Posts tagged California

Better than ZIN, still from Lodi

So we all know that Lodi, California is the home of some of the most wonderful zinfandel in the world. (If you didn’t know this, now you do.) But there are some remarkable red blends happening there, too. As a matter of fact, I was more blown away by Oak Ridge Winery’s 2013 OZV Red Wine Blend than by their 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel — no slouch on its own — when I sampled them both recently. Both are around $12 retail.
The OZV Red Blend is made with both zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon. It started with peppery plums in the aroma, and proved to be lip-smackingly fruity on the palate with strawberries, raspberries and plums. Tannins were so soft as to be almost unnoticeable, and there’s a hint of cocoa and leather in the finish. This wine is way too easy to drink!

Hallmark goes family-friendly with wine in ‘Uncorked’ March 6th

A young kid in a winery? Never thought I’d see it on the Hallmark Channel.
Though UNCORKED is a generic romance movie, the background is wine. The male lead (Scott Elrod) is a chef and his parents (Jo Beth Williams and Elliott Gould) run a small Northern California winery.
His very young son also helps out there, even explaining how wine is made. Part of the solution in the romance has the female lead (Julie Benz from “Dexter”) figuring out how to keep the family winery going. Family values and wine – love it!
UNCORKED, The Hallmark Channel, March 6, 2010

Red Truck update: it works

So, this cute min-barrel of red wine sits on your kitchen counter day after day, patiently waiting for you to try it –again. You’ve already sampled it several nights in a row, and found it “quaffable” as they say.  But it’s allegedly good for 40 days, so you wait and you wait.  Day 35 you give in: it’s still the same!  And it hasn’t been refrigerated.  Day 39, day 40: the same.  Something actually works the way “they” said it would.  Another point for American ingenuity — or at least American wine; this wine is from Sonoma.  Day 41 test? uh-oh, no wine left.

Hotel Cheval

HC Hi-Res Exterior edited1HOTEL CHEVAL, low-key luxury in Paso Robles, which happens to be a great wine destination. Right off the main square, you’re at the hotel in half a block. If you’re not ready to retire, grab a bottle and a few glasses and relax by the outdoor fire, cozy year-round in California’s cool night air. The next morning, feel pampered when you discover the customizable breakfast basket left outside your door.