WineTalks is back, Wine Readings #3

WineTalks is officially back!

It’s been a while since I wrote my last blog post. Life got in the middle and I simply didn’t have the time to blog but now things look better again! You might remember my wine reading (part 1, part 2) series where I share interesting posts with you.

During my “blogging-free” time I read lots of interesting posts and today I will share the most interesting ones with you! I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do and please let me know what you think about the topics.

Wine recommendation of the week

wine fo the week

SassyTuscan Vines
Tuscan Vines wrote a great post about one of my favorite wines from Tuscany: Sassicaia! A must-try wine.

Event of the week

Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #2Armchairsommelier 
Armchairsommelier is hosting a monthly wine writing challenge. This month’s theme is ‘trouble’. If you like writing competitions and this is for you!

Interesting review

Keeping the Flor AliveFoxress
A great post about Sherry. What’s your opinion on Sherry?

Article of the week

Are the Prosecco Police Stepping Out of Line? – Joe Errington
Joe wrote a fantastic post about the shadow sides of Prosecco. The article focuses on Italy’s Prosecco turf war with Croatia and on the Italian Prosecco Police led by Andrea Battistella. 

That’s all for today! But before I forget to say it: Winetalks joined Twitter today! If you follow me then I will follow you back 🙂


2009 Caduceus Cellars Sancha – Arizona

Yes your red right – I’m about to write about a wine from the desert state Arizona. Maybe some didn’t know but vines actually grow quite well in Arizona and the wine production history of the state dates back to the 16th century.

Around half a year a go I got a bottle of Nagual de Naga from Cadeceus Cellars as a present. According to the winery’s website the vintage is sold out. The 2010 vintage retails for 60$.

The wine is produced with Tempranillo and Grenache grapes that are planted in Cochise County, Arizona.

Sancha had a dark ruby red color. I smelled blackberry, dark ripe cherry, blueberry, cocoa, cinnamon and licorice. The nose scored a 10/10 for me. On the palate the wine was very dry with some dark fruit notes. Sancha was full-bodied. Tannins were strong. I found the finish to be pretty long. A little bit too dry for my taste but otherwise perfect. 9/10 for the palate.

Perfect wine for any occasion. A little bit pricy but all in all top-notch stuff! This was my first good wine from Arizona. Hopefully I find a few more great wines from there. If you got any recommendations let me know!


2008 Cantine Due Palme Selvarossa riserva Salice Salento doc

Recently I had the chance to try the Selvarossa riserva, a dry red wine from Apulia, Italy. The wine is produced by Cantine Due Palme. I red about this wine first on Vino in Love. The tasting notes there convinced me and since I very much enjoy the wines of the Saltento I decided to give the wine a try. I do not regret that decision.

The wine aged 12 months in French oak and the wine is produced with malvasia nera and negroamaro grapes. Two very typical grapes of the Salento area. Selvarossa has a ruby red color. On the nose mostly oak notes (vanilla, caramel, tobacco) as well as ripe cherry and a hint of plum. After taking a sip I tasted cherry once again. The wine is full-bodied and has a finish of medium length.

Selvarossa scored 3 out of 3 glasses in the Gambero Rosso. For those of you who are not familiar with the term Gambero Rosso – it’s basically a reputable wine critic similar to Robert Parker’s Wine Enthusiast.

Selvarossa riserva from Cantine Due Palme goes well with venison. At least that’s what I had with it.

On wine-searcher there are a few retailers who sell the 2006 vintage. Don’t think that wine-searcher also lists sellers for the 2008 vintage. I bought the wine for 18.50$. A real steal!