East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast
Summary: We're the East Coast Wine Geeks. We come from a variety of business backgrounds, but on weekend nights, we use our time and talent to taste and review wines, eat good food, and provide a running commentary on the state of the world. We're a bunch of geeks from a small western Pennsylvania town, not professional wine critics. Your opinion is as good as ours, but ours is funnier
The baby’s in bed, so it’s time for another episode of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast! In this episode Chris, Bryan, Jen and Kate embark on our yearly tradition of exploring the year’s Beaujolais Nouveau. We choose Georges DuBoef each year for the sake of consistency. Bryan and Chris discuss wine making techniques. Jen and Kate discuss...how to get Beaujolais Nouveau out of white carpet. The nose: fragrant and fruit-full with rich berry and warm vanilla notes. The flavor: tart and light with slight cranberry nuances. The scores: Jen 79 Chris 87 Bryan 86 Kate 81
Who was there: Bryan, Kate, Tim, Chris, Jen, Joe & Roman What happened on the show: Bryan looks boss in sunglasses, we can never get anywhere without Chris, Chris knows what Tuna is, Kate’s plans to scare Bryan go awry. What the wine is made of: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc (no matter what Chris tells you). nose: “toast” , honeysuckle, apple and flint flavors: clean and crisp chardonnay, honey, astringent feel, Food suggestions: spicy food, pork, salmon, tuna poke Scores Chris; 83 “The pinot gris is not doing it for me” Bryan: 83 Jen: 80 “I liked the toasty flavors of previous blends and this one is more astringent, which I like less.” Kate: 78 “It’s really, really astringent. It’s got a great nose, but the flavors are too astringent”
After a bit of a hiatus, we’re back with our newest podcast member. Who was there: Chris, Jen, Kate, Bryan, Tim, Joe...and Roman What happened: we reviewed this pleasing rose from the Finger Lakes while watching some of Washington’s finest EMS action. Scores: Chris: 88 perfect for enjoying on the deck. Bryan: 86 it could be a little sweeter. Jen: 86 the fruit and minerality are a little disjointed. Kate: 88 it’s nice and astringent!
OK, so we’ve been a little busy... Here is an episode recorded in February when it was cold and snowy. This wonderful traminette is perfect, though, no matter what the weather. Scores Chris 91 Jen 93 Bryan 90 Kate 90
Chris and Jen meet with Jen’s favorite “character” from Summer In A Glass , Johannes Reinhardt of Kemmeter Wines and talk about his current wines, what he’s been up to since the book and many, many other interesting things. A great conversation with a fascinating guy, if you will excuse the on-the-road audio!
Chris and Jen met with Alexandra Doniger, assistant winemaker and social media and events marketer for Hector Wine Company on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes. We enjoy some of their tasty Essence Syrah and find out how Alexandra landed in the Finger Lakes, doing Jen’s dream job. Who was there: Chris, Jen, Alexandra Doniger
Find out what happened at the 2013 Wine of the Year celebration! In what was the most embarrassing podcast of Chris’s career, we introduce our judges, the wine geeks do some blind tasting of the finalists and we announce the winner! Get the score details here
Who was there: Jen, Chris, Bryan, Kate and Tim What happened: This theme wine, believe it or not, is NOT from Lodi...its is from big distributor Diego (which also brings you Guinness) Bryan suggests that we have a blind tasting of random wine flavors. We discuss opening a strip club/day care center called “Whiskey Nipples” Chris randomly brings up the topic of regrets and makes us all awkwardly share ours...we all lie. Nose: cherries, chocolate, vanilla, cocoa a typical big red blend Taste: “big” zinfandel flavor, a hint of sweetness, heavy alcohol , black pepper, and touch of sweetness and tobacco Scores: Chris-87 Bryan-88 Kate-87 “great with chocolate, pork or beef” Jen-88 “the tannins translate into spices, that makes it interesting”
Who was there: Jen, Chris, Bryan, Kate and Tim. what happened: Joe’s getting old, so he went home...at 7:30. Happy birthday, Joe! Everyone has the flu. Chris explains wine legs. Kate explains her graphic tongue. About the wine: Vincent is a French-American hybrid made to withstand colder climates, such as the NY Fingerlakes, where this wine is from. Color: Dark, inky, black-purple Nose: cherry, oak, blackberry and seediness. Addictive to smell. Taste: Rich and chewy with oak, tart cherry, tobacco, a hint of tobacco with some slight green notes. Like a cold weather Cabernet Sauvignon. Score: Chris: 86 “So unique and so dark!” Bryan: 86 “For $10, it’s a buy!” Jen: 88 “I like the nose and complexity” Kate: 85 “Would be best with spicy Italian foods, Paella or dark chocolate” Recommendation; not a first date wine, this will will turn your tongue black. Drink only with trusted friends!
The Wine Geeks get together after the holidays and the cold snap and randomly pick a wine to try! Who was there: Bryan, Kate, Chris, Jen, Tim and Joe The wine: South River 2012 Cabernet Franc from Geneva, OH (Lake Erie Region) Color: light garnet color Nose: vanilla, hint of oak, light fruit and tobacco Flavors: light cherry, green notes, slight oak, very light on tannins Scores Chris: 88 “I might like it better if I didn’t have a cold” Bryan: 86 “I would like a little more structure” Kate: 85 “The flavor is just too fleating to me” Jen: “I really can’t taste well enough to score this fairly due to my cold. I remember that I really enjoyed this wine when I tried it this summer” What else happened on the show: Bryan thought he was going blind, Jen caught a cold, Chris bought new tires and everyone was sick. Chris gives an update on the wine making and Kate found a new nickname for Bryan.
OK, so I know its pretty much beaujolais “vieux” at this point, but here is our annual review of the Georges DuBoeuf. Who was there: Kate, Bryan, Chris, Jen, Joe, Tim and Jen2. What we talked about: Kate’s crazy long Dr. Who scarf, bad French wine that we’ve had, and Chris’s attempts at wine making. Color: light and bright ruby Nose: cherry, vanilla, and bright fruit Taste: Very light, with slight cherry fruit. No follow through from the rich nose. Tart with a cranberry quality. Scores Chris: 80 “It’s good for what it is, but it’s not my style” Bryan: 80 Jen: 80 Kate: 79 “It’s kind of tough, we’re not eating anything, we’re just drinking this. t would be much better with food” Jen2: 78
Where the heck have we been? I bet you’re wondering. Well, the truth is, Bryan and Kate have been working on some projects that have kept their weekends tied up. No weekends means no podcasting. But they’re back and so we’re back! Who was there: Bryan, Kate, Chris, Jen, Tim What did we talk about: Chris is making wine. There’s a batch of Bacco Noir and DeChaunic fermenting, but that’s not done yet, so we’ll just have to drink this Apothic Dark. The wine Color: As the name implies, it’s very dark. It coats the glass with thick legs. Its a very deep berry/blood color. The color holds all the way to the edges. Nose: Everything good in a red wine: vanilla, cherry, tobacco and leather. Taste: Wow! Very big for a main stream wine. It has Petit Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Teroldego. The dark fruit and smooth, thick mouthfeel of the Petit Syrah combine with the pepper of Cabernet Sauvignon. There are hints of leather. Its drinkable right of the bottle, the tannins are calmed, so it is not a wine that needs to be aged or aerated. Whiskey drinkers would love it. Scores: Chris--89 you can drink it right now. Bryan--91 Apothic makes wines beyond what they should be for the price point. This wine is one of the best value plays out there. Jen--91 They did a really good job blending these wines. Its really well balanced and I like the flavors. Great nose, mouthfeel, flavor palate--an excellent sensory experience! Kate--90 Fantastic. I really, really like the mouthfeel. The color is beautiful. The taste is excellent. I really like the nose, too. I would love it with some goat cheese.
Who was there? Bryan, Kate, Jen, Chris, Tim and Joe What happened on the podcast: everyone is in a meat coma after eating giant steaks. Joe is double fisting beer and cider. Brian explains what a honey hop is. About the wine: This is actually a cider from the Bellwether Cidery in the Finger Lakes. It is made from a mix of Liberty and Spy apples. Jen & Chris visited earlier in the year and a visit is recommended. The place is beautiful and the people there were nice, plus they have many tasty ciders to sample. The nose: crisp apples, dry Riesling, bread yeast and honey. Taste: fizzy. Crisp, juicy and dry. Brown fruit flavors with bread. Acidic at the start, but soft at the end. Very refreshing, dry, and light. The light dry finish makes you want to have another sip. Perfect for after eating a giant steak! Special note: Fingerlakes Cider Week is coming up (October 4th-13th and there will be a Cider maker’s dinner, seminars and cider specials. Scores (on the wine scale): Chris: 88 Bryan: 88 Joe: 88 very crisp, very good for fall. If you like beer and you’re not as into wine, I would recommend it. Jen: 85 Kate: 86 It’s lovely. A great palate cleanser and would go really well with pork.
About the wine: This is a home made Syrah sourced from California grapes from Chris’s coworker. So, unless you know Baldo, your not getting any. Nose: light, brown fruit Flavor: fizzy...but a rich mouthfeel and red fruit a slight licorice flavor with a light, soft finish. Scores: Chris: 83 (85 if it is decanted) Jen: 81 Kate: 81 Bryan: 83 All in all, aside from the fizz, a pleasant wine for a home brew. Note: Due to technical difficulties, this podcast was cut off before it was finished, but luckily, the entire piece about horse constipation got recorded...so there’s that...
-Chris and Jen start making plans to visit Long Island. -Chris finds it necessary to tell us that this rose is not white zinfandel -Jen is really excited that this rose is 100% Cabernet Franc. Other topics of discussion: William Shatner, voices on tape, childhood discipline, what that spoon with the hole in the middle is for and how women talk too quietly. Nose: crisp, juicy strawberries, sweetness and minerality (chalk, limestone) Palate: Nice acidity and minerality, tart strawberries, with a deep tannic Cabernet Franc Core. Scores: Chris: 88 “It’s a really good rose” Jen: 90 “I love that Cabernet Franc core” Bryan: 85 “A little acidic for me--its a personal thing--its really a technically good Rose.” Kate: 87 “I like the acidity”