Darcie Kent Vineyards Gruner Veltliner, Rava Blackjack Vineyard 2011

$20 Below Wines Price: Suggested retail is $18.00 From The Winery: 13.5% alcohol While widely planted in Austria and Eastern Europe, it’s fairly rare to come across a Gruner Veltliner in the U.S. and especially in California. Winemaker/artist Darcie Kent makes this wine in honor of her Swiss grandfather, a winemaker who loved his Gruner. […]

Wine Event Freycinet Vineyard

Freycinet Vineyards is a family owned boutique winery on the East Coast of Tasmania set amongst spectacular scenery. The vineyard overlooks Freycinet National Park and is not far from the world renowned Wineglass Bay. Early pioneers of grape growing in this area Geoff and Susie Bull established this vineyard in 1980 and the region now […]

Margaret River Wine Region Forester Estate

Kevin McKay  Vigneron/Winemaker for Forester Estate Western Australia enjoys the good life.  With one eye on the surf and one eye on the vineyard Kevin has been able to combine his passions and create an enviable lifestyle. The awards and achievements of Forester Estate Wines are a testament to the commitment of this Estate to […]

Kay Brothers- Wines

Family Tradition

A family tradition continues with Colin Kay (third generation) making wines from the oldest McLaren Vale winery still in family hands . The Amery property came into the hands of the Kay brothers in 1891 and the winery was completed in 1895. Block 6 which was planted out with shiraz in 1892 is still producing […]

Ferrari - Carano Siena 2010

Ferrari – Carano Siena 2010

Price: Suggested Retail is $25.00 Winery: 14.1% Alcohol. 74% Sangiovese, 14% Malbec, 8% Syrah, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. Sonoma County AVA. Impressions: If I may borrow Arby’s slogan and give it a twist, Ferrari-Carano’s 2010 Siena red blend is good mood wine. This Sangiovese-dominated blend is super approachable, and loaded with ripe black cherry, cranberry and […]

Sparkling Reds

Sparkling Reds for Wine Lovers

How reliant we have become on the “net” for modern day communication.  When a new computer is required the impact is quite amazing and not something. I would have given much thought to only a few short years ago. Plus a new program to acquaint myself which can be a challenge in itself. Back in […]

Delille Chaleur Estate Blanc 2011

Delille Chaleur Estate Blanc 2011

Delille has been making great wines in Washington since 1992.  When I visited the tasting room in Woodinville back in May 2012, I finally was able to taste the exceptional quality across both the Delille and Doyenne lineups.   Joining their wine club was a no-brainer.  Most wines I consume are reds, but in a […]

Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

A consistent favorite Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, Adelsheim’s Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley is one of the wines I seek out every year to evaluate the quality of specific vintages.  So when David Adelsheim made an appearance in Memphis last week, the timing was perfect to try the latest release.  Adelshiem crafts […]

Wine Collection

How to Start a Wine Collection

The joy of collecting wine comes from having a variety of bottles that you’re proud of owning and enjoy drinking and sharing with others. Aging the wine yourself as opposed to buying it pre-aged adds a certain satisfaction and a sense of responsibility for contributing to the quality of the wine. Collecting wine can be […]

Robert Mondavi Winery

Read Here’s to You, Mr. Mondavi

How can an American wine blogger not write about Mondavi? Mondavi was to American wine what Henry Ford was to automobiles, what Howard Hughes was to aviation, what Steve Jobs was to technology- a visionary. True visionaries are rare. They can look into the future and view a world where their seemingly impossible dreams are a reality. […]