Monday, September 17, 2018

Wine.com Affiliate Reminder

We offer many suggestions on some of our favorite wines on our website AWineryReview.com. From sweet, fruity whites, to deep, bull-bodied reds, we love all wine and want to share the best of the best with you! 

We are an affiliate of Wine.com. Any wine that's listed on our website with a wine glass image next to it is available for purchase online and can be shipped directly to your location! 

Some of the reds that we recommend and are available at Wine.com include:
Belle Ambiance 2014 California ($10.00)
Bogle 2012 California ($12.00)
Duckhorn Decoy 2014 Sonoma Coast($22.99/NR)
Lander-Jenkins 2013 California ($15.00)
MacMurray Ranch 2014 Central Coast ($20.00)
Napa Cellars 2013 Napa Valley ($17.00)
The Pinot Project 2015 Sonoma, Monterey & Central Coast ($12.00/NR)

Some whites include:
Bonterra *Organically Grown 2015 (15.99)
Groth Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Napa ($20.00)
Liberated 2014 Sonoma ($17.00)
Pedroncelli 2014 Eastside Vineyards Dry Creek Valley ($14.98)
The White Knight 2014 Lodi ($12.00)

We're also big fans of Chardonnay, Rosè, and Sparkling wines which are also available for purchase at Wine.com.
Here are some of our favorites:
Auspicion 2015 California ($11.99)
Bonterra *Organically Grown 2015 Mendocino ($13.99)
Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve 2015 Central Coast ($22.00)
Firestone Riesling 2014 Santa Ynez Valley ($12.99/NR)
A by Acacia Rose of Pinot Noir 2015 Napa ($11.99/NR)
Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut NV Sonoma ($22.00)
Mumm Napa Brut Rose NV Napa ($24.00)
Scharffenberger Brut Excellence NV Mendocino ($19.99)

Monday, September 10, 2018

Silverado Vineyards - Napa Valley, California

“The beginning of vine planting is like the beginning of mining for precious metals: the winegrower also ‘prospects’.” 
- Robert Louis Stevenson, 
The Silverado Squatters, 1880

"Whether you're a first time visitor or a seasoned wine lover, there's something unique at Silverado Vineyards. Perched atop a knoll in the esteemed Stags Leap district, our winery is blessed with some of the most breathtaking views of Napa Valley.

For more than three decades, the Miller family has been making wines from estate grown vineyards. "It all starts in the vineyards. This is simply spectacular wine growing property. Each one of the vineyards has its own distinct flavors and character" Winemaker Jon Emmerich- Silverado Vineyards welcomes you to enjoy what we love.

Our tasting room is open to the public 7 days/ week 10am-5pm. We offer tours by appointment. If you have a group larger than 6 please call us ahead of time so that we may offer you the same experience smaller groups enjoy. Check out our Single Vineyard Tasting: 5 Vineyard Designate wines paired with artisan cheeses and sweeping vineyard views. $45/person by appointment.

Our wines include many different veritials from 2 decades of vintages to tempt and please any taste buds. Cab Sauv, Cab Sauv Limited Reserve, Cab Sauv SOLO, Fantasia, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Merlot, Chardonnay Vineburg, Chardonnay, and Sauv Blanc."

Visit Silverado Vineyards' website or their Facebook page for more information!

Monday, September 3, 2018

What Wine to Drink on Labor Day

Ahhhh... Labor Day. The end of summer. The beginning of fall. However you look at it, it's a transition period from the lazy, hot days of summer to the cool, cozy days of autumn. Some may dread autumn because it precedes winter but with it also comes some amazing things like pumpkin spice flavored everything, leather jacket season, beautiful foliage, and apple cider. On the other hand, it also marks the time to say good bye to sand in your toes, pools, and barbecue season.

Depending on your mood, which may vary, certain wines will fit Labor Day perfectly. If you're in the mood to hang on to summer a little longer sip on a delicious Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay, White Blend, Rosé, Red Blend, or Merlot.

If you're ready to transition to the brisk, colorful season of autumn then grab a glass of Viognier, Oaked Chardonnay, Soft Red Blend, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, or Sparkling Wine.

If you're anxiously awaiting winter, with it's sparkling lights, frosty days, and cozy nights, a bottle of these wines would be perfect: Malbec, Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Bordeaux Blend.

Whatever your mood, wine is the perfect addition to your Labor Day festivities. Here's what's in our cellar.

Monday, August 27, 2018

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Our Favorite Sonoma County Wineries

"With more than 425 wineries, miles of rugged Pacific coastline, towering redwood forests, and its close proximity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County is a traveler’s dream vacation spot in California. Sonoma County represents the best of Northern California — premium wine, farm-to-table dining, unique resorts and spas, and over 50 state and regional parks. Breathtaking Highway 1 delights visitors with crashing waves, sea lions and otters sunning on the beaches, and fantastic sunsets that color the sky in brilliant hues." - SonomaCounty.com

• Benziger 
"This family owned winery is warm and gracious. Cheerful staff eagerly pour the wines and makes you feel like a part of the family. The magnificent grounds include a series of old wood buildings. A beautiful barn, which doubles as the aging tasting room. Sit in the nymph garden, educate yourself at the discovery center, view the art in the gallery, stroll the many gardens or just have a picnic. Just for fun, have a tractor pull you on a tram throughout the vineyard and the winery. Save time for this winery, as there is so much to sip and see."

"Today, the Clines own many acres of vineyards throughout Sonoma County, with other properties in Oakley and Tehama County. Passionate about the importance of history, they own and have restored the nearby Dillon Beach Resort, the Mizpah Hotel and Tonopah Brewing Company in Tonopah, NV, and the Villa Laura in Tuscany. They also operate Green String Farm, a 150-acre working farm that produces a variety of fruits and vegetables grown on soil that is tended and nurtured without toxic chemicals. The produce from Green String is used by such culinary luminaries as Alice Waters of Chez Panisse. Their oldest son Ramsey operates the Mizpah Club, a casino and entertainment complex in Tonopah."

"Hawkes vineyard is located in Alexander Valley and is bordered by a forest of Douglas Firs and a tributary of the Russian River. While it is off the beaten path it is well worth the visit. Growing stunning Cabernets since 1972 you will be welcomed by a friendly and informative staff into a casual atmosphere with a beautiful and intimate tasting room. The Chardonnays are excellent too. There is a fantastic patio complete with Picnic Tables, which makes Hawkes wine and cheese pairings a delightful experience."

"Medlock Ames is known for their organic delicious Cabernets & Bordeaux Blends. The tasting room is lovely offering walk ins a fabulous tasting experience overlooking views of the beautiful gardens. Wine and Cheese pairings are a sumptuous treat not to be missed, requiring a reservation in advance. Parties of 6 or more must reserve their spot. To visit the Vineyard at Bell Howell Ranch and have a complete tour and wine tasting with food pairing call and reserve your spot, you will not be disappointed."

"Schug Carneros Estate Winery is situated on a 50-acre site in the Carneros Appellation, south-west of the town of Sonoma. Vineyards of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay surround the winery, while other grapes are bought in from highly respected and experienced growers."

Monday, August 13, 2018

Preparing Your Palate For Wine Tasting

Wine tasting is more than just gulping down one mouthful of wine after another. In order to get the full experience of wine tasting it's helpful to prepare your palate. This allows you the opportunity to really appreciate each wine's flavors and textures. Here are some tips on how you can prepare for your next wine tasting.

Before your tasting, try to avoid eating or drinking anything that has a strong flavor. Things like coffee, tobacco, and garlic can linger on your palate and change the taste of wine. Try to stick to weaker flavors before you taste so you can get the full flavor of the wine without the influence of other foods. Something you may not have thought about that also has a strong flavor is toothpaste, so try to avoid wine tasting directly after brushing your teeth.

Tasting before a meal is a good way to prepare your palate. Your taste buds are more receptive before you eat than after. However, keep in mind that if you taste on an empty stomach you will be more apt to feel the effects of the alcohol so eat before your tasting, but not directly before.

Be conscious of the order in which you taste your wines for the best experience. It may be beneficial to taste dry to sweet, as the sugar in sweet wines tends to stick to your palate and effect the taste of the dry wines. Heavy, tannic red wines can also tire out your palate quicker than sweet whites. 

Drinking water frequently while tasting can also help refresh your mouth and give you the best tasting experience. On top of the tasting benefit, drinking water will also keep you hydrated and help to counter the alcohol so you can taste more without a hindered perception.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Andrea's Hidden Cottage - Sonoma County, California

"Owned and operated by the Tommasi Family since 1996, our charming one bedroom cottage is hidden in our secluded, historic vineyard where natural beauty, peace and privacy are yours to enjoy for a romantic weekend getaway or summer long vacation. 

Andrea's Hidden Cottage is located on Spain Street next to the San Francisco Solano Mission. It is tucked away yet own steps from the historic Sonoma Plaza, the largest town square in California and home to many colorful wine country gift shops and award winning restaurants and tasting rooms. We invite you to enjoy a wonderful, romantic stay and a good night's rest at Andrea's Hidden Cottage in the Wine Country. Like a good cabernet sauvignon, our vacation cottage only gets better with age." - Andrea's Hidden Cottage

If you're looking for a peaceful, relaxing location to stay while you visit wine country, Andrea's Hidden Cottage is the perfect place! The private cottage offers a personal atmosphere where you can unwind and feel right at home. It still includes basic luxuries like a kitchenette, patio, private bath, and off street parking.

With affordable rates and a number of included amenities, call Andrea's Hidden Cottage today for a perfect wine country getaway!