Thursday, January 31, 2008

Grey Wolf Cellars Soulmate 2005 Paso Robles Red Wine


Yummy-ok maybe I just love red wine. I guess the wines I have at my house I do like alot because I'm a member of their wine clubs....I'll have to start going out and drinking wine elsewhere( of course it will help once the WGA strike ends and I get back to work!)

This Grey Wolf is delicious and immediately drinkable. It's a very easy drink-not harsh at all. I tasted the berries as it smoothly went down my throat......I smell berries and a slight oak smell-it's a nice smell! I paired it with a herb crusted baked piece of cod and steamed veggies and the entire meal with the wine was very tasty!! Of course I pair just about any meal with wine-what does that say about me???? I love wine and I love cooking!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Babcock 2005 Syrah Frying Pan

Unfortunately this wine is sold out! This is the 2005 Syrah Frying Pan from Babcock Winery. It is very easy to drink-it's a big bold Syrah-and you will be able to taste and smell the fruit! I've had this bottle opened for a few days and it's held! It goes down smooth and didn't need alot of time to breathe. The Babcock wines are very interesting-and very good. I stumbled upon this winery while I was camping in the Lompoc area of Southern california. It's a very unassuming winery-they want to make the best wines they can! And they ship all over the country!!!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Carhartt 2006 Pinot Noir Rancho Santa Rosa, Santa Rita Hills

Yummy, Yummy Yummy. I think Pinot's are my favorite. I've always loved them but they are so smooth and easy to drink! It makes for such a pleasurable glass of wine! I opened this bottle and poured a glass-should have let it breathe a bit longer than I did!!! But it was delicious! I really tasted the berries! The description of the wine on the Carhartt Winery website says it has a hint of spice and pepper-yeah it was the berries that really stood out for me! And what a smooth finish as it 's going down. For me that's very important!! It was very nice-and actually great the next night as well!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Tessa Marie Coquette 2005


Tessa Marie Coquette 2005, is a VERY SMALL LOT wine. It comes from Ephiphany Cellars in Santa Maria, California. And Ephiphany is an off-shoot from Fess Parker. But what is amazing is that Tessa Marie is a teenager!!! Yes, a 16 or 17 year old teenager makes this wine-and for that reason alone it's damn good! She's doing what I would LOVE to do!! She's going to make some kick-ass wines as she gets older. I do believe you can only gets this wine in the Ephiphany Cellars tasting room in Los Olivos. I wish I had bought more than one!

I'm sure I should have let this wine store a bit longer-it was quite young. It's a blend: 70% Sangiovese and 30% Syrah. But very drinkable and tasty. It wasn't hard to drink, had a very nice berry taste and no bitter after taste!

http://www.epiphanycellars.com/index.htm

Mano A Mano 100% Tempranillo

Yummy! And a great price at $7.99/bottle from Cost Plus World Market. This is a Spanish wine, 100% Tempranillo-I'm not quite sure what kind of berry that is, but I seem to like the wines! It definitely has a berry taste and is a bit spicy...when you drink it the taste is berries and then slight pepper that remains with you after the wine has gone down. i ate it with pasta-yeah I know it's not spanish food~guess I didn't think about planning my dinner and drink....but it was fine. It's a nice change of pace from what I normally drink, which is the Californian wines.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Stevenot 2005 Danza Roja California


This wine is from the oldest winery in Murphy~up in the Sierra Nevadas. It's estate grown and this particular wine was a blend of numerous grapes-I looked at the back of the bottle but forgot to write what it was composed of~bad me!

We drank this right after the Pinot so it was completely different! It wasn't as smooth as the Pinot-but it shouldn't be since it's not a Pinot! It was a very nice bold wine! Very full bodied~it was a much stronger wine in terms of berries.

http://www.stevenotwinery.com/

Melville 2005 Pinot Noir Carrie's


First of all...one of the best Pinot's I've tasted in a very long time! And my two companions last nite agreed! This Pinot smelled like heaven! And then when you drank it-it was wonderful! So smooth`as far as Pinot's go this one was full bodied but incredibly smooth and easy going down! The bottle was gone in a heartbeat and we so wished we had another!!!! Why didn't I buy two or more?? It was wonderful!

http://www.melvillevineyards.com/index2.html


Monday, January 7, 2008

Robert Hall 2005 Merlot Paso Robles


Robert Hall is one of my favorite vineyards in Paso Robles-and of course Paso is one of my favorite regions. I purchased this bottle in September 2007 for $18.00-it was a mad dash wine taste during the labor day weekend and at the tail end of their wine tasting day.


Now....to the way I tasted it-you know I must not have the nose that all these wine tasters have because there are just some berries I cant distinguish when I drink. It is a silky wine-I tasted the blackberries but no way could I taste the raspberries-and I LOVE raspberries! Maybe that's the problem. I felt there was a slight hint of tobacco-it's a taste I wouldn't have been able to distinguish without reading what was said about the wine~because there is a slight after taste....a lingering taste-and you know what I could see where that would be a slight tobacco taste. I'm not completely enthralled with this wine-maybe I'm not in the mood for a merlot! Just not the taste for me right now. And I normally like Robert Hall wines-oh you know what I just swirled the wine in my mouth-tasted quite a few berries in that one and the lingering after taste didn't linger as long-but come on people...that's not how I drink wine.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

twin fin 2005 California Shiraz Day #2

I think it's a little better on day two! It's had time to breathe-which, I think the cheaper wines need, and it doesn't have the bite that it had when I first opened it last night. That's promising for a $5.99 bottle of wine. Tonight it's a much smoother drink. This would be the perfect wine for someone who doesn't like strong wines or doesn't normally drink wines-especially on day two.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

twin fin 2005 California Shiraz


Twin Fin-a $5.99 bottle of California Shiraz that I buy from Trader Joes. You can also find it in BevMo and Cost Plus World Market (three of my favorite places to shop for decent priced wines!)

Twin Fin is nothing fancy-but a very drinkable everyday Shiraz. Not too heavy but not watered down and nasty. It says it has flavors of blackberry, red raspberry and freshly cracked pepper-ok I just taste the blackberries...maybe you're palette can decipher the different flavors. I've bought many bottles of this wine-it doesn't have a cork-twist cap-so it should keep longer than most. It's a good everyday wine-if you have a special occasion some people might freak out by the twist cap-even though more and more wineries are going to this.

If you don't want to spend a lot of money but want a decent tasting glass of wine from two fun winemakers give twin fin a chance. They pride themselves on not being typical winemakers. For $5.99 it's a pretty darn good bottle of wine!

And NO- the $5.99 isn't on the label-I did that so i wouldn't forget!! But it's a nice looking label-and you know what-sometime the label is what catches your eye first! I know it does mine!

www.twinfinwines.com

Tres Hermanas Wines...


Yummy Yummy wines! And the owners make the wine tasting experience even nicer!!!


If you are ever up in the Santa Barbara Wine area of California, you must stop at Tres Hermanas Winery. It's a fairly new winery. Their first harvest was the fall of 2003 and just this past July 2007 they opened their tasting room. It's not on the maps of the wine region but it's a must go! The owners Marvin and Paulette Teixeira are wonderful, kind people! This winery is their baby and is named after their 3 daughters. Marvin has such amazing ideas about bringing people to his winery. He wants to show movies in the summer, have camping facilities...he wants it to be a destination-a place where you come and stay for the weekend! You can already RV here and book nights in the guest house at their horse ranch-if you're a wine club member. Tres Hermanas is a lovely winery and owned and operated by generous, kind and loving people! It's a must stop on any wine tasting outing!

http://www.treshermanaswinery.com/

You Can Find Them At

9660 Foxen Canyon Road
Santa Maria, CA
Between Zaca Mesa and Foxen Wineries
Tel: 805 937-8451
Fax: 805-937-8471

For Information: email info@treshermanaswinery.com

For Winemaker:
luke@treshermanaswinery.com

For Events Coordinator:
teresa@treshermanaswinery.com

I have a signed bottle that i'm saving for a special occasion! But I tasted it at the tasting Room.
It's a Syrah 70% and Sangiovese 30%.
And I can't wait to open it!

Please check this wonderful family owned winery out! They will not disappoint!!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Grey Wolf Zinfandel Barton Family Reserve 2005 Paso Robles

Life is too short to drink bad wine


I have been a wine club member of Grey Wolf Cellars for many years! I stumbled upon them one may during the Paso Robles Wine festival that is held every May. I liked their name! It was that simple. Their tasting room is very unassuming ,it's a converted farm house-it's a very family, friendly place and I was immediately taken to that so in i went! And I joined the wine club and now get shipments twice a year! And I do look forward to my wines arriving!

Paso is a great wine area-I think it's my favorite! I love the wines that come from this area and this 2005 Zinfandel is no exception. This wine is a big Zin but easy to drink and drink and drink-not as spicy as the Carhartt Zinfandel but still very delicious and fruity! I'm having a glass right now and it's a very easy wine to drink!

Please check out Grey Wolf Cellars online or in person! And taste some of their wonderful wines! Then you too might become Wolf Pack members!

http://www.greywolfcellars.com/home.fsp

Carhartt 2006 Zinfandel Lockshaw Vineyard Paso Robles Westside


Carhartt Vineyards is a very small vineyard in Solvang, California. The owners, Mike and Brooke Carhartt, have a 10 acre vineyard that has been in their family for years.

Carhartt Vineyards produces a few estate wines from their 10 acre vineyard but also has small-lot wines from different vineyards that are farmed similar to the Carhartt Vineyards. This 2006 Zinfandel is from a small-lot vineyard in Paso Robles.

I opened this bottle last night and allowed it to breathe, in the bottle, just a bit. I'm learning that if I start drinking it as soon as I open it I miss it's true taste! So breathing is done with every bottle now!


I really enjoyed this wine. My first glass was a bit startling-I think I needed to let it breathe just a bit longer but once it was in my glass I really enjoyed it. It's quite a powerful Zin-and yes it is does have a spicy finish. We were trying to figure out last nite what to call the finish-I guess the winemakers know best! I was cooking a scallop stir fry and drinking this wine-The wine was definitely more powerful than the food! I enjoy a deep strong powerful Zinfandel-and this is one. But there aren't many of these since it is a small lot! I thought it was pretty yummy-and yes the bottle was finished!

Please check out the Vineyard online at http://carharttvineyard.com/index.html
or go visit them in Los Olivos, California. Carhartt Vineyards has the smallest tasting room in the state-yes it is tiny tiny tiny very quaint and unlike any other Tasting Rooms in Los Olivos , Mike Carhartt ,the owner, will actually serve you his wines! How awesome is that!I loved it!

Because I love wine.....

First of all i decided to write this because I love wine! I'm not a professional nor can I pick out each flavor but I enjoy a nice wine as I'm sure alot of people do and I do know what I like and dislike. So I thought I'd share my thoughts on wine and write about some of the wines I get to drink since I live in California! So here it is! I hope you enjoy this and please feel free to comment or visit some of the websites of the wines I mention!

Thanks!