2013 Rhone Rangers Grand Tasting- The Best of Rhone Rosés

I attended, as media guest, the 16th annual “Celebration of American Rhone Wines” in San Francisco, at Fort Mason Center last weekend.  Rhone Rangers is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Rhone varietal wines produced in the U.S. The two-day event featured a Winemaker Dinner on Friday catered by The Girl and The Fig. The dinner also featured…

Wine of the Week; 2011 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare

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 2011 Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris de Cigare The Winery Bonny Doon Vineyard, located in Santa Cruz, CA was established in 1983…

Value Alert! – Outstanding Spanish Wine For $11!

From time to time I come across a wine with a surprisingly good quality/price ratio (‘QPR”).  The 2007 Bodegas Castaño Yecla Solanera Viñas Viejas , a Spanish wine from the Yecla D.O., is such a wine.  I purchased this bottle from my favorite wine store, K&L Wine Merchants. Not familiar with the Yecla region of Spain?  Join the…

Wine of the Week: 2007 Edward Sellers Vineyards and Wines Cognito

My Wine Of The Week for September 20-October 5 is the 2007 Edward Sellers Vineyards and Wines Cognito. The Winery Edward Sellers Vineyards and Wines is an eponymous artisan winery producing small lots of  Rhone varietal wines, from their 30-acre vineyard in Paso Robles. Ed, who is an entrepreneur, sailor, and pilot, and his wife “discovered”…

Wine Blogging Wednesday #76 – 2010 Schild Estate Grenache-Mourvedre-Shiraz

This edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday – Return of the Barossa Boomerang, provides me with a bit of an opportunity for a reunion.  The very first Australian wine I tried when started to seriously explore the world of wine outside of California was the 2007 Schild Shiraz Barossa. I remember it well.  At the time,…