Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Patz and Hall/Sonoma Pinot Noir And Chardonnay/State of the Art

I wanted to let everyone know that great new features with Patz And Hall Are in the VERY near future!The wines are world class and the great new location is incredible.Great wines and great food....Care to join me?Cheers!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Boonville Hotel/Anderson Valley/"Simplicity By Design"

Anderson valley has been getting lots of press lately for it's great Pinot Noirs and Sparkling wines.The Boonville Hotel is a must when planning any excursion to this part of Northern California.Fifteen unique rooms, from family suite to just-for-two. top floor of the hotel or set apart. “simplicity by design” throughout.The rooms are unique and really I have a favorite....(room)..."The Studio" just takes you away,and back in time.I loved the back patio and the design of the split level living room and bedroom is perfect Table 128, the restaurant at the Boonville hotel, serves family style, prix fixe meals that delight and satisfy. menus inspired by whim and season.I'm planning on a return to enjoy the town and valley during summer,so I can try their beautiful dinners and amazing food and wine pairings.A family style prix fixe restaurant serving dinner by reservation Thursday through Monday nights April through November, and Friday through Sunday December through march. “family style” means dinner arrives on platters to be passed around the table. “prix fixe” means there is one price for the evening. we serve 3-5 course dinners with menu price ranging from $38-$58. the menus are set & posted online every Wednesday for the upcoming weekend.With all the different wineries to discover we want to open many wines,and enjoy the food from this world class restaurant.A lot of thought into our their approach. after twenty years of cooking,they want to combine the best of what was with the best of what can be to offer an eating experience like no other.Their mission statement follows... Our mission statement is continually evolving, at this point more a collection of inspirational writings from chefs and food gurus who inspire us. we take ideas we like and follow them as long as they fit, adjust or abandon them when they don’t. it’s working so far, and the response has confirmed we’re onto something folks like. it’s gratifying to try something new and watch it grow. we hope you’ll be part of it.I look forward to my next visit to this beautiful valley,and the town of Boonville.Wine tasting, hikes in the redwoods, swimming in the river, a little shopping or just some peace and quiet. good times at a country pace. I may never leave!!For now let's check out a few of the great features with the wine makers of Anderson Valley. We will continue our features with the Boonville Hotel in the very near future,but for now,let's hit the road and head up valley!Cheers!

Great New Releases From Pedroncelli Winery/Sonoma County

I have enjoyed some great new wines from Pedroncelli Winery lately.This winery has been making wine in Sonoma County for many decades and now has caught the eye of wine lovers and writers all over the world.Let's check out a few new releases from this family owned winery. First let's open the new Zinfandel From Bushnell Vineyard.Located on the eastern hillsides of Dry Creek Valley, the 22-acre Bushnell Vineyard has been closely related to the Pedroncelli family for over 50 years. Winery founder John Sr. purchased the property in 1945, and, at the time, it was planted to Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane. The vineyard was sold to son-in-law Al Pedroni in the 1950s and he tended the vineyard for over 40 years. Al’s daughter Carol Bushnell inherited the vineyard in the 1990s and she and her husband Jim now farm it. They grow Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. Winemaking The 2013 season had ideal growing conditions with warm days and cool nights that allowed the zinfandel grapes to reach full ripeness with balanced acids. The grapes were harvested on September 10 and fermentation took place in small capacity stainless steel tanks which lends better skin-to-juice ratio. Daily pump overs of the juice over the cap of grape skins extracts color, flavor and tannin. The young wine was transferred to American oak barrels to age for fourteen months. The time in the barrel added complexity, creating a softer, smoother wine. Tasting Notes The bouquet of red berry, spice and a hint of smokiness combines with flavors of sweet red cherry, cracked black pepper and dark chocolate. Round and velvety with smooth tannins and a sweet lingering finish, this wine has all the classic Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel features. A rich, complex and well-balanced wine. It will cellar nicely for 5–8 years.Let's open a bottle and enjoy this great wine! Next we have another wine that has become a new favorite of mine. This wine is called Wisdom! Longevity instills it in each generation. Sensing the right varietal and aspect of the vines is borne of a lifetime tilling the soil. Discerning and experienced hands craft the wine from vine to barrel to bottle and when these elements come together it is called Wisdom. A tribute to John Pedroncelli. Vineyard Background Located 2 miles west of the winery, we purchased the property in the 1960s. Comprised of 5 acres on the west slope of the Dry Creek Valley along West Dry Creek Road. Planted to Cabernet Sauvignon since 1965, a recent replanting included the addition of Malbec. Positioned well, it receives the sunlight and degree days needed to fully ripen Cabernet Sauvignon. The rocky loamy soil is a perfect place to put down roots. Just the right amount of fog rolls in each evening during the warm summer months to maintain the right combination to cool the vines and preserve the delicate balance between acid and sugar. 50 years of growing Cabernet on in this soil, in this microclimate brings unparalleled Wisdom. The Wine 2012 was an ideal growing season with mild temperatures and opportune warming trends to ripen grapes to full maturity. Yields and fruit quality were exceptional. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from this block were harvested the last week of September and the Malbec was as well. After crushing, the grapes are cold soaked for 48 hours, then inoculated with Bordeaux yeast strain and fermented in a small stainless steel tank; pump-over of the fermenting juice over the cap daily, for extraction of color, tannins and flavor. Pressed, stored and then transferred to small French oak barrels for aging. Sixteen months gave the wine a mellow quality and added complexity. An additional 8 months in the bottle before release brought an especially smooth drinkability to the wine. I had a perfect pairing with this wine!Duck Curry and fried rice are a great combo,with both these wines.We saved you a seat,please join us!Cheers!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Roederer Estate/The Jewel Of Anderson Valley

As we enjoy our last couple of days in the Anderson valley I was lucky enough to catch Arnaud Weyrich.I enjoy tasting wines with this gentleman as he has volumes of knowledge on the art of making Sparkling wines.With a strong background in both viticulture and enology, Arnaud put his education to work during his internship. This experience was the start of a great relationship with the House of Roederer as Arnaud Weyrich later returned to the company and today holds the title of Winemaker and V.P. Production. After completing his internship, Arnaud moved back to France to be with his fiancée. This move also included a position with the large multinational retail company “Groupe Promodes” where he managed all quality control issues for the beverages under the company’s private label mainly focusing on fruit juices, Champagnes, Port wines and spirits. With his passion for the wine industry and an interest in moving back to a smaller company, Arnaud happily returned to Roederer Estate in the millennium year with his wife and two children. As Assistant Winemaker, he supervised all winemaking operations while respecting the 200-year old traditional winemaking techniques so important to the house style of Champagne Louis Roederer. Roederer Estate's winemaking style is based on two elements: ownership of its own vineyards and the addition of oak-aged reserve wines to each year's blend or cuvée. All the grapes for the Anderson Valley wines are grown on the Estate. Oak-aged wines from the Estate's reserve cellars are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvée in the traditional Louis Roederer style. Only the cuvée (first pressing of 120 gallons/ton) is used; no premiere or deuxieme taille. The fermentation takes place in high-grade stainless steel tanks at 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Zero to minimal malolactic fermentation is used in order to ensure the wines age well and retain the fresh, precise and well-defined style that is one of the characteristics of Roederer Estate wines.The Roederer Estate Brut is crisp and elegant with complex pear, spice and hazelnut flavors. It is fresh and lightly fruity with great finesse and depth of flavor.As with all Roederer Estate wines, the Brut Rosé is comprised of 100 percent estate-grown grapes. Oak-aged wines from the Estate's reserve cellars are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvée in the traditional Roederer style. Only the cuvée (first pressing of 120 gallons/ton) is used-no premiere or deuxieme taille. The wine is then fermented at 65 degrees Fahrenheit in high-grade stainless-steel tanks. Five percent Pinot Noir is added for color prior to secondary fermentation; no malolactic fermentation is used. Oak-aged reserve wines from the Estate's cellars make up 10 percent to 20 percent of the Rosé cuvée. Tasting Notes The Roederer Estate Brut Rosé is full and round with smooth flavors and fine persistent bubbles. The extra measure of Chardonnay contributes elegance and austerity, which balance nicely with the delicate fruitiness of the Pinot Noir.L'Ermitage, Roederer Estate's special Tête de Cuvée, is a sparkling wine made only in exceptional years from pre-selected, estate-grown grapes. Carrying on the tradition of Champagne Louis Roederer in France, Roederer Estate produces its sparkling wines in the traditional French methode and adds special oak-aged reserve wines to each blend. L'Ermitage debuted with the 1989 vintage.Fine tiny bubbles and a long lasting mousse are the usual footprints of the L'Ermitage cuvée. This cuvée is showing great notes of toasted bread crust and quince. The mouthfeel is smooth, velvety, creamy with a well enveloped acidity and long finish.L'Ermitage Rosé brings complexity and smoothness to a higher level. The delicate salmon colors enhance the tiny bubbles and creamy mouthfeel. Notes of bread crust, baked apples and fruit candy create an elegant and complex wine. The wine is crisp with great acid on notes of quince jelly and light vanilla.Which one do we start with?You make that call...Cheers!Click here and join us as we enjoy the sparkling wines from Roederer Estate. Click here as we saved you a seat,and a glass.

Scharffenberger Cellars/Tex Sawyer/Anderson Valley Sparkling Wines

We have one more great feature with Scharffenberger Cellars and Tex Sawyer. We have some tasting notes,let's check out the tasting notes and then join Tex Sawyer,and pour a glass of each of these great sparkling wines.Scharffenberger Brut Excellence is made by the traditional methode champenoise process, whereby the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. Scharffenberger Brut Excellence is made from its own 120-acre vineyards in the Anderson Valley. In addition, Scharffenberger Cellars has long-term contracts with select vineyards in the greater Mendocino County. With this type of vineyard selection, it allows us to produce our trademark cuvée. The wine is approximately two-thirds Chardonnay and one-third Pinot Noir. The full malolactic style adds a vanilla cream character producing a round and full-bodied wine. After approximately two years on the lees, there are notes of freshly baked bread and pastry that enhances the more fruit forward style of the wine. Finally, after several months on the cork, the wine develops caramel and hazel complexors.Scharffenberger Brut rose has become a favorite of mine.These are all very special sparkling wines,and it's time to join Tex Sawyer and enjoy the beauty of a spring day in Anderson Valley and a glass of the bubbles.This will take us into the weekend!Cheers!Click here and raise your glass,after we fill it,Cheers!.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Scharffenberger Cellars/Tex Sawyer/Match Made in Philo

I have enjoyed the wines from this fabled winery for many years,and enjoy seeing Tex Sawyer when I travel into Anderson valley.The history of Scharffenberger Cellars begins in 1981 in the heart of California's Anderson Valley. Situated only miles from the coastal influences of the Pacific Ocean, Scharffenberger Cellars also enjoys the deep soils and sunshine within the protected valley. Originally founded by John Scharffenberger, the company has gone through many transitions, including a name change when it was formally known as Pacific Echo from 1998 until July 2004. Today, the name and quality of the wine have been restored back to Scharffenberger Cellars under the new management of Maisons Marques & Domaines.Let's check out the tasting notes and enjoy these incredible Sparkling wines.We are starting with three sparkling wines that you can only get at the tasting room.Then we will open the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay !Yes,you can only get these at the tasting room also.I think we should plan to meet at the winery and do our own private tasting...But for now let's join Tex Sawyer,and learn of the amazing Sparkling wines from this very special winery.Cheers!Click here we have three sparkling wines for you,please join us. Click here and join us.My first glass of these wines was incredible.

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Weekend Is The Time For Greenwood Ridge Zinfandel/

yes it's true!The weekend is the time for great Zinfandel from Greenwood Ridge Vineyards!But now that I think about Week Days are excellent for Zinfandel,as well as....Alright ALL The time is perfect for Zinfandel!This wine has become a favorite of mine.Why you ask?Thanks for asking!I really enjoy drinking wines that come from vines that are older than myself.So for me this is a PERFECT MATCH!Let's check out the tasting notes as these grapes are from Sonoma County.Allan Green brings a creative imagination to all his endeavors. A graphic artist by trade, the art of grape growing and wine making captivated him in 1973. Thirty years later, the Mendocino Winegrowers Alliance presented Allan with the George Zeni Memorial Award for "outstanding stewardship of the land, community service and producing the highest quality wine grapes in Mendocino County." Of course he combines wine, art and design whenever he can. He commissioned a group of painters and musicians to interpret Greenwood Ridge Vineyards wines in their own ways because he wanted to know how to describe the essence of wine. The project evolved into a "feast for the senses" which has since been presented as a live event at Stanford University. For Allan, work and fun are different aspects of the same reality. He created the California Wine Tasting Championships in 1983, a contest in which tasters of every level of proficiency competed in wine identification. The only event of its kind in the country, Allan presided over the competition with characteristic flair and wit until the 30th and final competition in 2012. Now Allan has created a new event, the California Wine Pairing Championships, to highlight our Wine Club Weekend, set for the second weekend in August. If Allan isn't in the vineyard or the winery, you can find him playing centerfield for the World Champion Greenwood Ridge Dragons, who in 2007 (and again in 2008!) won the 50+ World Championship at the Men's Senior Baseball League World Series in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2009, the Dragons also won the Fall Classic in West Palm Beach, Florida. In 2011 the Dragons won their fourth world championship in five years at the MSBL World Series in Phoenix in the 60+division. 2013 Zinfandel Small open-top fermentation yields a lush wine with vibrant, juicy and jammy raspberry, strawberry and cherry fruit. Click here and join Allan and myself as we enjoy the Zinfandel from Greenwood Ridge Vineyards.