A Pair of Iconic Cab Producers and a Sonoma linked Champagne

2012 Alexander Valley Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml $72; 1.5l $199)
Jordan Vineyard & Winery has been an iconic producer of Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon since practically its first release in 1976.  Their estate is located in the Alexander Valley AVA - just north of Healdsburg - which is the largest wine region in the county. The AVAs boundaries have changed slightly over the years but the the original border extended from the banks of the Russian River eastward to the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains and is sheltered by the moderating influences of the Pacific.  This means the day times are dry and hot whereas the colder night temperatures create a large diurnal temperature swing leading to slowly maturing grapes and intense acids. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon contains 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot; and 2% Malbec from the Jordan estate and ...

6 Reasons Your Wine Fridge Is Not Cooling And How To Fix It

6 Reasons Your Wine Fridge Is Not Cooling And How To Fix ItYou’ve thought about the wine in your cooler throughout the day - the only thing that made your office hours bearable. Finally home, you’re already dreaming of pouring yourself a well-deserved glass of celebratory booze. But your wine’s hot! How could that happen? […] The post 6 Reasons Your Wine Fridge Is Not Cooling And How To Fix It appeared first on Wine Turtle.

Wine Fridge Keeps Beeping: Here’s 6 Things That May Cause It And What To Do

Wine Fridge Keeps Beeping: Here’s 6 Things That May Cause It And What To DoA wine fridge, like a normal fridge, runs smoothly producing minimal sound. In a quiet room, you could hear the slight noise of a compressor or the characteristic sound of a Peltier module, but the noise is rarely disturbing. That’s why […] The post Wine Fridge Keeps Beeping: Here’s 6 Things That May Cause It And What To Do appeared first on Wine Turtle.

The Ideal Temperature for Your Wine Fridge: A Detailed Guide

The Ideal Temperature for Your Wine Fridge: A Detailed GuideSo, you finally bought that wine fridge you’ve long desired. Your priceless bottles of heavenly goodness now have their designated place in your home. But what is the ideal temperature for your wine fridge? Should it store or chill the bottles? I remember buying my first wine […] The post The Ideal Temperature for Your Wine Fridge: A Detailed Guide appeared first on Wine Turtle.

Bubbly From The Middle East And Latin America

Middle Eastern Wine, Latin American Wine High quality, affordable bubbly comes from some totally unexpected places around the world. While many winemakers use traditional production methods, local grape varieties and growing environments make these wines entirely unique. For example, champagne is made using the Traditional Method (sometimes called méthode champenoise), a technique which involves making bubbles through a second round of fermentation in the bottle. This same approach is applied in Brazil and Mexico, regional flavors and styles give these wines their own distinct profiles. Similarly, Italian prosecco is made in the Charmat Method, with the second fermentation happening in the tank, rather than in the bottle – for a fresh take on this classic style, look to Argentina. While some haven’t gone mainstream and may still be hard to source, it’s worth the effort to track down these yet-to-be-discovered bubbly wines… to see the full list, I ask you to please click over to ...

Galloni: "The 2016s are absolutely remarkable wines." Two Incredible Under $25 Bordeaux – Fass Cult Favorites

These Wines Are Fass List Cult Favorites for a Reason
 - Classic, Pre Global Warming, pre Michel Rolland Bordeaux
 - The Balance, Freshness and Complexity I Want

2016 Chateau La Reysse Medoc
 - Drop Dead Tiny Berry Fruit Intensity
 - Amazingly Complex, Powerful and Delicate 
 - For $24.99 - Just Amazing

2016 Clos du Moulin Medoc
 - Deep Red Fruits
 - The Last 200 Bottles (The French Sucked This Down)
 - Ridiculous Value at $18.99

I don't sell Bordeaux often but I am very enthusiastic about the ones I do sell and ChateauLa Reysse
is not only absolutely wonderful and classically styled Bordeaux it is also just one of the best values going. It has a cult following on the list. Finding and offering great value Bordeaux can be a challenge to say the least. Selling it is even harder.  The famous names are the famous names ...

Galloni: "The 2016s are absolutely remarkable wines." Two Incredible Under $25 Bordeaux – Fass Cult Favorites

These Wines Are Fass List Cult Favorites for a Reason
 - Classic, Pre Global Warming, pre Michel Rolland Bordeaux
 - The Balance, Freshness and Complexity I Want

2016 Chateau La Reysse Medoc
 - Drop Dead Tiny Berry Fruit Intensity
 - Amazingly Complex, Powerful and Delicate 
 - For $24.99 - Just Amazing

2016 Clos du Moulin Medoc
 - Deep Red Fruits
 - The Last 200 Bottles (The French Sucked This Down)
 - Ridiculous Value at $18.99

I don't sell Bordeaux often but I am very enthusiastic about the ones I do sell and ChateauLa Reysse
is not only absolutely wonderful and classically styled Bordeaux it is also just one of the best values going. It has a cult following on the list. Finding and offering great value Bordeaux can be a challenge to say the least. Selling it is even harder.  The famous names are the famous names ...

A 2017 Sauvignon by The Sisters in New Zealand

2017 Sauvignon Blanc from The Sisters in New Zealand

Last night we enjoyed a  2017 Sauvignon Blanc  produced by The Sisters in New Zealand. The wine was a light yellow color with a light green hue. The aroma reminded us of a tropical fruit salad. The taste included notes of papaya, pineapple, mango and  citrus-especially grapefruit. The mouthfeel was smooth yielding to bright acidity. Food pairing suggestions included: chicken, salads, seafood and Asian cuisine.  The wine had 12.5% alcohol.  The front label of the Sauvignon Blanc features an image of a woman in black leaping up with excitement.  On the image is written, “‘I achieve many things every day. Say it., believe it, celebrate it. This is our time.” We paired the Sauvignon Blanc with crostini, a sliced baguette topped with a combination of cheese, green onion and butter. This easy-to-prepare appetizer ...

Gersing Cellars Shell Viognier

Gersing Cellars Shell Viognier

Late yesterday afternoon, after a day of preparing our gardens for fall, we decided to enjoy a glass of white wine on our recently renovated deck overlooking our small landscaped backyard. The Gersing Cellars Shell Viognjer 2017 was a perfect match for the backyard experience.  The Viognier was a light yellow color. The aroma offered notes of floral and tropical fruit. The mouthfeel was velvety. The taste offered notes of citrus, pineapple and mango with a little rose petal and a bit of minerality. The finish had a long fruit taste. The grapes for this Viognier were sourced from the Yakima Valley. The back label of the wine bottle explains the musical Shell name. Shell definition, “An open, two-note chord structure played on the piano by the left hand in accompanying oneself or another soloist. This wine-floral, citrusy, and mineral-driven – sings with the clear, ...