Winter Wine Lineup

Posted by on Dec 22, 2010 in Wine | 3 Comments

Oh, What Fun It Is to Try… 

© Gary AllardWith so many dinners, parties and gatherings going on this time of year we seem to be sipping a lot of wine. Once in a while we’ll stumble onto a knock-out bottle that we have to talk about. This year we’ve run into several so we’re putting together our wine wishlist for 2010 (and beyond).

What We Love

  •   Orin Swift “The Prisoner” and “Abstract.” Both blended reds from the St. Helena based winery. Amazing stuff.
  •   “Unruly Red” California table wine, a zippy, fruity, peppery. Bright tannins and a soft finish. Buy a case.
  •   d’Art 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. A lucious and complex cab that drinks like a $100.00 bottle.
  •   Macchia Winery “Mischievous” Zinfandel. Our favorite Lodi zin to date. Impress your friends with this one.
  •  Consilience 2006 Syrah Santa Barbara County. A nice surprise with a friendly price tag.

What our friends and readers are reccommending:

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San Diego Bottle Shops Our Friends Frequent

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Wine Facts

Wine Corkage Fees:

A corkage fee is the price a restaurant charges for opening your bottle of wine, either that you brought or bought in their wine shop. On a no corkage fee night, that fee is waived.
Corkage fees vary based on restaurant, city, and price of wine.

Wine Pours:

A proper wine pour is:

  • 1/3 full for red wine
  • 1/2 full for white wine
  • 3/4 full for sparkling wine

CAUTION: Everyone’s tastes differ — dry wines, sweet wines, robust bold wines — so when asking for recommendations, be sure you match tastes first!

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  1. Gary Allard
    January 4, 2011

    An update to the winter wine list: Just back from a trip to Lodi and we brought home some great reds: A couple from Peirano Estates, a Plungerhead Zin and the very tasty 6th Sense Syrah from Michael David. Cheers!

  2. Erin K.
    April 21, 2011

    Orin Swift is related (by partnership) to Quintessa winery:
    Quintessa is pricey but seriously swoon-worthy and one of the best winery tasting experiences I’ve had both times I went. Its gorgeous for one – concrete and chunky old wood. You have to make an appointment which works out, because you actually sit at a table and are brought a tray of cheese, honeycomb and fig jam. We were brought three glasses (giant Riedel glasses), each of the same variety, age of vine etc. the only difference was the location of the wine and each tasted unique and wonderful, it was to show the difference soil and elevation make to flavor. And then they bring out the real deal and knock your socks off – They only do a meritage but you taste the components separately first to see what goes into it – its always educational- I believe the grapes are organic too – I love that place.

  3. Shelly
    April 21, 2011

    Wow. Wow. That sounds amazing, Erin! We have a friend who just adores Orin Swift — we’ll tell her about this.


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