An Elegant Survival Wine: Panilonco Cabernet 2011

I love it when our dinner guests bring, as gifts, bottles of wine that are new to us. It is a fantastic way to taste a wine, because it is a recommendation from someone you are fond of, and having the bottle right there to drink with them constitutes instant gratification. This cabernet by Panilonco of Chile was smooth and excellent–here is the apt description from Trader Joe’s website: “Its deep red hue reveals ripe red berries, blackberries, plums and black pepper on the palate. The mouth feel is full and supple, with velvety tannins and a long, round aftertaste.” Panilonco Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is available at Trader Joe’s for about five USD.Click Here to Read M-J’s Main Website, Elegant Survival

The Elegant Miguel Torres

The Elegant Miguel A. Torres, Vintner of Spain

03/07/2010

by M-J de M.
Elegant Survival has been featuring wines by Torres of Spain for three years.
Article by Jay McInerney in the Wall Street Journal, “A Spanish Dynasty Looks Forward”
Excerpt:
The elegant, courtly Miguel Torres has mild blue eyes and dresses in the tweedy style of the English country gentry, also favored by the chatelains of Bordeaux. At the age of 68 he seems to retain a youthful sense of curiosity; he has recently decided to take up Japanese and holds his own in a conversation with his Japanese importer, whose annual visit to the sprawling winery complex in Penedès coincides with my own. He drives a Prius, which seems as much a testament to his modest demeanor as to his passion for environmental issues. He stopped using pesticides 20 years ago and he’s committed to reducing CO2 emissions at the winery 30% by 2020. He’s also bought land in the cooler highlands near the Pyrenees, in case global warming makes the lowland vineyards in Penedès too hot for viticulture in the future.
~~Jay McInerney in the Wall Street Journal, July 3rd, 2010
Elegant Garnacha: TORRES MALENA

The Elegant Miguel Torres

The Elegant Miguel A. Torres, Vintner of Spain

03/07/2010

by M-J de M.
Elegant Survival has been featuring wines by Torres of Spain for three years.
Article by Jay McInerney in the Wall Street Journal, “A Spanish Dynasty Looks Forward”
Excerpt:
The elegant, courtly Miguel Torres has mild blue eyes and dresses in the tweedy style of the English country gentry, also favored by the chatelains of Bordeaux. At the age of 68 he seems to retain a youthful sense of curiosity; he has recently decided to take up Japanese and holds his own in a conversation with his Japanese importer, whose annual visit to the sprawling winery complex in Penedès coincides with my own. He drives a Prius, which seems as much a testament to his modest demeanor as to his passion for environmental issues. He stopped using pesticides 20 years ago and he’s committed to reducing CO2 emissions at the winery 30% by 2020. He’s also bought land in the cooler highlands near the Pyrenees, in case global warming makes the lowland vineyards in Penedès too hot for viticulture in the future.
~~Jay McInerney in the Wall Street Journal, July 3rd, 2010
Elegant Garnacha: TORRES MALENA

Wine Snobbery No Longer Blocks the Box

It is environmentally-friendly, user-friendly, and fun: wine in a box now has appeal for nearly everyone! The boxed wine is contained in a “bladder”, and the wine is dispensed through a tap that pops out of the box. Aussies and New Zealanders have been drinking boxed wine for many years, and California has offered good, ready-to-drink wines for the refrigerator and counter-top for a long time. Wine snobs and Francophiles can reassure themselves knowing that in France it is standard to keep a box o’rosé on-tap in the fridge. Good wine brands come in three-liter units. A red wine that doesn’t need to age can sit on a counter-top in your kitchen, ready for guests to tap, or for dispensing into an elegant glass decanter. The wine stays fresh because there is no air in the bladder, unlike when you pop a cork on a heavy glass bottle. Speaking of heavy glass, there is much less breakage and fewer bottles in your domicile with a handy box of good wine. To dispose of the container, cut and fold the box, “recycle” it, and toss the now-tiny bladder that used to hold your excellent wine. Napa Valley, California makes some excellent boxed wines.
~~M-J


Inexpensive, Good Boxed Wines Available at Target

Innovative Packaging

Wine Cubes are currently available in two sizes: 3-liter and 1.5-liter. The 3-liter Wine Cube holds the equivalent of four bottles of wine while the 1.5-liter Wine Cube holds the equivalent of two bottles of wine.Easy to stack, pack and carry, Wine Cubes are perfect for entertaining and on-the-go gatherings—picnics, family reunions, tailgates, barbecues, holiday parties and more. The eco-friendly packs are constructed of durable, renewable resource materials, ideal anywhere that glass containers are not suitable.

An innovative ramp evacuation system within the cube ensures that the wine is never exposed to oxygen and makes it possible for the wine to last four weeks after opening, guaranteeing that every drop is as good as the first.

Tasting Profile
Pinot Grigio-Packed with flavors of sweet pear and white peach. Deliciously juicy, smooth and aromatic.
Sauvignon Blanc-Crisp and refreshing, with appealing herbal aromas and fruit flavors of citrus and green apple.
Chardonnay-Full-bodied and smooth with apples, melon, citrus and a delicate floral note with hints of creamy vanilla.
Merlot-Scents of cocoa, sweet tea and spice, and a velvety texture for easy sipping.
Cabernet Sauvignon-Oak-aged for richness and sports juicy blackberry and plum flavors with a touch of herbal complexity.
Cabernet/Shiraz-The marriage of two popular grape varieties creates a seamless 50/50 blend. Medium to full-bodied with dark berry richness from Shiraz and a touch of herbal elegance from Cabernet Sauvignon.
Australian Chardonnay-Rich and crisp with a smooth texture, featuring flavors of tropical fruits and citrus, and a bright, clean finish.
Australian Shiraz-Lush, full-bodied wine packed with pepper, smoke and spice.
Product Pricing Details
The 3-liter Wine Cube, which retails for $15.99, is available in seven varieties including, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Australian Shiraz and a Cabernet/Shiraz blend.

Wine Snobbery No Longer Blocks the Box

It is environmentally-friendly, user-friendly, and fun: wine in a box now has appeal for nearly everyone! The boxed wine is contained in a “bladder”, and the wine is dispensed through a tap that pops out of the box. Aussies and New Zealanders have been drinking boxed wine for many years, and California has offered good, ready-to-drink wines for the refrigerator and counter-top for a long time. Wine snobs and Francophiles can reassure themselves knowing that in France it is standard to keep a box o’rosé on-tap in the fridge. Good wine brands come in three-liter units. A red wine that doesn’t need to age can sit on a counter-top in your kitchen, ready for guests to tap, or for dispensing into an elegant glass decanter. The wine stays fresh because there is no air in the bladder, unlike when you pop a cork on a heavy glass bottle. Speaking of heavy glass, there is much less breakage and fewer bottles in your domicile with a handy box of good wine. To dispose of the container, cut and fold the box, “recycle” it, and toss the now-tiny bladder that used to hold your excellent wine. Napa Valley, California makes some excellent boxed wines.
~~M-J


Inexpensive, Good Boxed Wines Available at Target

Innovative Packaging

Wine Cubes are currently available in two sizes: 3-liter and 1.5-liter. The 3-liter Wine Cube holds the equivalent of four bottles of wine while the 1.5-liter Wine Cube holds the equivalent of two bottles of wine.Easy to stack, pack and carry, Wine Cubes are perfect for entertaining and on-the-go gatherings—picnics, family reunions, tailgates, barbecues, holiday parties and more. The eco-friendly packs are constructed of durable, renewable resource materials, ideal anywhere that glass containers are not suitable.

An innovative ramp evacuation system within the cube ensures that the wine is never exposed to oxygen and makes it possible for the wine to last four weeks after opening, guaranteeing that every drop is as good as the first.

Tasting Profile
Pinot Grigio-Packed with flavors of sweet pear and white peach. Deliciously juicy, smooth and aromatic.
Sauvignon Blanc-Crisp and refreshing, with appealing herbal aromas and fruit flavors of citrus and green apple.
Chardonnay-Full-bodied and smooth with apples, melon, citrus and a delicate floral note with hints of creamy vanilla.
Merlot-Scents of cocoa, sweet tea and spice, and a velvety texture for easy sipping.
Cabernet Sauvignon-Oak-aged for richness and sports juicy blackberry and plum flavors with a touch of herbal complexity.
Cabernet/Shiraz-The marriage of two popular grape varieties creates a seamless 50/50 blend. Medium to full-bodied with dark berry richness from Shiraz and a touch of herbal elegance from Cabernet Sauvignon.
Australian Chardonnay-Rich and crisp with a smooth texture, featuring flavors of tropical fruits and citrus, and a bright, clean finish.
Australian Shiraz-Lush, full-bodied wine packed with pepper, smoke and spice.
Product Pricing Details
The 3-liter Wine Cube, which retails for $15.99, is available in seven varieties including, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Australian Shiraz and a Cabernet/Shiraz blend.

Wine Snobbery No Longer Blocks the Box

It is environmentally-friendly, user-friendly, and fun: wine in a box now has appeal for nearly everyone! The boxed wine is contained in a “bladder”, and the wine is dispensed through a tap that pops out of the box. Aussies and New Zealanders have been drinking boxed wine for many years, and California has offered good, ready-to-drink wines for the refrigerator and counter-top for a long time. Wine snobs and Francophiles can reassure themselves knowing that in France it is standard to keep a box o’rosé on-tap in the fridge. Good wine brands come in three-liter units. A red wine that doesn’t need to age can sit on a counter-top in your kitchen, ready for guests to tap, or for dispensing into an elegant glass decanter. The wine stays fresh because there is no air in the bladder, unlike when you pop a cork on a heavy glass bottle. Speaking of heavy glass, there is much less breakage and fewer bottles in your domicile with a handy box of good wine. To dispose of the container, cut and fold the box, “recycle” it, and toss the now-tiny bladder that used to hold your excellent wine. Napa Valley, California makes some excellent boxed wines.
~~M-J


Inexpensive, Good Boxed Wines Available at Target

Innovative Packaging

Wine Cubes are currently available in two sizes: 3-liter and 1.5-liter. The 3-liter Wine Cube holds the equivalent of four bottles of wine while the 1.5-liter Wine Cube holds the equivalent of two bottles of wine.Easy to stack, pack and carry, Wine Cubes are perfect for entertaining and on-the-go gatherings—picnics, family reunions, tailgates, barbecues, holiday parties and more. The eco-friendly packs are constructed of durable, renewable resource materials, ideal anywhere that glass containers are not suitable.

An innovative ramp evacuation system within the cube ensures that the wine is never exposed to oxygen and makes it possible for the wine to last four weeks after opening, guaranteeing that every drop is as good as the first.

Tasting Profile
Pinot Grigio-Packed with flavors of sweet pear and white peach. Deliciously juicy, smooth and aromatic.
Sauvignon Blanc-Crisp and refreshing, with appealing herbal aromas and fruit flavors of citrus and green apple.
Chardonnay-Full-bodied and smooth with apples, melon, citrus and a delicate floral note with hints of creamy vanilla.
Merlot-Scents of cocoa, sweet tea and spice, and a velvety texture for easy sipping.
Cabernet Sauvignon-Oak-aged for richness and sports juicy blackberry and plum flavors with a touch of herbal complexity.
Cabernet/Shiraz-The marriage of two popular grape varieties creates a seamless 50/50 blend. Medium to full-bodied with dark berry richness from Shiraz and a touch of herbal elegance from Cabernet Sauvignon.
Australian Chardonnay-Rich and crisp with a smooth texture, featuring flavors of tropical fruits and citrus, and a bright, clean finish.
Australian Shiraz-Lush, full-bodied wine packed with pepper, smoke and spice.
Product Pricing Details
The 3-liter Wine Cube, which retails for $15.99, is available in seven varieties including, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Australian Shiraz and a Cabernet/Shiraz blend.

Elegant Survival Summer Wine Recommendation

An Elegant Survival Wine Recommendation

Photo copyright M-J de Mesterton 2008–click image for close-up.

Penascal Tempranillo Red Wine, 2005
Wine of Spain

Usually available in the U.S. for 5.99 per bottle. Tempranillo is the emblematic Spanish grape, and these are grown in the Castillo y León region of northern Spain. Hints of cherry, blackberry, and strong minerality combined with spicy leather and pepper notes make this a full-bodied red wine, yet it is not heavy on the palate. Its tannins are smooth, with a hint of oak. In 2005 and 2006, we served Penascal Tempranillo Red Wine 2003. It was always popular with our guests, and so is Penascal Tempranillo 2005. With the price of nearly everything going up, you need to have a good wine (and a good whine), at a low price. A good, low-priced wine from Spain comes in handy when you are hosting a party and need to purchase a case.

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