Vergari 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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 … Continue reading

Vergari Wines

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 … Continue reading

Irish Family Vineyard “Pog Mo Thoin”

Type: Dry Red Made: In Calaveras County, California, With cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and malvasia grapes Plays well with: Beef, lamb, winter stews, on its own The Irish Family red blend called Pog Mo Thoin – Gaelic for “kiss my ass” … Continue reading

Eden Canyon 2005 Jolie Bordeaux-Style

This is a classic Bordeaux-style wine, made with 88 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 12 percent Petit Verdot. this is no heavy fruit bomb, but it’s no lightweight, either, even with only 13 percent alcohol.  Which means you get the flavors … Continue reading

Calibration Time, Blackstone Cabernet Sauvignon

The tasting calibration continues with the Blackstone Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. And again, this isn’t about us telling you what we think this wine should taste like. This is about you tasting this or a similar wine so that you … Continue reading

It’s Calibration Week! Start Your Bottles

The winery’s tasting notes called the smell in their wine “gaminess.”  Michael wrote down “barnyard.”  Anne just wrinkled her nose and said, “Ooo.  Ick.”  Someone could have said, “Wow, that’s great!” All of us would be right.  Or correct. Tasting … Continue reading

Heavens to Twisted Oaks 2005 Murgatroyd

We love blends. They can express the full palate of a terrior – think Burgundy or Bordeaux. They can also demonstrate the combined skills of a winemaking team that includes vineyard staff and cellar rats alike. As a bonus, every … Continue reading