Most of the year I don’t crave Cabernet Sauvignon, but as the temperature drops and winter arrives my craving for these full bodied complex wines grow. Woodside Vineyard’s King’s Mountain is one of a few that I have year after year and in a simple word it tastes like candy.
As far as under the radar Napa/Sonoma wines go Capiaux is high on that list. They produce some amazing Pinot Noirs at exceptional price points. Chimera is their easiest to obtain offering and offers succulent ripe red fruit, some bark and balanced minerality. Pairs well with holiday meals and is a real crowd pleaser.
Can you hear us Paso Robles? We’ll be out your way this weekend. Drop us a note if you’d like us to visit. We have a few already, but always in search of great wine and more importantly amazing people.
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Had a friend mention that she couldn’t find a Santa Cruz Mountain wine she enjoyed, and that if we were recommending Woodside Vineyard they must be tasty. Fact is, they are tasty. However, most people aren’t aware that there are vineyards north of Cupertino that is still considered Santa Cruz Mountains. As its name stipulates, Woodside Vineyard’s vineyards are actually located in Woodside. Right in the middle of the peninsula.
Bob walks the fine line of balancing a well respected California chardonnay such as Kistler and the buttery, oaky chardonnay that many of us self proclaimed ‘snobs’ shun.
Big notes of oak right up front, but muted on the butter and tropical notes. A round profile and very approachable.
Thanks Buff, Bob, Brian and Phil for continuing to produce quality and local wines.
Yes, you heard correctly! We’re planning a trip out to Italy this coming May. Flying into Rome and driving north. After Italy we will be ferrying across the Adriatic Sea to Rovinj to tour Northern Croatia.
We plan on consuming a copious amount of wine on our trip, and if you’re a local producer or represent a local producer - get a hold of us, and we’ll try to schedule a visit. message us at: http://corkhoarder.tumblr.com/ask
One of the proprietors of Coach House Liquors & Deli, which has an excellent wine selection, introduced me to Jaffurs years ago and we’ve been big fans of their syrah ever since.
Big brawny black fruit, cigar, eucalyptus, oak. It’s chewy and fulfilling. A final note about Jaffurs, if you come across a Verna’s Vineyard Syrah - you’re in for a real treat. Look for some in upcoming posts.
We discovered Scheid when we stayed the weekend in Monterey, they just opened their tasting room on cannery row and we strolled out of the Intercontinental looking for a drink to end the evening. Been a big fan of central coast chardonnays for a long time and theirs doesn’t slack.
Bright acidic notes, stone fruits and mineral. This Indian Summer heat wave is making us restock our summer selections.
We don’t consume many gewurztraminers, but Cathy Corison sold us on the story behind her Corazón label. Corazón is not just a playful take on “Corison” but literally translates into ‘heart’ ‘darling’ or ‘love’ in Spanish. She’s put her heart into her wines, and into this bottle gewurztraminer.
It’s not the German style gewurztraminers that we’re used to, but a brighter California style that’s fitting. Fantastic bottle for a summer evening.
Pairings: What wine (or beverage) do you prefer with Bon Chon Chicken?
If you haven’t had Bon Chon Chicken, or Korean Fried Chicken maybe it’s about time you had. We’ve been obsessed with this stuff since a local Bon Chon Chicken opened up. Unlike the super secret mystery birds that other friend chicken chains use, Bon Chon Chicken only uses organic free range chickens from Mary’s Chickens in Sanger(just outside of Fresno), CA.
These chickens are cooked up to be crisp and juicy then coated with one of two sauces. The question begs - what goes best with Bon Chon Chicken?
Our top picks were some of the newer California micro-rieslings such as Tatomer or Big Basin, white bordeaux, tart Italian whites, and champagne, or something sparkling - but dry/brut. What do you think pairs well with Bon Chon Chicken?
It’s no secret we’re huge fans of Eric Jensen and what he’s been up to at Booker Vineyards in Paso Robles, Ca. Although we’re fans due to his reds, he also makes a ‘manly’ white. Unfiltered, full flavored…burley.
A lot is going on in this bottle. Cloudy, murky, mysterious in color - almost a sauternes orange. Floral and citrus dance on the nose. Palate is abundant in spicy stone fruits, honey, stewed apples, ripe melons, citrus zest, grapefruit, aloe, etc. There’s something new in every taste. It’s a big white.
Roses have been white hot this summer and we’ve been consuming more then we ever have before. This is currently at the top of the heap but we still have a few bottles, including some from much anticipated Media Luna on the block before our indian summer’s out.
This is not a wine one would bring to Quince for dinner, but a small playful bottle to open and experience at home while playing the air guitar. Give this bottle 45-60 minutes to breathe as the mustache can be quite timid.
Once it’s grown it’s a really fun wine for its price point. Making the end of any day that much more special.