August 16th - This Date in Wine History

St. Roch

Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history.  In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.

  • Hugo Gernsbacher, Luxembourgish-American inventor, writer, editor and publisher and father of Science Fiction was born in 1884.  He is the son of a winemaker.
  • Fess Parker, film and tv actor and winemaker was born in 1924.
  • The Bagnoli di Sopra or Bagnoli DOC designation was established in 1995.  It is located in the Veneto region.
  • The French have a saying, “À la Saint-Roch, grande chaleur prépare vin de couleur,” or (loosely) “Hot weather on St. Roch’s day, gives wine good color."

August 15th - This Date in Wine History

Alfred de Vergnette de Lamotte

Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history.  In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.

  • French enologist, Alfred de Vergnette de Lamotte, best known for his work on wine preservation, is named a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 1869.
  • Barossa Valley and Eden Valley were entered into the Register of Protected Names by the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation in 1997.
  • The Australian Geographical Indication “Robe" was registered in 2006.
  • Fête du Vin à Madiran ends.

August 14th - This Date in Wine History

Cosimo III de Medici

Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history.  In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.

  • Cosimo III de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany was born in 1642.  Among his accomplishments was the establishment of the Chianti wine region.
  • Oregon Territory was created in 1848.  The territory now contains the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and parts of Wyoming and Montana.  There are bonded wineries in all of those states.
  • Wine educator, Michel Dovaz was born in 1928.
  • Fête du Vin à Madiran begins.

August 13th - This Date in Wine History

Dry Yeast in a bowl

Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history.  In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.

  • Louis François, Prince of Conti was born in 1717.  He purchased the Burgundy vineyard, La Romanée in 1760.  It has been known as Romanée-Conti ever since.
  • Eduard Buchner died in 1917.  He was a German chemistwho won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on fermentation. He showed that an extract that was free of living yeast cells could still lead to fermentation.
  • The Fara DOC was created in 1969.  These wines are produced around the commune of Fara and are made of Nebbiolo, Vespolina and Uva Rara.
  • The Arcole DOC designation was established in 2000.

August 12th - This Date in Wine History

Giambattista_Tiepolo_-_The_Banquet_of_Cleopatra_-_Google_Art_Project

Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history.  In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.

  • Cleopatra died in 30 BC.  She is said to have owned the largest pearls in the world and she bet Marc Antony that she could spend a small fortune on a singlemeal.  She won the bet by taking one of the pearls and dissolving it in wine vinegar and drinking the mix.
  • The City of Jerez Spain in 1483 issued rules regarding The Raisin and Grape Harvesting Guild, protecting the designation of “Sherry".
  • Eddie Barlow, South African cricketer was born in 1940.  In his retirement he bought a vineyard named Windfall.

August 11th - This Date in Wine History

St. Fiacre

Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history.  In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.

  • The Etna DOC in Sicily, the Rosso Piceno DOC in Marche, the Valtellina DOC in Lombardy and the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOCin Marche were created in 1968
  • The Vernaccia di Oristano DOC in Sardinia was established in 1971.  The grape Vernaccia di Oristano is different from the Vernaccia grape found on the Italian mainland.
  • "A Walk In The Clouds" the 1995 movie set in 1940s Napa Valley opened.
  • It is the feast day of St. Fiacre.  He is the patron saint of gardeners.  

Diablo Grande - Wine Region of the Day

Diablo Grande

Diablo Grande received its designation as an AVA in 1998. Situated across 30,000 acres, Diablo Grande is located in Stanislaus County. The soils of Diablo Grande are mostly clay and sand and are very well draining. The climate is hot and dry but receives high winds that blow across Stanislaus County. The hot temperatures make for a short growing season and high yields of fruit. The region is known for its production of Cabernet SauvignonChardonnayMerlotPinot Noir, Sangiovese, and Syrah.

2010 Anthem Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard - Wine of the Day

2010 Anthem Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

 2010 Anthem Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

$135


Packed with intensity, Anthem's first vintage from this famous Beckstoffer vineyards in St. Helena could not be a stronger introduction. On the nose, the 2010 Las Piedras is all dark fruits with loads of blackberries, black cherries and lingering hint of espresso bean. The palate is plush and full weight with more dark fruit, espresso bean, dark chocolate, mint, and a touch of sweet oak, as well as incredible length and complexity. Although very enjoyable now, this Cabernet will peak in 5-10 years and will continue to age and evolve well beyond that. 

August 10th - This Date in Wine History

Eusebio Kino

Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history.  In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.

  • In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan (Fernão de Magalhães in Portuguese) left Seville, Spain for his around the world voyage. When provisioning his ships he paid more for Sherry than for weapons. This was perhaps the wrong choice as he was killed during the voyage by angry Filipinos.
  • Eusebius Kino was born in 1645.  He was an Italian Jesuit and missionary who founded missions throughout Pimeria Alta (Upper Pima) in New Spain.  These missions were located in what is now northern Sonora in Mexico and Arizona.  Some of these missions had vineyards.  There is a wine from Baja California named in his honor.  
  • Margaux AOC in Bordeaux and the Quarts-de-Chaume AOC in the Loire were named in 1954.
  • It is the feast day of Saint Lawrence of Rome. He is a patron saint of Vintners.

2013 Agnitio Chardonnay Sun Chase Vineyard - Wine of the Day

2013 Agnitio Chardonnay Sun Chase Vineyard

2013 Agnitio Chardonnay Sun Chase Vineyard

$50


Our first vintage of Sun Chase Chardonnay is a distinctive wine with exuberant character and ageability. The nose expresses subtle aromatics ranging from white flowers, Meyer lemons and crushed rock. Best comparted to a classic Meursault from Burgundy, the mouthfeel is at once laser-like, mineral and complex. While still in its youthful stages, with time this wine will blossom to express its mature balance of unctuousness and freshness.

Our grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed for over four hours (Press cycle used in Champagne). The juice was racked off its lies after it had a chance to settle down in a tank for at least 24 hours at 50°F. It was 100% fermented in barrels with a blend of 25% new French oak and 75% neutral oak. Only 25% of the wine was allowed to go through malolactic fermentation in order to preserve the brightness of the wine and gain just enough roundness on the palate. Aged "sur lies fines" for 12 months, this wine will cellar for years.

Saddle Rock - Malibu - Wine Region of the Day

Saddle Rock - Malibu

Saddle Rock - Malibu received its designation as an AVA in 2006. Situated on 2,100 acres, Saddle Rock-Malibu is located high in the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles County. Located just 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Saddle Rock's growing region sits at an elevation of 2,000 feet above sea level. Saddle Rock - Malibu has sandy, rocky soil, which is well draining and forces the grapes to dig their roots deep into the ground in search of water. The region is washed in sunlight during the day, but its high elevation allows for cooling night time effects that lengthen the growing season, allowing the fruit to develop good acidity balance. The hot days of Saddle Rock-Malibu make the region ideal for growing Cabernet SauvignonMerlot, and Zinfandel.

August 9th - This Date in Wine History

The Marriage at Cana

Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history.  In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.

  • Hieronymus Bosch dies in 1516.  He was a Dutch painter known for his detailed works such as The Marriage at Cana; The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things, and the Allegory of Gluttony and Lust. 
  • Mary Randolph, author of the cookbook, The Virginia House-Wife; Or, Methodical Cook was born in 1762.  She includes recipes for currant wine and mead and included recipes that included wine.
  • William Vere Cruess, food scientist responsible for rebirth of the California wine industry after prohibition was born in 1886.  He is also credited with creating the formula for fruit cocktail.

August 8th - This Date in Wine History

Saint Cyricus

Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history.  In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.

  • Baron James de Rothschild acquired the Chateau Lafite in 1868.
  • New Jersey's Warren Hills AVA was designated in 1988.
  • It is the feast day ofSaint Cyriacus.  He is a patron saint of viticulture and is also known as one of the 14 holy helpers.

August 7th - This Date in Wine History

Hata Hari

Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history.  In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.

  • Pope John XXII was elected in 1316. Under his reign wines of the region began to be referred to as "Vin du Pape”
  • Mata Hari the Dutch courtesan, dancer and spy was born in 1876.  While she was awaiting execution she was brought a steady supply of champagne and meals from nearby restaurants.
  • The Wine and Spirit Bulletin of 1908 has an announcement of the Marriage of Lee Mida of Mida’s Criterion was married to Miss Louise Henrietta Gueth.

August 6th - This Date in Wine History

Ben Jonson

Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history.  In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.

  • Ben Jonson, the English poet died in 1637.  After the death of Henry IV of France, Jonson decided to re-join the Church of England and showed his renunciation of the Catholic faith by drinking a full chalice of Communion wine which at the time was supposed to only be drunk by the priests.
  • The Colli Albani DOC and Marino DOC were created in 1970.  These wines come from Alban hills outside of Rome in Lazio.

August 5th - This Date in Wine History

DuFay

Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history.  In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.

  • Guillaume Du Fay, the Franco- Flemish Renaissance composer was born in 1397.  He is noted as the Canon of Cambrai in documentation when he received 36 lots of wine for the feast of St. John the Evangelist.
  • The Sannio DOC was named in 1997.  The region, in Campania produces red, white, rose and sparkling wine from Aglianisco, Barbera, Coda di Volpe, Falanghina, Fiano, Greco, Moscato, Piedirosso, Sangiovese, Sciascinoso and Trebbiano.

August 4th - This Date in Wine History

Dom Pèrignon

Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history.  In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.

  • The Hotel-Dieu de Beaune was created in 1443. The vineyards of the Hospices de Beaune have supported the Hotel-Dieu for centuries 
  • Dom Perignon makes the first champagne in 1693.
  • In his speech to the Thirtieth Annual Meeting of the British Medical Association for 1862, John Higginbottom, Esq., F.R.S., Nottingham relays that he had used wine and brandy to treat a post-partum hemorrhage in a case dated in 1860.  He later decided liquor was not part of what he considered “best practices”. 
  • The Galluccio DOC was established in 1997.
  • It is Champagne Day!  A votre santé!

2013 Nobelle Wines Syrah - Wine of the Day

2013 Nobelle Wines Syrah

2013 Nobelle Wines Syrah

$32


Big and spicy are the two words that come to mind. Very different from the Parker style, this wine should age beautifully for at least a decade.

Kiler Canyon is a magical location for Syrah that is known for having some of the best Syrah vineyards around. The meticulous approach and high tech knowledge at the vineyard makes a big difference in the end product. The hand-picked harvest took place on a foggy morning in October and was then trucked to the winery in one-two ton bins. 100% Syrah.

Syrah and puncheons make a traditional combo that never fails. We moved the juice after a two-week fermentation, and our Syrah already had that inky characteristic proper to the varietal. The wine was aged 24 months in new 500-liter puncheons.  Only 98 cases produced

Oakville - Wine Region of the Day

Oakville

Oakville was designated as an AVA in 1993 and is a sub-appellation of the Napa Valley AVA. Sitting on 5,700 acres centered on the town of Oakville, it is probably Napa Valley's most famous appellation. The soil in Oakville is well-drained gravel soil deposits from the nearby Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains. The region goes from sea level in the valley to 600 feet in elevation at the base of the Vaca Mountains. Oakville has a warmer climate than much of the Napa Valley, with mild amounts of wind and fog from San Pablo Bay. The conditions in the region are ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, and many of America's greatest producers of Cabernet Sauvignon have vineyards in the AVA. In addition to Cabernet SauvignonChardonnay and Merlot are also grown here.

August 3rd - This Date in Wine History

Colette

Wine has a long established history of being our drink of choice for celebrating, entertaining, and savoring life; but it didn't start out that way. From the invention of the barrel to the designation of the separate viticultural areas, wine has a long and sorted history.  In our daily feature "This Date In Wine History," we share an event of critical importance in wine history.

  • Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, known most often as just Colette died in 1954.  Many of her books describe food, wine and the demimonde including Gigi and the Claudine stories.
  • Sant'Agata dei Goti DOC was named in 1993.  These Italian wines come from Campania and are made of Aglianico and Piedirosso grapes
  • Spain's Montsant DO was created in 2002These Spanish wines come from Catalonia and are made of Chardonnay, White Grenache, Macabeo, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Parellada, and Xarel·lo. The authorized red varieties are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Grenache, 'Hairy' Grenache, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Red Picapoll, Syrah and Tempranillo