This Week In Wine - August 14 - 20, 2016 - Red Blend Wine Reviews, Wine 101 and Food & Wine recipe

This Week In Wine: August 14 – 20, 2016

This Week In Wine: August 14 – 20, 2016: This week we look at How To Impress Your Date With Wine, the 2013 Brassfield Eruption Red Blend, and a Shrimp Ceviche recipe.

Welcome to this weeks edition of This Week in Wine — your one-stop serving of this week’s best wine related posts, including wine tips (aka Grape Tips), wine recommendations and food and wine recipe pairings, pulled from our weekly editions of This Week In Wine. Bookmark this page to peruse while you cheerfully and (very) warmly welcome August — and start your Saturday of on the right foot. Here’s to another delicious week!


Wine 101


How To Impress You Date With Wine - Couples Enjoying Wine At Dinner - THEGRAPE

This Week In Wine 101: How To Impress Your Date With Wine

When it comes to dating, especially for some men, there is nothing more perplexing than trying to impress your date or significant other. And what if they’re a wine enthusiast? Having the confidence to find a bottle of wine they’ll enjoy can be all the more challenging. Whether she knows her favorite wines or he has yet to discover which wines he loves, matters not. While not every woman likes wine, there aren’t many who will decline a glass or even a bottle. Plus, there’s always an occasion for wine. We’ve compiled 10 GRAPE TIPS To Impress Your Date OR Significant Other.

Wine Wednesday

In addition to introducing a new wine this week, a 2013 Red Blend from Brassfield, we take a look back at some of our favorite Grape Certified Red Blends of the Summer!


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This Week In Red Wine: Brassfield Eruption Red 2013 ($18)

This week’s red wine Wednesday selection, the 2013 Brassfield Eruption Red, is a perfect example of why we love red blends so much. With red (or white) blends you have the opportunity to experience wine variety, unlike any other grape varietal. And even though no two wines tastes the same, the chance for flavor variety is unmatched with red blends.

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This Week In Red Wine Reviews: Amalaya Malbec Red Blend ($15)

When we first had the chance to taste the Amalaya Malbec Red Blend, at THEGRAPE, to say we were pleasantly surprised would be an understatement given it’s reputation. The Amalaya Malbec Red Blend is largely (re)viewed as a good value wine but our experience, year after year, bottle after bottle, and glass after glass, has been so much more than good; it’s been great! From 2010 to 2013 we’ve had the pleasure of discovering what we believe is a true Diamond in the Rough red wine.

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This Week In Red Wine: Yalumba The Scribbler 2012 Red Blend ($19)

It’s not often we come across wines, red or white, that are the total package but we strive to bring you the absolute best wines in both taste and price, bringing you the best values on the market. In 2014 we found the total wine package in the 2013 Amalaya Malbec Red Blend. In 2015 we found the total wine package in the 2012 Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2016 the total wine package can be found in the 2012 Yalumba The Scribbler Red Blend.

2013 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend ($12) - THEGRAPEThis Week In Red Wine: 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend 2013 ($12)

The highly acclaimed, 2011 Sokol Blosser Peach Tree Block Pinot Noir allures with blue fruit characteristics and spice as a young, focused wine. The signature Jory soil terroir with its spicy mineral finish is well represented in this wine. It possesses great depth of pure fruit flavor, strong structure, acid, and a persistent length. This wine, is worthy of lengthy aging, and with proper cellaring can be enjoyed for the next ten to fifteen years.


Food & Wine Friday

Shrimp Ceviche - THE GRAPE

This Week In Food and Wine: Shrimp Ceviche And Wine

Appetizers are always fun! Whether it’s your favorite chips and salsa or dip, or a combination of finger foods, the pre-meal, pre-event snack is a tradition recognized all over the world. Today we’d like to share a Mexican classic that’s as fun to make, as it is to eat. That dish is shrimp ceviche, a deliciously orchestrated chunky salsa. But it’s more than just salsa. Shrimp ceviche and wine is a fusion of complex flavors, including seafood, citrus, cilantro, onion and more.

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This has been another great week of Wine 101 Grape Tips, Wine Wednesday recommendations and Food & Wine Recipes! We hope you enjoyed this episode of This Week In Wine. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy this weeks grape tip but we’re excited for you to try this week food and wine suggestions. If you enjoyed this post please don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of This Week In Wine. Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below and at Cheers!

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