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#WW – What’s Your PoiZin w/ @ArmidaWinery

6 Jun

We recently visited the West Coast over Memorial Day weekend where we went to explore the wine treasures of Santa Cruz – a true hidden gem for great wineries with amazing views.  A little more casual than your big boy Sonoma and Napa estates however, nonetheless still treasures on the vine.

We brought back this wonderful red drinking wine perfect for a Sunday BBQ in the city.  Poizin, made in Sonoma at Armida Winery, but has a tasting room in Capitola overlooks the beach and water and is this week’s wine of choice for Winepug Wednesday!  Such a true Zinfandel (don’t you love the play on words) driven by loads of fruit, spice, and a smooth yet soft finish makes this wine the “wine to die for”.  Not only can you sip on this for hours, it’s also a great conversation starter from the skull artwork on the bottle to the fun anecdotal tale on the back.  So, what’s your Poizin? 

“As she stands in the clearing the cold wind dances through the trees, swirling her golden mane over her diaphanous silken black gown.  The full moon melts into the paleness of her skin.  As she stirs the cauldron of Zinfandel she chants an other worldly incantation.  From vials as old as the echoes of time she adds minute pinches of her ancestry.  Her slender fingers rub together as the grains fall, releasing their magic as they touch the fermenting must.  On her face is the look of both good and evil, of love and hate, of life and sex and all that stirs you.  What is this unearthly potion?  It is Poizin, the wine to die for.”

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Nostalgia with Tin Barn

7 Mar

I always love when a bottle of wine has a nostalgic memory behind it.  This bottle of Red Zinfandel is from our first trip to the Russian River Valley together as you may remember from {here}.  Tin Barn was my first time (probably will be the only time)  climbing into a steel barrel with a 4 year old {here}!  Sipping on this bottle with close friends and reminiscing about our time in the RRV, I think we enjoyed this wine right per it’s instruction on the bottle.

Tin Barn Vineyards 2008 Zinfandel Russian River Valley, Gilsson Vineyard

On the bottle: “Tin Barn is the fruit of five friends’ passion for the grape.  Our wines are crafted from vineyards specifically chosen for their unique soils and optimal growing locations.  Please drink with pleasure this quality wine we have produced.”

Winepug’s Tasting:  A lighter red with hints of vanilla and raspberry’s.  This wine is a great drinking wine that truly speak to it’s roots! A must with dark chocolate.  A casual yet seductive wine! – Try it and you’ll understand!

A Fabulous Wine and Cheese Party for Fall!

10 Oct

The leaves are turning in Central Park and it’s time to celebrate Fall colors with a fabulous Wine & Cheese gathering!

Have a gander at these helpful pairings of delicious cheeses with lovely wines when planning your Fall festivities!

Cheers!

Crisp Fall nights

Aged Cheese – Gruyere, Adam’s Cheddar

  • Chardonnay:  J.Lohr October Night Chardonnay 2007 ($25)
  • Rioja: Bodegas Altanza Lealtanza Crianza Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain ($16)

Goat Cheese – Chevrot, Capri

  • Sauvignon Blanc: 2009 Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA ($40)
  • Pinot Noir: 2008 A by Acacia Pinot Noir, California

Blue-veined Cheese – Gorgonzola, Danish Blue, Cambozola

  • Amarone: 2008 Le Tobele Amarone Della Valpolicella Ripasso, Veneto Italy ($15)
  • Muscat: 2009 Joseph Cattin Muscat ($15)

Afternoon Fall delights

Fresh Cheese – Mozzarella, Crescenza

  • Riesling: Late Harvest: Wente Late Harvest 1995 ($10)

Soft Cheese – Camembert, Brie

  • Vinho Verde: 2010 De Gomariz Vinho Verde, Douro, Portugal ($15)
  • Merlot: 2008 Cathedral Cellar Kwv Merlot, Coastal Region, South Africa ($15)

Sheep’s Milk Cheese – Feta, Manchego

  • Zinfandel: 2009 Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Red Label, Zinfandel ($22)
  • Sherry: 2008 Savory & James Amontillado Sherry, Spain ($12)
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