Wine Of The Day; 2015 Concha y Toro Chardonnay Marqués de Casa Concha

“This is a New World wine produced with an Old World sensibility that evokes Burgundy for me” Fruit for this wine was sourced from Quebrada Seca vineyard in northern Chile’s Limari Valley.   Located 200 miles (320km) north of the Chilean capital, Santiago, the Limari Valley is one of the northernmost wine growing regions in Chile.   This dry…

Wine of the Day: 2014 Tercero Mourvedre Rosé Vogelzang Vineyard

2014 Tercero Mourvedre Rosé Vogelzang Vineyard – The wine has held up beautifully…It’s taken on a savory element that I adore and wish I found in more Rosé wines! Fruit for this wine was sourced from the biodynamically farmed Vogelzang Vineyard in the Happy Canyon AVA, east of the the city of Los Olivos. The grapes…

Wine of the Day: 2013 Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial Sardon de Duero

2013 Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial Sardon de Duero…if this a well-balanced wine, harmonious and very expressive wine is any indication of the quality of wines coming out of the region, it’s a region I’ll be seeking out! A blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah and other red varieties such as Merlot and Petit…

Wine of The Day: 2016 Gen del Alma “Ji Ji Ji”

2016 Gen del Alma “Ji Ji Ji”; This lithe, interesting, delicious and structured wine brings to mind Cru Beaujolais! This blend of 50% Malbec and 50% Pinot Noir was all hand harvested from a single vineyard in Gualtallary, a high-altitude wine region situated within Tupungato in the northern reaches of Argentina’s Uco Valley.  The vineyard, planted…

Wine of the Day: 2016 M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rosé

2016 M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Rosé; This wine embodied everything I love about rosé ! It’s crisp, refreshing, utterly quaffable and delicious! My tasting notes follow Pale pink color with salmon highlights and strawberry, watermelon, white peach, wet stone and a kiss of garrigue aromas. On the palate it’s between light-bodied, dry, crisp and refreshing with…

Wine of the Day: 2009 RARECAT Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Lieu Dit “Vinum Deus”

It’s refined and harmonious with a delicate mousse, vibrant acidity and a brioche, apple, Asian pear, citrus (lemon and a kiss of tangerine), white peach, white flower and hazelnut character RARECAT is thrilled to work in partnership with one of the oldest, most respected families still producing champagne.  The Michel Gonet family has produced champagne…

Wine of the Day: 2015 St. Urbans-Hof Nik Weiss Wiltinger Alte Reben Riesling

…On the palate it leans toward medium-bodied, and off-dry with mouth-watering acidity. It’s impeccably balanced with peach, key lime, apricot, honey and a hint of lemongrass   Grapes for this wine were sourced from  the “Alte Reben”, a special 22-acre parcel of very old vines (“Alte Reben” in German that are part of the Schlangengraben…

Wine of the Day: 1970 Bodegas Franco-Españolas Rioja Crianza Bordón

Last weekend we celebrated a friend’s milestone birthday at Boulevard in San Francisco.  We dined the “Wine Vault”, a wine inspired semi-private room with a brick lined ceiling that brings to mind dining  in an underground cellar in France.  As the evening was winding down,  our gracious (and generous) hosts asked if we wanted anything…

Wine of the Day; 2012 Acorn Syrah Axiom Alegría Vineyards

A harmonious, food friendly wine that’s flat-out delicious! This wine is a field blend of 98% Syrah (3 clones) and 2% Viognier.  The wine was aged 16 months in a combination of French, American, Hungarian, and European barrels carefully selected to add structure and notes of vanilla and spice, while enhancing the spicy berry flavors…

Wine of The Day: 2013 Silverado Vineyards SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon

 2013 Silverado Vineyards SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon; An elegant and well-structured Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stag’s Leap District. Fruit for this wine is from a single eponymous vineyard that surrounds their estate winery in the Stag’s Leap District of Napa Valley.  It is 100% UCD FPS 30, the Disney Silverado Heritage Clone.  It was aged…