Tasting Cambria Estate Winery

Jackson Family Wines has another winner in the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Cambria Wine Estate. The 2015 Katherine Vineyard Chardonnay is the dream of the perfect “California Chardonnay” – buttery, vanilla flavors yet restrained and balanced. The secret is the barrel aging and judicious use of new French oak. Now the 2015 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir was very rich and vibrant with a slight transparent hue. The nose was very perfumed and the finish of the wine long in length and quite elegant. I could see pairing this with a substantial dish like Salmon and also risotto. The estate is owned by Katie and Julia Jackson, and located in the coastal Santa Maria Bench of Santa Barbara, where all the best wines come from. When I taste Jackson Family wines, I often wonder how they can deliver such great quality at an affordable price. These are two great wines ...

Uh Oh – The Langhe Portfolio Is Getting Points – Rattalino Scores a 97 for a 2013 Barolo

We've Heard This Story Before 
 - Boy Discovers Winery ... Boy Sells Wines ... Love Wines ... Winery Gets Points ... Wines Get Expensive / Allocated 
 - This Has Happened in France and Germany
 - Valloni Just Got 95 Points
 - Now Rattalino Rings the Bell With a 97

2013 Rattalino Barolo Trentaquattro 34
 - Classic Tobacco and Rose on the Nose - Really Pretty
 - The Fruit Is An Absolute Crescendo
 - A Ridiculous Bottle of Barolo for $47.99 (would be $70+ 3 tier)
 - Straight from the Cellar
 - Entering Its Drinking Window
 - Classic, Classic Old School Barolo
 - Mineral, Floral Nose
 - Serious, Deep, Concetrated Fruit
 - 97 Points Decanter

2012 Rattalino Barolo Bussia Trentacinque 35 
 - Monumental Density and Concentration
 - Dark, Dark Fruit Enrobed with Licorice and Spice
 - Amazing Structure
 - Brilliant Bussia Vineyard
 - Just Entering It's Window
 - Maybe My Favorite Barolo We've Sold

What Wines Go With Jambalaya? 7 Great Pairings

What Wines Go With Jambalaya? 7 Great PairingsJambalaya, this amazing dish of the southern cuisine finds its origins in two rustic Mediterranean dishes, the Spanish paella, and the French jambalaia, one native to Valencia the other to Provence. Pairing it with wines brings a heavenly combination to the table, but which wines go with jambalaya? Like […] The post What Wines Go With Jambalaya? 7 Great Pairings appeared first on Wine Turtle.

Lirac: Five Star French Wine And Travel

Lirac Vineyard
A view of a Lirac vineyard at Château de Montfaucon. Photo Credit: Jill Barth
France’s Rhône River runs north to south, beginning in the Swiss Alps and eventually finding its way to the Mediterranean Sea. Populating its banks are world-renowned vineyards, divided into Northern and Southern designationsthe latter of which includes the Lirac Cru. In a valley where wines are classified by region – not variety – possessing this Cru designation is a key distinction, as there are only 13. Though Lirac was officially recognized as such in the 1940s, the area has been known for quality vineyards since the middle ages, famous for fresh, aromatic and structured wines.
Domaine Clos Sixte Lirac
Photo Credit: Jill Barth

The AOP – which includes the communes of Roquemaure, Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres, Saint-Geniès-de-Comolas and Lirac — produces red, white and rosé wine from 782 hectares. It is home to 44 domaines and châteaux, 18 négociants and ...

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Wine of the Day, No. 438

Casa Perini, located since 1929 in Serra Gaúcha, Brazil’s southern-most province, offers a dizzying panoply of products at every level of accomplishment and price, including an array of sparkling wines, both champagne method and charmat. The winery’s entry-level label is Macaw, which gives us our Wine of the Day. The Casa Perini Macaw Tannat 2016, Vale Trentino, Farroupilha, is 100 percent varietal; it aged 12 months in stainless steel and new Hungarian oak. The color is transparent medium-ruby; scents and flavors of spiced and macerated red cherries and plums are highlighted by notes of blueberries and a touch of leather and loam; middle-of-the-road in body and weight, this tasty wine flows lithely and lightly on the palate, propelled by bright acidity and a glint of graphite-tinged minerality. 11.5 percent alcohol. Nothing to worry your pretty little heads about, Readers; it’s an eminently quaffable red well-suited to pizzas, burgers and ...

How To Pair Wine With Pork (+4 Delicious Recipes)

If any meat crosses the divide of white meat and red, it’s pork. It’s unsurprising then, that pork shows up so frequently on dinner tables, featured in classic, all-American dishes and those inspired by faraway cuisines. It’s tough to find a wine that doesn’t match with this chameleon of meats, as it can pair with the light and bright or the rich and full-flavored alike. It all depends on the cut and preparation of the dish. Fattier cuts of pork, like bacon, pork belly, and pork shoulder, might work with a heavier wine, while leaner meats, like pork tenderloin, are better matched with a fresher option. For pork inspiration, turn to these four recipes and wine pairings. Don’t be afraid to get creative – after all, pork is one of the most versatile options around! Roast Pork Tenderloin

In classic Sunday dinner fashion, something like this garlic roast pork tenderloin brings ...

This garlic roast pork loin is simple to make and delivers huge flavor.

Ventisquero Grey GCM and Carménère

Ventisquero Grey has been operating in Chile since 1998 -- sourcing fruit from their vineyards located in Chile’s principal wine regions: Coastal Maipo, Casablanca, Colchagua, Leyda and Huasco.  I recently received samples of two excellent and affordable wines from the winery. Cheers.

Ventisquero Grey Carménère 2014 ($20.00)
The fruit for this wine was grown in the Maipo Valley which is located just south of the capital city Santiago and as wine-searcher.com states "...is home to some of the country's most prestigious wines ... and is often described as the 'Bordeaux of South America'". Specifically the Maipo Valley is situated at the most northern end of the Central Valley separated from Mendoza by the Andes Mountains and blocked from the Pacific by the Coastal Range. The sun warms the valley during the day, followed by colder nights which slows ripening, extends the growing season, and leads to grapes ...

From the Winemaker Behind Petrus and Dominus. Incredible 2016 Bordeaux, Under $40

2016 Chateau Samion
 - The Finest Satellite Wine I've Ever Had 
 - Vivid Nose of Raspberry Confit, Plum, Cocoa, Earth
 - Terrific 2016 Grip
 - Tastes Like a $100 Bottle of Bordeaux
 - Special Case Pricing

2016 Vieux Chateau St. Andre
 - Supple, Silky, Juicy
 - A Bit More of an Early Drinker than the Samion
 - Just a Great Classic Yet Deep Bottle of Bordeaux for $32.99

Below is what Antonio Galloni has to say about 2016 Bordeaux.

"The 2016s are absolutely remarkable wines. The word that comes to mind, unfortunately so often overused, is balance. In technical terms, the 2016s boast off the charts tannins that in many cases exceed those of wines from massive vintages such as 2010. And yet, the best 2016s are absolutely harmonious, with the tannins barely perceptible at all. The 2016s also have tremendous energy and bright, acid-driven profiles, with many wines ...