Wine of the Week

Beringer Luminous Chardonnay

Friday, August 19, 2016

The 2014 Luminus offers beautiful purity of fruit, showcasing bright citrus characteristics and a bright minerality. It has a robust acidity, notes of lemon zest, subtle toasted almond and a silky, elegant texture.

Meaning "light" in Latin, Luminus naturally represents the radiance of this Chardonnay. Like the brightness and purity that the name conjures, Chardonnay from the Oak Knoll district is known for its uncommon focus.

Posted by Laura Lawson

Yes, I know it is summer, but this Cabernet is too good to pass up right now. This is a real treat!

2012 55% Slope starts with ripe black fruit aromas followed by spice, cocoa, black tea and hibiscus.  The full bodied palate is dense with the flavors of cocoa, blackberry and brown sugar, carried on smooth tannins and supple texture.  The flavors of tea, mocha and cherry carry through on the long finish. 

Posted by Laura Lawson

MiP Rose - Made in Provence

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

This rose is light, refreshing and great for the summer.

Posted by Laura Lawson

Bethel Heights Pinot Blanc

Thursday, August 20, 2015

This wine is at once bright and vivacious, but also elusive and subtle… This perfectly dry Pinot blanc is loaded with flavors of grapefruit and pear, with a deep core of minerality and a detailed, focused finish. 

Posted by Laura Lawson

This iconic winery has added a new wine, honoring the next generation of the Hess Family. Founder Donald Hess, joined by son-in-laws Timothy Persson and Christoph Ehrbar, form a trio building on the values and vision of the past while leading the way to a bright and innovative future. With 36% Syrah, 35% Petite Sirah, 25% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, there's a touch of sweetness from the ripe, dark fruit, accented by a decidedly big impression of bing cherries and ripe plums. The tannins are nicely soft and inviting. With aromas and flavors like this, well, it's a crowd pleaser, pure and simple.

Posted by Laura Lawson

This dry rose has great balance, beautiful berry flavors and a refreshing finish. It consists primarily of Grenache, Rolle(Vermentino), Cinsault,Syrah and Tibouren. The Whispering Angel chapel from early 19th century, with its two cherubs who have inspired the creation of Whispering Angel.  

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Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec, Mendoza

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Purple-colored, the nose offers up plum and black cherry notes with a touch of black pepper. The palate is soft and round with ripe, saturated berry flavors. Finishes spicy and full with chewy tannins.

Posted by Laura Lawson

Wet stone tenderly encompassed by yellow honeysuckle nectar, honeydew melon and tangerine, refreshing and bright with glimpses of sweet tarts, a food-driven wine with seamlessly balanced acidity.

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A lovely nose of green apple, lemon zest and vanilla is followed by flavors of citrus, brown butter, pear and flint. The 2012 Chardonnay is soft and round on the palate with bright fruit and creamy notes that lead into a long, elegant finish.

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The aromas in this wine are very complex with white peach and apricot, yellow grapefruit, and lemon blossoms erupting from the glass. The fruit aromatics carry through on the entry and lend sweetness to the mineral driven pallet. The wine has very appealing ripeness and great balancing acidity. This is a medium to light-bodied Sauvignon Blanc, where the complexity of stone fruit and green apples, yield to a very citrusy, crisp finish.

Posted by Laura Lawson

This red blend includes cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot. Intense and exotic, our 2010 Origami is bursting with complex aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry, and boysenberry, with nuances of fresh pipe tobacco, black pepper, and wet stone. This wine is classically-structured, with dense tannins that finish with lengthy fruit.

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It is almost too simplistic to say that the wines produced by one person reflect his personality - but with Chris Madrigal, it is true. Both the wine and the person are pictures of energy, complexity, fun, and excellence. We have enjoyed Madrigal Family wines as they matured, and this year we believe Chris has bottled his best juice yet. From the Humphrey's vineyard in Oak Knoll, this Sauvignon Blanc boasts crisp citrus notes such as grapefruit and lemon. It's the perfect wine to pair with seafood.

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Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon

Friday, February 28, 2014

This storied wine is a celebrated Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby-purple in color, this Cabernet boasts bright and vivid aromas of roasted vanilla, mocha and baking spices which meet elegant layers of blackberry and ripe cherry flavors. The full mouth feel is extracted and rich and framed by thick mouth coating tannins. The fully balanced fruit, tannins and acidity, lead to a juicy and lengthy finish.

Posted by Laura Lawson

Eola Hills 2013 Pinot Gris

Thursday, February 6, 2014

This wine was made in 100% stainless steel tanks so there is no Oak to hide the flavors of this delicious light wine. This vintage of Pinot Gris was whole cluter pressed and fermented at cool temperatures with yeast that released aromatics of Bergamot tea mixed with grapefruit flavors. True to its character, this wine is crisp, lively and refreshing on the palate.

Posted by Laura Lawson

This Cabernet based blend honors all those who have helped shape Stag's Leap Wine Cellars through the years.

From one of the oldest wineries in the Napa Valley comes a *very fine and very affordable cabernet* full of bright dark fruit and cassis aromas and flavors.

Posted by Laura Lawson

Cenyth Red

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

This is a true Bordeaux blend from Sonoma.  It is Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot.  This is one of the most luxurious, value driven wines I have had in a long time.  Age worthy and worth drinking now.

Posted by Laura Lawson

Soter Brut Rose

Friday, August 9, 2013

To me, this is the best sparkling rose made in the United States.  Granted, there is only about 700-800 cases produced, but if you are a sparkling connoisseur, you have to go in search of this bottle. 

Posted by Laura Lawson

This is an absolutely stunning bottle of wine.  Lush fruit, great tannins, it is 'Oakville in a glass.'

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2012 Acrobat Pinot Gris

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Lemon and lime ripeness on entry, evolving with honeydew melon, golden delicious apple mid-palate, and lingering with notes of kiwi. Light and well-balanced entry, full mid-palate, with a crisp lingering finish. 100% Stainless Steel.  

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This wine is viscous and textured, with wonderful minerality backed up by bright citrus notes of lemon and mandarin orange, as well as noticeable stone fruit characters of ripe white peach and apricot. Its fragrant, floral nose conjures bouquets of jasmine and honeysuckle. A beautifully balanced wine with strength breadth and length from start to finish.

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This is such an easy drink, not overly fruity and perfectly balanced.  It shows graceful, elegant fruit and fragrant, sweet oak spices. The gentle nature of the fruit from this vintage allows the influence of the barrels to shine through, lending rich caramel and vanilla notes to ripe tropical fruit, citrus and floral aromas. The palate is layered with golden apples and peaches and pierced by a bright streak of citrus that carries into the long and crisp finish.

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Historical family and this Old Vine Zin is estate grown and absolutely outstanding. 

This wine has a moderate body with deep, rich aromas. Beautiful, alluring flavors of dark black fruit and soft tannins.  You aren’t left over with the black pepper, it is very approachable. 

The counterpart to the white blend is in its 2nd Edition. 

This Syrah-based blend is complex, velvety, juicy and nothing short of exquisite. It's a friend to grilled meats, barbecued chicken, Italian red sauce dishes, pizza, cioppino and even a fine ratatouille. In a nutshell, ERed is the worthy evolution of Evolution and most certainly worth the 13 year wait

SIP Moscato, California

Friday, February 8, 2013

To pay tribute to the 3rd most consumed white wine varietal, I’m recommending a Moscato. And yes, the packaging is a great concept. 

Vibrant floral notes with aromas of peach and orange blossoms. Flavors of citrus, peaches, and tropical fruits dominate without losing their delicateness. A soft and luscious mouthfeel with a hint of effervescence for a beautiful liveliness and a balance to the sweetness.
The perfect balance of crispness and sweetness makes this Moscato a perfect pairing with spicy seafood or chicken dishes, and is amazing while paired with bleu cheese, and desserts that include pairs or peaches.

Fall is approaching!  A great transitional, value oriented red.  

This Pinot Noir captures the best of Santa Barbara’s unique terroir with a fresh, light-bodied profile that allows the grape’s varietal character to shine through. An inviting, delicate perfume emerges from the glass, while bright red cherry and strawberry flavors lightly dance upon the palate. Beautifully balanced with vibrant acidity, it’s the ideal complement for earthy mushrooms, grilled salmon or lamb.

The Pines 1852 Pinot Gris

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Our 2009 vintage is a classic Alsacian-style.

Almost bone-dry, displaying characteristics of green apple and meyer lemon with a hint of pear with aromas of pineapple and citrus. This fruity, crisp Gris is best if served chilled. Pairs well with chicken and fish.


Twomey Sauvignon Blanc

Monday, February 27, 2012

This is a tremendous Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

It is grown on a 12-acre vineyard which surrounds the winery in Calistoga, yielding fruit that is bright and naturally acidic. Aged sur lies for four months in a combination of French oak barrels, stainless steel drums and puncheons, the wine expresses the soil and sunny climate in which it was grown, with the minerality and freshness so becoming to this varietal.

These grapes are 100% certified organic.

A pure expression of Gewurztraminer grape characters expressing spicy and fruity aromas. Coupled with crisp and juicy fruit flavors, this wine will pair well with spicy ethnic dishes.

Villa Antinori Bianco

Monday, November 7, 2011

A very friendly food pairing wine this week!

This wine presents itself to the eye with a straw-golden color. The wine opens with full, complex aromas touched by floral notes and hints of candied fruit. In the mouth the wine is well-balanced, full-bodied, and has a long aromatic finish.

Rojo Mojo Shiraz

Monday, October 3, 2011

I was feeling rustic this week.

This Spanish red is crimson with violet tinges.  It has Intense stewed cherry and blackberry fruit characters followed by tobacco, cinnamon, black pepper and cloves.  On the palate, there is a full bodied expansive wine providing a big fruit blast with firm yet friendly tannins.  Finishes pleasant and satisfying.  Great deal and you should find it for around $9.

Compelling combination of intense, dark character and gracious, inviting approachability.

Heady, complex aromas reveal layers of cherry-almond, black plum and licorice, with subtle oak spices. The intricate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc lends breadth to the palate, with fleshy fruit up front developing into bittersweet chocolate, espresso and toast notes toward the back. Dense, chewy tannins melt across the finish, followed by persistent fruit that lingers well after the wine has departed

Rex Goliath Sauvignon Blanc

Monday, August 8, 2011

What else could you want?  Great price, excellent wine, and a tremendous history.

This Sauvignon Blanc shows Rex’s sassy side with its lively citrus and green apple flavors. Just like the 47 lb Rooster, you’ll never forget this bright, crisp and refreshing white.

Bright, refreshing and oh-so-tasty, this Pinot Gris has zesty notes of pink grapefruit

and lime with beautiful florals intermingled. Composed of fruit from both the Rogue Valley and the Willamette Valley as well as approximately 4% Viognier, this wine is highly aromatic and has a nice weight to it mid-palate. The finish is long and strong with wonderfully balanced acidity and texture.

2008 Mont Gras Carmenere

Monday, June 20, 2011

Carmenere is sometimes the forgotten grape.

Ripe and creamy tannins combined with a nice acidity give this wine structure, freshness and fatness. The elegant toasty oak give this wine the

perfect frame for a charming and lingering finish.  It is

90% Carmenère; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

A tremendous summer wine. 

A nice, bright lemon color with aromas of ripe pear and hints of slate, which follow through nicely on the mildy acidic palate. The taste is round and fruity with notes of butter and kiwi on the finish. Pleasant and elegant.

Opens with deep black cherry, blackberry and cassis flavors.

 Intense, round and well-structured tannins provide a strong backbone throughout the middle. Cedar and vanilla notes linger on the finish, beckoning another sip.  This Cabernet Sauvignon will run you about $19.00.

Bollini Pinot Grigio

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I underestimated this one.

Unique microclimate and morainic, alluvial soil endow this varietal with intrinsic traits seldom achieved: pear, flinty and mineral notes, creamy texture. The grapes are vinified and aged in stainless steel, but to ensure further complexity and depth, the wine initially goes through bâtonnage on the skins for 4-5 months. This delicately fruity Pinot Grigio is the ultimate aperitif white wine and is a great choice for parties as it matches beautifully with a wide range of appetizers. The lively, zesty fruit flavors are incredible.

Luke Donald Chardonnay

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I've been out on the course today, so this is the perfect time to recommend this wine.

Granny Smith apple and stone fruit aromas, supplemented by a touch of spice and slight notes of clove and cinnamon. Much like any white Burgundy, this Chardonnay will benefit from time in the bottle to blossom fully. Mouthfeel is medium full, with a nice entrance, broad midpalate, and a creamy, long finish.

2006 Striped Bass Red Blend

Sunday, March 20, 2011

This not only has a creative label, but these wines fascinate me.

It is 90% Zinfandel and 10%Cabernet.  This is an amazing blend.  There is something about the Zinfandel and the Cabernet overtones to it.  You get the power, you get the spice and blackberry.  Because it is a blend you can have fun with it.  This will be a wonderful companion to your grill recipes this season.

Wines That Rock

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I'm doing something a bit different this time and recommending a line of wines. 

These are wines from Parducci Vineyards.  There is a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blend, and Chardonnay.  These are tremendous wines that are made in conjunction with some of the greatest bands. 

Making Rolling Stones' Forty Licks Merlot

Making Woodstock Chardonnay

Making Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon

The Police - Synchronicity Red Wine Blend

With guest host Rob Davis here at the studios this week, we take a look at the 2006 Jordan Cab.

Concentrated, lovely black fruits aromas of blackberry, blueberry and cassis. The mouthfeel is luscious and full with continued flavors of blackberry, cassis, black cherry with a suggestion of vanilla, coconut and cedar. The soft, round tannins and understated acidity of this wine complement the bright fruit characters to create a balanced Cabernet Sauvignon approachable now or worthy of cellaring for at least 10–15 years. If you click on the link, you can watch him describe the wine as well.

Erath 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I had the pleasure of sharing this wine with some great friends a few weeks ago.

It is a light red that looks beautiful in the class.   Bright cherry and juicy red plum aromas are lifted by a hint of exotic, zesty spice. The sweet entry leads to mouth-filling cherry pie, red currant and vanilla-coffee flavors that extend into a subtle smokiness and a long, luxurious finish.

Smoking Loon Syrah

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The name may have gotten my attention but it is an excellent wine as well. 

With inky purple color, this wine reveals scents of wild strawberry, mocha, and caramel with touches of sage and rosemary. The flavors burst through with intense blueberry and strawberry jam notes wrapped around rich French oak and finishing with touches of milk chocolate, sweetened cranberries, and savory herbs.

An extremely dense, multi-layered, and altogether mesmerizing wine. Opens with aromas of blueberries, quince jelly, framboise, and marzipan.

On the palate the wine unleashes a silky wallop of black fruits, caramel, truffled chocolates, fresh plums, Christmas spices, and black tea. The melange of flavors is joined by a deep toasty char as they echo throughout the ridiculously long finish.

I have a new release this week.

This refreshing Chardonnay bursts with intriguing layers of fresh pineapple, bright green apple, crisp Meyer lemon, juicy pear and wildflowers. The wine's refreshing acidity and sleek mineral notes are balanced by a rounded mid-palate with a long, pure fruit finish.  Will run you around $14.

2006 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The 2006 Sierra Foothills Zinfandel displays aromas of cherry, sweet blackberry, vanilla and holiday spice.  The flavors mirror the aromas and give the wine a fresh fruit flavor with a spicy aftertaste. This lighter style of Sierra Foothills Zinfandel is smooth and luscious.  It will run you around $10.

I am going out on a big. lush, high note this year with this recommendation.

Vibrant aromas of lime, lemongrass, powdered stone and anise. At once supple and energetic in the mouth, with impressive precision to the peach, citrus and smoky mineral flavors. Tightly wound and taut but not austere, showing a distinct spiciness on the back half. Lively citrus and mineral flavors carry through a rising, spicy finish.

Cinq Cépages is the flagship wine of Chateau St. Jean.

Each year, Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren selects fruit from the finest Bordeaux variety vineyards to craft a wine that showcases the best of Sonoma County. The primary grape sources for the 2006 vintage are Alexander Valley, Knights Valley and Sonoma Valley. The Alexander Valley grapes highlight bright berry with back notes of dried herbs, while the Sonoma Valley fruit is from our home vineyard – the St. Jean Estate Vineyard – and brings black and dense mountain fruit to the blend. The Knights Valley fruit adds boysenberry flavors and elegant tannins.

2007 Etude Chardonnay

Sunday, December 5, 2010

I did just recommend Etude Pinot Gris, but I had the Chardonnay over the weekend and it was fantastic.

Inviting aromas of nectarine and lemon chiffon begin the nose of this Etude Chardonnay. On the palate, the wine has lively acidity and purity of fruit with flavors of white peach, guava and lime. The striking interplay of minerality, palate weight and length is the wine's hallmark. Apple blossom and spice notes contribute to a long finish.

Speaking of matching wines with personality... See if you think the description matches me..

The wine offers great weight and depth with spiced pears, ginger, honeysuckle and orange blossom aromas and flavors. Barrel fermentation and aging in French oak has added hints of fresh nutmeg and vanilla bean. Minerals permeate the lingering, complex finish of the wine.

2007 BV Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The 375 bottles are great for gifts.

Smooth and velvety, our 2007 Beaulieu Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon brims with dark cherry, blackberry and plum character. Hints of rose, chocolate and toasty oak weave through the enticing aromas and mouth filling flavors, finishing with warmth and spice.

2009 Etude Pinot Gris

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I am bringing one back because it will fit perfectly with your Thanksgiving buffet.

This Etude Pinot Gris opens with inviting aromas of white stone fruit, honey suckle and jasmine. The pure flavors of white peach, nectarine and Meyer lemon carry over on the palate and mingle with subtle lemon-lime notes. Crisp acidity opens up to reveal minerality that keeps the wine lifted, focused and refreshing.  It will run you about $23.

This recommendation is a little different, but great for the holiday season that is approaching. Can be served as a dinner or after dinner drink.

An exceptionally fine old tawny blend, aged for an average of 10 years in oak casks. Elegant and smooth, combining delicate wood notes and rich mellow fruit, it is bottled for immediate drinking. Excellent with soft cheeses such as brie; and a superb dessert wine, particularly with dishes made with coffee or almonds.  Usually runs between $25 and $30.

Caposaldo Moscato

Thursday, October 28, 2010

There is a new trend coming along.

Moscato is making a name for itself right now and Caposaldo has a great one.  It is a lightly sweet, effervescent wine. It delivers fragrant aroma of Acacia blossoms, Peaches and Apricot and clean, crisp finish. Handpicked Moscato grapes from hilltop vineyards in Italy’s south central region of Lombardy.  It is a great bargain at around $10.

Yes, this is one of the most expensive wine recommendations from the Wine Crush. 

But how it is worth it!  This 2007 is dense and layered, with a range of aromas and flavors that keep bringing you back to the glass again and again.  This is the cult classic and could possibly define you as a wine drinker.

This may be a little hard to find, but worth the effort.

This superb wine is the perfect expression of Monterey Chardonnay. Aromas are expressive of apple and pear with notes of crème brûlée.  The palette is very rich with many layers of ripe tropical and citrus fruit flavors accented with toasty oak nuances which linger on a long, creamy finish.

This is a personal favorite, and yes, I may be a little biased because I helped them while I was in California a few weeks ago.

This is a single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.  It is crisp, has a great acidity, as it explodes in your mouth.  It is a wonderful compliment to any day out on the porch.  It runs about $24. 

La Serenne shows the same wild character

that Syrah from a cooler site can take on: blackberry and black cherry are accented by anise, rocks, spice and leather.  It’s dense and yet supple, with the usual La Serenne seamlessness, and has a lift that keeps it bright and sailing through to the finish. 

Dog House Chardonnay

Monday, September 13, 2010

This is a tremendous wine for the fall...tailgating and all.

This chardonnay boasts refreshing citrus and green apple aromas, juicy lemon and caramel apple flavors, and a rich, creamy mouthfeel balanced by a friendly nip of acidity. It pairs well with fried chicken...for those weekends rooting for your team!

A rather intense, complex bouquet combining floral notes

(acacia blossom, vine flowers) with fruity aromas (mandarin orange, white peach). A hint of rhubarb rounds out the medley.  Fresh and full-bodied, the palate opens up to pleasing flavors of orange and grapefruit, enriched with a hint of yellow peach. Lovely length with orange zest on the finish.  It will run you about $24.

This merlot drinks like a cabernet, but tastes like a merlot.

The H3 Merlot entices the nose with aromas of blueberry, cassis and hints of tobacco and spice aromas. The silky and sweet mid-palate introduces slight dusty, earthy, and rich berry notes which cumulate in the long and concentrated finish.  It will run you about $15. 

I took my own advice and drank locally while on my trip. This Pinot blanc features

Granny Smith apple, tangerine and meadowfoam honey aromas, accented by hints of fennel.
There’s a rich mouthfeel that is offset by the wine’s general raciness. It pairs superbly
with a wide range of foods. It runs around $20. 

Even if you stick to whites only... you will have to try this Pinot Noir.

With a complex nose of sweet berries and plums and a palate layered with powerful black fruit, chocolate and subtle oak spice, this pinot showcases some of the best Chamisal has to offer.   The rounded acidity and fine-grained tannins carry the seductive flavors through the lingering finish and add to the plush overall mouthfeel. Tightly focused, this is a hedonistic Pinot that wows the senses.

This Napa Valley Cabernet is worth the money. 

This incredible release opens with aromas of dark plum, red cherry and chocolate.  The palate is composed of dense flavors of candied dark fruit and subtle hints of vanilla oak.  The finish is luscious and velvety, with elegant tannins.  It runs around $50. 

Luke Donald Chardonnay

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Summer fun, golf and a great chardonnay.

The aromas of Granny Smith apple and stone fruit are supplemented by a touch of spice and slight notes of clove and cinnamon. Much like any white Burgundy, this Chardonnay will benefit from time in the bottle to blossom fully.  Mouthfeel is medium full, with a nice entrance, broad midpalate, and a creamy, long finish.

You will have to check out the vineyard website for this one...only 719 cases were produced...but well worth the search.

Very subtly made, this sauvignon blanc shows off layered aromas of white peach, cantaloupe, caramel, vanilla and nutmeg. Its crisp, dry flavors of tropical fruit and lemon meringue pie are richly textured from sur lie aging. This beautifully balanced wine combines creaminess with fresh acidity that adds vibrancy to the fruit-intense finish.

2009 Husch Chenin Blanc

Monday, July 5, 2010

This 2009 Chenin Blanc offers inviting aromas of honeysuckle blossoms, white stone fruit,

honeydew and lemon zest with a spicy sandalwood note. To the palate, this off-dry wine is vibrant, revealing its balanced combination of bright fruit and zesty acidity while simultaneously offering a full luscious mouth-feel. Even “non-wine drinkers” have been known to fall in love with the Husch Chenin Blanc.

Montevina Barbera

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Very refreshing, down-to-earth, with rich, concentrated flavors.

This Barbera is the perfect companion wine. The brightjuicy fruit is enriched with vanilla and graham cracker toast from the oak. A nose bursting with cherries is spiced with vanilla bean and cocoa and finished withcaramel toffee creaminess.  It will run you about $12-$15.

This outstanding chardonnay will make your summer. 

Very aromatic with nice bright fruit. pear and lemon and a bit of minerality on the finish.  It will run you about $25-$30. 

This is a tremendous wine with an excellent price point. 

Gorgeous and lovely bright cherry, blackcurrant and dark plum with toasted oak. Medium bodied with silky tannins and long, ripe fruit and berry aftertaste, with impressive balance of fruit and polished tannins. 

Deep color and flavors were achieved with gentle handling, controlled fermentation and some extended maceration. Aged in French and American oak to help create a balanced soft mouthfeel. With flavors of  bing cherry, buttered toast, and cassis this cabernet is rich, well balanced with a long finish.  It will run you between $18 and $20.

The 2004 release finds itself in good company with vintages past...

Scents of the classic Mosel portion (white flower and peace) are nicely offset and deepened by more “West Coastified” aromas of quince, linden blossom clover honey, and even a little tuberose. The home fermented portions behaved themselves and spent 4 weeks reducing the sugar to dryness. The temperature was monitored and kept constant to control the fermentation and retain that which is created in the vineyard. The lees were held in suspense in order to scavenge the oxidative natives. The acidity offers the proper pucker and cleanses the palate in a savory manner.

Big House Red

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Some labels can convince you to buy the wine.

This wine begins with a nose full of loganberries and raspberries, with hints of leather and spices. The palate is clean, exhibiting flavors of cranberries, roses, and a touch of rhubarb. The finish lingers, with flavors of vanilla, and a touch of smoke.

This Rhone style blend presents a deep, dark, vibrant red and purple hue.

Aromas of blackberry and blueberry predominate while laced with notes of vanillin, nutmeg, tarry molasses, and a subtle smokey hint of oak. Flavors of blackberry with a hint of boysenberry are complimented with toasted oak, anise and an earthy sense of terroir. This is a rich, well profiled and structured wine and should run you about $25.

For those of you who are a purist at heart.

The fruit was hand-sorted and whole-cluster pressed.  After overnight settling, the juice was racked to barrels for 100% native wild yeast barrel fermentation followed by malo-lactic fermentation.  The wine remained in 85% new French oak barrels for eleven months, during which time the lees were stirred weekly.  The wine was not fined or sterile filtered. 

Rich layers of apricot, peach, almond and lemon drop are seamlessly integrated with yeasty and floral notes, highlighted by vibrant acidity.  This balanced and complex wine is beautiful now but will continue to unfurl over the next several years.  It will run you about $50, but you are worth it....

A great rosé from across the pond.

Subtle, round and full of finesse. Surprisingly complex, with intriguing notes of raspberries, fresh cherry, black olive and fennel.  It is 40% Syrah; 40% Mourvèdre; 20% Counoise.  it should run you about $15.

Chamisal Stainless Chardonnay

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A completely stainless chardonnay.

 This Chardonnay lets the fruit shine without any oak influence.  Without the oak, this is a more refreshing wine for this time of year.  A little pineapple, citrus, bannana, and apple. The acidity is bright and succulent, lengthening the finish of ripe, fresh flavors.  It will run you $15-$18.

This pinot is very soft on the palate.

The wine opens with clean aromas of honeysuckle and citrus zest, which give way to aromas of pears, apricots, and floral notes. The palate is largely the same, focused on apricots, honey and pear flavors with crisp, refreshing acidity. This is a refreshing, versatile wine, perfect for many occasions. Will run you around $13.

Chandon Blanc de Noirs

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A sparkling wine made from the red grape.

Chandon Blanc de Noirs is characteristically a delicate salmon color. Dark cherry, currant and strawberry dominate both aroma and flavor with hints of cassis and blackberry. These red fruit flavors build in the mid-palate and finish with a soft, lingering, creamy texture.  This will run you around $18.

This is a great wine as we introduce ourselves to spring.

This refreshing Viognier offers aromas of white peaches, vanilla, cashew, Maui Gold pineapple and white flowers. Flavors of pineapple, stonefruit such as white peach, vanilla and butterscotch will be found on the palate. This wine has great balance with fresh acidity that leads to a zesty finish!   This wine will run you $22-$25.


Green Lion Merlot

Sunday, March 21, 2010

This merlot is easy to pick off the shelf- the label was designed by Alan Aldridge.

Out of Napa, Green Lion exhibits classic Merlot flavors of captivating black cherry, a bit of oak and remains soft. Its juicy, seductive fruit combined with the classic soft flavors of Merlot make it a versatile red wine at the table.  It will run you abbout $14.

Bolla Soave

Monday, March 15, 2010

Now is the time to revist this tremendous Italian wine.

Bolla Soave is made from handpicked grapes from the hills of the Soave DOC area.  It is a light, refreshing, fruity wine with pear and lemon flavors, a hint of almonds,  and a crisp,delicious aftertaste.  It's a blend of two white grapes, the Garganega and the Trebbiano.  The soft, clean taste of Soave Bolla nicely compliments light appetizers, seafood, poultry, and pasta.  It will run you about $8.00. 

The 2006 Santa Barbara Pinot Gris has aromas of fresh lemon and pineapple, with a light floral note.

The palate is clean and refreshing with flavors of grapefruit and a touch of spice. About 10% of the blend is barrel fermented in used French oak barrels just to fill out the mid-palate; the rest of the blend sees only stainless steel.  This wine will run you about $15.

For anyone searching beyond overly-oaked Chardonnays, this one will surely delight and satisfy!


This wine comes from vines dating to Bouchaine's original plantings in 1981, growing on their windswept Napa Valley Carneros hillsides. It's a true expression of Chardonnay-bright, citrusy flavors graced with only the merest hint of oak. Its fruit flavors, bright acidity, notable texture (a hallmark characteristic of Carneros Chardonnay), and relentless finish harmonize in an elegant, stylish wine. Straw gold in color, it dances in the glass like sunlight.

Kenwood Pinot Noir, Russian River

Thursday, February 11, 2010

This is a great Pinot Noir that will compliment whatever you are doing for Valentine's Day- dinner, cookout or cocktails at your house.

The Russian River Valley is a premier cool weather region and one of a few places in California that can grow world-class Pinot Noir. This cool terroir combined with ideal soil make for exceptional Pinot Noir grapes with distinctive cherry and aromatic flavors.
Tantalizing aromas of dried cherries, figs and sage combined with vanilla notes give this wine a opulent and full-bodied mouth feel followed by a long, lingering finish.  This is a great deal at around $20.

Taittinger Brut Champagne

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

One of my absolute favorites.

An elegantly fresh and delicate Champagne blended from a high proportion of Chardonnay grapes to yield a refined flavor palette of pear and stone fruits offset by warm, yeasty notes and hints of breadcrust. 

The 2008 Chardonnay is a blend from their Estate Chardonnay vineyards.

The blend consists of Sixty percent Mid 40, twenty-four percent River Block, and sixteen percent South River Vineyard. Aromas of ripe apple, tropical fruit, vanilla and a touch of spice combine with the rich apple flavors and crisp acidity.  This wine will run you about $45, and is well worth celebrating. 

The 2008 Chenin Blanc - Viognier flaunts aromas of ruby grapefruit, pear, lychee and melon,

with a delicate touch of spicy, white florals.  Lively citrus and bright tropical fruit flavors are offered up alongside a supple texture.  The slightly off-dry finish is clean and crisp, perfect with many dishes or on its own as an aperitif.  Enjoy now or cellar for two years.  This wine should run you $12-$14.

Parducci Sustainable White

Monday, January 11, 2010

This white sustains itself on the nature of the vineyard.

This very refreshing wine has crisp, clean aromas and flavors of citrus (lemon, lime), pineapple, and melon.  It is a blend of sauvignon blanc, chenin blanc, viognier, muscat, and fruilliano.  It will run you about $10. 

Who wouldn't want to go to dinner with three goddesses?

This recently released cabernet is very big (85% cab), but has 15% cab franc, malbec, petite verdot blend to soften it up a bit.  You get a lot of black fruit and great spices. Deep purple-black in color (word of caution- don't spill it on anything!!!), the 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of black currant, cassis and spice. Intense flavors of black fruit, dried herbs and a hint of spice fill the mouth.

This is a fantastic cab all around.

It delivers great complexity and depth while still retaining a rough-hewn charm. It has a nice acidity, rich tannins, and a solid concentration of fruit.  Will run you about $17-$18.

Domaine Carneros Damask Rose

Saturday, November 21, 2009

This is a new introduction Domaine Carneros.

This rose is great for celebrations.  Mostly pinot noir, and a tiny amount of chardonnay, it doesn't have an overwhelming amount of acidity.  It will run you about $30 at your local megamart. 

Jekel Vineyards Riesling

Sunday, November 15, 2009

This great, easy drinking riesling will not disappoint anybody on Thanksgiving.

Jekel Riesling has a great balance of fresh fruit (apricots, pineapple, mandarin oranges) with a little of the mineral characteristics known to riesling.  It is a wine that everyone can drink.  it will run you around $11-$12.

Meeker Rollercoaster Red

Sunday, November 8, 2009

This is a soft red blend with eleven different grapes. 

It could be considered the non red drinkers red wine with its black and red fruit.  It has great packaging and can be a wonderful hostess gift- only running you about $9-$10.

Pfendler 2007 Pinot Noir

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cherry pie, rhubarb, bramble, plum, chocolate, roasted earth and mocha...seriously what else could you ask for?

 The mid-palate is expansive with bright notes of black raspberry, ginger, creamy oak and tea, finishing with plush tannins and a multi layered finish of dark fruits and beautifully balanced acidity.  This was is a little more expensive...around $45, but well worth the price.

Pepi Chardonnay

Sunday, October 18, 2009

This is a great wine paired with a great price.

Tropical fruit flavors, fresh and crisp on the palette.  This pleasant ripe fruit flavor stays true to the finish.  It will run you about $10.

This chardonnay has fruit that is complemented by subtle floral notes. 

Pear and lemon are very bold upon first taste and build with layers of sweet, toasty oak that expands into a nice, creamy texture.  The natural crisp acidity liveliess to the palate and enhances the fruit flavors, which carries through to a long, persistent finish. 

Great cabernet that we reviewed on air this week.

It opens with deep black cherry, blackberry and cassis flavors. Intense, round and well-structured tannins provide a strong backbone throughout the middle. Cedar and vanilla notes linger on the finish, beckoning another sip.  Great on the pocket as well....It will run you about $15.

This is the second vintage from a young zinfandel vineyard planted atop the eastern bench of Dry Creek Valley.

A lot going on, you can taste blackberry jam, chutney, exotic spice, toasty oak. Sweet briar fruit entry. Full-bodied, structured, with fruit-coated tannins. Powerful, lengthy finish. Classic Dry Creek Valley zinfandel. After twelve months of barrel age, the wine has integrated beautifully. Enjoyable now, it will continue to develop over the next five to seven years.

Dog House Cabernet Sauvignon

Thursday, September 10, 2009

This cabernet is a great pairing with the grill.

Dog House Cabernet Sauvignon is strong, yet graceful, with rich cherry, dark berry and currant fruit flavors beautifully balanced by savory oak tones and well-structured tannins.  Very reasonably priced and some of the proceeds go to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Rochioli Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Rochioli Estate Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of forty percent from the original Sauvignon Blanc vineyard planted in 1959,

Thirty-four percent is from the newest planting of a very special rare clone, and twenty-six percent is from a seventeen year old hillside vineyard. It has tropical fruit, grapefruit, and flinty characteristics. This sauvignon blanc will run you around $30.

This 2008 Sauvignon Blanc was produced with grapes grown exclusively from the Grieve Family Vineyard in Lovall Valley.

This wine begins with wonderful aromas of grapefruit and green melon, with a hint of oak in the background. It offers bright tropical flavors of pineapple and melon, ending in a long, crisp finish. It is limited production and you can get it off BR Cohn's website

This wine is showing plenty of development and complexity -

mineral, stony, earth, and spice aromas, with flavors of apricot, peach, and fig. The mouthfeel is both crisp and very rich, concentrated, and creamy, with a long, lush finish.  This wine should run you $16-$18.

Fog Head Sauvignon Blanc

Thursday, August 6, 2009

This Sauvignon Blanc has enticing aromas of citrus peel and grass with hints of pineapple and guava.

Fermented to dryness and racked off the yeast lees, this wine was aged in stainless steel only.   On the palate, it is crisp with flavors of grapefruit and honeydew melon with kiwi and Granny Smith apple notes.    Will cost you around $15. 

This premiere vintage of Summation, is a  white wine blend and mingles refreshing flavors of honeydew melon,

apricot, pink grapefruit and white pepper. Added hints of honeysuckle and a creamy mouthfeel result in a soft, dry wine that is excellent for food pairing or simply sipping.  This tremendous bottle will run you about $14. 

Aromas of strawberries, cherries and cranberries develop nicely into mature Pinot Noir fruit characters.

These ripe red fruit flavors include a hint of oak.   The silky dried cranberry finish lingers seductively.  This wine will run you about $18.

This is a great time for blends.

This is Cabernet Sauvignon-based and made in the same style as Bordeaux's finest wines. A blend of the classic Bordeaux varietals - Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc - Francis Coppola 2005 Claret is supple and rich with smooth tannins, ripe berry flavors, and seductive aromas.  It will run you about $17.

Heitz Napa Valley Cabernet

Thursday, July 9, 2009

With its rich varietal flavors, this is a great summer wine. 

This wine delivers on the palate what it promises in the nose --- a generous mouthful of dark cherry and a touch of spicy plum. With a graceful marriage of fruit and oak, this powerful Cabernet glides smoothly along to an elegant finish. Will run you a little more at $42, but completely worth it- it is all you would want in a Cabernet. 

For those who are into the pink grapefruit of New Zealand, this is the one.

Almost clear in color with green hues. The nose is typical Sauvignon; vibrant, citrus and tropical fruit. The palate is generous in its intensity, soft and round.  Will run you about $13. 

Made from old vines averaging 45 years,

this terrific Bourgogne Rouge has red cherry, clove, nutmeg and raspberry fruit in the nose and mouth. The soft mouth feel leads to nicely integrated silky tannins, with smooth flavors of cherries, plums and vanilla. Lots of flavor and complexity at this price point...should run you around $20-25.

Etude Pinot Gris

Sunday, June 7, 2009

This Pinot Gris gives you a great feeling of what California is about. 

This Etude Pinot Gris opens with inviting aromas of key lime, wet stone minerality, orange blossom and hints of white peach.  The pure flavors carry over on the palate and mingle with subtle cardamom and jasmine notes.  The wine is fresh with bright acidity and a richness that begs the next sip.  Hints of clove spice linger on the satisfying finish.  It will run you about $22.

This New Zealand Chardonnay is straw in color with green hues.

It has delightful aromas of pears, lemon and stone fruit. The palate in complex and long with creamy mouth filling lees characteristics of cashew, combining with fruit flavours of fresh pear and an underlying minerality. Beautifully balanced, a delight to drink now or in the coming years. It will run you around $15-$18. 

The 2008 vintage boasts a citrus, tropical flavor profile,

which results in glorious blend of texture, bright notes of grapefruit and hints of tangerine and oak.  It is the chardonnay lover's sauvignon blanc.   It balances really well and does not have the overwhelming grassy acidity that turns some people off of sauvignon blanc.  It will run you around $12.

This wine from the Northern end of Dry Creek is one of the most refreshing I have had in at least 6 months.

It is crisp, acidic, has lemongrass and a great balance.  Price: $15-$20.

14 Hands Chardonnay

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This Washington State Chardonnay offers bright aromas of apples and pears,

with a touch of caramel.   Elegant fruit flavors give way to hints of butter and coconut, ending with a juicy finish.  This one should run you $10-$12.

Pepperwood Grove Chardonnay

Thursday, April 23, 2009

This great California chardonnay is under $9.50.

Every type of drinker can enjoy this wine, which has a clean flavor.  It has a nice apple finish with a hint of oak. 

Faldo Shiraz

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Faldo wines were launched in 2000 and named in honor of legendary golfer
Nick Faldo.

This shiraz has an abundant array of spicy and savory aromas including licorice, pepper and
raspberry.  There are also subtle hints of smokey and vanilla oak. Medium bodied wine with
generous fruit flavors.  It runs between $12 and $15.

I have went out on a limb on this one- it is quite different from all of my other recommendations.

This Hershey Cab  from Dana Estates is one of three that will be released in the fall of 2009.  It runs about $275, but will increase in value.  This WILL be the next cult wine.  Rasberry, blueberry and cassis combine with notes of sage and a beautiful minerality to create a seductive range of flavors and aromas. 

Seven Deadly Zins Zinfandel

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

This is a great America Red. 

Soft, pepper and licorice-clove notes merge into a sinful marriage of deep, brambly blackberries and lustful cherries. The finish is clean on the palate with hints of rich vanilla, cocoa, and mild tannins.  Should run you about $12 a bottle.

This is a great cab for everyday drinking. 

This balanced, full bodied wine with sweet tannins has a hint of cigar box to complement the cassis and framboise notes.

This week I am dedicated to the pursuit of Southern California.....Cambira Chardonnay has been my wine of choice. 

You get tropical fruit- bannana, some oak..It has great balance and rich.  You can definitely get your teeth into this one. This will run you about $15 a bottle.

Vinho Verde

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The perfect wine for St. Patrick's Day. 

A Portugese wine and the name literally means "Green Wine," referring to its useful freshness rather than its color. 

Trinchero Petite Verdot

Thursday, March 5, 2009

This varietal clearly shows it characteristics.

Inky color, floral aromas and a velvet mouthfeel.  This bottle will run you about $24. 

Wild Rock Sauvignon Blanc

Thursday, February 26, 2009

This crisp, refreshing New Zealand wine is great change.  It will run you about $16.


Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

This intense, fruity cabernet

is under $10, but will hold up to anything in the under $25 category.  Delivers aromas of rose petals and cherry blossoms.   It has a perfect balance of earth and berries and leaves you with a soft cocoa finish.

BV Carneros Chardonnay

Thursday, February 12, 2009

This round, tropical wine with hint of vanilla

makes you feel like you are
sitting in Key West.  Will run you about $14.

Banfi Rosa Regale

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Italian Brachetto, from close to Asti. 

 Lightly sparkling, lightly sweet, the color and flavor of strawberries.  The PERFECT wine for any chocolate.

Helfrich Pinot Gris

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Helfrich family has been crafting wines in Alsace for six generations.

This Pinot Gris starts off rich and full and you will be able to detect a slight smoky flavor, with a touch of grass.  Leaves you with a pleasant and long finish. Should run you between $12 and $15.

Beringer Napa Chardonnay

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

There is one good thing about the weather these days, and that is the great boom to the white wine drinkers.  No more wine taking up space in the refrigerator, just put it outside your back door. 

The bottles piling up outside of mine this week are Beringer Napa Chardonnay.  This wine has come a long way from it "chewing on an oak tree" days.  Bright, with good balance, it tastes like a vanilla caramel coated green apple.  It has enough body to hold up to winter salads and soups, and surprisingly, fits in amazingly well in front of a fireplace.  Great value for the day, and is a bold enough wine that even die hard red wine drinkers may take a pause.  Should run you about $14.

Nothing refreshes the hot days like this well chilled wine can.

A rarity for Sauvignon Blanc, this wine sees a little oak, which takes some of the almost over the top acidity away and balances this beverage perfectly... Mango, Papaya and Peach, this is the closest California comes to Sancerre, and honestly, I think it beats it.

One of the greats of Napa, this wine is a true splurge. 

Worth every penny, this wine makes bad days bearable. The wine is honey and pear- with a nuttiness to it that seems to clear the palate between every sip. You are definitely worth this bottle.

One of the best value wines around. Usually inexpensive

Cabernets taste like grape juice, but this one is very ripe with great black fruit and plum flavors.  Actually aged in oak, it is soft, with no true bite. This wine will pair well with anything you put on the grill or with red meats.

Another value red from me, but one you might needlessly overlook.  This wine is a great blend of grapes and locations. 

Cab, Merlot and Cabernet Franc come together well in this wine and whether you are a novice or an expert you have to enjoy.  Throw a little chill on this and there is almost nothing on the dinner table that this will not pair with.  With flavors of blackberry, licorice and violet, it is lush and decadent- like all reds should be.

Santa Barbara wine with more elegance than most from that area.  Great citrus and peach with some grapefruit overtones. 

 This wine sees some oak, so it balances the acidity with some nice caramel like vanilla.  Perfect with summer salads or just by itself while you are sitting on your deck.  Actually, good with anything and known to make grumpy people nicer.....

Yangarra Estate Viognier

Monday, June 30, 2008

The nose is a ripe and exotic mix of jasmine and white nectarines. The palate is fresh and crisp with stone fruits and citrus.  A hint of creaminess brings harmony to the long crisp finish. 

Sokol-Blosser Evolution

Friday, June 6, 2008
Great Oregon white wine which is a blend of nine different varietals. This wine has something for everyone with great floral, pear, and apple flavors. Pick up a bottle today and if nothing else, challenge your pallet to find the nine varietals!