TBT – Mendoza 2008 . . . On Two Wheels

Once again in honor of TBT, we want to take a trip back to what we consider a second homeland for us:  Argentina.  While we did not live in Mendoza but rather in Buenos Aires, it was Mendoza that first piqued our interest in moving to this amazing South American Country.  Step back with us to 2008 on our first day in Mendoza staying in the city proper.  We only stayed there two days before heading off to Chacras de Coria, a small village located just a few km from the city of Mendoza, to stay at Casa Glebinias.  Highly recommended for everyone.  Both the town AND the lodging.

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The Curious Case of Carmenere

The ancient origins of the Carmenere grape are uncertain, and there are several theories about them.  My personal favorite is that what we now call Carmenere was known in ancient Rome as “Biturica,” and praised by such luminaries as Pliny the Elder and Columella.

Of course, evidence for this theory is inconclusive, but when I open a bottle of Carmenere, I like to think that what I’m about to drink bears at least some similarity to the wines enjoyed by Julius Caesar during his campaign in Gaul.

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World’s Drunkest Job: Wine Blogs | Wine Folly

I couldn’t have come up with a better title.  And oh what fun it would be to actually be paid to drink all the wine I do.   But alas I am not.  I guess I will just have to continue drinking it for fun.  And fun I have.

Things are really busy  behind the scenes at Shami’s Gourmet these days.  We are doing our best to add new content to our blog 5 days a week, but sometimes something crosses our desk that makes us go “We must share this”.  So now we share with you . . .the life of some of the world’s drunkest people. .. oops, my bad, wine bloggers!  Cheers.

World’s Drunkest Job: Wine Blogs | Wine Folly.


Wine Wednesday: Zinfandel and Primitivo


Wine Wednesday.  Our favorite day of the week.  And one of our favorite wines for Wine Wednesday (or any day for that matter) is Zinfandel.  No offense to those that like White Zinfandel. . . but we are talking about red.  A big, robust red wine!!!

In researching California Zinfandel (and its Italian twin cousin, Primitivo), I stumbled upon a great blog simply called ” Zinfandel and Primitivo” by The WineCollective.  I love their tag line:  “If you can’t drink at work, at least you can read about it!”  My sentiments exactly!!

Zinfandel and Primitivo | The WineCollective Blog.

The WineCollective was established in 2009 in Canada whose mission is:

There are thousands of wines available in the Canadian market from around the world on any given day. How do you choose what to try next? We were tired of rolling the dice at the liquor store. WineCollective does all the hard work for you. We try hundreds of wines each and every month, ranging from the weekday pizza wine to the exotic cellar candidate. It may sound like fun to try all that wine (which it is), but it’s serious work. We pick the best wines for our wine club members.

Instead of reinventing the wheel, we thought we would share their extremely informative history of this big and bold wine.


Cheers and Enjoy!

Wine Wednesday – A Great Article on Inexpensive Spanish Wine

Things have once again been a little crazy around here with the store, our new diet and life in general. Sadly we didn’t have time for anything original today. But as you know we are always on the lookout for tasty wine on the cheap and I came across just what I was looking for.

Wine Recommendations

Having been to Spain and being a fan of Spanish wines as well as being a fan of inexpensive yet tasty wine, I thought this would be a great chance to share with you this article by Talk-A-Vino. And after reading that Anatoli’s doctor prescribed a glass of red wine a day to lower his cholesterol . . .I knew I found a fellow wine lover after my own heart. And he has the chops to back up what he says.

With that said. . .Cheers & Enjoy!!

TBT – A Tale of Two Uruguayan Wineries

Today’s Throwback Thursday tale from 2008 follows on the heels of yesterday’s Wine Wednesday post about the very tasty Tannat wine.  It was during this trip to South America when we visited both Argentina and Uruguay, that we decided once leaving Costa Rica, we would make our next ex-pat move to Buenos Aires.  But let’s not jump the gun.

Plaza Independencia
Plaza Independencia

We were staying in Montevideo, the capital and largest city of Uruguay.  Montevideo is situated in the southern coast of the country, on the northeastern bank of the Río de la Plata directly across from Buenos Aires.  Ironic that we are doing this on Malbec World Day.

So just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip.  This was our fateful trip into the Uruguayan wine country.

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A Week of Ralph’s Wines

Welcome back to Wine Wednesday!  And what a week it’s been.  To tell the truth, we ended going through 10 bottles this week, but two were repeats.  The rest, as promised, are written up below. Please bear in mind that all prices quoted include a Ralph’s card discount and a 6 bottle minimum purchase discount.  Together, these are substantial, and of course, prices vary.


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What’s With Wine Wednesday?

Welcome to Wine Wednesday!

Several people have asked us why we bother to write about wine, since we don’t sell any on our site.  The answer is quite simple:  Shami’s Gourmet is not only our business, but also our passion.  For us, a gourmet meal paired with the right wine is one of life’s great pleasures – especially when shared with friends.  And a good bottle of wine on its own is not far behind.


In our travels, we always seek out local grapes and vineyards to complement the local food.  And whereas this habit has led us to taste some truly foul swill, it has also led us to discover some real hidden gems in some surprising locations.  For example, did you know that Uruguay produces some world class wines?  We didn’t before we went there, but we do now.

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