We will start off with a bubbly theme since we certainly tried enough of it over the holidays.  You may have noticed a few if you are following travelinggolfer23 on Instagram.  I’m trying to post some weekly “Wine Finds” as we move through the month.  Then we will visit with some nice reds and a very fine Bourbon on my recent trips through Indianapolis and Florida!  There’s a US influence on some of these finds with good friends from Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

Louis Bouilliot Cremant De Bourgogne Brut Rose: $21.95, France

With a name like that how could you not think it is as good as Champagne?  Full of flavor to the nose and to taste. Delightful medium bodied lip smacker with hints a red berries.  A great bubbly finish.

Unbelievable value.  Just added a dozen to my stash.

Elk Cove Pinot Noir 2014: $39.95, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

I have never been a big Oregon Pinot fan.  Until now!  A wonderful aroma to the nose and mouthful of velvety berries refined and smooth.  Tastes like – more!

This fine wine selection was that of a friend from Alabama while at a fun dining establishment Harry and Izzy’s in downtown Indianapolis.  Harry and Izzy’s has an affiliation with one of the finest Steak Houses that Indy has to offer.  Oh ya! I was there too!

If you miss Harry and Izzy’s downtown – you get a second chance at the Airport.

Encore Heritage Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, California, USA

A gift at our Tour Edge Media Day.  And what a gift it was!  I could immediately tell from the first grasp of the bottle that this was going to be good and was not going to be left behind!  It probably deserved a better accompaniment that the salt and vinegar chips and the milk chocolate macadamia nuts all the way from Kauai that it went down with.  It was moving day from the PGA Show onto Streamsong Resort and the opportunity was just right while packing! There is no bad time for good wine.

Brilliant aroma with an elegant warm taste of dark berries and mocha.  Unfortunately not available in Canada – you can be sure I will be on the hunt for this on my next visit stateside!

Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon: $19.00, California, USA

Discovered this smooth full bodied cab at the recommendation of a fine young server at a fine yet casual restaurant, Chicanes, at Inn on the Lake in Sebring Florida.  Had an unbelievable steak which went oh so well with this expressive and bold red and its mix of blackcurrant, black cherry and toasty oak.

Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore: $22.95, Italy

Adding a little Italian Flare.  I always say that I have never met a Ripasso I did not like.  I have had many of these over the years and when I open them I always ask myself why I don’t drink this more often.  Consistently great!  Made from Valpolicella with Amarone grape skins for added richness.

Want to impress someone for $23.00!!!  This is it!

Blanton’s The Original Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey, Kentucky, USA

If you are going to have some fine Bourbon it might as well be at one of the finest Steak Houses in Indianapolis – St. Elmo’s Steak House. Who would have known that I was dining with a Bourbon connoisseur to boot? My friend Pam is just that, and this was not the only one of the night – but certainly the one that stood out.

This particular Bourbon was barrelled just for St. Elmo’s.  Selected for them and barrelled only for them. Take a look at the little video to see some of the specifics.

The finest bourbon comes from a single barrel – never blended with whiskey from another barrel.  Bourbon’s peak maturity varies from barrel to barrel.  St. Elmo’s Single Barrel comes from only a handful of barrels at the center of Warehouse H that are selected to become Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon.  A bouquet and character unrivaled by any other.

  • Blanton Original Bourbon 750ML bottle in Ontario LCBO – $70.10

One & Done!

Here is one that you do not need to try! 

Bourgogne Pinot Noir – Cuvee Reserve 2015: $21.95, France

Unfortunately this one goes into the “One & Done” category.  Dry and tasteless whether served at room temperature or chilled.  Chilled was a little better.  They say it has beet and earthy tones?  Never have liked beets and certainly don’t care to have dirt in my mouth.  If all wine tasted like this I would drink more beer.  I am sure that the Burgundy area of France has much better to offer.