Sur De Los Andes

Sur de los torrentes

Vineyard; Sur De Los Andes

Region; Mendoza

Country; Argentina

Vintage; 2007

Producer; Sur De Los Andes

Importer; Mediterranean wine co, Dover, NJ

Alcohol; 13.7%

Price; $9.99


Palest apple white with a hint of gold, Clear and bright. That may not sound incredible, but it’s made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.


This wine has a phenomenal nose, full of warm apples and fresh wet earth that waft their way out of the glass. Delicate floral accents are hidden in there too.


Beautifully balanced, the acidity hits mid palate. Flavours of pineapple, apple begin the taste onslaught.  Hints of dried fruit and smokey earthy undertones develop in a complex and lingering aftertaste, with a depth of flavour and minerality that resonate on the tongue and cheeks.


From fish to grilled meat and hearty stews, this would be fabulous with just about anything.

Florrie‘s footnote

I’m not a fan of Argentinian wines and was a little sceptical about this on. But hand down, unequivocally this is the best wine that I have had in a long time. I’m completely fascinated by the fact it’s a whit cabernet sauvignon, who knew. This has made it as one of may favourites and will be buying a case of it. Especially at this price point, a great hostess gift, or prefect for popping open for any occassion



Vineyard; Domaine Sainte Lucie                                   Region; Côtes De Provence

Country; France                                                                   Vintage; 2008

Producer; Michel Fabre                                                    Importer; Savio Soares selections, Manhasset, NY

Alcohol; 12.5%                                                                       Price; $8.49


MIP colourA beautiful delicate warm rose pink colour


A rich nose with strong floral notes, and refreshing ripe summer berries
Crisp and clean, Not overly fruity as the nose suggests. There is a hint of peaches and strawberries linger throughout. A perfect balance of acidity in the medium finish.
Great with chicken, light flavoured fish or fruit desserts. Perfect on it’ own just to sip on a warm summers days.
Florrie‘s Footnote;
This was a great wine for the price. I sipped it with The Dutchess Club  and really enjoyed how soft acidity cut the creaminess of the avocado and cheese. It was also fantastic to drink long after the sandwich was gone.

Ternhaven Cellars

Ternhaven Cellars

Vineyard; Ternhaven cellars

Region; Eastern Long Island

Country; USA


Producer;Ternhaven Cellars, Greenport, NY

Importer; NA

Alcohol; 11%

Price; $


This is on the darker side for a rosé. Think raspberry juice.


A mixture of cooked and fresh strawberries come in wafty waves to whet your appetite.


Warm fruit pie, the roasted strawberry that was so prevalent in the nose carry through to the taste. There are rich undertones that are reminiscent to those of port. The acidity carries with it flavours of rhubarb, but the finish is rather short.


This wine can stand up to some steong flavous, like onions and Cheese, and could wwork equally well with a steak or chicken. Also would be great to wash down a chocolatey  dessert.

Florrie‘s footnotes;

We washed down caramelised onion tarts with this yummy slightly sweet wine. Being on the sweeter side I wouldn’t drink this on its own. I love that is a New York state wine, drink local…….well sort of.

Crafts At Rhinebeck

Marie and I went fairin’ again, but this time it was all about crafts, well mostly, there was some wine too. Listen to us rave on about what we loved. That’s right, it’s our Fifth podcast.

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See for yourself, click the links below to find out more about the crafts we loved


Chester P. Basil'sChester P. Basil’s

  El Paso Winery

  Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards

  Elizabeth Andrews

Fâmega Vinho verde tastin’ notes


Vineyard; Fâmega

Region; Minho

Country; Portugal

Vintage; 2007


Importer; Admiral imports, cedar grove, NJ

Alcohol; 9.5%



Almost colourless, this has the palest hint of green.


Crisp, limes are the prominent aroma, however a fresh scent of green apples citrus and grass complete the nose.


There is a definite effervescence to this,  as the miniscule bubbles tickle your tongue there are whispers of citrus and granny smith apple. The soft minerality and well balanced acidity linger throughout. This is an incredibly light bodied and refreshing dry wine.


Simple light fish dishes and grilled chicken. Rich creamy cheeses the wine would cut through and cleanse your palate.

Florrie‘s footmotes;

We always have a couple of bottles of white vinho verde kicking about The Craokery, It’s great when  something easy it drink is required. It’s a great thirst quencher on balmy nights. I love it seafood and will happily sip my way through a bottle without food. The term “Vinho verde’ literally means green wine, and that’s exactly what you get. Green fruits and grass and absolute freshness.

Russian Jack tastin’

As this past weekend was a long one, we had a couple of visitors at The Croakery, Dutch came up from the city, and always wanting some good old country air Marie popped up also.

On our second podcast we’re tasting a fabulous wine, there are a couple of extra voices on this cast, both Dutch and Cobra Commander chime in.

Here are some photos to look at while you listen;

Russian Jack

Russian Jack

Glug, glug, glug

Glug, glug, glug






Marie inhaling the aromas


Pursed lips for the anticipated first taste

Click the photos below to get to the Russian Jack tasting notes and The Dutchess Club

Russian Jack label

Russian Jack tasting notes

The Dutchess club link

The Dutchess club link