While many families get together for the holidays my sisters and I have an unspoken agreement to avoid each other at all costs unless desperate or in a coma.
So, my family is reconnecting this weekend and not over Skype so I think its time to get some wine in and considering there are sales and deals I will probably
First up is Fortino's Charbono wine
Next you have to try Kenwood Jack London Zinfandel
It is a STEAL at $25 per bottle so I would buy four because this wine never ever goes out of style.
After Kenwood you have to look at J Lohr and what they have done not only to educate wine drinkers but to preserve wine history.
Aside from the Ariel line of nonalcoholic beverages their Chardonnay is a win win
Next you have to go to Solis Winery if just because its fun.My sister was a member of their wine club and their Merlot is GREAT
Merlot, Estate 2008
Very typical of our estate merlot, this supple wine is bright and clear, deep dark red color with aromas of bing cherries, raspberry and hints of black licorice, cedar and sweet oak. It is well-balanced with entry flavors of cherry and raspberry leading to a creamy mid-palate and a medium-long finish of toasty oak, maple and cedar. Best enjoyed with cedar-plank salmon, French dip sandwiches, grilled wild duck breast, herb-crusted pork tenderloin and basil/olive oil asiago. 436 cases produced.
I can't go to Sarah's Vineyard anymore because they do a great event with dogs and my heart aches for Pierce, Peanut and Paris
2010 Chardonnay Estate
Silver Medal, 2012 SF Chronicle Wine Comp.
Aromas and flavors of pear, crisp apple, peach, and pineapple. Well balanced fruit/oak.
at $30 a bottle its a steal get three.
Next I would love love to go to Gruet Winery in New Mexico but so far I can't seem to find the time ( especially drinking so much wine )
Gruet makes the one of the best sparkling wines around
The Gruet Rose is the best with popcorn or steak or oysters or well anything !
Greystone Cellars is part of the Terlato Wines International the Cab is great deal and value and easy with minestrone soup.
Next up check out Cline
Fred Cline founded Cline Cellars in 1982, in Oakley, California. In 1991, the winery facilities relocated to the Sonoma Valley on a 350 acre estate in the Carneros District. The Cline Brothers, Fred and Matt, are Zinfandel and Rhone varietal specialists. Their holdings include some of the oldest and rarest vines in California. They are best known for the one hundred year old plantings of Carignane, Mourvedre and Zinfandel grapes they farm in Oakley, California. The Mourvedre represent approximately 85% of the state's total supply of this fascinating and versatile varietal. This treasure is the inspiration for Cline Cellars many "Rhone style" bottlings.
They do good so buy three bottles at least.
So you know how I am about Champagne and Popcorn to the point that I really don't joke about it
Another great champagne is Krug
Finally because I am on a budget I say go Barefoot and forget about it. Barefoot wines stretch from a super Moscato on a hot day to a bubbly begging for popcorn
That is at least 10 wineries we should go to ...at least once!