Weekly Wrap-Up: This Week’s Great Wine Gift, Lots o’ Deals, A Bulk Buy and More (December 9, 2012)

Welcome to the Weekly Wrap-up!

First up, our friends at Marketview Liquor have released wines #26-#50 in their countdown of the Top 100 wines of 2012. And for the next few hours (until midnight tonight) you can still take advantage of their special free shipping offer for Reverse Wine Snob readers. Be sure to check it out!

Next we have another great gift for wine lovers. In yesterday’s post of the Santa Rita Triple C we mentioned that we tried out our Soiree In-Bottle Wine Aerator (sample submitted for review). So just what is the Soiree?

The Soiree on the bottle.
The aeration in action!

The Soiree (SRP $25) fits right onto any wine bottle and aerates one glass at a time. As we discussed in our Does Decanting Make A Differencepost, giving a wine time to breathe definitely does change its characteristics. So how did the Wine Soiree work on our Triple C, a wine which spent significant time in oak?

Don’t expect a big difference but it does definitely give the decanting process a nice jumpstart. We found the bouquet to be a little more expressive and the wine was a tad less oaky comparing the aerated to the non-aerated sample. And if nothing else it would be downright fun to break out at your next wine tasting party. Buy it from Amazon.

Next, as we’ve mentioned a few times the deals are coming fast and furious from the wine flash sale sites so be sure to keep your eyes open. Follow me on Facebook and I’ll let you know when I spot the good ones! Also don’t forget to enter the special giveaway of a home winemaking system right here onThe Reverse Wine Snob.

And now for the weekly recap…

We started the week with a special deal for Reverse Wine Snob readers from Marketview Liquor. We also featured the next wine in Awesome Austrians series: Meinhard Forstreiter Zvy-Gelt Zweigelt 2009 – Awesome Austrians Wine #5, fresh from the garden!

Tuesday brought the excellent sweet and spicy Shoofly Shiraz 2010. Shoofly, come bother me. Really. Anytime.

On Wednesday we revisited Alto Adige to try the Tramin Lagrein 2010. My insightful analysis of this wine: it smells good, really good.

Thursday we broke out the popular Ialian sparkler Prosecco, a nice alternative to Champagne. TheVovetti Prosecc was the next wine in our Holiday Sparklers 2012 series.

Then on Friday came our special giveaway: Artful Winemaker: The Perfect Holiday Gift for Wine Lovers + Enter To Win Your Very Own! We also unveiled our latest Bulk Buy, theRavenswood Napa Valley Old Vine Zinfandel 2010 – Bold Without Being Bombastic.It’s actually only 76% Zinfandel, but who cares, it’s delicious!

Finally on Saturday we splurged with the Santa Rita Triple C 2007 – A Home Run. A choice blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere crafted in Chile.

Most Viewed Reviews This Week:

  1. Top 10 Red Wines Under $20 – The Reverse Wine Snob Nov/Dec 2012 Holiday Edition.
  2. Meinhard Forstreiter Zvy-Gelt Zweigelt 2009 – Awesome Austrians Wine #5
  3. 10 Great Red Wine Blends Under $10

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