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July 25, 2017 / WineinTamiTime

2014 Lenne Estate Pinot Noir with Wine Weirdos

July 19, 2017 / WineinTamiTime

2013 La Montagne Buona Terra Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir

July 7, 2017 / WineinTamiTime

2015 Planeta Frappato w/Wine Weirdos

April 11, 2017 / WineinTamiTime

Northwest in the Southwest

Ever since I went on Washington State Road Trip in 2015, I have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the wines from this region.

We currently offer three different wines by the glass at The Fishery:

2012 EFESTE Evergreen Riesling from Ancient Lakes: Super friendly with 90% of our menu. Don’t be afraid of this Riesling being sweet, it is perfectly balanced.

2016 Hedges DLD Le Rosé Columbia Valley: A full bodied, earthy rosé suitable for anything ahi or tuna or tombo.

2014 Savage Grace Côt Dineen Vineyard Rattlesnake Hills: My favorite Malbec ever. Way lighter bodied than those from Argentina or Cahors, yet still has all the leafy blackberry goodness that I expect from Malbec.

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March 2, 2017 / WineinTamiTime

2015 Chaumeau Balland Sancerre with Mike of Wine Weirdos

February 19, 2017 / WineinTamiTime

Hanging Out with Mike of Wine Weirdos

 

January 13, 2017 / WineinTamiTime

A New Day for Zinfandel

Zinfandel is tricky for me. No one else in the world does it like California so I want to love it. I embraced it when I attended Sonoma Summit in 2013, when I tasted a wide variety of them, including one from Rockpile, made by Ulises Valdez, standing on top of the Rockpile Vineyard. I swear that I am going to buy some to enjoy at home, but then I leave the wine shop with gruner or rosé. I naturally shy away from full bodied, high alcohol red wines, even when my head tells me to branch out of my blush colored rut.

There are tasty examples of Primitivo in Southern Italy, but no other growing region has embraced it and made it the rich, fruity punch in the face that Cali has. Its DNA was traced back to the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia where it has been referred to as Tribidrag as far back as 1518. Crljenak Kaštelanski is the difficult-for-Americans-to-pronounce name.

Styles vary from the claret style, which is lighter in color and body and lower alcohol, to inky, 16+% alcohol monsters. Predictably, I gravitate to the former. I encountered today’s wine, the 2015 Day from Sonoma County at the California Grapevine. I tasted it blind with four other 2015 zinfandels, as is the practice at Grapevine tastings. We taste the flights blind and then rank our top three and vote to determine which wines win. This one was my clear #1, as it was the most balanced and elegant of the group. I was not at all surprised and completely delighted to find out that this is Ehren Jordan’s new zin project. He made his name making Turley’s zins and went on to found his own label, Failla. This is one of my favorite California producers of elegant, beautiful Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

If you happen to find these wines, I highly recommend them.

As a side note, if you can get your hands on a bottle of Lagier Meredith Tribidrag, do not think twice. This is super cool wine made by an icon.

For more information about Day Zinfandel: Day Zinfandel

For more information about California Grapevine: California Grapevine

Also check out: Lagier Meredith