Grateful for Exciting Sparkling Wine From Franciacorta Italy

Today is the second Franciacorta twitter tasting that I’ve had the opportunity to participate in, thanks to Balzac Communications.

Before September, I don’t think I’d ever tasted this sparkling wine from Italy that rivals Champagne in quality, but is much lesser known. You’d be amazed at the quality that you can get for the money–I know I was!

Tune in to twitter #Franciacorta to see what we think about today’s line-up. Post to follow soon with more tasting notes.1474638_10151785497985924_997366342_n

I’m also planning on spending some time with that massive map they sent to learn more about this region that I hope to visit one day soon!

PS And no, I am NOT going to let my son saber the bottles with his new Minecraft sword because Rusty Ginger fought him off!

Celebrating Zinfandel Day with Lodi Wine at Cantara Cellars

What’s my favorite wine for Thanksgiving? ZINFANDEL! It’s magical with turkey and ham, and it can stand up to all those crazy rich side dishes.1461699_10151785584630924_330197425_n

So what better time to celebrate zinfandel day but in November as we’re preparing for Thanksgiving and figuring out the wines we want to enjoy on this special day?

Today I’m heading over to Cantara Cellars in Camarillo CA where we will taste zinfandel from the Lodi region as well as other wines from Lodi that you might want to consider sharing with your friends and family on Thanksgiving, or other special occasions. We’ll be posting pictures and tasting notes with the hashtag #lodiwine if you want to follow along.

These are the wines that were sent to me as samples for the twitter tasting that we will be opening today from 5-6pm:

2011 Klinker Brick Winery Bricks & Mortar Cabernet Blend $30
2012 St. Amant Winery Marian’s Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel $24
2010 Mettler Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon $25
2010 Harney Lane Winery Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel $35
2009 LangeTwins Winery & Vineyards Centennial Zinfandel $60
Read more recommendations for wines for Thanksgiving turkey here and wines for Thanksgiving ham here.