Posted by: Josef Hans Lara | September 28, 2012

The Couchard AIne & Fils Chardonnay in 2010

The Couchard AIne & Fils Chardonnay in 2010

Another great choice for a white.

The Couchard AIne & Fils produced a great Chardonnay in 2010, I paired it with sea food, and it was absolutely perfect

The signature one is from 2008, but I could not find it

I really recommend trying this one good body, some acidity its tannins are very delicious. I tasted citrus, herbs, licorice, lime and mint.

The wine has a beautiful golden color.

The winery

Since 1731, more than two centuries building a great terroir, this wine is full of history, becoming part of the first goods of international trade. It is placed on Beaune, France, capital of the Burgundy region.

The winery recommends served at 12°C avoiding over chilling

Get it! It can a great wine to taste Chardonnay for the first time.

Whites seem to be more receptive for newcomers to the wine world from the Mormon community. For the price and quality this is a wine to adventure yourself with a first sip

Posted by: Josef Hans Lara | September 12, 2012

Visiting wineries, what to expect, what to do?

March 2006 tasting panel convened to determine...

March 2006 tasting panel convened to determine if certain Merlots from the Okanagan could have characteristics attributable to certain geographical areas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To visit for the first time a winery may be a desire you had for a long time. Discover the fields filled with orchards and the beauty of the hills that produce that forbidden fruit juice that for a long time was coveted.
Prepare by arranging a ride or designated driver, some wineries have agreements with driving services. Also check if there is a wine route you can follow to check nor one but many wineries the same day.
Remember is tasting, you can drink it or just taste it, don’t be afraid of not consuming all served.
Wineries may have a great presentation for you to enjoy the location plus the wine, treat this visit as special because you can learn a lot about the difficulties and challenges of the art of growing good grapes. you can learn about the harvest techniques and the specialties of the terrain. Wine comes from the soil it grows from, consider the weather, locations, water sources and type of geology because all is influential and makes each wine unique. In other words you will be drinking “the place”.

Tasting wines will quickly disrupt your ability to recognize the different flavors so remember that is more about the experience than about your accuracy. In fact no one has the “right” taste for wine, we are all different and we may like different wines from the 16 million different types are commercialized today.

Some famous places in the world are: France Bourdeaux area, Spain Rioja and Priorat, Napa Valley in the USA, Okanagan Valley in Canada, Toscana region in Italy and many others

Do you love in Utah? There are a few wineries you can visit in your state

Do some research, chose the place and route, find a ride and prepare yourself to taste great pleasure.

Posted by: Josef Hans Lara | August 29, 2012

First sip, a first step

Joseph Smith Historic Site in Nauvoo, Illinois

Joseph Smith Historic Site in Nauvoo, Illinois (Photo credit: Pictophile)


First sip, a first step


I was thinking that to revive the blog I will include more than just an opinion on the bottles I open, but to address some of the main factors of starting the drinking path, especially for those of us who had never had a sip of the good wine or other spirits before.


Many of you like me had become to the realization religion was no longer a valid reason not to drink, as we have been lied about so many things from the Church is obvious that the “word of wisdom” is another one of them. You may reflect as I did in the benefits of abstemious life, not to drink is healthy to a point but many doctors will recommend the glass of wine daily for diets. Correct or not is true that they advise in many practices to do so. Drinking is like eating chocolates, everything in moderation…oh wait, is not a good analogy for all as I also know Mormons that don’t eat chocolate… What I mean is that alcohol can get out of control but it does not happen to everybody, learn to moderate yourself from the beginning, and you will be fine. Think of taking any kind of substance, some are legal, like chocolate but too many will create addiction, health problems and change your behaviour. Just be reasonable, learn that you have a personality that you can control and make wise decisions for yourself, not because in the 1900’s some people decided to control alcohol sales in detriment of the rest to enrich themselves…


Anyways, to drink is adding a flavour/fun spice to social gatherings or great meals. Moderation is key, and one of the advantages for a Mormon entering this realm is the caution that takes. I am planning to recommend you three steps towards your first drinking experience.


  • Moderation is key.


I don’t suggest you go for the bottle and drink and drink however it tastes it just to have the experience of getting drunk. You will hate alcohol and is bad for your liver. Beer and wine are excellent to start, probably beer is going to be a moderate start, you may want to choose them, but starting at scotch level or other strong drinks…nah, you will not like it, I assume.


My first drink was a dark beer on St Patrick Day, wrong decision too strong of a beer, better a light lager. But what I really enjoyed was having a white wine, Gewürztraminer with some fish, that blew my mind, and because it was a sweet wine it helped me to understand wine is not all bitter.  I recommend if you can, to go to one of those restaurants that pair wines with each dished, ask for serving you half the glass to share with someone, you will enjoy it.



  • Pair it with food


Instead of drinking just alcohol think on a good meal you would like to try the pairing of a wine there is plenty of suggestions online or in the back of the bottle labels. Let us say that you will be eating some great spaghetti with meatballs. Add to it a bottle of cabernet sauvignon wine, at this stage any winery, don’t go crazy on price you will not feel a difference just yet. Eat some first, taste the food and think about the flavours, then have a sip of wine letting it last in your mouth for a moment, once you do, scoop for some more food and compare how it tastes after you had the sip of wine…. Welcome to the world of flavour! Hopefully a new perspective of food and beverages is opening your curiosity right now. That is why wines are paired with foods, they enhance each other. Master the pairing and you will guarantee success on your social gatherings.


Now, pairing it with food is also going to be a safe bet for your stomach and to reduce the impact of alcohol, drink water after your wine it will help your liver so virgin still to endure the alcohol and reduce impact if you find yourself very sensitive.




  • Choose a set where you can relax. Probably home, don’t drink and drive as you know, it is important to feel relax and that you can trust people around you to help you in the process of tasting it for the first time. Good friends can be with you and experiment the social drinking. Better in company always. Don’t seat down on the chapel grounds and have a picnic with alcohol, it will only satisfy your revenge motivations for a few seconds then it will look dumb (know of someone that did it – not me). I am not an avid drinker, nor even in daily basis, I enjoy it when I know I can relax, be comfortable and have a good time.


Every sip can be a sip of freedom, don’t forget to check if your soul is still there and look up for the thunder and lightning to attack, you are condemn, is worst that many sins for the Church and so easy to do… I wonder if good brother Joseph made it to his heaven as he liked a drink or too. I think Orrin and good Joe had a blast in their bar in Nauvoo, all the bottles for them!


Enjoy and drink responsibly.


Posted by: Josef Hans Lara | August 28, 2012

The resurrection of the Mormon Wine & Spirit blog

After a long time debating with myself, partially because I started the blog time ago when I was still freshly self outcast from the Mormon world I decided to resurrect the blog. After living time in freedom when religion seems like a dream I left behind, I find I now allow myself to openly discuss and not shy at all about what I consider one of the best discoveries a Mormon can make. The taste of a drink which process has been purified and experimented for centuries. drinks that our ancestors tasted and had been part of human societies.

I invite you to collaborate and help me find those spirits and great wines to inform our fellow free drinkers what is worth to drink.

Thank you

Posted by: Josef Hans Lara | August 10, 2011

Round Hill Zin/Shiraz 2006

In the store i saw a couple looking for this bottle spcifically, the store manager gave a good fedback and i thought to give it a try. It is obviously better once opened, not leave this wine mature in your fridge too long. I did enjoy it, it left a little veggie sensation at the end, at least to me, and I am not keen to it so probably I will try something else from this vineyard, though may not be this same bottle.

winery link:


Posted by: Josef Hans Lara | July 21, 2011

The Prisoner

 The Prisoner, was a fantastic discovery. Smooth, great solid body and finish taste. I the bottle is also a great piece of art, definetly a highly recommended one.

I was recommeded to try this vineyard: Orin Swift Cellars, if I wanted Zinfandel, they do a great job on the melange of its grapes


it paired perfectly with soup and pasta. I have to admit that a litle pricy for everyday budget, bot a great value I am sure for its retail price. I will have it again.


51% Zinfandel
19% Cabernet Sauvignon
18% Syrah
7% Petite Sirah
3% Charbono
1% Grenache
1% Malbec

Posted by: Josef Hans Lara | July 5, 2011

Marques de Caceres- Rioja 2005

I was pleasantly surprised to find this one, at the beginning I thought a good Rioja can make a great difference and is its great body that attracted me at first. Meaning that the flavour remained on my mouth quite a bit of time. I would not say is the most brilliant I have tasted (I have not tasted many) but it made a great pair with the barbeque ribs i was having that day.

I just got a new decanter, the one you put in the top of the glass. With this wine decanted the aroma and experiences increases drastically. I liked it even more after it was open for a couple of days. That should mean how poorly knowledgeable I am in the wine world, but eh! it is my opinion… and I am a consumer as well. Enjoy it!!!

Posted by: Josef Hans Lara | July 5, 2011

Joseph did drink it too

My fellow mormon friends. I recently came to this interesting blog

link :

The image in the blog is just a great description of what happened before the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, founder of the mormon religion and all of its sects.

Mormons used to drink wine and other things like coffee and tea, and they counsel in their doctrine to do it in measure. However the interpretation nowadays is quite remarkable as forbids it and is even a great deal of punishment in Church discipline to have a sip of our favourite drink.

Growing up as a mormon it was clear to me the consequences of drinking and with all honesty, I putted aside all my desired for the great juice or any kind of alcohol, I did not allowed myself to be curious. It was only when I broke the tides with religion that I experimented with the great flavours of the wines.

 So the good Joseph did drink, he even allowed bar and hotel in the Joseph Smith and others in the moments before the martyrdomNauvoo community Mormons lived in. Some Mormons idealize him and will refute this…

Posted by: Josef Hans Lara | July 4, 2011

Souvignon Blanc – Naked Grape

Unoaked again, and kinda disapointed, though is easy to drink and can make a great light picnic wine resource there is something on the citrical flavour that seemed to me as “added on”. I don’t know if I will wonder again in teh Naked Grape world again. I will keep a research for Unoaked wines with other winery.

Posted by: Josef Hans Lara | July 4, 2011

Merlot – Naked Grape

Well, in my research for wine i discovered that some people don’t like the oakish flavour of some juices. Naked Grape Merlot was my purchase election for a wine inexpensive and available anywhere. Unoaked, the label says. Though the oak flavour is not there i had the sense it had too much alcohol and a little bit forced flavour. So it did not impressed me. Maybe another Naked Grape in the white selection has more to say.

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