Monday, July 16, 2018

Easy Way to Understand Tannins in White Vs. Red Wines

"Tannins are a class of astringent, polyphenolic biomolecules that bind to and precipitate proteins and various other organic compounds including amino acids and alkaloids." - Wikipedia

Tannin is a popular word in the wine industry and it may be a bit hard to understand at first. Red wines are generally higher in tannins than white and that's part of the reason the majority of red wines are dry instead of sweet.

Here is an easier explanation:

Have you ever peeled the skin off a grape? It has a flavor that strips the moisture from your mouth (it's dry). The reason for this is the tannins that are in the skin. Since red wines are produced with more contact with the grape skins, they absorb more of that dryness. Due to this extended time of contact with the skins, the wine is also transformed from clear to red in color.

Working as a natural antioxidant which protects the wine, tannins are a direct reason for certain red wines to be so age worthy (like Cabernet Sauvignon). They also have many health benefits!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Cosentino Winery - Napa Valley, California

"Delicious wines. Friendly staff. Charming place to gather.

Deeply rooted in California winemaking and ideally situated on the St. Helena Highway, Cosentino Winery is THE place to relax, sip and savor the distinctive varietals of Napa and Lodi. With nearly 40 years of experience crafting and sharing our wines, we are dedicated to creating experiences that leave a lasting impression.

Join us for a flight on our scenic sundrenched patio, drop-in for a tasting at our casual bar, or reserve a private experience in THE Lounge — with plenty of ways to enjoy Cosentino, we invite you to plan your trip today." - Cosentino Winery

Distinguished for their Bordeaux inspired blend, Cosentino Winery set the standard for wine making in Napa. Their dedication to quality wines over the last 35 years still stands strong and Marty Petersen (Vice President, Winemaking Operations, Vintage Wine Estates, Winemaker, Cosentino Winery) keeps that enthusiasm alive today. With a family history rich in farming, he has the knowledge and commitment to wine making that few others can compare to. Marty's skill is backed up by his proficiency on the cellar side of wine making through his education at Fresno State University where he earned his Bachelor of Sciences in Enology.

"Located at the “Gateway” to the Napa Valley, Cosentino’s tasting room and its ivy-covered façade is one of Napa Valley’s most recognized properties in the highly regarded appellation of Oakville.

Cosentino is ideal for a first or last stop or impulse visit when headed to Mustard’s Grill or photo opportunity by the landmark Napa Barrel sign.

In 2015, construction was completed on a beautiful new patio area with both a water and fire element. This allows guests to enjoy a comfortable seated outside area which is fairly rare for winery tasting rooms." - Cosentino Winery

Monday, July 2, 2018

Wine for the 4th of July

Raise your glass and toast America's birthday this week while celebrating the 4th of July! Wine is always the right choice for any occasion and Independence Day is no exception. Cookouts, pool parties, fireworks, and FOOD... wine is the perfect side for all of the above. Here are some wines we love to pair with 4th of July favorite foods:

Shrimp - Reisling goes perfectly with grilled shrimp as it's subtle-sweet flavor pops with the sweetness of the shrimp.

Burgers - Probably the most popular cookout option, burgers pair wonderfully with a Bordeaux blend. The slight smoky taste is great with most grilled items.

Hot Dogs - Often times, burgers and hot dogs go hand-in-hand. Therefore, they do pair well with a Bordeaux blend like the burgers, but a Cabernet is a spot on choice, too!

Chicken - Accompany your delicious grilled chicken with a sparkling wine. The bubbles from the wine really compliment the crispy skin.

Steak - If you're splurging for a steak on the grill this 4th of July, pair it with a delicious, traditional Zinfandel.

Happy 4th of July from AWineryReview.com!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Drinking Wine On A Boat - Without Spilling!

Now that summer is in full swing, you may be boating a lot. It's fun, relaxing, and the perfect activity to do to unwind and drink a glass of wine. However, it's a bumpy ride cruising around the water and your wine is way too precious to spill. Plastic or stemless glasses may help prevent spillage, but we have a couple other options that may be more appealing.

Since most stemware won't fit in cup holders, we love the idea of these wine glass cup holders. There are a variety of designs available and they all seem to work really well and generally have great reviews! These ones have three different attachments: The lawn stake is great for picnics, outdoor activities, and the beach. The strap attachment is perfect to connect to concert chairs and adjusts to many sizes of chairs and even deck railing. The suction base is what you would use on the boat or in the hot tub.
Available here.

Winning the Miami International Boat Show 2017 Innovation Award, these Anti-Spill Wine Glasses are quite impressive! The high quality crystal glasses has an integrated magnet that attracts to the stainless steel board to keep your glass from tipping over. The magnet is strong enough to keep your glass stable, but still allows you to easily pick up your glass.
Available here.

Now that there are a couple of options, there's no reason you can't drink your wine on the boat!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Celebrities Who Own Wineries

Who wouldn't want to own a winery? We sure would! With the wealth most celebrities have, it's no wonder a lot of them own their own wineries for personal and professional use. This trend is not a new one, though. Philosophers, playwrights, politicians, and other well-known people throughout ancient Greek and Roman times had owned their own wineries. Some reasons celebrities delve into the winery business include tax write-off benefits, their love of wine, the challenge of a new enterprise, or just because they can. Whatever their reasons, it's becoming more and more common lately. Celebrity wine sales have been up 19% in recent years, according to Nielsen research in 2007.

Here are some celebrities that own wineries:

• Mario Andretti - Andretti Winery in Napa Valley, California
• Dan Aykroyd - Dan Aykroyd Wines in Ontario, Canada
• Drew Barrymore - Carmel Road in Italy
• Jonathan Cain - delaCain Vineyards in Sonoma County, California
• Mike Ditka - Mike Ditka Wines in Mendocino County, California
• Guy Fieri - Hunt & Ryde Winery in Sonoma County, California
• Mick Fleetwood - Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar in Lake County, California
• Fergie - Ferguson Crest in Santa Ynez Valley, California
• Jeff Gordon - Jeff Gordon Wines in Napa Valley, California
• John Legend - Legend Vineyard Exclusive (LVE) in Napa Valley, California
• Kyle MacLachlan - Pursued by Bear Wine in Columbia Valley, Washington
• Madonna - Ciccone Vineyard and Winery in Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan
• Dan Marino - Vintage 13 Marino Estates in California
• Dave Matthews - Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia
• Joe Montana - Montagia Wines in Napa Valley, California
• Sam Neill - Two Paddocks in Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand
• Olivia Newton-John - Koala Blue Wines in South Australia
• Arnold Palmer - Arnold Palmer Wines in California
• Nancy Pelosi - Zinfandel Lane Vineyard in St. Helena, California
• Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - Chateau Miraval in Provence, France
• Sting - Tenuta il Palagio in Tuscany, Italy

Monday, June 11, 2018

Dry Creek Vineyard - Sonoma County, California

"Dry Creek Vineyard was the first new winery established in the Dry Creek Valley after Prohibition. It was David Stare’s vision to plant Sauvignon Blanc that firmly cemented the winery’s legacy as one of California’s most important wineries." - Dry Creek Vineyard

Located in Sonoma County, California, Dry Creek Vineyard was founded in 1972 by David S. Stare. Family owned and operated, the vineyard is now run by second generation family members, including David's daughter, Kim Stare Wallace and her husband Don Wallace. They take pride in their 185 acres of vineyards and strive to provide the best wines possible.

Featuring their insectary garden, beekeeping, and The Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement and Demonstration Project, they strive to provide a vineyard that is 100% Certified Sustainable. “Sustainability is not the destination – sustainability is the journey.  We are constantly adjusting our business practices as we improve our knowledge of how to better exist within nature.” –  Winery Partner Don Wallace

Dry Creek Vineyard also hosts a variety of events throughout the year including their Summer Zinfandel Dinner, Summer of Zin, and Sailing Adventure. Click here for a full list of their summer events.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Best California Wines for Summer

Memorial Day is a day to remember those fallen heroes who gave their life in the line of duty. It is also the official kick off to summer. With it being a week behind us, it's now the time to pick up those delicious summer wines from wine country. With the wide variety of wines available, you have a lot of choices. Some wines that you may have avoided in the past could be the perfect summer wine for you now. Turning away from oaky, buttery flavors, Chardonnays have become crisper and cleaner. Sauvignon Blanc has also improved by being created fuller and richer with less bland and grassy flavors. Rosé is still a top choice for summer wines, but now is more fruity and full.

Paul Hodgins (from the Orange County Register) has put together a list of his favorite 25 California wines for summer. Here is his list: (for full information, click here).

• Babcock 2015 Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills ($30)
• Cambria 2014 Clone 4 Chardonnay ($30)
• Chalk Hill 2015 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc ($33)
• Cliff Lede 2016 Sauvignon Blanc ($25)
• Cline 2016 Ancient Vines Mourvèdre Rosé ($17)
• Donelan 2014 Nancie Chardonnay ($48)
• DuMol 2015 Lia Viognier ($50)
• Ehlers Estate 2016 Sauvignon Blanc ($32)
• Eos 2014 Central Coast Chardonnay ($14)
• Epoch Wines 2014 White ($35)
• Gundlach Bundschu 2015 Gewürztraminer ($23)
• J Brut Rosé NV ($28)
• J Dusi 2016 Pinot Grigio ($18)
• Joullian Vineyards 2016 Semillon ($25)
• Ken Brown 2015 Rita’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay ($45)
• McIntyre Vineyards 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir ($24)
• Meiomi 2016 Rosé ($25)
• Merry Edwards 2015 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($34)
• Ramey 2014 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($40)
• Sanford 2015 Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills ($25)
• Smith Madrone 2014 Riesling Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District ($30)
• Tablas Creek 2016 Vermentino ($27)
• Toulouse Rose of Pinot Noir 2015 Estate ($24)