We have a lot of regions and styles to cover in our wine journey together. As I was considering where to head after the February clubs, I was discouraged by some industry articles that pointed to trends in California that are recurring in other wine regions as well, namely, wineries being purchased by nouveau-wealthy people for whom a vineyard is a hobby-investment and the tension between wine industry interests and environmental concerns in developing wine regions. In a somewhat circuitous route, these led me to pay attention to and want to celebrate some really interesting producers from California’s Central Coast region whose fingernails are dirty from work in the vineyards and who are engaging in environmentally sensitive practices in both the vineyard and the cellar.
Looking for a wine to share with your Valentine? Windham Wines has some recommendations! Sparkling Graham Beck, Sparkling Rosé—A perennial WW favorite as cellarmaster Pieter Ferreira continues his quest for “the perfect bubble,” – a small mousse to carry a gentle flavors with elegance. Graham Beck sparkling (Brut) was served both at Nelson Mandela’s and […]
Bob Haas, along with the Perrin family of Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf, are the founders of Tablas Creek Winery, in Paso Robles, California. I have been smitten by the Patelin, rosé this year. That love led me to ask Bob if he might write about the Patelin, rosé for our website. He graciously agreed. […]
Birichino, Vin Gris, Central Coast, 2013– $15.99 Admittedly, we love rosé. Historically, we have tried to squirrel away a few bottles of rosé at home to enjoy on those evenings when we crave the memories of the warmth of the sun on our skin and light after 5:30 p.m. Mercifully, it has finally become acceptable […]
The “tasting team” at Windham Wines recommends the following wines to welcome companions to your Thanksgiving table. We offer suggestions of sparkling, white, rosé and red, providing you with some color surrounding each wine. As the quintessential “American” holiday, we were particularly attentive to including at least one US wine within each category. Some of […]
Rosé Domaine des Corbillières, Touraine, Rosé, 2013 This is a really enjoyable wine. I am so glad that Fore Street in Portland made a mistake and served me this instead of the Domaine des Corbillières, Sauvignon Blanc that I ordered (and already knew I liked, and which would’ve been a great complement to the excellent […]
2013 Triennes, Rosé, Var — $14.99 62% Cinsault, 18% Syrah, 15% Grenache, 5% Merlot After a gorgeous last few days, and leading into our 7th annual rosé tasting this Saturday, it seems a propos to launch our updated website’s first pick of the week with our favorite rosé of the summer . . . so […]
Whites Australia 2011 Zontes, Footstep, Love Symbol, Savagnin, Langhorne Creek–$17.99 This relatively young vineyard (9 years old for the 2011) was planted with the white varietal associated most frequently with the Jura. Jancis Robinson’s tome, Wine Grapes, locates Savagnin in the Traminer family, so a very aromatic wine with aromas of dried apricots, orange zest, […]