Wine Of The Day; 2013 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor

2013 Don Melchor – “It shows enticing cassis, black cherry, blackberry, vanilla and extra dark chocolate with espresso bean flavors”. Concho Y Toro’s Don Melchor vineyard is situated at an altitude of 2,145 feet, at  the foot of the Andes Mountains on the northern bank of the Maipo River.  It is part of the Puente Alto (“high…

A Caboodle of Cabernet Franc for #CabFrancDay

Celebrating #CabFrancDay with a caboodle of Cabernet Franc from California, Oregon and New York Last weekend I participated in the 2nd Annual #CabFrancDay.  #CabFrancDay is a celebration of the Cabernet Franc grape variety.  It was established by Lori Hoyt Budd of Dracaena Wines last year. “The era of Cabernet Franc is nearly upon us.”  – Wine…

An American In Saint-Émilion #Winophiles

This week the French Winophiles continues its virtual exploration of the Bordeaux Region with a visit to Saint-Émilion, which is located on the right bank of the Gironde estuary.  Merlot is the dominant grape in this prominent wine region, which also a UNESCO World Heritage site.  To truly understand wine, you must understand that ultimately,…

A Taste of Loire; Saumur-Champigny #Winophiles

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

Wine of the Week: 2010 Robert Craig Affinity

Every Thursday I feature a wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out.  My Wine Of The Week is the 2010 Robert Craig Affinity. The Winery The eponymous Robert Craig Winery was founded in 1992; he has been involved in the wine industry for many years, most notably at…

Wine of the Week: 2009 Justin Vineyards & Winery Justification

Every Thursday I feature a wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out.  For this week, my Wine Of The Week is the 2009 Justin Vineyards & Winery Justification. The Winery Justin Winery is a family owned and operated winery making estate grown…

TGIF Bubbly! 2012 Yorkville Cellars Sparkling Petit Verdot Brut Rosé

My wife and I usually make it a point to drink sparkling wine on a weekly basis.  It’s typically Friday night…thus “T.G.I.F. Bubbly”  It’s a celebration of sort, to the end of the work week.  We switched it up a bit this week, because we always have a sparkling wine for Thanksgiving.  We chose the 2012 Yorkville…