Big ABV’s that purr like sweet kittens, stellar wine shops with worldly selections, some were for free, some were paid for by me, these are a
Lodi is the Zinfandel Capital of the World.
Don’t let the statement above mislead you. Of course there’s an abundance of great Zinfandel grown and produced in Lodi (“Load-eye”), but did you know it’s also home to over 100 different varietals? Grapes have been growing in Lodi, California since the 1800’s
Breaking Bread. Unfiltered and Unfined.
Breaking Bread is a new project by winemaker Erik Miller of Kokomo Winery in Dry Creek Valley, California. The first two wines being released, which I was so happy to be able to sample, are two of my favorite grapes: Grenache and Zinfandel. And, forget what
Berryessa Gap Winery hails from Winters, California. I hate to admit I hadn’t heard of Winters or Yolo County? And being so close to Napa and Sonoma? They’re currently in the process of establishing the Winters California AVA (“Approved Viticulture Area”), and I’m looking forward to trying more from this
Kin & Cascadia is a partnership founded by the Sager & Master families. From the label: “We are brothers, fathers, sons, and friends; true kin. This is a story decades in the making, starting as industry acquaintances turned partners and lifelong friends. We are now a second generation family partnership
Santa Julia’s canned wines aren’t just for outdoorsy people.
It’s early Spring, and we’ve already felt temperatures in the 80’s here in Arizona. Ugh, summer is coming… dread, dread, dread. Warmer weather does inspire people to do more outdoorsy things. Camping, hiking, beach volleyball, and poolside basking in the sun—all activities
Montagu = Hauntingly Good Wine
Founder and winemaker Weston Eidson has quite the family history. He began Montagu Wines in 2012 as a tribute his great-grandfather John, the second Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. Beaulieu (“Bew-lee”) is a village in Hampshire, England, and home to The Palace House (Noble House of Montagu)—which
Marriage of Wine
Jason and Janu Goelz are the husband and wife team behind Alara Cellars and Jason Stephens Winery. Along with both of these great labels, they also own The Silicon Valley Wine Company (SVWC), and produce the “Tech Series” labels (ONES and ZEROS and Pixelated).
While I look forward to
Moscato is dessert in a glass.
I recently received this sample bottle of Moscato along with a simple, sweet Zabaglione dessert recipe. Since I don’t drink sweet wine often, I wanted to learn more about this sugar-forward beverage (which so many people love!). The Muscat Blanc grape, just like other wine
Steele, the man behind the name and even better middle name.
When you visit Steele Winery’s website, under “The Winery” tab, there’s a pull down menu with a link to “Meet Jed”. Even though he’s been in the wine business for 50 years, you immediately get the feel he’s just as humble
Crux 2014 GSM.
Describing the wine’s dark fruit, the full body, the balance… it just wouldn’t do this bottle justice. Instead, I invite you to dust off that vintage briar wood tobacco pipe. Light a fire. No, not gas, a real fire. Mesquite. Push the logs around, get it going. Now,