-with-a-squeeze-of-lime. The nose might fool you into almost thinking you have a rosé in hand.  Complex blend of European fresh fruits, dry metallic minerals, and semisweet condiments.  Maybe slightly herbal too – mint? fennel?  The zip…

Review – White Wine: 2011 Vega Sindoa Chardonnay, Navarra, Spain

Subconsciously suggesting this particular composition, the wine and its liquid color sit with considerable ease among several hues of polished brass, while the bottle itself takes upon a shockingly close summation of blended color between both the brass appliances and the green glass(es). Original photo before I realized there’s more to the “still life” that…

Review – Red Wine: 2009 Wild Rock Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand

The not-so-successfully designed new funky ribbed wine glass (right) is falling out of the picture in place of an older, thicker and more rugged, but still preferred, bee goblet (front, by La Rochère), at least until better glasses are found. Mmmmm.  All the characteristics of a good Pinot Noir with a humble and inviting uniqueness. …

Review – White Wine: Kato Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

The choice of food for the evening – homemade sesame-encrusted tuna on a bed of Asian micro greens, with a side of Japanese rice and dipping sauce – came first, before the choice of wine.  Happily, they went well enough together. Juicy tree-ripe peaches, fresh pressed apple juice, and chilled melon slices splash up from…