La Crema, Chardonnay, Monterey, CA, 2017

La Crema, Chardonnay, Monterey, CA, 2017 has a bright golden-yellow hue in the glass. The nose is hit upfront with such pleasant aromas such as tangerine, key lime, pineapple, mango with hints of wild flowers and a slight minerality in the background. That palate is treated to lush tropical fruits and a full mouth feel. Craig McAllister, wine maker, uses well-chosen barrel aging and malolactic fermentation that leads to a creamy richness that balances the fruit nicely. The overall flavors come full circle with some pleasing acidity coming in at the finish. It is very rare to find a winemaker … Continue reading La Crema, Chardonnay, Monterey, CA, 2017

Is this the Best Prosecco out there? Bianca Vigna, Prosecco, San Pietro Di Feletto

, IT is bright sparkling yellow in the glass with a steady flow of fine bubbles rising to the top. Aromas of yellow delicious and Granny Smith apples first hit the nose followed by tropical pineapple with lemon peel rounding out the nose. The palate is filed with ripe summer peaches mixed with tangy apples and minerals as the tiny bubbles tingle your tongue. The tropical pineapple appears mid palate and this sparkler has a rich creaminess not often found in other Proseccos. Bianca Vigna, Prosecco is richer, creamier and smoother than most Proseccos and its full mouth feel keeps … Continue reading Is this the Best Prosecco out there? Bianca Vigna, Prosecco, San Pietro Di Feletto

La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey, CA, 2018

La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey, CA, 2018 has a brilliant light salmon color. Vibrant citrus aromas greet the nose; Spanish mandarins, Meyer lemon, grapefruit and some tropical pineapple as well. Minerals and wild flowers that tease the mouth on what’s to come next back these fruit aromas. The first sip brings intense citrus flavors of lemon and orange with pink grapefruit and Sicilian blood orange. Other fruits contribute to the full mouth feel of this rosé, especially Honey Kissed Melon, wild strawberries and pineapple. The minerals and wild flowers take a back seat to the fruit on the palate … Continue reading La Crema, Pinot Noir Rosé, Monterey, CA, 2018

La Crema, Pinot Noir, Monterey, CA, 2017

La Crema, Pinot Noir, Monterey, CA, 2017 is deep ruby red in the glass. Amazing aromas of dried red cherries, Sicilian blood orange, wet slate and hints of oak. Secondary aromas of wild flowers, earthy herbs keep the nose busy with a rush of sensation. The rich palate shows off an amazing show of berries, but they are tamed as the citrusy blood orange keeps them in check in a very pleasant way. The herbs and minerals are very pronounced on the mid palate with a nice snap of acidity to round out the palate. The mouthful is full and … Continue reading La Crema, Pinot Noir, Monterey, CA, 2017

1000 Stories, Bourbon Barrel, Cabernet Sauvignon

, Hopland, Mendocino, CA, 2017 is deep garnet red in the glass with a violet corona along the edges.   Aromas of dark berries first hit the nose with a lacing of wet slate. These aromas bleed into the tell tale side of fine bourbon barrels; hints of smoke, vanilla, burnt sugar then back to the berries. The rich palate says Cabernet Sauvignon with a treat. Blue berries, black berries and tart cherries roll over the tongue and are enhanced with the sweet bourbon character. The burnt sugar and vanilla are like the charred crunchy top of crème Brulee with flavors … Continue reading 1000 Stories, Bourbon Barrel, Cabernet Sauvignon

Vietti Roero Arneis and lunch at Richmond’s La Grotta, perfect combo

Vietti, Roero Arneis, Castiglioni Faletto, Italy, 2017 is pale yellow-gold in the glass. The nose is filled with fruit aromas such as honeydew melon, nectarines, pears and lime. The palate is rewarded with delicious mandarin orange, peach, green apple and minerals that are balanced with crisp acidity. Vietti, Roero Arneis is medium bodied and has a nice long finish; the green apple goes from start to finish. The Vietti, Roero Arneis was enjoyed with a lunch at La Grotta in Richmond, VA. Puree of Cauliflower with Gorgonzola soup was tamed with the crisp acidity of the wine. Even better was … Continue reading Vietti Roero Arneis and lunch at Richmond’s La Grotta, perfect combo

Avery Brewing, Boulder, CO,Old Jubilation Ale

Avery Brewing Co. Boulder CO, Old Jubilation Ale, 8.3% abv. is dark Mahogany in color with a quickly receding light tan head.   Rich aromas of toasted hazelnuts, sweet roasted malt, caramel and baking spices.  The palate takes over where the nose ends, it takes the aromas and blends them into a mouth pleasing fullness of flavors.  Sip and savor the Old Jubilation Ale.  And even though though alcohol level is big, it is perfect for a warming ale on a cold winter’s night so you might need to have more than one. The aroma reminds me of the sweet … Continue reading Avery Brewing, Boulder, CO,Old Jubilation Ale

Open that Bottle Night, February 23, 2019

Open that bottle night is not official holiday, yet. But for wine lovers it is a reason to open that special bottle that you’ve been laying down for that special occasion. We all own that one bottle, waiting for the special occasion that never seems to happen. Former “Wall Street Journal” wine writers Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher started “Open That Bottle Night” in February 2000. They started that night for people to have a reason to, well, open that special bottle. This year “Open That Bottle Night” is February 23rd, 2019. So this Saturday pick out that bottle … Continue reading Open that Bottle Night, February 23, 2019

Wine Star’s “2018 Spirit Brand of the Year” Venezuela’s Diplomático Rum

Diplomatico Rum has been produced in Venezuela since 1959 and has widely be recognized as one of the premier wine producers around the world.  Diplomatic was was recognized as Wine Star’s “2018 Spirit Brand of the Year.” Diplomatico produces several lines of rums, including Traditional Range, Distillery Range and Prestige Range.  The cocktails here feature rums of the Traditional Range. The Reserva Exclusiva is an amber hued rum that has aged up to 12 years in small oak barrels to give it a rich and complex nose and mouthfeel that make it perfect for sipping as well as traditional flavorful … Continue reading Wine Star’s “2018 Spirit Brand of the Year” Venezuela’s Diplomático Rum