Monday, July 09, 2012
blend of 5 different grappes including 50% of zin, was very nice for $12.99 at Berkeley Bowl. Not as heavy as an 100% zin, it is appropriate for pairing with many type of food from BBQ meat to cheese. While blends are most common in France, they are still rare in California but it seems the way to go, offering winemakers a wider range of options to craft complex and delicate wines (instead of using chemicals!). I will definitely explore more of these blends in the future.
They are even selling wine under their own label "Kirkland" which was worth a try. Here I tried the old vine Zinfandel from Amador county named 'Grandmere'. The price was somewhere between $10 and $15 which in fact was a deal for the quality of this wine. It was a pleasant surprise and I will definitely get more of it next time I visit this store. More description on their blog.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Sable Ridge vineyards but I couldn't finish my glass :-( Good thing I bought it at Costco $13, almost half the price offered at the winery! It was fizzy on the tongue with unpleasant taste. I will not take the risk to try it again to confirm it was bad luck unless someone can share a good experience with it!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Kenwood Vineyards. For $30 a bottle this wine is definitely not a deal; at $15 it is correct even if it doesn't have any character for a zinfandel but it is pleasant to drink and doesn't leave a bad taste or headache afterwards. Unlike many Zins it would pair well with food (red meats in sauce) and the quality is probably consistent across the thousand of cases produced. Not my favorite but likely to please most.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Wind Gar winery which I never heard about before but absolutely delicious! Likely better than any other wines I had in 2011. It's a bit expensive though but for a special event it is worth the price ($50). We drank it with a rabbit in mustard sauce. Pretty light compared to the Zins I have been drinking lately, but so rich, complex and pleasant in mouth. Excellent memory.