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Oops. Tablas Creek 2009 Rose – best rose ever!
Type: Dry RedMade with: MerlotPlays well with: Stroganoff, pasta in cream sauces, nuts
See what happens when you’re helpful? While at the Family Winemakers Association event in Pasadena a couple months back, we were chatting with PGA golfer turned winemaker Kris Moe at his winery’s table as the event shut down. So we offered to help him carrying his boxes and display out to his car and he gave us the merlot as a thank you.
The wine needed twenty minutes to open up before serving. The dark ruby color had a combination of earth, blackberry and a hint
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Type: Dry redMade with: Pinot NoirPlays well with: Strong cheeses, red meats
The Vergari 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a premium example of a California pinot noir. Which is not to say that it is a copy of a Burgundian wine. The California style generally has riper fruit which can sometimes be a problem in France. Actually, it can be a problem with Californis wines, too. Riper fruit can translate into jammier characters and higher alcohol – qualities not becoming for a food friendly grape like pinot noir.
Not so with the Vergari. It’s a crafted wine that
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Type: Dry red
Made with: Cabernet sauvignon
Plays well with: Meat, meat and more meat
Please don’t think we’ve sold out the OBG mission of highlighting lesser known varieties. We also promise to highlight smaller producers who we believe deserve attention. So, that means a Napa cabernet is bound to turn up in these posts once in a while, especially since with Vergari Wines, there is no winery to find or visit. And, thanks again to winemaker David Vergari for finding us.
The Vergari 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon shows the same attention to detail that Mr.
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It happened a few months ago, but one day, Michael gets an email in his personal box inviting him and a guest to a tasting at a local contractor’s store near us. Huh? It was from David Vergari – a winemaker who lives in Sierra Madre in Southern California, but makes a collection of red wines out of a custom crush facility in Sebastopol, California. They’re mostly cabs and pinots – varieties we don’t usually focus on here at OddBallGrape.
But what makes Vergari’s operation a little more up our alley is how he’s selling his wines – through
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If you think wine is only for special occasions – for having with dinner when you go out to eat, for example, then read this now. If you think that the only wine worth drinking costs over $10, read up immediately.
In Europe, they have something called table wine. You sometimes see it on a label: vin de table or vino di tavolo, in French and Italian, respectively. If you’re in France or Italy or Belgium, you can go to the local bistro or restaurant for your lunch and order the house wine and get it in a little
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