The other day I discovered this story about the wines of Uruguay and it reminded me of a comment from Effern about his discovery of good wine in Arkansas. Good wine is made in places that do not sound promising like Minnesota and North Carolina. If you donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t live in California, Oregon or Washington State, I suggest you find a winery near you and taste something local. You will be surprised what you find.
Here’s a story about bringing ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œ2-buck ChuckÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? to a restaurant near you. I’ve had most of the Charles Shaw line and find their Chardonnay and Shiraz excellent values and the others worth their $1.99 / bottle price. IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m not sure if the restaurant trade will accept such a move, due to their notorious wine markup practices, but this could only be good for consumers.
Turley Zinfandel, California 2000
Last month, Brian from Grape Radio shared a couple bottles of Turley Zinfandel from his cellar with me. They have been waiting for the right night to check out and I figured Valentine’s Day was such a day. So, with a standing rib roast, I enjoyed the first bottle; tasted the wine again this evening with the same comments:
– Turley Wine Cellars, Zinfandel, California Old Vines 2000 ($25*)
Dark, opaque garnet color; concentrated plum and raison aromas; layers of plum and current flavors, super big with noticeable alcohol but seems pretty balanced, fascinating “thick” mouth feel with satisfying long finish. Delicious now, but will be better in years to come. Not your average Zin, it’s big AND refined at the same time.
Thanks, Brain! I owe you one (or two!)
* For those lucky enough to be on Turley’s mailing list to purchase this wine upon release.
Happy Valentine’s Day
A good story for Valentine’s Day, I think! Now have a bottle of Pinot Noir or Champagne with your Valentine 🙂
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