Wine of the Day: 2014 Lumen Wines Grenache

 …definitely one of the best Grenache in recent memory for me! This wine is 100% Grenache sourced from Martian Vineyard (54%) and Camp 4 Vineyard(46%) in Northern Santa Barbara County.  It was fermented in open top vats and aged in small oak barrels Color – Translucent ruby Aromas – Enticing rose petals, cranberry, strawberry pie, wet clay and a…

2010 Cave de Rasteau “Signature” Vin Doux Naturel and Brutti Ma Buoni #Winophiles

As our last installment of 2017, the French Winophiles (#Winophiles)  will feature dessert wines from France. It seems a fitting end to a year in which we covered a wide scope of topics that took us around the country through food, travel and history as much as tasting wine.  Just as a dessert wine beautifies…

Wine of the Day; 2011 Tablas Creek En Gobelet

This is a delicious, complex and distinguished wine I won’t soon forget.  I wish I had more! The Tablas Creek Vineyard En Gobelet 2011 is a unique blend (29% Mourvedre, 27% Grenache, 26% Tannat and 18% Syrah) of four estate-grown varietals, selected from head-pruned, dry-farmed sections of their 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.  The grapes were largely harvested together…

2014 Domaine L’Ostal Cazes “Grand Vin” #Winophiles

This month, the French Winophiles are making a virtual trip to the Languedoc-Roussillion region of France (which is now part of a newly formed region called the “Occitanie” – more on that later).  I’ve chosen a wine from Minervois La Livinière appellation – the 2014 Domaine L’Ostal Cazes “Grand Vin” and pairing it with vegan…

Wine of the Day: 2013 Carlisle Grenache Rossi Ranch #GrenacheDay

2013 Carlisle Grenache Rossi Ranch – This delicious and distinctive wine  shows a depth I’ve seldom experienced with Grenache!  This wine is a blend of 91% Grenache and 9% Mourvèdre  sourced from the Rossi Ranch Vineyard, which was planted in 1910’s by Carlo Rossi. From the winery.…This wine is one of several surprises in 2013.  Normally…

A Taste of Navarra #Wine; Spain’s Best Kept Secret

Are you familiar with the Navarra wine region of Spain?  I wasn’t, until I recently had an opportunity to sample a diverse selection of wines from the new to me region.  I received six sample wines that included a diverse selection of traditional Spanish grape varieties – Tempranillo, and Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache), and  international varieties Cabernet…

Wine Of The Day; 2016 Ridge Rosé Lytton Estate

2016 Ridge Rosé Lytton Estate…harmonious with racy acidity and ripe strawberry, raspberry, subtle Meyer lemon, nuanced spice and a hint of apricot flavors and a lingering savory finish Ridge Vineyards is relatively new to the trend that is rosé (though they did make a White Zinfandel in the 70s!) in the US.  According to cellar tracker…

Wine of the Week; 2010 Tercero Verbiage

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 2010 Tercero Verbiage.  The Winery Tercero Vineyards is located in Los Olivos, California.  Larry Schaffer is the owner/winemaker.  Schaffer left a successful career in…

#DrinkPink Rosé of the Week; 2013 Domaine de Triennes Rosé

Summer is officially here!     Rosé season is in full bloom, although truth be told, it’s Rosé season for me pretty much year-round for me!  With that in mind, I’m cranking up my annual series of weekly “Drink Pink!“ Rosé tastings.  It’s my quest for the best Pink Porch Pounders for $20 or less! This week’s rosé is…

Wine of the Week: 2012 Château Pesquié “Le Paradou” Grenache

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 2012 Château Pesquié “Le Paradou” Grenache. The Winery The history of Château Pesquié is the story of three generations of a family passionate…