2018! New Year WINOlutions with Winetraveler’s Greig Santos-Buch

Hello fellow Winos! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! This week we’ve partnered up with Greig Santos-Buch of Winetraveler.com (@winederlust and @winetraveler_com on Instagram).

We love Greig and are so excited to finally be collaborating with him. Greig is the Chief Executive Officer of Winetraveler.com. Presently, he holds WSET level II certification in wine. He is also a Merit Sommelier and owns and operates several brands focusing on the wine and travel verticals, including Sommelier Q&A and Winederlusting.com.

This love for the #saltlife runs deep.

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Additionally, Greig meets with producers, wine innovators and travel entrepreneurs around the world, learning to help improve the wine tourism experience. In his spare time, you can find him out on the water, or traveling somewhere new. How cool is Greig?

So we asked Greig, what are your 2018 WINOlutions:

“For 2018, I have some big dreams in the wine world.

Here are my top 3:

First, I want to continue expanding my palate and nose with new flavors and aromas. That means tasting and smelling new objects that I haven’t experienced before that have nothing to do with wine. Whether it’s walking through home depot, or trying new fruits or vegetables, I want to add more tasting notes to my repertoire in order to be best prepared for the world of wine and travel.

Second, I want to travel to Switzerland and visit all of its major wine regions. This country has always appealed to me because of its natural beauty. Traveling there and tasting through it is a major bucket list item. I’d like to check that off in 2018.

Third, I would like to explore more of the wines coming from Hungary and Austria. These wines are very difficult to find here in the US. I’d like to understand these better.”

Wow. These are amazing wine goals.

What are your 2018 WINOlutions?


Amanda and Christina

Brunello di Montalcino Fattoria La Lecciaia 2009 Sangiovese

Ah, the beautiful country of Italy: We adore your architecture, history, and landscapes. Oh yes, and of course your food and wine. However, not today.

Now when you make a bold statement, we also realize that you must back it up with cold hard facts.

Fact No. 1: According to Kerin O’Keefe, wine writer for Wine Enthusiast Magazine “My tasting of the 2009 vintage revealed that it was another challenging year in Montalcino, and the main problem was the weather. Scorching summer temperatures and a lack of rain dominated crucial phases of the growing season. As a result, most wines are prematurely evolved…” which leads in to our second point

Fact No. 2: Bad grapes🍇 = Bad wine.😡

In the opinion of Michel Rolland, Oenologist from Bordeaux “A great wine is the sum of a number of factors, the most important being the terroir, which gives the wine its character….” As we know terroir is much more than simply the ground upon which grapes are planted. The wine we drink is a culmination of weather, altitude, rainfall, nutrients, man made interventions, and soil composition to name a few elements. However, 2009 was not kind to Montalcino, which is reflective in their wine.

Initial Impressions: color is a medium tawny which is a characteristic of an aged Sangiovese. On the nose there are notes of dried hay, dried figs, and tobacco. When you first take a sip you quickly realize that this wine was probably at its peak a year or two ago. Medium tannins, bitter on the palate. To be fair, the cork was dry so we can’t really speak to how well it was stored. c’est la vie. Wish we could report back with a more favorable review but, unfortunately this wine just isn’t performing well. Save your money and check out a different vintage such as a 2007, if Brunellos are a wine you enjoy.

Xoxo, ❤️

Amanda and Christina


St. Mayhem Hückfest Craft Wine Cooler

Looking for something convenient, travel friendly, and festive for the holidays? Look no further: St. Mayhem Hückfest Craft Wine Cooler (13.1% alcohol) will be your new favorite canned wined. This is a blend of 49% Syrah, 35% Mourvedre, and 16% Grenache from Amador County. The wine was spiced with cloves, cinnamon, orange peel, almond extract, ginger, nutmeg, and blueberries. This is the second canned wine we’re reviewing and we have to admit, not bad at all! 👍🏼👍🏼 This canned wine cooler is perfect for ski trips, holiday day outings, or bonfires with friends. When we first took a sip we were pleasantly surprised that this wine isn’t sweet at all! It’s a dry wine with pleasant elements of spice. Perfect for the casual wine drinker, pick up a box today! The limited release product will be available in 250ml two-pack cans retailing for $12.00. You can purchase directly from St. Mayhem and get 4 cans for $24.00. Purchase here.

Amanda and Christina💃🏼💃🏻