Ron Rubin 2013 Green Valley of Russian River Valley Syrah: A delicious cool-climate wine!

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Today I’m enjoying a glass of Ron Rubin’s 2013 Syrah from Sonoma County’s Green Valley of Russian River Valley appellation. This is one of the smallest appellations in Sonoma County and one of the coolest within Russian River Valley. The region is defined by its trademark foggy marine layer which produces cooler temperatures that are well-suited for varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. On the other hand, cool-climate Syrah should not be overlooked; especially from this producer. Syrah is an interesting grape. It’s one of the few varieties that performs superbly well in both cool and warm climates. I prefer the latter, but appreciate both depending on my mood and/or food. Syrah from cool climate regions are generally brighter, showcasing more red fruits, and leaner than their warm weather counterparts.  

After many years of success in the beverage industry, including recently celebrating 25 years of owning ...

Bonterra 2016 Rosé: Celebrating 30 years of organic farming and a new rosé!

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Today’s Quick Sip is Bonterra 2016 Rosé. I recently had the pleasure of joining winemaker Sebastian Donoso and other wine personalities on Wine Studio (aka #winestudio), your source for grassroots brand marketing and beverage education, for a virtual Twitter chat. Just last year, Bonterra was named ‘American Winery of the Year’ by Wine Enthusiast magazine. This year, Bonterra – a forerunner of the green movement – celebrates 30 years of organic farming in northern California’s Mendocino County. In total, Bonterra farms 950 acres of CCOF-certified vineyards throughout the area. Their belief: “Organic grapes lead to flavorful, balanced wines perfectly in tune with nature.” Over the years, I have found Bonterra to be a very reliable producer. Their wines represent good value for the money across the spectrum. This is Bonterra’s inaugural vintage of rosé. It is made from organically grown grapes intended solely for the ...

Bonterra 2016 Rosé: Celebrating 30 years of organic farming and a new rosé!

Hello Friends,

Today’s Quick Sip is Bonterra 2016 Rosé. I recently had the pleasure of joining winemaker Sebastian Donoso and other wine personalities on Wine Studio (aka #winestudio), your source for grassroots brand marketing and beverage education, for a virtual Twitter chat. Just last year, Bonterra was named ‘American Winery of the Year’ by Wine Enthusiast magazine. This year, Bonterra – a forerunner of the green movement – celebrates 30 years of organic farming in northern California’s Mendocino County. In total, Bonterra farms 950 acres of CCOF-certified vineyards throughout the area. Their belief: “Organic grapes lead to flavorful, balanced wines perfectly in tune with nature.” Over the years, I have found Bonterra to be a very reliable producer. Their wines represent good value for the money across the spectrum. This is Bonterra’s inaugural vintage of rosé. It is made from organically grown grapes intended solely for the ...

Saved 2013 Red Wine: Where craft, passion, and art meet!

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Today’s Quick Sip is Saved 2013 Red Wine. Saved Wines is a collaborative effort between world-renowned tattoo artist Scott Campbell and Napa Valley winemaker Clay Brock. One of Scott’s tattoo designs, an attractive one I might add, is etched on the bottle. The wine is named after his tattoo studio in Brooklyn, New York. Clay, a veteran in the California wine industry, brings 30 years of experience to this artistic endeavor. This wine is a ‘kitchen sink’ of sorts – led by Merlot and Malbec – and made from a total of  nine grape varieties; all from the excellent 2013 vintage. For both men, this label symbolizes the freedom and sanctuary one gets by committing fully to their passions.

I reached for this wine last weekend when I was out back grilling, and what a great choice. It is supple, robust, and fruit forward in character. ...
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Arinzano 2008 La Casona: Built for the cellar but very enjoyable now!

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Today’s Quick Sip is Arinzano’s 2008 La Casona, a blend of 75% Tempranillo and 25% Merlot. I was introduced to this fine producer through the good folks at Wine Studio, your source for grassroots brand marketing and beverage education. The Arinzano estate is located in northeast Spain, at the crossroads of Rioja Alavesa and Navarra. The historic estate plays host to structures dating back to the 16th century. In 2007, Arinzano became the first site in northeast Spain to receive Vino de Pago status. This is Spain’s top-tier wine designation, above D.O.Ca, given to estates and vineyards that show site-specific growing conditions that impart unique characteristics into a wine. Additionally, all wines must be grown, produced and bottled on property and meet quality standards.

It is worth noting that this wine was bottle aged for nearly 8 years and released in 2015. Do understand that ...

Achaval Ferrer 2015 Mendoza Malbec: An enjoyable Malbec from a reliable Argentinian producer!

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Today’s Quick Sip is Achaval Ferrer’s 2015 Mendoza Malbec. Once a popular blending component in Bordeaux; Malbec has established itself as a major player in Argentina. Malbec’s birthplace may be Cahors (SW France), which I also enjoy sipping, but from my point of view, Argentina – specifically the Mendoza region, has put Malbec on the radar of wine lovers around the globe. The more approachable, fruit-forward examples of Malbec with fine tannins and round textures can be quite appealing without breaking the piggy bank. Today, I regularly see Mendoza Malbec poured and promoted at weekend wine shop tastings, on restaurant wine lists, and even ‘on tap’ at some gourmet burger chains in the area. This was not so much the case ten years ago, and the quality-to-price ratio is generally high which bodes well for consumers.

One of the leaders in quality Argentinian Malbec is Achaval Ferrer. Founded ...

Rocca Di Castagnoli 2013 Chianti Classico: A wine that meets all the expectations of a delicious Chianti Classico

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Today’s Quick Sip is the 2013 Chianti Classico from Rocca Di Castagnoli. Chianti is a large wine producing region in Tuscany, Italy. It is one of the most popular and recognizable Italian wine regions in the world. And the Sangiovese grape variety is the undisputed king of the region. For Chianti Classico, a minimum of 80% percent of Sangiovese is required by law. This wine is composed of 90% Sangiovese with additions of 5% Canaiolo and 5% Colorino. The fruit was sourced from the high altitude hills near the village of Gaiole. The resultant wine is expressive and well-balanced, meeting all the expectations of a delicious Chianti Classico. This wine retails for $25 but is under $20 at Cork Exclusive. Even better, free shipping is offered on any purchase of four or more bottles of wines or spirits. Given the time of year, I recommend this wine ...
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