Wine Product Review: Eisch Sensisplus Wine Glass (AKA, The “Breathable Wine Glass”)

Eisch Wine Glass

Eisch Sensis Wine Glass

Purchased at:  Almost anywhere fine wine glasses are sold

Cost:  Roughly $30 and up

Advertised Purpose

A wine poured into a breathable glass for just 2 to 4 minutes will show signs of aeration equivalent to the same wine that has been decanted and aerated for 1 to 2 hours. The original character and structure of the wine are preserved, yet the wine’s aroma and palate impression become more open and generous.  Note that this is what is listed on one of Eisch’s reseller’s web site.  Due to reasons noted later in this post, Eisch can no longer make these claims.

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So What’s in a Name? Making Sense of “Old Vine” Labels

Old Vine Zinfandel Plant

Old Vine Zinfandel

So what does “Old” in “Old Vine” really mean?  While on a recent tasting trip, we were in the Alfaro Family Vineyards tasting room, a winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the subject of Old Vine grapes arose with another couple with whom we had struck up a conversation. After agreeing that Old Vine was an ambiguous term, one of our new found drinking buddies suggested that we blog about it.  I suppose I should try and be more creative and come up with my own topics, but this seemed like a good one and, finding really good blog topics can be difficult, so I have no problem tapping into others’ creativity!

Old is a relative term depending upon the reference. I suppose there’s lots of ways to try and arrive at a meaningful definition. I halfheartedly tried a few in an effort to apply some sort of scientific method but really didn’t expect them to contribute anything meaningful. Sadly, I can now attest that they were even less useful than I thought they might be – quite a feat when your expectations were virtually nonexistent to start with.  Here are several that I tried:

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Wine Travels: The Santa Clara Valley (Part 2)

This is part two of a series on the Wineries of Santa Clara County. Click here for part one.

Wet Santa Clara

A Cold Wet Day Wine Tasting in the Santa Clara Valley

Nov 30th, 2012

Karen – Ken – Ed (A friend of Karen and Ken’s from South Carolina)
Check out their tastes and Bios here

Wineries Visited
Kirigin Cellars – production: 3,600 cases
Fortino Winery – production: 15,000 cases
Sarah’s Vineyard – production: 5,000 cases
Solis Winery – production: 4,500 cases

The weather sucked – there’s no other way to put it. If we wanted weather like this, we’d have moved to England. Rain, wind and fog … What’s not to like? It made for a wet and cold experience but we were still drinking wine so it wasn’t all bad. Read More

The 12 Wines of Christmas: A Re-Imaged Holiday Poem for Wine Fans

Santa Winery SageIt’s the Night Before Christmas and you’re a busy host,
But not so busy that you can’t read this blog post,
Where the Winery-Sage crew will share a winter rhyme,
Of the 12 Days of Christmas for those who love wine.

So grab a Barbera, Pinot Noir, or Tempranillo,
And enjoy our holiday treat next to the fire’s inferno,
It’s a Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good naught,
Unless the present you brought us is a Sauvingon Blanc!

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Holiday Food & Wine Pairings: Pairing Holiday Desserts and Wines

It’s the “final course” of our Holiday Food & Wine Pairing blog feature. After helping educate readers on general wine pairing tips, and specifics on pairing with appetizer dishes and main courses, we’re now ready to bring it all home with everyone’s favorite topic … Desserts!

Cookies and WineDepending on your sweet tooth, this is either the finishing touch to a great meal or the heroic climax to which the rest of the meal was just a prelude. I fall into the light component although Karen strongly feels that a Holiday meal includes the dessert as the most important part of the repast.

Desserts are the most difficult to pair with wines. There is a finite list of wines that really shine as a compliment to dessert. I think matching sweetness of the dessert and the wine is the hardest part of planning a meal.

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Holiday Food & Wine Pairings: Pairing Wine with Holiday Main Courses

Welcome to part three of our Holiday Food & Wine Pairing blog feature. After offering some general tips, and covering pairing wines with Holiday appetizers, we focus today on pairing traditional Holiday entrees with wines.

Wine Pairings with Holiday MealsThe “Main Course” … The highlight of the meal! Most wine pairing guides will focus on pairing your wine with the main dish but keep in mind that your side dishes can also enhance or battle the taste of your choice in wine. If wine is an important part of your meal, then treat the wine as another “dish” and plan it just like you would any side dish that is designed to compliment your main dish.

Loosen your belt a notch, scoot your chair in, and get ready for the highlight of the meal. And, of course, some great wines!

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