2015 Passaggio Wines Merlot Rosé #WineStudio

2015 Passaggio Wines Merlot Rosé Grapes for this wine were sourced from an area near the Carneros AVA.  Carneros is where the San Francisco Bay meets Napa and Sonoma to produce the finest cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sparkling wines.   Add Merlot to the list! The wine is a gorgeous pink color with appealing primary red…

2014 Franciscan Estate Equilibrium

Franciscan Estate’s Equilibrium is crafted from a base of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc for a crisp citrusy core. Napa Valley Chardonnay is added to enhance the body and the mouthfeel of the wine, with Muscat added for floral aromatics. The final blend is 72% Sauvignon Blanc, 17% Chardonnay, and 11% Muscat – 83% fermented in stainless…

A Taste of Montlouis Pétillant Originel #Winophiles

The French Winophiles(#Winophiles) are doing a deep-dive into the Loire Valley region.  The Loire Valley is divided in to five distinct regions – Pay Nantais , Anjou/Saumur, Touraine, and Centre- Loire.  We’ve previously explored Pay Nantais , Anjou/Saumur.  This month we’re exploring the Touraine region. I chose a wine from the Montlouis sub-region of Touraine.  Touraine is a wine…

An Awesome Judgment of Paris Inspired Blind Tasting #JOP40

The Pacific Point Wine Tasting Club (“PPWTC”) does a Judgment of Paris inspired blind tasting My wife and I founded the Pacific Point Wine Tasting Club in 2010.  Originally conceived as a neighborhood based wine tasting club, the club’s membership has grown dramatically. That’s primarily because friends of friends have joined the fun over the…

S.R.Tonella Cellars 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

S.R. Tonella Cellars is a Napa Valley artisanal producer focused exclusively on the Rutherford appellation. Steve Tonella (read his bio here) is the proprietor. The winery is the culmination of over 100 continuous years in the wine business in Rutherford, Napa Valley.  It all started with an earthquake.  In 1906 after the great San Francisco earthquake, a…

Product Review: Vinomaster Wine Bottle Lever Screwpull

From time to time I receive wine related products (mostly books mostly) for review.  Tim Edison of Wine Turtle  (where I was included in last year’s 103 Wine Blogs You Can’t Miss) reached out to me and offered me the opportunity to sample the  Vinomaster Wine Bottle Lever Screwpull. As a wine lover I’ve used a…

Franciacorta; The World Class Italian Sparkling Wine of Lombardy #ItalianFWT

One of the things I love most about food and wine is their ability to transport one to a different place.  I think a place’s people, culture, and customs are reflected in its food and wine.  In that sense, one can virtually travel the world through food and wine.  And that is exactly what we are…

A Taste of True Myth Wines

True Myth is a specialty appellation winery that produces wines from regions along California’s Central Coast, focusing on Chardonnay from Edna Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles recently announced a nationwide launch of its wines. I recently received two sample of the wines: 2014 True Myth Chardonnay Paragon Vineyard – Crafted from grapes grown solely…

Chablis:The Spirit of Chardonnay – In The Glass And At The Table

I love minerally, acid-driven white wines. They are refreshing and delicious on their own, and a great companion for a wide variety of foods at the table. So, I was thrilled when I received four sample bottles of Chablis from Pure Chablis a couple of months back. About Chablis Pure Chablis is a trade organization that…