Mokelumne River - Wine Region of the Day


Mokelumne River received its designation as an AVA in 2006. Situated on 87,500 acres, the region is a sub-appellation of the larger Lodi AVA. The AVA is named after the Mokelumne River, which drains out of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and passed through the region. The soil in the region consists of alluvial fan deposits of sand and loam. The soil in the region is known for its retention of water, allowing for the fruit to be dry farmed, concentrating the flavors of the grapes. The rivers passing through the region put off cooling breezes through the region balancing out the warm daily sun, giving the region a Mediterranean climate. The warm days and cool nights give this region a longer growing season allowing for the fruit to develop its tannin structure and acidity.

2012 Ryan Cochrane Wines Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley "Solomon Hills Vineyard" - Wine of the Day

2012 Ryan Cochrane Wines Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley "Solomon Hills Vineyard"

 2012 Ryan Cochrane Wines Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley "Solomon Hills Vineyard"

$43


Solomon Hills Vineyard is located about seven miles from the ocean just outside the city of Orcutt in Santa Barbara County. The maritime influence combined with ocean floor sandy loam soil results in wines with bright fruit, good balance, crisp acidity and what is known as "Santa Maria spice". The lively nose jumps out of the glass, revealing a tightly-knit profile of fresh cherries, strawberries, hazelnuts, spice cake, violet and rose petal. The smooth, silky, light-bodied mouthfeel delivers notes of firm red strawberry, raspberry and cherry mixed with dashes of currant, caramelized orange peel, saddle leather, vanilla and gingerbread cookies. Delicate tannins transition to a sparkle of acidity on the finish. Beware...this wine goes down a little too easy.

April 28th - This Date in Wine History

Ansonica

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.

  • It is the Roman holiday of Floralia.  It was celebrated with drunkeness, nude dancing and the throwing of legumes and release of hares and goats (like every good festival should).
  • The Palette AOC was created in 1948. 
  • The Donnici DOC was named in 1975.
  • The Falerio dei Colli Ascolani or Falerio DOC was created in 1975.
  • The Ansonica Costa dell'Argentario DOC was established in 1995.

Redwood Valley - Wine Region of the Day


The Redwood Valley AVA is located in Mendocino County, California. The earliest vineyards in the Redwood Valley were planted by Greek and Italian immigrants in the 1880s. The vines in the Redwood Valley sit on benches above the waters of the Russian River where the soils were well-drained, the climate permitted the grapes to mature, but was still cool enough to allow the grapes to ripen slowly to enhance the deep, rich flavors of the grapes. Given the cooler climate, the fruit must sit on the vines longer to ripen, requiring a later harvest than other AVAs in the area.

April 27th - This Date in Wine History

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 Battle of Mactan was fought between the warriors of Lapu-Lapu and the forces of Ferdinand Magellan When provisioning his ships he paid more for Sherry than for weapons. This was perhaps the wrong choice as he was killed during the battle by angry Filipinos.
  • The Condrieu AOC was recognized in 1940.
  • The Australian Wine Research Institutes was created in 1955.

2012 Oak Cliff Amber View Petite Sirah - Wine of the Day

2012 Oak Cliff Amber View Petite Sirah

2012 Oak Cliff Amber View Petite Sirah

$38


A new release of the Petite Sirah varietal - this one from Northern Lake County. Deep purple in color with big nose of lavender, bacon and chocolate, this blockbuster offers a mouthful of boysenberries, blueberries and blackberries.  Stands up well to pork, game or beef, but soft enough to pair with chocolate or mixed berries.  This is a beautiful wine with lamb, wild boar, venison or virtually any savory game, Moroccan lamb tagine, chicken mole', strong cheese like stilton or camembert and even dark chocolates. 

2014 Essere Franco Sauvignon Blanc - Wine of the Day

2014 Essere Franco Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Essere Franco Sauvignon Blanc

$35


The fruit for the 2014 Essere Franco Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Las Cerezas Vineyard in Napa Valley's Yountville viticultural area.  Aged 12 months in 80% new French Oak, this wine maintains a crisp acidic edge with a medium body. With fruit flavors of green apple and passion fruit, and a flowery peach nose, our Sauvignon Blanc is perfect for your afternoon picnic. Best served with grilled fish or white meats especially if prepared with a creamy sauce with spring vegetables.  

Moon Mountain District Sonoma County - Wine Region of the Day


The Moon Mountain District Sonoma County is located on 17,000 acres in Sonoma, California and was designated as an AVA in 2013. Sitting in the high elevations above Los Carneros, the mountain has hills building upon themselves from 400 ft in elevation all the way to 2,200 feet above sea level. Being one of the most eastern points in the Sonoma Valley AVA, Moon Mountain shares a borderline with Napa Valley's Mt. Veeder AVA. The soil on Moon Mountain is volcanic in its origin and is well draining. The varying elevations mean the different pockets of terroir on the mountain vary from cool fog and winds off the San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Ocean to prolonged sun exposure in the higher elevations. The signature wines of the region are Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.

April 26th - This Date in Wine History

William Shakespeare

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.

  • Birthday of William Shakespeare in 1564.. he wrote "I pray you, do not fall in love with me, for I am falser than vows made in wine.." As You Like It, Act 3, Scene 5.
  • Felix Kir, French Catholic priest, resistance fighter and politician for whom the cocktail Kir was named died in 1968.
  • It is the feast day of Paschasius Radbertus who’s most influential work De Corpora et Sanguine Domini is about the transubstantiation of the bread and wine used in the Eucharist.

April 25th - This Date in Wine History

Battle of Gibraltar

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.

  • Edward II of England was born in 1284.  He was married to Isabella of France in 1308.  The wedding was celebrated at Westminster Palace with a fountain that contained wine and pimento which is described as a spiced medieval drink.  By the way, the bride was 12 years old. ugh.
  • The Dutch fleet destroyed the Spanish fleet at Gibraltar in 1607.  This was part of the Eighty Years’ War between The Netherlands and Spain and it depressed the prices of grains, herring and wine (among other products).
  • North Carolina's Swan Creek AVA was designated in 2008.

2013 Calstar Russian River Valley Pinot Noir - Wine of the Day

 2013 Calstar Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

$30


Bright ruby violet, the wine leads with juicy fruit on the nose: cranberry, raspberry and pomegranate.  Notes of dark, unsweetened chocolate, bay leaf and sweet baking spices round out the profile.  In the mouth, the light body is carried by ripe, big red fruit notes that follow the aromas.  There is an impression of sweetness from the cola and vanilla notes but the wine is totally dry.  A long, juicy finish of strawberry, coffee and cherry rounds out the wine and brings the fruit into balance.

Santa Lucia Highlands - Wine Region of the Day


The Santa Lucia Highlands received their designation as an AVA in 1990. Sitting on 22,000 acres in the Santa Lucia Mountains, the region is a sub-appellation of the Monterey AVA. The soil is a gravelly sandy loam, and the terrain consists of terraces around 2,000 feet in elevation. The high elevation grants the vines access to the daylong sun that is cooled down by breezes off the Pacific Ocean. The region is best known for its Pinot NoirChardonnay, and Syrah.

2013 Agnitio Pinot Noir Sun Chase Vineyard - Wine of the Day

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 2013 Agnitio Pinot Noir Sun Chase Vineyard

$60


The 2013 growing season was early, even and all-around excellent. A warm, dry spring brought early bud break, helped with canopy vigor and berry size, and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set under sunny skies. With the exception of one heat spike in late June and early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and began to ripen. This vintage gave us the extraordinary gift to pick what we wanted, when we wanted.

The 2013 Sun Chase Pinot Noir is our inaugural release of Pinot Noir. An incredibly vibrant wine, the aromas are complex and rich. Plums, black cherries, blackberries and flowers all jump from the glass, finishing with notes of cloves and sweet tobacco. This Pinot Noir has great structure and a strong backbone, with balanced mouthwatering acidity, soft tannins, and a long finish. This is definitely a wine to hold on to for a few years.

April 24th - This Date in Wine History

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.

  • Lucy Maud Montgomery died in 1942.  She is the Canadian author of the Anne of Green Gables.  In the book, Anne Shirley is separated from her bosom friend and kindred spirit, Diana Barry because Anne accidentally got Diana drunk on currant wine.  They were later reconciled.
  • The Pacherenc Vic-Bilh AOC was established in 2007.
  • It is the feast day of Fidelis of Sigmaringen, the Swiss, Capuchin Friar and Martyr was known for not drinking wine and wearing a hair shirt while a student.

Lodi - Wine Region of the Day

Lodi

Lodi received its designation as an AVA in 1986. Situated on 551,000 acres, Lodi contains sub-appellations Alta MesaBorden RanchClements HillsCosumnes RiverJahantMokelumne River, and Sloughhouse. Lodi has a Mediterranean climate with warm days and cool nights. While the soil varies within the regions of Lodi, it mostly consists of a deep loam that is occasionally covered with large rocks and river stones. Best known for producing Zinfandel, Lodi's Old Vine Zinfandels have received world acclaim. Lodi also produces MerlotChardonnayCabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc.

April 23rd - This Date in Wine History

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.

  • “Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.” from Othello by William Shakespeare who died in 1616.
  • The Barbaresco DOCG designation was established in 1966.  These wines are from Italy's Piedmont region and are made of Nebbiolo grapes.
  • Vinalia Urbana, a Roman festival celebrated the blessing of new wine and asking the gods for a good harvest.  Offerings were made to Jupiter who blessed the sacred wines used for offerings and Venus who blessed the profane or common wine that was for everyday use. 

 

April 22nd - This Date is Wine History

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 1670, Lord Buckhurst wrote to George Williamson asking that George Crenit be appointed as one of the Commissioners for the Wine Act.
  • In 1811 Captain Russell (of the 4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment) promises the Mess on bottle of wine if Lt. Col. Durrant shall state in his letter to Capt. Junck that the Regiment is likely to remain at Ramsgate during the summer.
  • Lieut. H. Neve promised the Mess two bottles of wine if the Regiment remains at Ramsgate during this summer.  These wagers are marked as paid.
  • British wine writer Jancis Robinson was born in 1950.
  • Lord William Howard of Naworth Castle purchased Easter wine for the communicants at Wetherall in 1626.

2013 Oak Cliff Cellars Wild Diamond Mourvedre - Wine of the Day

2013 Oak Cliff Cellars Wild Diamond Mourvedre

 2013 Oak Cliff Cellars Wild Diamond Mourvedre

$32


Mourvedre is a grape native to Southern Rhone and typically found in Rhone blends, but rarely bottled as a single varietal. Our distinctive single varietal Mourvedre is a soft red perfumed wine with subtle flavors of blackberries and violets, a hint of clove and a dusty finish. Although this wine is a lighter style red, the fruit is bright with a surprisingly substantial mid-palate of fruit, making it a very versatile wine for a wide spectrum of foods – fish, pork, poultry and even desserts with berries.

The grapes in this wine all come from the Wild Diamond Vineyard in southern Lake County. At an elevation of 2,200 ft., this vineyard sits high above the fog line, with 5 – 6 hours of direct sunlight daily and then cooled by Pacific breezes at night coming across the Mendocino wind gap. Its red loamy soil is the result of ancient pre-civilization floods and contains rich nutrients that contribute to the density, acidity and color of these grapes.

April 21st - This Date in Wine History

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.

  • Parilia, a Roman agricultural festival honoring the founding of Rome by Romulus was celebrated with beverage burranica, a combination of milk and sapa (boiled wine), after drinking this the festival would draw to a close when shepherds ran through a ceremonial fire three times.
  • Dutch painter Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten was born in Haarlem in 1630.  He is known for painting “Still Life with Oysters” featuring a glass of whitewine as accompaniment.
  • Virginia's Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace AVA was designated in 1987.

Potter Valley - Wine Region of the Day


The Potter Valley AVA is located in northern Mendocino County, California around on town of Potter Valley. Potter Valley has extreme differences in temperature between the afternoon and evening, which makes Potter Valley unique from other growing areas in Mendocino. During the height of the growing season, the afternoons are hot and receive direct sunlight, but in the evening, the temperatures severely drop and cool off the valley. Due to the temperature variations, Sauvignon BlancChardonnayRiesling and, Pinot Noir do very well here.