@cliff_rames

Cliff Rames @cliff_rames

Certified Sommelier; Founder, @winesofcroatia ; Editor, @sommjournal and @tastingpanel ; Wine Consultant @wegmans

http://www.uncorkingcroatia.com/

On this cold, rainy night, this Pošip transports me back to the warm and shining shores of Korčula island in Croatia, with the impossibility blue Adriatic Sea sparkling nearby and the aroma of wild Mediterranean herbs infusing the salt breezes. @winesofcroatia #posip #posipcara #croatia #winesofcroatia #dalmatia #adriaticsea #korcula #indigenous #indigenousgrapes #gonative #nativegrapes #whitewine #croatianwine
@cliff_rames

On this cold, rainy night, this Pošip transports me back to the warm and shining shores of Korčula island in Croatia, with the impossibility blue Adriatic Sea sparkling nearby and the aroma of wild Mediterranean herbs infusing the salt breezes. @winesofcroatia #posip #posipcara #croatia #winesofcroatia #dalmatia #adriaticsea #korcula #indigenous #indigenousgrapes #gonative #nativegrapes #whitewine #croatianwine

Smokie approves of the Christmas tree. 😊💕🐶
@cliff_rames

Smokie approves of the Christmas tree. 😊💕🐶

LOVE this Wee Heavy Icelandic ale from @einstok : Rich, sweet malts beautifully balanced with hints of dark spice and nuts; luscious, creamy texture with a long finish layered with maple and toasted grain notes and not a trace of bitterness for “comeback-ability”. 😊🍺 #einstock #beer #iceland #icelandicale #weeheavy #angelicaroot
@cliff_rames

LOVE this Wee Heavy Icelandic ale from @einstok : Rich, sweet malts beautifully balanced with hints of dark spice and nuts; luscious, creamy texture with a long finish layered with maple and toasted grain notes and not a trace of bitterness for “comeback-ability”. 😊🍺 #einstock #beer #iceland #icelandicale #weeheavy #angelicaroot

Ah the joys of aged Riesling. This 2008 GOLDTRÖPFCHEN from @kesselstatt is gorgeous: oily and viscous yet zippy fresh, with sweet apricot and dried peach at first, finishing dry and savory, almost smoky, with a floral, mineral flourish. Delicious! #riesling #rieslinglover #kabinett #goldtropfchen #reichsgrafvonkesselstatt #vintage2008 #2008 #germany #mosel #winesofgermany
@cliff_rames

Ah the joys of aged Riesling. This 2008 GOLDTRÖPFCHEN from @kesselstatt is gorgeous: oily and viscous yet zippy fresh, with sweet apricot and dried peach at first, finishing dry and savory, almost smoky, with a floral, mineral flourish. Delicious! #riesling #rieslinglover #kabinett #goldtropfchen #reichsgrafvonkesselstatt #vintage2008 #2008 #germany #mosel #winesofgermany

@wine_spectator wine #11 for 2018, with 95 points: This @carpinetowines Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2013 Riserva is elegant yet perky, silky yet with verve, accented with dark plum, earthy cherry, dank wood, tobacco, leather, and dried sage. #carpineto #vinonobiledimontepulciano #italy #tuscany #toscana #winesofitaly #winespectatortop100 #top100wines #sangiovese
@cliff_rames

@wine spectator wine #11 for 2018, with 95 points: This @carpinetowines Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2013 Riserva is elegant yet perky, silky yet with verve, accented with dark plum, earthy cherry, dank wood, tobacco, leather, and dried sage. #carpineto #vinonobiledimontepulciano #italy #tuscany #toscana #winesofitaly #winespectatortop100 #top100wines #sangiovese

After being sick and out of commission for nearly a week, it’s good to be back enjoying the treats of the season. #celebration #celebrator ##celebrationtime #barvaria #barvariandoublebock #ayinger #beer #darkbeer #doublebock @ayinger.privatbrauerei
@cliff_rames

After being sick and out of commission for nearly a week, it’s good to be back enjoying the treats of the season. #celebration #celebrator # #celebrationtime #barvaria #barvariandoublebock #ayinger #beer #darkbeer #doublebock @ayinger.privatbrauerei

Meet Bowie the Turkey! My annual Thanksgiving tradition is to “adopt” a turkey from @farmsanctuary (instead of eating one). I am happy and proud to be able to help Bowie live a happy life at the sanctuary! 😊💕 #adoptaturkey #farmsanctuary #animalrescue #turkey #cuteanimals
@cliff_rames

Meet Bowie the Turkey! My annual Thanksgiving tradition is to “adopt” a turkey from @farmsanctuary (instead of eating one). I am happy and proud to be able to help Bowie live a happy life at the sanctuary! 😊💕 #adoptaturkey #farmsanctuary #animalrescue #turkey #cuteanimals

Are you an indigenous grape geek? A Wine Century Club candidate? Well meet Škrlet, a native white variety from the north east continental region of Croatia, primarily Moslavina. This 2017 wine from Mikša is a bit riper in style than some other Škrlet wines (yet remaining bright and fresh), with notes of golden delicious apple, pineapple, chamomile tea, and a hint of honeysuckle. Round, almost oily texture but finishes with a palate cleansing zip and lip smacking minerality. #skrlet #škrlet #mikša #miksa #moslavina #croatia #winesofcroatia #indigenous #indigenousgrapes #winecenturyclub #whitewine
@cliff_rames

Are you an indigenous grape geek? A Wine Century Club candidate? Well meet Škrlet, a native white variety from the north east continental region of Croatia, primarily Moslavina. This 2017 wine from Mikša is a bit riper in style than some other Škrlet wines (yet remaining bright and fresh), with notes of golden delicious apple, pineapple, chamomile tea, and a hint of honeysuckle. Round, almost oily texture but finishes with a palate cleansing zip and lip smacking minerality. #skrlet #škrlet #mikša #miksa #moslavina #croatia #winesofcroatia #indigenous #indigenousgrapes #winecenturyclub #whitewine

The first wine of the 2018 harvest... yesterday was Beaujolais Nouveau day, and this release from @duboeufwines is one of the best yet: juicy and teaming with crushed red and black berries and a hint of spice (and not heavily overlaid with that disconcerting banana note of previous vintages). A pleasant wine and a nice splash to celebrate a fun tradition! #tradition #beaujolaisnouveau #duboeuf #vintage2018
@cliff_rames

The first wine of the 2018 harvest... yesterday was Beaujolais Nouveau day, and this release from @duboeufwines is one of the best yet: juicy and teaming with crushed red and black berries and a hint of spice (and not heavily overlaid with that disconcerting banana note of previous vintages). A pleasant wine and a nice splash to celebrate a fun tradition! #tradition #beaujolaisnouveau #duboeuf #vintage2018

Because it’s Thursday...and i currently need a haircut.. 😂 #tbt #childhoodmemories
@cliff_rames

Because it’s Thursday...and i currently need a haircut.. 😂 #tbt #childhoodmemories

When you’ve heard about a celebrated vineyard for years, tasted its cult wines, but have begun to wonder if the site really exists or is just a place of fantasy...then suddenly there it is—in all its golden glory. #basdebas @bibichwinery #bibich #skradin #croatia #winesofcroatia #debit #vineyard #magical #dalmatia #secretdalmatia
@cliff_rames
Šibenik-Knin County

When you’ve heard about a celebrated vineyard for years, tasted its cult wines, but have begun to wonder if the site really exists or is just a place of fantasy...then suddenly there it is—in all its golden glory. #basdebas @bibichwinery #bibich #skradin #croatia #winesofcroatia #debit #vineyard #magical #dalmatia #secretdalmatia

Traminer grapes left on the vine for late harvest or potentially ice wine at the legendary Venje vineyard in Kutjevo, Croatia. @galicvinarija @winesofcroatia #venje #kutjevo #slavonia #croatia #icewine #lateharvest #traminer
@cliff_rames
Venje, Požeško-Slavonska, Croatia

Traminer grapes left on the vine for late harvest or potentially ice wine at the legendary Venje vineyard in Kutjevo, Croatia. @galicvinarija @winesofcroatia #venje #kutjevo #slavonia #croatia #icewine #lateharvest #traminer

My reward after raking leaves 🍁🍺 @foundersbrewing Curmudgeon Better Half, an old ale brewed with molasses and aged in maple syrup Bourbon barrels. Perfect with an oatmeal raisin cookie! 😋 #beer #foundersbrewing #curmudgeon #maplesyrup #ale #amberale #betterhalf #autumn #autumnleaves #fall2018
@cliff_rames

My reward after raking leaves 🍁🍺 @foundersbrewing Curmudgeon Better Half, an old ale brewed with molasses and aged in maple syrup Bourbon barrels. Perfect with an oatmeal raisin cookie! 😋 #beer #foundersbrewing #curmudgeon #maplesyrup #ale #amberale #betterhalf #autumn #autumnleaves #fall2018

Postcards from Croatia: a memorable visit to the Dingač appellation, Croatia’s first officially recognized geographically protected wine growing area, with this amazing woman, @antonija_car , who is an up-and-coming winemaker in Croatia. Watch out for her! 😊🍷🇭🇷 #dingac #saintshillswinery #croatia #winesofcroatia #dalmatia #femalewinemaker #postcardsfromcroatia @winesofcroatia
@cliff_rames
Dingac, Dubrovačko-Neretvanska, Croatia

Postcards from Croatia: a memorable visit to the Dingač appellation, Croatia’s first officially recognized geographically protected wine growing area, with this amazing woman, @antonija car , who is an up-and-coming winemaker in Croatia. Watch out for her! 😊🍷🇭🇷 #dingac #saintshillswinery #croatia #winesofcroatia #dalmatia #femalewinemaker #postcardsfromcroatia @winesofcroatia

My love, my best friend, the best little doggie in the world. 🤗 💕🐶 @smokie.the.cockapoo #bestfriend
@cliff_rames

My love, my best friend, the best little doggie in the world. 🤗 💕🐶 @smokie.the.cockapoo #bestfriend

It’s been a while since I had a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and I just love the savory, meaty, forest fruit, and spice character of this 2015 from @familleperrin : fine but grippy tannins, a vibrant palate, and discreet oak round it out. Nice CdP for $32. #perrin #familleperrin #chateauneufdupape #cdp #vintage2015
@cliff_rames

It’s been a while since I had a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and I just love the savory, meaty, forest fruit, and spice character of this 2015 from @familleperrin : fine but grippy tannins, a vibrant palate, and discreet oak round it out. Nice CdP for $32. #perrin #familleperrin #chateauneufdupape #cdp #vintage2015

Next