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  posted on 4/11/2013 at 05:54 PM
With my recent trip to Los Olivos/Santa Ynez, (and Paso Robles next month) I have a few of recommendations or "must buys" for anyone looking for new varietals and experiences. Understanding that wine like food, is a very individual and subjective thing (do you ever ask the waiter to just bring you a meal?... I do not).... and the wine you like, the person next to you just may be spitting out...I'll throw these wines out there and include the foods I've matched them with. Balance is the key and once again, there is no right or wrong, only what you like!

1)

Grenache from Beckman vineyards. Do you like Lamb Chops?... Rack of Lamb?... here you go.

2)

Dierberg Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley 2008 or '09

Either vintage rocks....Prime rib baby!

3)

Zaca Mesa Mourvedre.... Do you love cheese?

4)
Cambria, Clone 23 Pinot Noir
Hands down the best Pinot I've tasted this year!... Spare ribs loaded with BBQ sauce and roasted asparagus!...dude.

5)

2011 Sanford Sauvignon blanc....Just say no (always) to Chard!

6)

Foxen 2010 Cabernet Franc.....How often do you make beef stew?... this is the sh*t.

Most of these, if not all are "Estate Grown and Produced"...meaning the Winery did NOT source grapes from outside vineyards; the quality of the grape in the bottle is more than likely better than your average bottle on a grocery store shelf. They are not cheap @ $25-$55, but in my humble opinion are worth every stinkin' penny.

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  posted on 4/11/2013 at 06:06 PM
Very cool post. As many people know about me, I'm more of a beer guy. But I've been trying more and more wine lately. I've gone from being just a fruity wine guy to trying better quality reds and I'm really enjoying them. I'll have to search out those that you posted...

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  posted on 4/11/2013 at 07:01 PM
Always appreciate the wine suggestions. I'm getting there, and living with a high-end wine rep doesn't hurt. My two latest faves are MDA2 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and Domaine Le Sang des Cailloux Vacqueyras. Both are smooth as silk grape broth. Always cool on the domestic tips as well. My current fave domestic is Domaine Eden chardonnay which truly captures the taste of the grape. Just my opinion, of course.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2013 at 11:23 AM
This is the wine I am partial to.....

 

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  posted on 4/12/2013 at 03:03 PM
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Very cool post. As many people know about me, I'm more of a beer guy. But I've been trying more and more wine lately. I've gone from being just a fruity wine guy to trying better quality reds and I'm really enjoying them. I'll have to search out those that you posted...

Thanks!


I was always a beer guy then about three years or so ago I started taking a deeper interest in red wine which I always enjoyed. That was until about a year ago when my son turned me onto the craft beer industry. I am now once again a beer guy, albeit a very different kind of beer guy, with no looking back.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2013 at 03:35 PM
"We can share the women... we can share the wine... "

 

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  posted on 4/12/2013 at 05:01 PM
Read on Facebook that Sandman has opened a brewery/restaurant in Iowa. Congratulations. I wish yoou the best of luck.
 

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  posted on 4/12/2013 at 08:45 PM
Big V - those of us on the east coast, Florida perhaps, rely on whatever we get from your side of the country as far as Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cab - hell Chardonnay for that matter

Anyhow - I'd love to visit that tiny winery selling their latest, but they ain't in Florida

yes, Florida produces wine - Lakeridge in Clermont. been there - but, it is sweet wine

My cheap picks....Pinot's - BV , Mirassou - at least they are reliably ok

 

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Big V - those of us on the east coast, Florida perhaps, rely on whatever we get from your side of the country as far as Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cab - hell Chardonnay for that matter

Anyhow - I'd love to visit that tiny winery selling their latest, but they ain't in Florida

yes, Florida produces wine - Lakeridge in Clermont. been there - but, it is sweet wine

My cheap picks....Pinot's - BV , Mirassou - at least they are reliably ok


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  posted on 4/12/2013 at 11:12 PM
I like Dolcetto, Barolo, and Barbaresco wines. Any recommondations appreciated!

 

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  posted on 4/14/2013 at 10:55 AM
Enjoyed another good one over he weekend.....and again, a novice that lives with an expert...and it is all subjective, I do not like dry wines but prefer the fruity little bit sweet bit not too much sweet, etc.........this one from Germany.....a very nice wine - Heinz Eifel Shine 2011 Dornfelder sweet red.

 

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  posted on 4/14/2013 at 02:38 PM
Thanks Vince. Do you have any recommendations for a nice California Pinot Noir younger than the 08-09 you mentioned?

[Edited on 4/14/2013 by musicmann]

 

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  posted on 4/15/2013 at 12:32 PM
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Read on Facebook that Sandman has opened a brewery/restaurant in Iowa. Congratulations. I wish yoou the best of luck.


Thanks, Julie. My brother and I are opening a brewery in Manchester, Iowa. Renovations to the building will begin next month and we're looking at an opening in very early spring 2014.

 

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  posted on 4/15/2013 at 12:42 PM
I am definitely in the minority. I like dry red wines, but absolutely love dry white wines and brut sparkling wines. I have found American Pinot Grigios to be much to sweet for my pallet. However, Italian Pinot Grigios are generally not so sweet. Here is my favorite:




I also love a white bordeaux. It's the crispness and the oaky flavor that I like in the bordeaux.


[Edited on 4/15/2013 by KWidgeon]

 

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  posted on 4/15/2013 at 01:43 PM
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Thanks Vince. Do you have any recommendations for a nice California Pinot Noir younger than the 08-09 you mentioned?


Thanks for the question my friend... It's always been hard for me to "recommend" wines to people whose palate I do not know, especially with Pinot Noir. The grape can show so many different profiles, from "wet earth" to the other extreme, a "Fruit bomb"... That being said, I'll give you a little info that might help and in the process may serve to educate as well. Pick up most bottles of California wine and turn them so that you are reading the label on the back of the bottle (Usually found on the "back") Look for one of these three terminologies:

"Vinted by"
"Cellared by'
"Produced by"

The one you are looking for that is an indicator as to the quality of the grape in the wine making process is "Produced by"... this tells you that more than likely that, that winery, made the wine. It's important because it shows you that only that vineyard was involved in the process of fermentation, blending and bottling. Not 100% exclusive, but pretty close

Cellared by usually denotes wine that has been made or produced by someone other than the name on the label and has been stored or "Cellared" at the winery for a short period of time. Most of your big makers do this. Clos du Bois, Kendall Jackson, Charles Shaw to name a few.

Vinted by Usually means that the winery has had very little to do with the blending of that wine or making of that wine. Most of your big makers do this as well. Clos du Bois, Kendall Jackson, Charles Shaw to name a few.

Now, there is nothing "wrong" with these wines, some can actually be quite good, just as some wines that are Estate grown and produced and bottled can be lacking, Quality and "Likability" are all in the hands of the consumer, if you enjoy it, then it's good. Pretty simple.

That all being written, that info on the label is your key in determining the possible quality (or lack thereof) of the grape in that bottle...

One more "Key"..Now look at the front label again, does it say "California"?....or does it say "Napa" or "Santa Ynez"? etc... Ca. Vintners law, states that 75% of the grapes in that bottle must not only match the varietal (So, for the bottle to read "Pinot Noir..or Cabernet Franc"...75% of the grapes must be either Pinot Noir of Cab Franc). That is why you'll see things like "Sara's Blend".. or "Migration" on them, the winery is then telling you, "This is a BLEND"... Back to "California"... or "Napa"...So, where are 75% of the grapes from in that bottle?
California is a big state, with a lot of different growing regions or "Appellations"... so in descending order, a scale (including possible costs) for California wines might look something like this:

California (7-10$)
Napa County (10-15$)
Napa Valley (15-20$)
Napa Valley- "Marsha's Vineyard" (30-50$)
Napa Valley- "Marsha's Vineyard" - Block 7 (50-100$)

See what's happening?...The amount of land yielding grapes for that particular bottle has become smaller...meaning, that most of the grapes in that bottle (75%) came from a much smaller selection of vineyard locations...and therefore more than likely the vineyard is using better grapes. Grapes that have been tended to by the same people making the wine. Less interference.

Now Pinot Noir, try using this info next time you find yourself in the "wine aisle" of your favorite haunt. Read labels, look at prices, become a sleuth!... Try new stuff and slowly you will begin to decide for yourself!

Me?... I prefer Estate Grown and Produced California Pinot Noir from , Santa Ynez, Carneros and the Russian River Valley... These Regions have the ideal climate for this grape and Imho, do some really great stuff!

Why are climate and location so important?

I will end with this question... "Why does Pineapple thrive in Hawaii"?


 

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  posted on 4/24/2013 at 04:01 PM


If you ever see this label/Wine/Vintage...(2010 as well)

...Buy it!...Incredible stuff.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2013 at 04:06 PM
I like vendange merlot $7 a bottle.

 

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