It’s All About That Baste — More Zinfandel! 7 Reasons Why

Sorry Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but for me, Turkey Day is All About That Baste –with More Zinfandel!

National Zinfandel Day MAST 2015

While I am not sure yet what exactly I will be sipping this holiday season (or on Sunday when we will cook turkey and ham and do some sampling!), what I have learned from previous tastings with various wines and holiday meals is that Zinfandel can handle well turkey, ham, and prime rib — and many of the sides.

Seven Reasons Why I Love a Good Zinfandel on Zin Day or any day:

  1. A beautiful garnet or ruby jewel color
  2. A nose full of both floral perfumes (cecil bruner roses!) and fruit — much like walking on a country road in summertime that has
  3. Plentiful brambleberry fruit, perhaps plum, rich and jammy on the palate.
  4. While that fruit might tend towards ripe jamminess, it has lots of spice and that fruit is balanced by a firm backbone from acid.
  5. Nice oak provides structure and aging potential
  6. Old vine zinfandels remind me how to grow old with grace — and offer a taste of the terroir.
  7. Zinfandel is an awesome cocktail AND food wine; many pair exceptionally well with both turkey AND ham.

So in anticipation of Zinfandel Day today, I picked up a bottle of  Bedrock Zinfandel, Continue reading

Ferrari Bubbles from Italian Alps

What? There are CARS bubbling out of the Italian Alps? No I don’t mean that kind of Ferrari. I mean bubbles from the sparkling wine grown in the Alps and made in the winery started by Guilio Ferrari over 100 years ago!

On Tuesdays in November from 6-7pm I am participating in Protocol Wine’s Wine Studio Project tasting and education series with Ferrari, a sparkling wine producer from Trento which is located in the Dolomite region of the Alps in the northeastern part of Italy. To learn with us about Ferrari this month, check out the hashtags #winestudio and #FerrariTrento as we taste Ferrari’s award-winning  wines: Brut, Rose, Perlè 2007, and Guilio Ferrari 2001.

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Founded in 1902 by Giulo Ferrari, a pioneer in Italian viticulture, Ferrari was the first Italian winemaker and viticulturalist to dedicate his vineyards almost entirely to Chardonnay. In 1952, Giulio Ferrari chose Bruno Lunelli, owner of a wine shop in Trento to take over. Lunelli increased production yet maintained quality while children  FrancoGino and Mauro added Ferrari Rosé, Ferrari Perlé and Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore. A third generation MarcelloMatteoCamilla and Alessandro Lunelli continues the tradition.

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As early as 1906, the wines began winning awards:

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2 Central Coast Tempranillo to Tempt you on #TempranilloDay 11/12/15

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Are you ready to be tempted by Tempranillo on Tempranillo Day this Thursday November 12, 2015? That’s right,

International Tempranillo Day is the second Thursday in November which means this year it is Thurs. Nov. 12!

While you may not recognize Tempranillo by name, if you’ve ever had wine from Rioja, then you have tasted this spicy, lively varietal. Continue reading