Our newsletter features the brief ‘Ray’s Picks’ section pointing out wines well worth giving a try. From time to time we will blog here on the website to further that effort in turning our wine loving friends on to labels they should investigate. This week we offer a tip of the hat to three lovely reds, 2008 Chateau La Tour Carnet coming in around $40, 2007 Terlato Cardinal’s Peak which is closer to $50 and 2008 Rubicon (Inglenook-Francis Ford Coppola) Cask. All three of these wines were deep red with full body and an excellent finish. Watch for more wine picks in the coming weeks….cheers.
ANDERSON VALEY TRIP OCTOBER 2-7TH, 2011
On time flight out of Milwaukee, lands a few minutes early, luggage popped out on the carousel in the first three minutes, car rental was ready….I hardly knew what to do with myself. The immediate need was to get to Hopland, California for my first interview and a rare Sunday one at that. But this is harvest and harvest means there is no day of the week only the siren song of the fruit in the vineyard calling the winemaker to come and get it. This was another day of the siren for Mark & Donnis Topel of Topel Wines.
RUTHERFORD, CA (April 11, 2011) – Francis Ford Coppola announced today that he has acquired the iconic Inglenook trademark and that henceforth, his celebrated Rubicon Estate in Rutherford, Napa Valley will be known by its historic original name, Inglenook, which he has acquired from The Wine Group. In addition, beginning this summer renowned Bordeaux winemaker Philippe Bascaules will assume the position of Estate Manager and Winemaker at the newly renamed Inglenook.
PREMIERE NAPA VALLEY TRIP-FEBRUARY 21ST, 2011
Day One-February 21st.
Escaping Wisconsin looked to be a trick after getting hit on Sunday night with a snow storm turned rain storm turned ice storm back to snow again. Mother Nature is not confused, she’s just angry.
Arriving in San Francisco to cloudy skies and 52 degrees I was pleased to be away from snow. Then I arrive in Napa to see snow on Mt. St. Helena. Of course, why not?
After checking in I head up to St. Helena for my interview with Land & Reed co owner John Skupny.
I love Merlot. In fact Merlot was the grape that started me on the road to fine wine.
I still seek out labels I’ve never sampled and end up finding another great one.
Sadly, people sometimes forget just how great Merlot can really be (guess that leaves more for me!)
It’s been long lamented that the movie Sideways seems to have given the grape a bad rap. But the simple truth is in the tasting. Like any underrated grape, Merlot can be genius.
Example? ….Petrus from France.