Saturday, March 8, 2014
Chatting this morning with Macario Montoya Owner/Winemaker of Campesino Cellars you can hear the passion and excitement in his voice when he talks about wine, family and Napa/Sonoma. From the vineyards where his co-owner wife Griselda grew up to the label, wines named after his daughters and even the name Campesino all have special meaning. They make sure to recognize all those individuals from the vineyard workers to the harvest crew to the tasting room associates...everyone is equally responsible for the success. Family is important to them both as well. Listen as we spend 30 minutes chatting on CellarCast.
Click the link to listen Interview With Macario
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Dutcher Crossing Winery and winemaker Kerry Damskey visit my favorite wine store First Avenue Wine House I make sure not to miss the event. Tonight's wine was a purchase 2 years ago and bottle signed by the winemaker which will add to the empty bottle shrine.
The aromatics on these wines are so pleasing to the nose as all Dutcher wines. Rich blackberry, dark cherry, ripe blueberry and fresh sliced plum get me excited about the wine. White pepper and fresh mint round out the aromas. The wine is 94% Zinfandel and 6% Petite Sirah.
Big fruit and even bigger flavor. Jammy fruits of blackberry and raspberry with juicy cherry and plum. Black pepper and licorice with hints of vanilla. The finish is long and what impresses me is the beautiful layers of fruit and spice throughout the taste. I loved this wine at the event and it's even better now. Well done Kerry!
Visit the tasting room at 8533 Dry Creek Road in Geyserville California and taste their award winning wines. Be prepared to be entertained by Deb. What a hoot.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The weather has been cold lately but Spring is around the corner and upon a visit to my favorite wine store First Avenue Wine House I purchased a few white wines. Pinot Gris has long been a favorite and the vineyard 10Span is new to me.
The California Condor with it's wingspan 10 feet from tip to tip was the inspiration for making this wine. Artisan crafted, these wines showcase the coastal region for which the bird soars high above. Proceeds from 10Span wines benefit the Ventana Wildlife Society which helps reintroduce the condor back into the wild.
The nose is so appealing with ripe apple and fresh sliced cantaloupe leading the way. Hints of orange citrus zest, floral notes and caramel round out the nose.
The mouth is crisp with refreshing layers of flavor. Cantaloupe, juicy apple and tangerine with a creamy butterscotch finish. I paired with spicy chicken tortilla soup and what an amazing pairing. The price is easy on the pocketbook at $12.99. A fun delicious wine.
I'll be back in to pick more up Traci.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I had the pleasure of chatting with Elizabeth Smith on her move to Napa, her job as Wine Club Coordinator at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and the new lifestyle she loves. A fitting picture with Cindy Cosco above shows how relaxed one feels in wine country.
For those who do not know Beth was an east coast gal successful working in the wine industry and owning her own personal travel business. All roads were leading to wine country and her love of the grape juice. That day has finally arrived 6 weeks ago and we sat down for a chat yesterday. Thanks for being such a great guest Beth and keep enjoying that Napa life.
Here is the link to CellarCast Interview With Elizabeth Smith
Special thanks to sponsor Cornerstone Cellars!
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What a neat wine from Chile and inexpensive around $10 this Carmenere from Casillero del Diablo and Marcello Papa winemaker. A wine in my opinion with a nice bouquet, excellent fruit and soft on the finish.
The nose is full of raspberry, blackberry and plum fruit highlighted by mocha, black pepper, toasty oak and cocoa.
The mouth again is full of dark fruit with dark plum, blackberry, dark cherry and raspberry. A generous spicy currant and finishing with a nice oak accent. Soft for a wine with an emphasis on dark rich fruit. A coworker brought me some deer sticks and this wine was a good match. Enjoyable.
Casillero del Diablo is a nice example of inexpensive wines which you may enjoy.