Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Northern California Wine Country Excursion/Great Food And Wine In the Summertime

We are traveling into the beautiful Northern California wine regions.We have packed wines from four amazing wineries.We are off in search of the perfect food and wine pairing!Care to join me?We are featuring the wines from Balletto Vineyards,Pedroncelli Winery,Handley Cellars,and Simi Winery.We will enjoy the food of many chefs,and will try a few different combinations.After all,you may love Pinot Noir with the next dish,and I may love Pinot Noir and Zinfandel...and Merlot,and Cabernet.We have them all!Please join us as we start out on our wine country Excursion!Cheers! Click here and join us for our first course. Click here and this course might be your favorite. Click here and join us for the next great food and wine pairing. Click here and join us as this might be your new favorite food and wine pairing. Click here and this course will get us very close to dessert.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Northern California Wine Country Paradise/Three Great Sonoma County Wineries/West Coast Road Trip

Summer time is special in Wine Country,and this vintage is turning out to be an almost perfect growing season.The vineyards are amazing,and the weather has been perfect.We will feature three very famous Sonoma country Wineries,and a number of great chefs to pair up many summer dishes with the World Class wines of Sonoma County.First we visit Mr. Jim Pedroncelli,and enjoy the wines,paired with a few different dishes.Then we will open a few bottles from Balletto Vineyards.We will finish our meals...,with the wines of Simi Winery.These wineries are,the old and the new of this very special growing region.The wines are open ,and the chef is working hard!Join us as it's time to FEEEEEED Doc!Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy the wines of Sonoma county. Click here and we will pour you a glass of each of these beautiful wines from Sonoma county. Click here and I hope you are still hungry as we have many new dishes on the table. Click here and join us for this great food and wine apiring.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Walt Wines/Hall Wines/Covering the best of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Walt Wines is the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay house of Hall Wines.They seek out the best growing areas and vineyards in California and Oregon to make the best wines from all these regions.The response to the two features with Hall Wines has been amazing!These are both great new features of the regions and vineyards.Starting in Anderson Valley,and ending up in Sonoma County,with two incredible Pinot Noir stories of these fabled wine growing regions.Our first feature is of Anderson valley and the "Blue Jay"Pinot Noir! The vineyard sources for “Blue Jay” Pinot Noir come from highly respected sites that reflect the preeminence of the appellation. Savoy, with its gently sloping hillsides and diverse clones, leads the way for elegance, spice and nuance. Anderson Creek brings concentration and structure, due to the sparse gravelly soils, while Annahalla rounds out the blend with richness of fruit and intensity of flavor. Ultimately, their WALT “Blue Jay” must possess delicacy, finesse and length, the calling card of great Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. The WALT “Blue Jay” Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is complex and ethereal, with blueberry, briar fruit and black tea flavors that skate on endlessly through the finish. While the wine is delectable now, it will provide enjoyment for an additional 3-5 years. We will then drive over the county line and into Sonoma County Pinot Noir heaven!The vineyards for our next feature, "La Brisa" blend are farmed meticulously for low yields and balance in order to capitalize on their distinctive sites. Each vineyard is blessed with cool maritime conditions and limiting soil profiles. As with all of their Pinot Noirs, they double-sort every berry before gravity-feeding it to tank to undergo an extensive cold soak period. Primary and malolactic fermentations are conducted using only native yeast and resident malolactic bacteria from the vineyard. The wines are never racked and during the long malolactic fermentation, we top and stir each barrel weekly. Prior to bottling, we blend the wines without fining or filtering. All of these natural, gentle processes are exacting and arduous, but vital when crafting the most honest expression of the vineyard. The WALT “La Brisa” Sonoma County Pinot Noir articulates the signature characters of Sonoma: vibrant and opulent with an underlying brightness and length to the palate. Teeming with ripe red berries and spicy toasted aromas, the wine is lush and persistent on the mid-palate while long-lasting and delicate on the finish.These are perfect food wines,I ask you to join us,We saved you a seat!Cheers! Click here as we discover Anderson Valley Pinot noir from Walt Wines. Click here and join us as we enjoy another great Pinot noir from Sonoma County and Walt Wines.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hall Wines/Napa Valley/Walt Wines/Sonoma County/Russian River

In Reading the story of Hall Wines,I refer to the writing of Kathryn Hall.Hall Wines has a great Sonoma Label also!This is the story of "Walt Wines". BOB AND DOLORES WALT, were dedicated winegrowers who loved the land and each other. Our family produced six different varietals that we sold to several great wineries. For my parents, growing grapes was a shared family vision— a view of well cared for vines out the kitchen window, starting early in the day doing what you really love, the satisfaction of a hard day’s work, the feeling of peace walking through the vineyard before sunset. When I was away I missed our vineyard terribly and longed to be home working with my family. So, I was happy to be able to manage our vineyard operations from 1982 until 1992. My parents passed away many years ago, but they remain forever my inspiration for growing grapes and making wine. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of their love of the earth or passion for the vines. In 2009, we partnered with Roger and Richard Roessler, brothers committed to seeking out the finest vineyard sources along the Pacific Coast to make a portfolio of small-production lots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Our initial phase of the partnership was to continue to craft wines from their prize vineyard sources under our team of expert winemakers and in our precision winemaking facilities. The combination of excellent fruit, masterful winemaking, and state-of-the-art equipment allowed us to produce special wines of great character and individuality. As we began sharing these wines with others, Craig and I felt it was fitting to commemorate my parents in this new endeavor. We talked it over with our winery team and WALT Wines was born. I just love these wines. At WALT we have an amazing and dedicated winemaking team, a state-of-the-art winemaking facility, a passionate winery staff, and strong relationships with extraordinary vineyard partners. What a combination!We have 2 great wines today,as we also have opened the Sav blanc from Hall Wines.Both are perfect summer wines,and we have traveled into the Russian River area and will enjoy a couple courses at Applewood Restaurant.We saved you a seat!Cheers! Click here as we enjoy two great food and wine pairings.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Balletto Vineyards/Applewood Restaurant/Sonoma County/West Coast Road Trip

We will start today's Wine Country Excursion in Sonoma County,and northern California.We will introduce you to John Balletto and Balletto Vineyards. John Balletto began farming in 1977 at the tender age of 17. He had just graduated from high school and due to the untimely death of his father, gave up what looked like a promising college football and track career. With $200 in the bank and five acres in Sebastopol, California, John began farming produce with help from his mother, Hazel. In 2001, the Ballettos crushed enough Russian River Valley fruit for 391 cases of Chardonnay and 689 cases of Pinot Noir. In 2002, they again crushed small amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir while adding Pinot Gris from their Burnside Rd. vineyard. For the 2003 vintage, they added Zinfandel from the BCD Farms vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The Balletto Family has over 600 acres in the Russian River Valley and select 10% from many different clones and soil types to make their wine. They feel fortunate to sell the remaining 90% of their grapes to other wineries. In July 2010, the Balletto Family was honored being awarded the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year. Now let's add another great Sonoma County destination, Applewood Inn Restaurant. For Applewood Chef Shelley Cerneant, what matters most about making guests happy is: everything. Her path to the kitchen began as an anthropology student, where she developed a passion for ethno-botany - the use of plants by humans - including edibles. Which might explain why she tends an herb garden just steps from the kitchen and uses only just-picked garnishes and fruit zests in her wonderful deserts. Chef Ty Taube is a man connected to the land. As a chef and farmer, he grows much of the produce used at Applewood’s award-winning restaurant. He cultivates precisely what he needs, and picks it at the peak of flavor. Extensive relationships with other Wine Country farmers allow him to cook with the best ingredients grown in Sonoma County.After a couple days we are then heading north to Seattle and,YES! we are bringing the wines of Balletto Vineyards with us.We have room,please join us!Cheers! Click here and enjoy this great food and wine pairing with us. Click here and enjoy a couple more courses at Applewood Restaurant. Click here and join us as we head north to beautiful Seattle.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Handley Cellars/Anderson Valley/Combines With Applewood Restaurant/Russian River

I'm very excited about this Wine Country Excursion!We will be traveling early this morning,and headed toward the coast and the incredible Anderson Valley. Milla Handley has been making wines here for many years and has seen this area go from a promising wine growing valley to a world class region with many great wineries.Handley Cellars is a small, family-owned winery in California's Mendocino County, bonded in 1982. The winery is located at the northwest end of the Anderson Valley on 59 acres of the original Holmes Ranch. Still standing on the property are the now-refurbished ranch house, barn, and the original water tower. At Handley Cellars they produce a wide variety of wines that complement today's diverse cuisine with its worldwide influences. Winemaker Milla Handley seeks to make balanced wines that possess distinctive varietal characteristics, wines that reflect the soil and climate in which they were grown. Our quality starts with our vineyards: one at our estate in Anderson Valley, and one in the Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County.Today we will learn of four great Pinot Noirs produced by Handley Cellars.We will also add a couple wines that will amaze you,and will be perfect with our special dinner feature.After enjoying Anderson Valley we will head back into Vibrant Sonoma county and enjoy Cuisine that is sustainable, local and organic. Applewood Fine Food Restaurant was honored with One Star by the Michelin Guide for 2011 and 2012. Its acclaimed cuisine is inspired by the lush bounty of the Russian River Valley and accented by Mediterranean influences. Applewood Restaurant ranks among the top fine dining restaurants in Sonoma Wine Country. It offers gracious service in a rustic and romantic setting that balances warmth and elegance. Celebrate life and every romantic occasion at Applewood. A magical evening at the Applewood Restaurant will help make your special event even more memorable.Join me as we start our personal Wine Country Excursion!We saved you a seat!Cheers! Click here you wont want to miss this great feature.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hall Wines/Napa Valley/Cabernet Perfection

We have traveled and into Napa valley we go!It's been some time since I have visited Hall Wines in St.Helena.We will start with two great Cabs from this fabled winery from the great Napa Valley.Their Cabs have won many awards and are considered by most to be one of Napa best red wine producers.Let's join Mike Reynolds and enjoy the wines of Hall Wines!We saved you a seat.Cheers! Click here and join us as we discover the great wines of Hall wines. Click here as we enjoy this great wine from Napa Valley.