Wine Video #1 – Nik. Weis 2009 “Urban” Riesling

Click here to be directed to YouTube and my review of the Nik Weis

In my first attempt at crashing the Internet via my video production abilities, I review a Riesling from the Mosel I bought last weekend at Wine Discount Center.  It’s a good sipping wine, which would match the mood over, say, a pasta salad at Ravinia.  But for my dinner pork chop dinner tonight, I poured the 2008 Cave Spring Riesling from the Niagara Peninsula of Canada, which played with the texture of the pork a little better.  The Cave Spring had much more body and a little less acid than the Nik. Weis.  Not sure I would enjoy the Cave Spring as much without food.

If you try either of these wines, I would love to get your feedback.  And if you have any pointers on how to make my videos look/sound more professional, please send along your tips.

This Thursday, March 24 there are at least five major tastings within the Chicago city limits!  I’ll be volunteering at the Spark Ventures benefit I wrote about yesterday, but if you don’t attend that, I hope you consider making a donation to them and attending one of the other tasting events which I review in this video.

Wine Review – Apothic 2008 “Red”


Will the Apothic get along well with this lamb chop?

Here’s a wine I received for review from the nice folks at Hunter Public Relations (thanks, Christine!).  It’s called Apothic Red, from the 2008 vintage and is a blend of Syrah, Zinfandel and Merlot.  I tasted this last night both without food and then with the accompaniment of this lamb chop and noodles.  While listening to Sirius Radio and one of my favorites, The Ed Show, I reviewed my WSET tasting sheet (I have a form you can download here). 

WSET Level 3 Tasting Sheet

And here are some of the highlights.  Print out the WSET form and taste along with your wine choice for today!

Appearance refers to clarity, intensity and “colour” (remember, this is a London based program!)

The appearance is definitely clear as opposed to dull.  The intensity range on the WSET sheet goes from water-white to opaque; the Apothic falls around the medium range.  Color I would describe as ruby; one of the lighter reds I have observed recently.

It’s a clean, medium intense Nose.  The main aromas I am detecting are candy; maybe a candy cane, and strawberries. 

Palate is the most detailed section of the WSET form.  Among the categories listed here are sweetness, acidity, tannin, alcohol, body, mousse (much more often found in sparkling wines), flavor intensity and characteristics, and length of the finish.  Are you still tasting the wine even after you swallow?  That’s the indication of a wine’s finish.

The Apothic comes across as unusually sweet for a red wine; suggesting to me that the Zinfandel is the largest part of the mix.  The standout portion of the wine is the acidity, unfortunately, there’s little in the way of tannins or body.  It’s more of a fruit punch texture; mostly red cherry and strawberry is what I was detecting on my palate, along with some violets.  I give it credit for a longer than average finish, about twelve seconds, but what flavors lingered were pretty simple.

It’s a nice sipping wine; good for picnic sipping, but didn’t add much to the lamb chop I prepared.  And I am curious about the blend; you almost never see these three grapes combined in a single wine, actually it’s pretty rare to see any two of these combined.

My Conclusions are that this is an acceptable wine (roughly a two on a one-to-five scale).  The suggested list is $14.00, which I would suggest is much too high for something this basic.