Posts tagged "California"
Dirty & Rowdy with Hardy Wallace

Dirty & Rowdy with Hardy Wallace

Dirty & Rowdy from the zinfidel on Vimeo. Hardy Wallace of Dirty & Rowdy talks wine and fried chicken at Vine Wine, Brooklyn.  
Edmunds St. John:  Cali Revolution Pioneer

Edmunds St. John: Cali Revolution Pioneer

A couple years back I attended a dinner with Steve Edmunds, of Edmunds St. John fame.  While at the time I was a little underwhelmed by the wines from this esteemed California producer, I will honestly admit that my palate has changed drastically since then (for the better!) and the honest style of the wines...
Broc Cellars: California Low Alcohol Wine in the House

Broc Cellars: California Low Alcohol Wine in the House

Broc Cellars popped onto the radar via Chambers Street Wines rather hastily.  After their interview with Chris Brockway, I felt compelled to try a couple bottles; epecially the Cabernet Franc (which quickly sold out – sorry).  When you see numbers like 12.5% (as in alcohol content) or even 11.9% (for the Cab Franc) for red...
Wine Pairing: On Matching Wine with Wine.

Wine Pairing: On Matching Wine with Wine.

It’s fun to try and put together a few bottles of wine for a dinner or tasting that will go with each other nicely.  It’s kind of like stringing words together to form a Haiku or something.  Sometimes it’s easy; pick a region or a grape variety and go.  But it’s more challenging, and sometimes...
Anthill Farms:  Atypical Cali Pinot & Low Impact Winemaking

Anthill Farms: Atypical Cali Pinot & Low Impact Winemaking

Chances are you have never heard of Anthill Farms.  I know I had not prior to a tasting with this boutique California Pinot Noir (mostly – they do a couple Syrahs as well) purveyor at Union Square Wines.  I was skeptical going into the tasting as I am not typically down with California Pinot Noir...
Get Your La Clarine Farm 2010 Mourvedre Here

Get Your La Clarine Farm 2010 Mourvedre Here

The following is the initial offer from La Clarine Farm for their 2010 Mourvedre.  Their 2009 Mourvedre was probably one of my favorite wines of 2011.  Certainly my favorite producer/wine from California for 2011.  So here is the offer from Hank Beckmeyer, get it, just leave some for me too: 2010 certainly could be called...
Pleiades

Pleiades

Sean H. Thackrey.  Vintner.  Bolinas, California.  So reads the label on a bottle of “Pleiades” XVIII Old Vines California Red.  It is a creation by the hand of California’s most interesting wine maker, Sean Thackrey.  There is not a lot of information out there on the inter-web about Sean Thackrey.  In fact, his website doesn’t...
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

We touched down at LAX International and after a bit of this and that we headed to the mecca of the Los Angles wine bar scene, LOU.  By it’s own accord, LOU is located in a “tasteful” strip mall on Vine and Melrose, known as Melrose Place, just like the TV show (coincidence?).  It is...
California Wow:  Clos Saron Carte Blanche 2010

California Wow: Clos Saron Carte Blanche 2010

I had heard the name Clos Saron around I don’t know where.  But it really came to my attention on the wine list of one of my favorite NYC haunts, Hearth.  They have an entire page dedicated to this California producer.  That is to say, not an entire page of wines from them, as there...
Ridge Vineyard's Other Varietals

Ridge Vineyard’s Other Varietals

Ridge Vineyards is one of California’s greatest treasures, and one of the reasons that I became enchanted by wine.  And while they are known for their impressive range of Zinfandel’s, and most of all for their Monte Bello Cabernet Savignon, they also have some great bottlings of some other well known and less so well...
La Clarine Farm Mourvedre:  Real Deal California Strikes Again

La Clarine Farm Mourvedre: Real Deal California Strikes Again

La Clarine Farm 2009 Mourvedre ~ $22.99 After being wowed by the La Clarine Farm 2009 Home Vineyard blend I was chomping at the bit to try their 2009 Mourvedre. The wine is different from the Home Vineyard, which is a blend. This baby is all Mourvedre and has less tannic structure, but the Tannat...
Ridge Vineyard's Paul Draper on “Pre-Industrial Winemaking”

Ridge Vineyard’s Paul Draper on “Pre-Industrial Winemaking”

Before I knew anything about wine other than I liked it, I found Ridge Vineyards.  When I first tried Ridge, I fell in love with wine.  It tasted different from other wines, and I knew that my life would be forever changed.  It is what wine lovers refer to as an epiphany wine, for me. ...