MattMcGinnis

I’m an avid beverage enthusiast with a passion for wine. I know my way around the wine industry having previously worked at a winery in Oregon and in wine sales. I even got married at a winery.

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  • Dec 5, 2011 at 1:58pm

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    MattMcGinnis' Review:
    Added Dec 5, 2011 at 1:58pm
    Quivira is a terroir driven house. The land is the signature of the wine and not the hand of the winemaker. They go to great lengths to plant the right varietals in the right places to reach the right maturity of sugar and acidity. The Dry Creek Valley is Mecca for Zinfandel. The Quivira vineyard established in the in the 1980s had existing Zin vines that were originally planted in the 1930s. The longevity is a testament to the suitability. The rugged character of the land comes through in the wine. Look: This wine is dark garnet at the depth and ruby red at the edges. It has the clarity of a Pinot, and none of the inkiness of some Zins. Smell: Spiced rhubarb pie, served with a side of plum and raisin compote come through in this bold, rustic and fruity nose. Taste: Quivira comes on with a rush of smoked raspberry, anise, bitter chocolate and black pepper with ample alcohol with sleek acidity. This is a good wine to warm you after a day tracking wild boar in the woods. Winemaker, Hugh Chappelle, says the ideal place to open the bottle of Quivira Zinfandel is on the back patio on a lazy weekend afternoon with family and friends. Zinfandel and grilled food are a perfect pair. Read my full review here: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/12/wine-with-a-wild-side-quivira-zinfandel-dry-creek-valley/

  • Oct 30, 2011 at 12:58pm
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    MattMcGinnis' Review:
    Added Oct 30, 2011 at 12:58pm
    This is a lively Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley made by the Société des Produits Marnier-Lapostolle, which also produces of Grand Marnier liqueurs. Look: Pale straw color with bright clarity. Smell: A nose of kiwi, grapefruit rind, daffodil and flint meld in an understated and pleasant aroma. Taste: This Sancerre has fresh red grapefruit and tart peach flavors with a long finish easy going. The crisp acidity would cut through the fatty pate and the creamy soup. It’s not overly complex and doesn’t get in the way as the conversation in the film gets deep and multi-faceted. Read my full review here: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/09/join-me-for-sommelier-cinema-my-dinner-with-andre/

  • Oct 30, 2011 at 12:56pm

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    MattMcGinnis' Review:
    Added Oct 30, 2011 at 12:55pm
    Not all French bubbly is Champagne. This zippy non-vintage sparkler is made from Chenin Blanc grown in the Loire Valley and made in the traditional method. Look; This bubbly is very light yellow with a lively string of bubbles racing to the surface. Smell: It has aromas of green pear and lemon followed by dusty stones. Taste: A fine note of yeast is quickly followed by honeydew melon balanced with pert acidity and coarse fizziness. This light, food friendly wine has to be a hell of a lot better than a spritzer. Read my full review here: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/09/join-me-for-sommelier-cinema-my-dinner-with-andre/

  • Oct 30, 2011 at 12:52pm

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    MattMcGinnis' Review:
    Added Oct 30, 2011 at 12:52pm
    2009 Duchman Family Winery Dolcetto The Dolcetto is one of the first wines produced by Duchman. It carries a single vineyard designation from the Bingham Family Vineyard in the High Plains AVA. Outside of Texas, Dolcetto grows in Piedmont in North West Italy and thrives in a slightly cooler climate. Planting this vigorous varietal in the High Plains was an experiment that worked well. The Dolcetto is a light bodied, fruit forward wine with low acidity that sees no oak aging to let its true flavors shine through. I like it served slightly chilled with pasta or pizza. Look: The Dolcetto is light brick red, without a lot of concentration and good clarity. It looks like hearty cranberry juice. Smell: It has bright aromas of cedar and ripe raspberries hanging in the sun. Taste: Perky tastes of black cherry, blueberry and cola play on the tongue it eases into a brief finish. It lacks the heft and tannins of bolder varietals, making it a pleasant wine for easy drinking. Price: $14 Read my full review here: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/10/texas-wine-with-italian-flair-duchman-family-winery/

  • Oct 30, 2011 at 12:47pm

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    MattMcGinnis' Review:
    Added Oct 30, 2011 at 12:47pm
    This is a light, crisp wine that you can drink throughout the hot summer and right on into the holidays. It’s versatile and food friendly, at home on a picnic or paired with grilled seafood. Look: It shimmers with great clarity piercing the soft golden hues. Smell: The Vermentino has a nose of perfumed citrus and pear. Taste: This wine is lively with fruity pear and ruby red grapefruit flavors, with jasmine and herbaceous tones and pert acidity in the finish. My full review is here: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/10/texas-wine-with-italian-flair-duchman-family-winery/

  • Sep 5, 2011 at 3:08pm
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    MattMcGinnis' Review:
    Added Sep 5, 2011 at 3:08pm
    The Central Coast AVA has micro-climates and terroir that are well suited for a variety of noble grapes. Mandolin selects its grapes from the areas that are most suited for growing. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot sometimes doesn’t get the heat and sun to fully ripen in Monterey. However, Bordeaux varieties grow well in Hames Valley, which became an approved AVA in 1994. The warm air in the extended valley along with loamy shale soil allows for full ripeness to produce the rich wines for which California is known. 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast Look: Brick red at the edges to deep garnet at the depths. The Mandolin Cab has good clarity and viscosity. Smell: It fills the snout with bushels of black currant, black tea and spicy cherry tobacco. Taste: This doesn’t taste like an inexpensive wine. It has nice structure and balance of fruit, acid and grip. Black cherry and cola blend with pepper and understated oak at the front followed by a long, mildly tannic finish. Read my full review: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/09/mandolin-wine-affordable-luxury/

  • Sep 5, 2011 at 3:04pm

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    MattMcGinnis' Review:
    Added Sep 5, 2011 at 3:04pm
    This review is for the 2009 Central Coast Syrah. The Central Coast AVA has micro-climates and terroir that are well suited for a variety of noble grapes. Mandolin selects its grapes from the areas that are most suited for growing. Syrah grows well in the Arroyo Seco AVA, dominated by an old river bed with plentiful rock and gravel. It holds the heat even as the fog rolls in in the evening. Look: The ’09 Syrah is vibrant blood red and amethyst like a passionately artistic mood ring. Smell; It smells of lively rhubarb pie and blueberries served at a summer picnic. Taste: The approach is saline blood fresh from the hunt playfully splashed on a Pillsbury blueberry fruit pie. The soft, tart fruitiness pairs well with white pepper a tannic clutch and mild acidity for a lush, pleasant wine. Read my full review: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/09/mandolin-wine-affordable-luxury/

  • Jul 2, 2011 at 3:13pm

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    MattMcGinnis' Review:
    Added Jul 2, 2011 at 3:13pm
    What would summer be without a cold, crisp rosé? It’s the long relaxing exhale in the midst of your day dream day lazing about in the sun. If you’re going for rosé on the 4th of July, why not get one from the birthplace of the varietal, France. The Knights of Templars started making wine at Commanderie of Peyrassol about 800 years ago. That’s plenty of time to refine a craft and turn out excellent wine. The 2010 vintage is fresh, fruity and ready for fun. This is one food friendly wine. Try it with fried chicken, grilled vegetables and even ribs. Look: A classic rosé, delicate rose pink, with good clarity. Smell: Commanderie de Peyrassol is delightful with a lilac, strawberry, lemon zest gentle nose. Taste: Fresh biscuit, strawberries, lemon good minerality, crisp with an easy finish. Food friendly Read my full review: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/07/wine-for-4th-of-july-picnics-red-white-and-rose/

  • Jul 2, 2011 at 3:08pm

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    MattMcGinnis' Review:
    Added Jul 2, 2011 at 3:08pm
    This precious Spanish gem is a high acidity and low alcohol wine from the Getariako Txakolina protected Designation of Origin on the northern Atlantic coast. It’s a slightly more sophisticated sister to the Portuguese Vinho Verde. Txakoli is traditionally served as an aperitif with tapas. It’s also well suited for a splendid picnic with chilled shrimp, raw oysters or grilled fish. Make sure to have an ample supply because it will go fast. Look: The first Pale yellow ray of sunshine on a hot July day, with tiny bubbles sporadically streaming to the top. Smell: Soft jasmine and stone scents mingle with lemon zest and cut apple. Taste: A bite of fresh, crisp green apple, backed by dusty limestone minerality. It’s light and bouncy with a long lemon zest finish. Read my full review: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/07/wine-for-4th-of-july-picnics-red-white-and-rose/

  • Jul 2, 2011 at 3:02pm

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    MattMcGinnis' Review:
    Added Jul 2, 2011 at 3:02pm
    Bessi is the girl next door with doe eyes and little zippy secret. She’s light on her feet and best served cold in the hot sun. She never met a picnic she didn’t like. This soft sparkling sweet Italian non-vintage red isn’t fussy and won’t complain about being packed in the cooler next to individually wrapped American cheese slices. She’s a great accompaniment to cheese or savory and spicy snacks before you dig into the main course. Look: Bright ruby red with a burst of effervescence on the initial pour. Wave your sparkler in one hand and your Bessi in the other. Smell: A summer fruit salad with tart blueberries, cranberries, dried tobacco and hibiscus petals. Taste: Bessie is sweet sassy fizzy fun like fruit punch with a bite. It tastes almost exactly like it smells with an abundance of tart cranberry mellowed by tobacco. While this is a sweet wine, it’s not syrupy. It has just enough acidity and that light bubbliness to keep it from being cloying. Read my full review: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2011/07/wine-for-4th-of-july-picnics-red-white-and-rose/

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