Sunday, March 23, 2008

Red Truck 2005 California Red Wine



For about $8.00 you can have a really nice California table wine that you can drink anytime! And that will go with just about anything! Very smooth and easy to drink. A great bottle to keep for a glass of wine after work or whatever! great price for a decent wine. I've bought this wine quite a bit-and obviusly I keep coming back for more because it's a good deal!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Departure Wine Company tasting


I went to a wine tasting tonight at morry's of Naples for a very small winery called Departure Wine Company. It was a lovely evening filled with wine, yummy artichoke tapenade and new friends. We tasted four of their wines:
1.2006 Santa Barbara County Viognier which sells for $22
2.2006 Silacci Vineyard Pinot Noir which sells for $38
3.2006 Santa Barbara County Syrah which sells for $22
4.2006 Tierra Alta Vineyard Syrah which sells for $30

My favorite was the Pinot Noir. there's is an unusual Pinot in that it is Unfiltered and a bit sweeter than most. I ended up buying a bottle of the Pinot for future wine drinking! The Viognier was a bit sweet for my liking and it's a white-I don't drink alot of whites-but this would be nice on a really hot day!! The two Syrahs were completely different. I was not fond of the Santa Barbara COunty Syrah-too harsh a taste for me, but the Tierra Alta Syrah was very nice, and I contemplated buying a bottle of that as well.

If you are interested in any of these wines, hurry because all of their wines are small production-not many cases are made.

Check them out: http://www.departurewines.com/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx

Monday, March 3, 2008

A Pinot Noir wine Flight for $10







Morry's of Naples, which is just south of Belmont Shore in Southern California, has a great little place called The Backroom. And on tuesdays, they have their wine flight night for $10. You get 3 glasses of wine for $10~what a great deal! I decided this would be a great way to taste rather expensive wines for cheap! The three wines I tasted were Laurier Pinot Noir (carneros) 2006, Departure Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara) 2006 and the Renteria Pinot Noir (Russian River) 2005. All of the wines i paired with an awesome cheese plate!!

Laurier Pinot Noir
: This was a nice Pinot, a smooth taste with a hint of blackberries. This was a nice wine-not sure of the price-sorry!

Departure Pinot Noir: This was my favorite-and what an amazing red color it had because it's an unfiltered Pinot! It was light and fruity and delicious! I'd love to go buy a bottle of this, but at $39.99, it wont be happening while I'm not working!!

Renteria Pinot Noir: This was a lovely Pinot, only 307 cases were produced-so I felt very fortunate to get the chance to taste it! It was filtered and had a wonderful blackberry smell and taste. i really enjoyed this Pinot as well and at $34.99-I'll be waiting before I buy this one as well.

St. Clair Winery Meritage, New Mexico




































I decided to dive into a wine I bought while in New Mexico in November 2007. I was working in a small town called Deming, New Mexico~and like I always do when I travel~ I checked out what the town of Deming had to offer. And to my pleasant surprise, they had a winery with a tasting room! SO of course I felt the necessity to go visit and taste! And taste I did-and wow was I pleasantly surprised! The wines are pretty darn good! I bought about 4 bottles and had them shipped back home. Last night, my dad and I opened my first bottle, the Meritage! And again I was pleasantly surprised. What an easy glass of wine to drink! It is a very nice table wine-that went very nicely with the lasagna and spinach salad we had for dinner!

The Meritage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Merlot grapes. A full-bodied wine with hints of cherry, black currant and dark berries. And at $16 a bottle-it was pretty darn good considering I live in California and am surrounded by great wines!