Posts tagged ‘California Wine’

August 2, 2011

Apothic Red

Before we moved, we lived next door to a wine distributer who worked for Gallo. And we didn’t get nearly enough free wine out of it. 🙂 We became friends with our neighbors, who oddly enough had the same first names as us. But, after we moved, we were invited to a little party at their house. On the way out, we were handed a bottle of her new wine (there were 4 cases stacked up at the door for the taking). Yes, please.

Apothic is a winemaker’s blend, and it’s one of the smoothest red wines I’ve ever had. It’s a blend of syrah, zinfandel and merlot. Very oaky, like a good oaked chardonnay, it has all the good stuff a great Californian red should have – vanilla, dark chocolate and cherry. I prefer it right out of the bottle, undecanted, but it may be too much for those used to drinking lighter wines. Let it breath a bit, and you’ll love it too! An excellent and easy-drinking wine for the price.

2009 Apothic Red – Winemaker’s Blend

$15

http://www.apothic.com/

 

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a sommelier. I am in no way and expert. This “review” is because I liked it and think maybe you will like it too. No one can tell you what type of wine you like. Take it with a grain of salt. Try it and see if you like it too.

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July 5, 2011

Wine: Victor Hugo Viognier Paso Robles

Picked this bottle up earlier this week at a new wine and spirits store in Brentwood/Nippers Corner – a good excuse to check out a new place. Viognier wines are know for their floral aromas. The Victor Hugo Viognier has that, along with melon and honey. It was a little acidic and a light bodied wine (think light on your tongue). I picked it out of the store’s refrigerated section and it was a little too cold when I got it home and opened to take my first sip. This wine is definitely better when it wasn’t too cold, and needed to come up to room temperature. It’s best paired with food, I think. It was great with the gourmet s’more that I had left over from a party, but it would have been better with a great piece of grilled fish, cheese or a tart fruit like raspberries. I had none of that in my pantry, so the s’more would have to do.

Paso Robles is a American Viticulture Area (AVA) in California. You can find out more about it here. It’s a lesser known AVA, mostly known for its read wines, but still has some great wineries like J. Lohr, Liberty School and Estancia.

2008 Victor Hugo Viognier Estate Bottled, Paso Robles, California

$19

100% Viognier

www.victorhugowinery.com

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a sommelier. I am in no way and expert. This “review” is because I liked it and think maybe you will like it too. No one can tell you what type of wine you like. Take it with a grain of salt. Try it and see if you like it too.