Every once in a while I taste a wine that is so striking I have to tell everyone I come in contact with about it. That's the case with the Williams Selyem, 2007 Windsor Oaks Vineyard, Late Harvest Russian River Valley Muscat.
Can wine tasters behave? That’s the underline question when politicians try to regulate Wine Country. The latest sqaubble is over a push by the Sonoma County planning commission to curb tasting room hours to 4 p.m., affecting some with extended hours as late as 6:30 p.m. Clearly over-zealous tasters and rush hour traffic do not pair well.
Got wine? Whether you’re planning fresh salmon or the traditional rack of lamb, a glass of pinot is a great companion. Uncorking a pinot is akin to putting out your best china, only the finest will do.
A great weekend sipper. I tasted the fogdog, 2007 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay blind and it was striking. Once unbagged, it made sense.
A secret garden. A friend took me to a place that captures Wine Country in the spring when the mustard is in full bloom. Frog’s Leap Winery in Rutherford showcases the flower well, whether it’s isolated in patches or woven into the vineyard.
Well, I don’t believe in name calling … but Peterson, the co-founder and winemaker of Sonoma’s Ravenswood Winery has clearly gone mad. Loco. Insane. Peterson has gone postal.
Jeff Morgan is a professional wine writer and a winemaker who makes a serious kosher wine named Covenant. With Passover in the offing – March 30 -- Morgan said the big fun in making kosher wine is: “Watching Jews who have never drunk much but schlock taste our wines. Seems to be somewhat of a revelation.”
No final numbers yet but estimates reveal about 20,000 people came to the Wine Road Barrel Tasting, an event that had people sipping two weekends running in March, the ritual that still conjures up images of mustard fields, swanky limos and yes, big honkin’ buses.
Keller, arguably the number one chef in America, is fond of Vinnie Cilurzo’s brews. So fond, in fact, that he hired the brewmaster and co-owner of Santa Rosa’s Russian River Brewing Company, to brew a pilsner called the White Apron exclusively for Keller.
Michael Sebastiani and Paul Giusto were running a half marathon, a race snaking through the Sonoma Square with stations set up with water, energy drinks and yes, wine. Giusto said, “Hey man, there’s some wine. I’m going to have some.” In Wine Country, even the finish line can wait for a good sip.