Two Shepherds, Two Philosophies, One Great Wine

It’s kind of a long story why this particular post got kicked repeatedly to the back burner when we actually tasted William Allen’s awesome syrahs last June at a Rhone Rangers tasting event. The Rhone Rangers is an advocacy group … Continue reading

Tablas Creek 2006 Cotes de Tablas

  Type: Dry RedMade: In Paso Robles, California with grenache, syrah, mourvedre, counoise grapesPlays well with: Slightly spicy beef dishes, anything laced with garlic. With Tablas Creek Vineyard GM Jason Haas one of the honchos behind the Rhone Rangers and … Continue reading

Consensio 2008 Rosé “Harmony”

Type: Dry roséMade with: Syrah and GrenachePlays well with: Seafood, salmon, chicken, pork, it’s rose – anything goes! This rosé is so spectacular that you can’t help feeling a little smug when folks who supposedly “know” sneer that they don’t … Continue reading

Rounding Up the Paso Rhone Rangers

Well, we’re back home and mostly recovered from checking out the 30-odd wineries present at the 2010 Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience, which happened this past Sunday. It was a particularly good day for us. We caught up with some … 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

Halter Ranch 2006 GSM

GSM is shorthand – 1980s Australian shorthand –  for a classic Rhone blend of three grapes – Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. The basic formula will vary from year to year as one grape stands out over the others. The 2006 … Continue reading

Halter Ranch – Growing the Good Stuff

Every so often, it doesn’t hurt to remember that wine is, ultimately, an agricultural product and that you get grapes by farming them.  Fortunately, when Mitch Wyss came in to grow grapes for Halter Ranch Winery owner Hansjorg Wyss, he … Continue reading

Yosemite View 2005 Syrah

Like them or not, screw tops are showing up on wine bottles. No long tradition or ceremony in their extraction and no twenty-year studies on storage issues – yet. But do not let the top of the bottle distract you … Continue reading

Carmichael Sur Le Pont 2005 Monterey County

While the Carmichael Sur le Pont is not technically an oddball bottle of wine.  The fact that it is made up of 80 percent syrah means it can be legally called a syrah, and that’s hardly oddball these days.  But … Continue reading

Ceja’s Vino de Casa, Not Your Ordinary Blend

The thing with Ceja’s 2005 Vino de Casa is that it’s a basic, food-friendly, delicious little red.  Nothing pretentious.  Even the name just means “house wine.”  Who’dathunk that it would come from 62% pinot noir and 38% Syrah?  It’s hard … Continue reading