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…

Wine of the Day: 2013 Bumgarner Cabernet Sauvignon #WBC17

Last month, I attended the 10th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference, which was held in Santa Rosa, California.   The conference is a great opportunity to connect with my fellow wine writers, learn about ways to improve one’s writing, social media influence, photography, etc. Of course there is wine!  Lots and lots of wine! As if we…

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…

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…