Two affordable, flavorful and easy to drink atypical red blend wines, labeled as Limited Release and Limited Edition respectively, to capitalize on the Halloween and Day of the Dead holidays. 

1) The 2013 Ravenswood “Besieged”, a blend of California Old Vine Heritage Varietals Limited Release from Sonoma County, is comprised of 35% Carignane, 20% Petite Sirah, 18% Zinfandel, 13% Mourvedre, 9% Alicante Bouschet and 5% Barbera.

2) The Hob Nob Wicked Red Blend 2012 Limited Edition from the South of France is a blend of 40% Grenache, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Shiraz, and 10% Pinot Noir. 

Though marketed for the spooky holidays, both wines offer enough versatility to pair well with the more family friendly traditional Thanksgiving fare. Both seem to be widely available in national chain grocery stores in the U.S. Good buys! (RD) 10/19/2014 #wine #halloween #dayofthedead 
#autumn #fall #thanksgiving #affordable

Two affordable, flavorful and easy to drink atypical red blend wines, labeled as Limited Release and Limited Edition respectively, to capitalize on the Halloween and Day of the Dead holidays.

1) The 2013 Ravenswood “Besieged”, a blend of California Old Vine Heritage Varietals Limited Release from Sonoma County, is comprised of 35% Carignane, 20% Petite Sirah, 18% Zinfandel, 13% Mourvedre, 9% Alicante Bouschet and 5% Barbera.

2) The Hob Nob Wicked Red Blend 2012 Limited Edition from the South of France is a blend of 40% Grenache, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Shiraz, and 10% Pinot Noir.

Though marketed for the spooky holidays, both wines offer enough versatility to pair well with the more family friendly traditional Thanksgiving fare. Both seem to be widely available in national chain grocery stores in the U.S. Good buys! (RD) 10/19/2014 #wine #halloween #dayofthedead
#autumn #fall #thanksgiving #affordable

Do you know what rhymes with wine? #wine #mine #rhyme #oinoslogo

Do you know what rhymes with wine? #wine #mine #rhyme #oinoslogo

Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros: Stone & tropical fruit. Soft baking spices, ripe fruit, fresh acidity and silky mouthfeel. @rombauervino

Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros: Stone & tropical fruit. Soft baking spices, ripe fruit, fresh acidity and silky mouthfeel. @rombauervino

corkshrewd:

Follow-up to yesterday’s post: more detail on these 3 Chateau Ste Michelle Rieslings.

corkshrewd:

Follow-up to yesterday’s post: more detail on these 3 Chateau Ste Michelle Rieslings.

2009 Broman Cabernet Sauvignon: A small production, well-crafted 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from four select vineyards in St. Helena (Beckstoffer Dr. Crane), eastern Rutherford (Beckstoffer Georges III), Oakville, and Howell Mountain. 

Flavorful. Concentrated. Complex. Beautifully balanced. Red cherry, black currant, cocoa, leather, with hints of sage, eucalyptus and white pepper. Refined long finish. Drink now or cellar for 5 to 7, perhaps up to 10 years. (RD) #broman 
 (at Nine 18)

2009 Broman Cabernet Sauvignon: A small production, well-crafted 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from four select vineyards in St. Helena (Beckstoffer Dr. Crane), eastern Rutherford (Beckstoffer Georges III), Oakville, and Howell Mountain.

Flavorful. Concentrated. Complex. Beautifully balanced. Red cherry, black currant, cocoa, leather, with hints of sage, eucalyptus and white pepper. Refined long finish. Drink now or cellar for 5 to 7, perhaps up to 10 years. (RD) #broman
(at Nine 18)

Michel Rolland Debuts New Super-Premium Spanish Wine Brand, Rolland Galarreta

Renowned oenologist Michel Rolland has teamed with Spanish wine entrepreneur Javier Galarreta to launch a new upscale wine brand focused on the Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Rueda regions. The new label, Rolland Galarreta, will hit the U.S. market around the end of November, imported by Virginia-based Kysela Père et Fils Ltd.

Rolland Galarreta’s range includes Rueda, Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines retailing at $22, $24 and $26 respectively. The Rueda, a 2012 vintage made from that region’s signature Verdejo grape, is sourced from vineyards in the village of La Seca. The Rioja, a 2010 which is 100% Tempranillo, comes from the Rioja Alavesa subzone, while the 2010 Ribera del Duero (85% Tempranillo and 15% Merlot) is produced from some of the highest altitude vineyards in that region. Annual production across the three wines is 800,000 bottles, with the Rioja accounting for 500,000 bottles and the other two at 150,000 each.

Rolland Galarreta marks the first Spanish brand to which the prominent Bordeaux-based oenologist and winemaking consultant has lent his name. “I’ve loved Spain for many years, but my problem there, most of the time, was the viticulture,” Rolland tells SND. “I said to Javier in the beginning, if we can control the viticulture, I’ll come, because I’ve understood for a long time that there are not really good oenologists; there are good grapes. So Javier found places where we could have that control.”Galarreta is president and director general of Spanish wine marketer ARAEX, which he founded with a focus on Rioja Alavesa wines in 1993. In 2001, ARAEX expanded with a second unit, Spanish Fine Wines, comprised of independent Spanish producers based both within and outside Rioja. Altogether, ARAEX and Spanish Fine Wines currently sell 10.5 million bottles annually across 70 countries.

Rolland Galarreta, a separate project held jointly between the two partners, was started in 2010, and is utilizing the facilities of ARAEX’s member producers and its global distribution network.

Galarreta sees potential for Spanish wine as a category at the $20-$25 price point at retail in the U.S. “Spain is now coming up,” he says, observing that previously the country was hurting its reputation with too much reliance on the bulk wine segment. “Today, Spain is much more concentrated on producing quality wines, and I think it can play a bigger role in the global wine industry.”

Source: Shanken News Daily

Will Breaking Up Be Good for Paso Robles Wine Region? | News | News & Features | Wine Spectator

The 11 new viticultural areas in Paso Robles are: Adelaida District, Creston District, El Pomar District, Paso Robles Estrella District, Paso Robles Geneseo District, Paso Robles Highlands District, Paso Robles Willow Creek District, San Juan Creek, San Miguel District, Santa Margarita Ranch and Templeton Gap District. #pasorobles

Biale “Black Chicken” Zinfandel:  A great American story and a one of a kind wine! ————————— #Repost from @bialevineyards
Its a beautiful #fall day for Biale! #BlackChicken #zinfandel #napa #wine

Biale “Black Chicken” Zinfandel: A great American story and a one of a kind wine! ————————— #Repost from @bialevineyards Its a beautiful #fall day for Biale! #BlackChicken #zinfandel #napa #wine