Tuesday, November 10, 2015
We have our last day at the Dry Creek Inn,and a very full day it will be.We have a great wine as our feature,and Symmetry Meritage is a wine of passion!This wine is a pure lesson in blending.We will check out the tasting notes,and some great information on the winery,and plan our lunchtime meal. WINEMAKING NOTES The 2012 Symmetry has a luxurious bouquet of blackberries, currants, cassis and crushed lavender which unfold on the palate with silky layers of black fruits, dark chocolate covered espresso beans and baking spices. This wine is rich, harmonious and elegant with a long, lingering finish. FOOD PAIRINGS Enjoy this wine now with a barbecue tri-tip, lamb roast or stew or cellar for enjoyment for years to come. HISTORY With over 40 years of experience growing classic French grape varieties in Alexander Valley, we select our best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other traditional Bordeaux grapes from the hills that overlook the valley, where well-drained rocky soils combine with warm, sunny days and cool nights to provide ideal growing conditions. Select areas within each vineyard are hand harvested individually, fermented separately and aged in the finest French oak barrels. After about six months, each lot is tasted and graded; only the highest graded wines are considered for Symmetry. The blend is then assembled, and the wine is returned to barrels to facilitate flavor integration. The wine is aged an additional 10 to 18 months, before bottling. THE VINEYARDS The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By mid-summer people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing season was going. Rain-free warm days and cool nights were the rule, with no storms or heat spikes. We harvested our Cabernet Sauvignon between October 4th and the 20th, the Merlot September 27th through October 9th, the Cabernet Franc on October 9th, the Malbec on October 9th and 10th, and the Petit Verdot on October 10th.We have opened this great wine and have three dishes to go with it.Tonight I'm thinking I might try all three dishes. BEST WESTERN Dry Creek Inn at California Designed as a Tuscan-style villa, BEST WESTERN Dry Creek Inn is a charming hotel in Healdsburg, California. Relax in beautifully appointed-rooms in the Casa Siena and luxurious Villa Toscana in the heart of Sonoma wine country. Enjoy comfortable beds, ergonomic workspaces, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Start your day with our free hot breakfast, lounge by two pools, energize in the fitness center, or unwind in the steam room or sauna. Nestled between the Russian River, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley Wine regions, our hotel is minutes from 150 world-renowned wineries, dining, arts, culture and outdoor activities. Explore local attractions like the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, California Golf Club at Tayman Park, River Rock Casino, Russian River and Lake Sonoma. Experience the food and wine culture of Sonoma County. Enjoy farm-to-table cuisine at our local restaurants and enjoy our wine tastings every Friday evening in the beautiful piazza. Sip the region's finest wines under the stars.d espresso beans and baking spices. This wine is rich, harmonious and elegant with a long, lingering finish. We have enjoyed the Dry creek Inn and the beautiful town of Healdsburg. Let's enjoy our features,Cheers! Click here and join us,as dinner is served!. Click here and join us as we enjoy this great wine feature with wine maker Rick Sayre.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
We have enjoyed a beautiful day in Sonoma wine country,and have two great wines for our evening meal.We are staying in Healdsburg at the Dry Creek Inn all week,and feel you will love the town and the Inn.Let's check out the tasting notes on our two wines from Rodney Strong Vineyards and Winery. Winemaking Notes Our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir has brilliant aromas of pomegranate, wild strawberry and baking spices. On the palate, flavors of cherry, cranberry and pomegranate are framed by fine-grained tannins, coastal minerality and bright acidity that culminate on the lengthy finish. The wine was barrel fermented in French oak creating elegant spice characteristics and a silky, smooth texture. Enjoy this wine with roasted vegetables, mushroom risotto, grilled salmon or roasted duck with a fig chutney. History Situated in the Southern and Western end of Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast is a distinct region that is directly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and is known to produce Pinot Noir of exceptional complexity with true varietal and terroir characteristics unique to the region. Sonoma Coast’s climate means the region is ideally suited to cold-climate viticulture, encouraging the full expression of Pinot Noir, which are very different to those from warmer regions. Our Sonoma Coast Blue Wing vineyard sits at the very closest point to the bay within the Petaluma Gap. The Petaluma Gap channels coastal fog and sea breezes to the vineyard every late afternoon, where cool nights and warm days of filtered sunlight bring out the very best in our Pinot Noir. The longer, colder growing season results in harvests well into October at times, producing elegant complexity and character with our Blue Wing vineyard delivering true to the appellation distinct wines that are crisp, elegant and a beautifulrepresentation of Sonoma Coast. The Vineyards 2013 was the kind of growing season that most would wish we could have every year: a dry, frost-free spring, a warm summer without heat spikes, and a warm, rain free autumn that allows for picking all varieties in their turn when they are perfectly mature. This Pinot Noir was harvested from our Blue Wing vineyard on the Sonoma Coast on September 11th. We have a second wine today,I think you will love both. 2013 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaking Notes A powerful Cabernet from the hillsides of Alexander Valley, this wine is lush with blackberries, dark plum and dark chocolate. The notes of dried herbs, black pepper and minerality refl ect the terroir of the Alexander Valley. The soft, supple and mature tannins give this wine a strong backbone, while the 18 months of barrel aging have softened the wine enough to enjoy now. Food pairings Pair this wine with braised short ribs, lamb shanks, beef ravioli or cellar for enjoyment over the next four to six years. History Rod Strong recognized the Alexander Valley as an ideal place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon as far back as 1971, when he planted our first Cabernet vineyard on a hill known as Alexander’s Crown. Today we proudly farm four different estate vineyards on the benches and hillsides above the valley floor, where Cabernet displays the finest expression of the Alexander Valley terroir. The Vineyards 2013 was the kind of growing season that most would wish we could have every year: a dry, frost-free spring, a warm summer without heat spikes, and a warm rain free autumn that allowed for picking the grapes perfectly mature. Warm days with cool evenings prevailed in September which kept sugar accumulation at an even pace and left acidity in the fruit. We harvested the Cabernet Sauvignon to make this wine from September 16th through October 11th under ideal conditions. We have two great wines and four dishes to pair with these amazing wines!Please join us!Cheers! Click here and join us as we feast in Sonoma Wine country.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
It is a crisp morning here in wine country.Now that we have arrived in Healdsburg and checked into the Dry Creek Inn,the sun is high in the sky.It's a beautiful day,and we have decided to ride on down to Rodney Strong Vineyards and Winery. Mr.Rick Sayre has greeted us and we are going to check out the tasting notes,and a little history on this great winery.“I see myself as a steward of wines. I guide each wine throughout the process, dutifully monitoring fermentation, carefully choosing barrels, and diligently tasting along the way, all to ensure we bottle the very best wine possible.” – Rick Sayre WINE MAKING NOTES Fresh, bright raspberry fruit from our heritage Russian River vineyard combined with the ripe peppery fruit from our Alexander Valley and Dry Creek vineyards make for a wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing the best that Zinfandel can offer in one wine. Aging for 16 months in French and American oak enhances the Zinfandel’s inherent spicy qualities, while the ebullient fruit of this medium rich wine suggests enjoyment over the next two to four years. Enjoy this wine with barbecue ribs, spaghetti Bolognese or roasted vegetables. HISTORY When Rod Strong first acquired bench land acreage on Westside Road just behind the winery, he wisely chose to leave untouched the 15 acres of old, gnarled Zinfandel vines that had been thriving there since 1904. Today we still harvest Zinfandel from those same old vines, along with a handful of vineyards we farm to the north in the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. THE VINEYARDS 2013 was the kind of growing season that most would wish we could have every year: a dry, frost-free spring, a warm summer without heat spikes, and a warm rain free autumn that allows for picking all varieties in their turn when they are perfectly mature. We harvested this Zinfandel from September 12th to October 8th under ideal, rain free conditions. We have food on the table and Zinfandel in the glass...Any questions?Cool! We can now enjoy our feature on this great wine,and then head back to the Dry Creek Inn,and talk with Mr.Arron Krug. Cheers! Click here and join us.I know you love Zinfandel also.
Friday, October 30, 2015
i will assume that you are thinking about a great steak this weekend.Oh I'm sorry that was me.We have another great feature with wine maker Rick Sayre.let's check out the tasting notes for our feature wine.We are staying in the great town of Healdsburg,and we now will head toward the winery. “There are no shortcuts when it comes to making world-class wines. It requires great vineyards. It demands a committed, passionate winemaking team. And it calls for an investment in craftsmanship. We’ve gathered it all here at Rodney Strong. No Shortcuts. It’s my family’s commitment.” - Tom Klein, Proprietor The Klein family knew from the beginning that this is the most critical step in the winemaking process: it is impossible to make great wine from mediocre grapes. Starting with top quality sites and advanced viticultural practices, we pursue excellence in every grape, ensuring ideal ripeness and picking only then, even if it means just a row at a time.The soft, supple and mature tannins give this wine a strong backbone, while the 18 months of barrel aging have softened the wine enough to enjoy now. Pair this wine with braised short ribs, lamb shanks, beef ravioli or cellar for enjoyment over the next four to six years. History Rod Strong recognized the Alexander Valley as an ideal place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon as far back as 1971, when he planted our first Cabernet vineyard on a hill known as Alexander’s Crown. Today we proudly farm four different estate vineyards on the benches and hillsides above the valley fl oor, where Cabernet displays the fi nest expression of the Alexander Valley terroir. The Vineyards 2013 was the kind of growing season that most would wish we could have every year: a dry, frost-free spring, a warm summer without heat spikes, and a warm rain free autumn that allowed for picking the grapes perfectly mature. Warm days with cool evenings prevailed in September which kept sugar accumulation at an even pace and left acidity in the fruit. We harvested the Cabernet Sauvignon to make this wine from September 16th through October 11th under ideal conditions.Now my favorite part of the feature....The opening of the wine!Cheers! Click here And join us.We saved you a seat!.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
We have a full day in front of us!Sooooo We have hit the road early and we will check in to the Dry Creek Inn,and head toward Rodney Strong Vineyards. first let's check out the website and learn more about our lodging destination. I think this is a great value for Healdsburg Hotel Rooms - Sonoma Wine Country Retreats! Relax and rejuvenate in our 163 guestrooms spread across the luxurious Villa Toscana and our lovely Casa Siena. With a distinctive style and design and lifestyle inspired features, our Healdsburg hotel rooms wrap you in warmth and modern comfort. Surrounded by the verdant valleys and spectacular wineries of the Sonoma Wine Country, our serene accommodations entice you to surrender. In the Villa Toscana, rooms feature jetted soaking tubs, luxury spa bath products, fireplace and a private patio or balcony overlooking a picturesque piazza.The BEST WESTERN Dry Creek Inn is a Tuscan-style getaway in beautiful Healdsburg, California. Whether you're an oenophile or crave outdoor adventure, our Sonoma Wine Country hotel is a short drive from beautiful wineries and vineyards, incredible restaurants, hot air balloon rides, cultural centers, historic landmarks, and spectacular golf courses. While the food and wine are an delicious experience, you're inner explorer will love exciting attractions like the River Rock Casino, Healdsburg Center for the Arts and the Pacific Coast Air Museum. Discover miles of scenic parks for hiking, biking, and canoeing, or enjoy family picnics and outdoor adventures on the Russian River and Lake Sonoma. Browse the art galleries and antique stores or take in a concert at historic Healdsburg Plaza. We have saved extra rooms because we knew you would join us!So let's load up and head toward Rodney Strong Vineyards and Winery,as we have an appointment with winemaker Rick Sayre.It's a beautiful day with a little fall in the air,so please join us as we check out the tasting notes on our feature wine.Cheers!2014 Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc Estate Winemaking Notes Fresh, crisp and highly aromatic, the warmer climate Alexander Valley fruit gives this wine ripe peach and pineapple character, while the ocean cooled Russian River Valley fruit offers zesty citrus notes of lemon and slightly herbaceous qualities. Together, the two valleys make a classic Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc that pairs wonderfully with mild, creamy cheeses, seafood and vegetable quiches History Rod Strong established our heritage Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in 1971, naming it Charlotte’s Home in honor of his wife. Today that vineyard remains the core of our Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc, along with other select estate vineyards in the Alexander Valley as well as the Russian River Valley. The Vineyards A mild, dry winter encouraged early bud break in Sonoma County in 2014. The growing season was very warm overall, but tempered by some overcast days in late July and late August plus a heavy drizzle in early September. This Sauvignon Blanc was harvested from vineyards in Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley between August 22nd and September 16th.Please join us as we enjoy our features!Cheers! Click here and we will pour you a glass of our feature wine from Rodney Strong.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
We have two great wines already picked out for dinner.First let's check out the history of this great winery,and then get to the tasting notes. Our story begins more than 50 years ago, when a celebrated American dancer named Rod Strong settled in Sonoma County to pursue a second lifelong creative passion: winemaking. Rodney Strong Vineyards was the 13th winery bonded in the newly discovered Sonoma County wine industry. A trio of winemaking paths crossed when Rick Sayre joined the team as Winemaker in 1979, and again when the Klein Family, 4th generation California farmers, purchased the winery in 1989 and initiated a renewed commitment of modern artisan winemaking. Through the years, Rodney Strong Vineyards has earned the reputation for critically acclaimed Single Vineyard and Reserve wines, stand out Estate releases and best-in-class Sonoma County varietal wines. We have a bottle of red and a bottle of white,let's start with the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay .This Chardonnay has wonderful citrus, tropical fruit and white floral aromas. On the palate this wine is bursting with crisp apple, lemon and vanilla notes with refreshing and bright acidity. The wine was barrel fermented in new French Oak creating creaminess and spice complexities on the palate. We regularly stirred the lees during the 12 months of barrel aging to add richness and texture. The remaining portion was cold fermented in stainless steel where malolactic fermentation brought additional character to the wine. Enjoy this wine with crabcakes, grilled chicken salad or a grilled halibut with a lemon beurre blanc sauce. Technical Information Alcohol: 13.5 Total Acidity: .067 g/100mL Barrel Aging: 50% barrel fermented, aged 12 months in 100% new oak barrels, 50% stainless steel Appellation Sonoma Coast Share Print Download Email Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Chardonnay We are Enjoying this wine with crab cakes, and a grilled halibut with a lemon beurre blanc sauce. I hope you saved room for our red wine of the day?? 2012 Alexander’s Crown exhibits ripe flavors of black cherry, plum and violets. The wine is voluptuous, has a rich mouth feel, soft tannins and a long lingering finish with a touch of mocha. Enjoy this wine now or cellar it for enjoyment in 8 to 10 years. Technical Information Alcohol: 15% Total Acidity: 0.57 g/100 mL Fermentation: 21 months in 100% French oak barrels, 38% new Vineyard: Alexander’s Crown Alexander’s Crown Alexander’s Crown AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2015 The 2012 vintage started off warm and dry, with little to no frost. By mid-summer people were beginning to whisper about how perfect the growing season was going. Rain-free warm days and cool nights were the rule, with no storms or heat spikes. Situated at the top of a low knoll, the 15 acres of block 1 at Alexander’s Crown face in all different directions. However the favored part of the vineyard is the west face, which catches the late afternoon sun. This 5.7 acre “sun trap” block was picked on October 5th and made up 86% of the finished blend. The remaining 14% of the blend came from Cabernet picked almost two weeks later from the east-facing block, which needed the extra time to ripen, though it’s only a stone’s throw away from the west block. Whereas fruit from the western side of block 1 added delicious layers of deep fruit and soft texture to the wine the eastern part of block 1 added structure and acidity to balance. ?This wine will bring tonight's dinner to the highest level!We are still saving you a seat!Cheers! Click here and join us for our first wine and food pairing. Click here and enjoy this great feature with Rick Sayre and Rodney Strong Vineyards.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Sononma County has come to the attention of Pinot Noir lovers all over the world.Rodney Strong Vineyards is located just outside of the town of Healdsburg.There are many different grape growing regions within a few miles of the winery. Today we feature the Russian River Pinot Noir from Rodney Strong Vineyards. Let's check out the tasting notes on this beautiful wine. The 2013 Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has lovely aromas of cherry and rose petals. With a soft and silky texture on the palate, cherries, pomegranate, floral and baking spice characteristics shine through with balance, acidity and a nice lingering finish. This medium bodied wine was aged for 13 months in small French oak barrels, which added a hint of toasty vanilla and spice complexity. Enjoy this Pinot Noir now with a roasted chicken with a red wine butter reduction sauce, roasted pork loin or wild mushrooms over polenta or cellar it for enjoyment for the next two to four years. Technical Information Alcohol: 14.5% Total Acidity: 0.52 g/100mL Barrel Aging: 13 months in 100% French oak barrels, 35% new Vineyard: Russian River Valley Fact Sheet: Download Share Print Download Email Estate Pinot Estate Pinot 2013 was the kind of growing season that most would wish we could have every year: a dry, frost-free spring, a warm summer without heat spikes, and a warm rain free autumn that allows for picking all varieties in their turn when they are perfectly mature. Our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was harvested September 12th through September 29th under ideal conditions. Rick Sayre has done a great job with this wine,and I invite you to join us for a glass of great Pinot Noit.Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy Russian River Pinot noir from Rick Sayre and Rodney Strong Vineyards.