January 5, 2010
I was sitting at my office in Manhattan working on year-end numbers going more and more blind by the minute when the friendly Fedex guy arrived bringing me the bottle of 2007 Dingac Winery Plavac Peljesac Peninsula I’d ordered and sort of forgotten about. How sweet is that? I can’t wait to try this red from Croatia.
I went back to work when the UPS guy showed up with a @wine_com holiday gift from my boss, a 2004 Château Pavie Decesse Saint-Emilion Grand Cru! What special occasion will I save this little 91 Points WS gem for? I’ll think of something.
November 11, 2009
I attended Wine Twits’ Spit & Twit event last week at City Winery in New York City. The launch event for this concept was very well-attended and featured over 100 wines from around the world.
While I enjoyed some pretty great wines and met fabulous folks in the wine trade, I especially enjoyed the two wines served by Cult Vines, whose motto is “is to provide the finest wine to discreet connoisseurs and collectors”.
2008 Alder Springs Roussanne Westerly Vineyard
2008 Cult Vines Roussanne
This golden honey colored Roussanne has a beautiful nose, huge mouthfeel, bright apple flavor. This wine is well-balanced but with higher alcohol content and would be outstanding with food. Could use some cellaring. Chardonnay drinkers, move over to this wine.
Price: Around $49
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon Vineyards
2007 Cult Vines Cabernet Sauvignon
It was difficult to pull myself away from the lush fruit aroma in order to actually sip this wine, but I certainly wasn’t disappointed when I did. This Cabernet offers the darkest, opaque purple hue that’s easy to simply stare at for a while. This wine is full of ripe fruit, especially blackberry, and young, not at all unpleasant, tannins. Craved a rare porterhouse after the first sip.
Price: Around $125
October 15, 2009
St Supery Wines
Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the second stop of the St Supery East Coast Tweet Up Tour at Gary’s Wine in Wayne, NJ. The event provided wine enthusiasts the opportunity to sample St Supery’s line of popular wines and to meet Social Media Guru, Rick Bakas.
The venue for the event, the mega wine store, Gary’s Wine, is grand in every way. Gary’s motto “We’re not just a wine store, we are a Wine Destination!” is understood immediately upon entering the spacious facility. The layout is uber easy to navigate with wines arranged by region and varietal. There’s a superb food market with specialty groceries, a fabulous selection of fine cheeses and some prepared food items ideal for an impromptu gourmet feast. Gary’s features a wonderful tasting area for events just like the St Supery Tweet Up and also offers a climate-controlled wine room that houses very special wines and a gorgeous tasting table.
The well-attended event was warmly hosted by Gary himself, his team and Rick Bakas, the Director of Social Media for St Supery winery. Rick was generous with his interesting information about Napa Valley, the winery and this year’s crush. Upon arriving, we were immediately made to feel welcomed. Gary is a gracious host and takes pride in his beautiful store. We first tasted the St Supery Oak-Free Chardonnay. The wine was mouthwatering with vibrant yeasty qualities and green apple and pear flavor. Although the name suggests no oak, there were still hints of it that were pleasant and not overpowering. The second wine we tasted was the white Meritage – Virtu, which is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. This wine offered a juicy mouthful of peach with an enjoyable mineral finish. I’m looking forward to tasting this wine with grilled scallops. Last on the list for this tasting was the widely popular Cabernet Sauvignon with its dark cherry nose, well-balanced tannins and long finish. This wine screams for a grilled steak.
For those of you in the New York area, Rick Bakas and the fine folks at St Supery are making two additional stops. Tonight, 10/15, the Tweet Up stops at Harry’s Cafe & Steakhouse in the financial district and tomorrow night, 10/16, the event is at the Roger Smith Hotel. Not in New York? The tour continues and information on additional stops can be found here.