Thursday, October 26, 2017

World Wine Production to hit 50 Year Low!

The wine industry has been hit with yet another challenge.  New reports released say that global wine production is expected to drop to it's lowest in more than 50 years.  Italy (23% drop), France (19%) and Spain (15%) are the top 3 producers which all blame extreme weather conditions.  Not to mention, California's recent wild fires have not helped with an additional 1% drop in production for the USA.  This link shares more on the story:  World Wine Production Hits 50 Year Low    (Credit: BBC News)

If I had to offer my own recommendation to support wineries around the world...keep buying wines, try new ones and re-connect with the ones you love.  These challenges will undoubtably continue therefore the resiliency and talent these farmers, wine makers and supporting staff have which brings wine to our tables can only be supported by us, the buyer.

Cheers - Cin Cin - Salud - Prost

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pedroncelli, Wisdom Cabernet Sauvignon ’12 $36

Sonoma, CA

From the Sonoma, Dry Creek Valley Estate Vineyard this Cab has got to be one of my current favorites.  It’s full of dark cherries, toasted oak and black pepper on the nose.  Ripe plums and currants stand out on the first sip with medium tannins to follow.  You can tell this wine has definite care in the making of it and I’d easily put this up against any $60 bottle.  The flavor profile isn’t too big yet not wimpy at all.  It’s subtle and easy drinking to pair with grilled meats, pasta with marinara and even chocolate cake.  You can find it at the winery and possibly in your local stores.  Lastly, if you’re planning a trip out to Sonoma, you must stop by this winery.  You won’t be disappointed with their many varietals. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Caves D’ Esclans, Whispering Angel ’15 $18

Cotes De Provence, France

With spring moving quickly into summer, it’s rose time once again.  After my visit a few years ago to the Bandol region along the French Mediterranean coast, I found so many wonderful roses to try.  This one happens to be a favorite in our household. 

The aromas of citrus zest, pears, melon and apples blend together for a versatile wine to go with many food pairings, although it’s great on its own.  Its flavors represent a clean, refreshing mouth feel with light flavors of honeydew, strawberries and hints of lemon.  The characteristics resemble a smooth red blended with a refreshing white.  For a Provence rose, you’d think the mineral overtones would be predominant but they’re not.  This paired excellent with an olive oil & herb grilled shrimp over couscous.  With some sliced radishes on the side, dipped in olive oil and sea salt, this wine paired wonderful with everything.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Larson Family Winery, Pinot Noir 2011 - $38

Sonoma Coast

In preparation for a long awaited visit back to Sonoma later this week, I opened a bottle quite apt for this upcoming trip.  You might not find it on your local wine shop shelves however, if you’re in Sonoma, a visit to this wonderful winery is a must.  Years ago, I had the opportunity to spend a day with former wine maker Carolyn Craig to learn about the processes involved in wine making.  That experience forever influenced a genuine appreciation for the hard work which goes into the art and science of this industry.

Now, on to this amazing wine beginning with a medium ruby red color, aromas of rose petals, macerated strawberries, toasted oak and a hint of anise which brought on anticipation of the tastes in store.  Flavors of dark cherries, blackberries and subtle plums rounded out a true Pinot.  Medium tannins with a smooth, clean finish created an excellent paring for my grilled NY strip.

Current vintage for sale is 2014.  I love this winery’s motto.  "We drink what we can, and sell the rest!"

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bogle “Essential Red” 2013 $11

Sonoma County

This red blend appealed to me during an in-store tasting at my local World Market.  I decided to buy a bottle and do my own evaluation and found it to be genuinely a pleasure.  I’ve been back since to buy a few more bottles to keep on hand as an “everyday” red.

The aroma makeup packed the glass with ripe strawberries, blackberry and traces of warm licorice.  Dark cherries on the first taste along with hints of cocoa balanced out medium tannins on the finish.

Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah come together for a great value priced and well blended wine.  Aged for 12 months in American & French oak, you won’t be disappointed especially for Red Zinfandel drinkers.  Current vintage available is 2014.

Pairings:  Barbecue, Steak, Burgers, Blue Cheese, Dark Chocolate

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