Tuesday, April 1, 2014

After a bit of a hiatus the Sip enjoyed a busy weekend “sippin”.  Here are a few of the highlights:   
2011  Tres Ojos (Garnacha) :   This wine packs a wallop especially for the price (under $10/bottle).  Very dark ruby color with hints of Black Raspberry and dark Cherry fruit.  May soften a bit over time but I would not cellar it for long  as it certainly is approachable now.  Like most Spanish wines, very enjoyable yet cost friendly. Full Bodied wine that can be enjoyed with any meal. 

             2011 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc: Zesty and crisp, this Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand does not disappoint.  Like most Sauvignon Blanc’s from New Zealand  this wine demonstrates a lively aroma of fruit.  It is refreshing yet elegant.  Does not disappoint. 

2011  Peachy Canyon Incredible Zinfandel:  It had been a while since I have sipped any wine from Peachy Canyon and I truly forgot what I was missing.  This abundantly rich wine bursts with flavors of cherry and strawberry fruit.  If you love Zinfandel, Peachy Canyon is a strong producer of this varietal.  Cost is around $15/bottle.  I picked up a few extra for my cellar. 

                                                        2012  Southern Edge Pinot Noir:   
          This bottle was a gift from the Dish and the Hick man themselves and I was able to enjoy it with both of them.  A Full Bodied wine, it is a bit “oaky” with hints of vanilla and chocolate.  Stronger than expected. I would let this one sit for a couple of years before attempting to consume.  At the very least, let it breathe for an hour before drinking.  I think I was surprised with how strong it was being that it is a Pinot Noir.  Could have passed for a Zinfandel.  Still, thoroughly enjoyable.  

 "Top Notch"
Sipping with Stollie

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

This week from "Sipping With Stollie"
January 14, 2014
Enjoyed two outstanding bottles that I have had in my cellar for quite some time.  Both equally enjoyable yet very different.  Well worth the wait.
’97 Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano:  Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of the oldest wines in Italy.  It is made primarily of the Sangiovese grape This was a nice well balanced wine very smooth to the palate.  Tasting revealed flavors of spice and vanilla.  Being this was a ’97 vintage it cellared extremely well and matured into a fantastic wine, again, well worth the wait.  If you have the opportunity to get your hands on this wine grab it although be ready to spend a few sheckles.

’00 Closdes Brusquieres Chateauneuf-du-Pape:  Classic Chateauneuf-du-Pape in that it was so dense and dark ruby in color with aromas of licorice and herbs.  Potent red berry flavors.  I am glad that I let it age for as long as I did as it needs at least 5-7 years of cellaring to reach it’s potential.  Not quite the same taste as the Montepulciano but no slouch in it’s own right.  I have always been a fan of Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s and this did not disappoint.

"Top Notch"
Sipping With Stollie

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings from
Sipping With Stollie 
Had the pleasure of enjoying an absolutely “TOP NOTCH” evening and meal with the Dish himself (and both our families) last night.  Enjoy one spectacular bottle of wine after dinner. 
2006 Patricius “Leonis” Tokaji Aszu Puttonyos:   yes, it is a lot to write and even harder to pronounce but all you have to worry about is finding it and getting a few bottles.  This is a Top Notch Hungarian dessert wine that can hang with any German Riesling.  The wine is made from a very late-ripened grape affected by Botrytis, a mold that concentrates grape sugars and flavors into honey like sweetness (tastes even better than it sounds).   This wine has hints of apricot, Pear and Peach.  Very balanced and can be enjoyed not just with dessert but with anything you desire, especially if you enjoy sweet wines. 
Thank you Dish for sharing this with me along with the Filet, baby lobster tails, Mrs. Sippin’s homemade mac & cheese, roasted sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts.    No restaurant could have prepared a more enjoyable meal…..
From My Family to Yours
Have a "Top Notch" Holiday
Sipping With Stollie

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

 This past weekend from 
Sipping With Stollie!

Enjoyed two spectacular wines this weekend.  2005 Vertex, Red Cuvee Blend North
Coast and the 2008 Vertex Red Cuvee Blend North Coast.   I brought the 2005 last
year when in Napa and recently had them ship another few bottles to me along
with the 2008 varietal to compare. 

Both are exceptional wines and not ones you will see on the shelf at your local
liquor establishment or wine shop.  They are produced by Gabrielle Vineyards in
Napa, a small producer of maybe a few thousand cases a year. 

These wines are spectacular and while certainly drinkable now can be cellared
for, I would say, 4-6 years.  The 2005 has aromas of red cherry and blackberry
with very smooth tannins and nice structure.  The 2008 is equally impressive but
with hints of red raspberry (a favorite of the Sip).  Both are full bodied Red's
that can be paired with practically anything you hunger for. 

If you ever make it out to Napa Gabrielle Vineyard is a must stop.  

      I also enjoyed a wonderful, and very reasonably priced wine, called Apothic Red. 
It is a 2010 blend which combines the spice of Zinfandel, fruit flavors of
Syrah, boldness of Cabernet and smooth elegance of Merlot all captured in one
bottle.  It reveals aromas of fruit complemented with hints of mocha, chocolate
and vanilla.  For those of you who enjoy blends this one is worthy of a look (or
sip), especially for the price (between $7.99 - $9.99/bottle).  I bought 6
bottles myself.  
                                                                                                         Top Notch from 
Sipping with Stollie

Friday, November 15, 2013

http://ei.isnooth.com/multimedia/4/6/e/image_2752444_full.jpegSipping With Stollie featuring 
2006 Falling Star Cabernet Sauvignonhttp://www.anthonyaugust.com/images/aa_panofall.jpgSorry for the long delay in posting but between "The Dish and Sippin" we have been preoccupied with many different issues so imagine my surprise to receive an email today from Sippin.

"Enjoyed this wine with an old friend, Mr. Frank this past weekend. While not a bad wine for the price(under $10 a bottle) I would probably stick to their Malbec which is much smoother and less tart. I don't think Falling star has conquered the art of producing a Cabernet as of yet. Thankfully we enjoyed the pizza and Greek salad as much as the wine. (not to mention the company)"
          Enjoy the vine and keep sipping the wine.
            Wishing you a Top Notch weekend from
                     Sipping With Stollie

Friday, September 27, 2013

Lakeside restaurant at the fabulous 
Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas


Sippin had a spectacular extended weekend in Vegas celebrating a special birthday for a very special friend, Mr. Dym along with 5 of our dear friends (Mr. Black, Mr. Frank, Mr. Yellie, Mr Labiner and "The Dish" himself).  Was a wonderful weekend filled with laughs, great food and, of course, a few TOP NOTCH wines.  We enjoyed all three with dinner at the Wynn's Lakeside Restaurant where we indulged in one of the best meals, and New York Strip Steaks, I may have ever had the pleasure of eating in my life.  

2000 Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon:  We enjoyed this TOP TOP Notch wine courtesy of Mr. Black.  I have to say this may have been one of the best wines I have ever had the pleasure of drinking and cannot thank Mr. Black for schlepping it all the way from New York to Sin City and sharing with all of us.  This wine is classically structured with soft to mild tannins.  It is rich in flavor with hints of raspberry and blackberry along with a spicy oak aroma.  One might think that a 2000 may be past it's prime but this bottle showed no signs of that.  In fact, it seemed as if it could have been cellared for a few more years but why wait that long for something so special.  Only once had I had the pleasure of "sippin" a Far Niente Cabernet and I have to say that I must try to make this more of a habit as it was simply that exceptional.  For those of you who prefer, they also produce a Top Notch Chardonnay but save your dollars for the Cabernet as it is well worth it if you want to impress a client, wife, girlfriend or just enjoy it yourself. 

2005 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon:   Silver Oak is one of Napa's most consistent producers of high quality wine and this bottle certainly did not disappoint.  While not quite as impressive as the Far Niente, it was still Top Notch and no slouch in it's own right.  Very mild tannins and soft to the palate this complex Cabernet mixed well with the New York Strip Steak I (and 5 of us) enjoyed at dinner (did I already mention how great my steak was !!!!).  Probably could have aged for a few more years but again, why wait when you can enjoy it now.  This was also a gift from Mr. Frank who brought it along with him in honor of Mr. Dym's birthday.  

2010 Frank Family Cabernet Sauvignon:   Was a first for me. This we ordered direct from the Wynn Wine listHad we not been exposed to the previous two bottles we would have been in awe of this bottle as it was terrific in it's own right.  Lush with hints of dark fruit and hints of fig and plum. Very powerful and intense this wine is clearly one you should seek out and purchase if you happen to run across it in a store.  Not sure it is easy to find as they are a relatively small producer but worth a visit to their site. Extremely easy on the palate and went well with the remainder of the Strip Steak I thoroughly enjoyed

From my cellar to yours please drink responsibly.
Sin City direct from
Sipping With Stolli

Thursday, September 12, 2013


This week from Sipping With Stollie
Sippin spent a beautiful Saturday on the North Fork of Long Island and made a pit stop at Pugliese Vineyards in Cutchogue.  Enjoyed several nice wines.  Anyone who has never been to the east end wineries is truly missing out.  While it may not have the scenery or as many outstanding producers as Napa or Sonoma it truly is beautiful and is perfect for spending a nice Fall afternoon “sippin” and noshing on some cheese. 
We indulged in a few wines as part of the tasting: 
2011 Pinot Grigio:  Not a Santa Marguerita but not bad.  The colder the better.  Hints of honey and apricot on the palate.  
2011 Riesling:  stick to the Pinot as Riesling is not their forte.  Try Duckwalk’s Aphrodite Dessert wine instead. 

2006 Merlot Reserve:  smooth and tasty.  Hints of plum and cherry. 
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve:  hearty yet not overwhelming.  Was surprised for Long Island.  Worth $16.99/bottle.  
2007 Merlot Reserve:  actually enjoyed the ’06 better.  Too bitter for my liking. 
Pugliese also has beautiful grounds so come thirsty and pull up a chair as there is always live music on the weekends.  Be sure to ask for Tom outside under the tent.  By the way, tipping helps keep the wine flowing well after the glasses are empty.  Never hurts J.  
For dinner we enjoyed a wonderful dinner in Greenport at Portobello
 The Fried Calamari was so tender you barely had to chew it.  Marinara Sauce was superb.  
 I had Rigatoni in a white wine sauce with Sausage and broccoli rabe.    Spectacular.  Terrific service and beautiful views of the boats as it is near the docks just outside of town.