I can’t remember anymore if I have shared my enthusiasm for Cameron Hughes wines. But, if I haven’t, I will in this week’s Wine Wednesday pick. Cameron Hughes Lot series started in the early 2000’s (and I can’t seem to find the first year they started selling wine) and I have been consistently purchasing the Cameron Hughes wines since Lot 3. They are now up to Lot 290 and I estimate that I have probably … Read more
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This week’s Wine Wednesday pick is Big House Red and was named after the nearby prison in Soledad California (Monterrey County). Besides offering wines at great prices, this winery has being doing some pretty cool stuff. They winery has a woman winemaker who works with a number of weird wine varietals that you don’t see every day, has initiated an anti-snobbery campaign and offers all of their wines in eco-friendly boxes (at a substantial discount … Read more
One of our favorite bargain wine regions is Argentina. In addition to great deals thanks to the weakness of the Argentinian Peso, there is some great wine coming out of Argentina.
And Malbec is the King of Argentinian wine (with Torrontes being the Queen). A relatively obscure grape used in blending in the famed Bordeaux region and the main wine in Cahors France, Malbec has found its true homeland in Argentina and has flourished.
This … Read more
As we mentioned last week, we recently hiked up to Lake County for the Lake County Wine Adventure and had a blast. One of the places that I made sure we went to was Langtry Estate and Vineyards, the producer of Guenoc Wines. Guenoc Wines has been one of my favorite budget go-to producers for well over a decade. Honestly, without Guenoc, I probably wouldn’t have known that Lake County existed when I started buying … Read more
We ventured to a new wine region in California last weekend, Lake County. Besides boasting the largest inland lake, Clear Lake, and best air quality in California, Lake County is also home to a barely dormant volcano that left rich deposits of soil enriched with lava over the years. Like the great wines of Sicily, the volcanic soil greatly affects the grapes and give them a unique characteristic of iron or flint (these are good … Read more
As the US continues to swelter in the heat (a fact that we can appreciate given our recent return from Tales of the Cocktail in hot, steamy New Orleans), Muscadet is the perfect antidote to the heat. Muscadet wines come from the Loire in France and are made from a grape called Melon de Bourgogne. (It’s originally from Burgundy but was evicted from there years ago in favor of Chardonnay.) Another interesting fact is that … Read more
It’s July with days of unseasonably warm weather in San Francisco (almost shocking really and am convinced it’s to make up for the horrible Spring). In warm weather, my mind wonders to rosé which is perhaps the most understood wine of modern times (thanks to White Zinfandel). Rosés are wonderful wines—an almost perfect blend between white and red—and works perfectly with fish and summer tomatoes.
I went hunting for a rosé to bring you for … Read more
One of my current wine obsessions is lambrusco. As I tell my husband, I love all things that sparkle with diamonds (hint, hint) and champagne is my favorite! I also love red wine. lambrusco is the perfect marriage of red wine and “the sparkle” and has quickly become an obsession. Who other than the Italians could have brought us a sparkling red wine?
This week’s Wine Wednesday is the Bruscus 2009 San Valentino Reggiano lambrusco … Read more
This week’s Wine Wednesday pick is the Etz Kamptal 2009 Gruner Veltliner 1L from Austria ($11.99 at K&L Wines).
A beautiful, zingy wine from Austria that offers refreshment on a hot, summer day. Gruner Veltliner is the unofficial wine of Austria with more Gruner planted than any other grape and more Gruner consumed than any other wine. We recently served this at the LA Wine Fest and it was a huge hit! The perfect summer … Read more