Wine of the Day: Bruno Paillard “Première Cuvée” Brut Champagne

Bruno Paillard “Première Cuvée” Brut Champagne – “refined, ebullient, and impeccably balanced…“ This wine is a multi-vintage blend of more than 30 crus, each vinified separately.  It is composed of Pinot Noir (45%), Chardonnay (33%) and Pinot Meunier (22%); part of which (20%) was in barrel for the first fermentation.   It includes between 20-50%…

Exploring Cru Beaujolais: A Great Everyday Red Wine #Winophiles

This month the French #Winophiles take a virtual trip to Beaujolais.  Between Beaujolais Nouveau and Thanksgiving, Beaujolais seems to mostly be a seasonal wine.  But it can be more than in a seasonal (holiday) wine.  I explore its possibilities as an “everyday” red wine. My inspiration to explore Beaujolais as an everyday red wine came…

Wine of the Day: 2014 Bruce Patch Wines “Patchwork”

2014 Bruce Patch Wines “Patchwork…a delicious Zinfandel lead “kitchen sink” blend of 8 grape varieties Fruit for this wine was sourced from a patchwork of vineyards throughout the Alexander and Sonoma Valley.  It is a blend of 67% zinfandel with carignane, cabernet franc, malbec, merlot, petite sirah, sangiovese and petit verdot, aged in French and…

Wine of the Day: 2013 Fields Family Wines Tempranillo

2013 Fields Family Wines Tempranillo: A Lodi Tempranillo whose savory character evokes Rioja Fruit  for this wine was sourced from the first Tempranillo vineyard planted in Lodi.   It was fermented on native yeast,  and raised in neutral French oak.  Bottled unfined/unfiltered. Dark ruby color with exuberant black cherry, cigar box , plum, damp earth…

Wine of the Day: 2012 Bruce Patch Wines “Take Five” Red Blend

A fruit driven Sonoma Valley red blend that’s a real crowd pleaser! The Bruce Patch Wine “Take Five” Red Blend was inspired by one of the most performed jazz tunes of all time, Dave Brubeck’s legendary song of the same name. This wine was blended from five grapes — 50% merlot, 20% syrah, 18% malbec,…