Viognier

    A Little Serendipity Helps Grow a Winery in the Okanagan

    Serendipity Winery is located along the Naramata Bench just north of Penticton.  It  is owned by Judy Kingston and her daughter Katie O’Kell, and vineyard manager Craig MacKenzie. The winery started in the fall of 2005 when Judy embarked on a wine tour of the Okanagan, which also was meant as a peek into retirement properties as well.

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    DeBarge Winery

    A few days before I left on my seven week odyssey (2 1/2 weeks in CA followed by 4 1/2 weeks leading bike trips in Europe) I got an email from a winery wondering if they could send me some samples of their wine to try. Not all that unusual.

    7 readers - By the drunken cyclist

      Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2002

      Wino sapien - - 5 readers - I started this blog in 2006, it seems a lifetime ago. My children where still in nappies and twitter was yet to hatch. More than now, there seemed to be a connection between this and other wine blogs. Everything seemed fresh and possible. . . My notes are still staccato and my use of the ellipsis seems to have grown. . . The 02 Clonakilla was in the first clutch of wines that I wrote about (1,2).

      Napa Valley Tasting - June 2014

      Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews - - 5 readers - On June 16th, I visited Napa Valley for the second time in the last 2 years. After visiting quite a few wineries along the Silverado Trail during my first visit, I decided that I wanted to visit more wineries off the trail this time around. The first stop on this hot and sunny Monday was The Hess Collection Winery, located within the Mount Veeder sub-appellation within Napa Valley.

      Fortant Hills Reserve Viognier 2012

      CHEAP WINE FINDER - - 5 readers - http://www.cheapwinefinder.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/fortant_viognier.m4a The Fortant Hills Reserve Viognier 2012 is sourced from hillside vineyards in the Languedoc comprising three different soil conditions. The Languedoc is located in Southwest France and is the leading wine-producing region in the world, in terms of production.

      Awaiting Our First Harvest – When Will Her Water Break?

      Bacchus and Beery - - 2 readers - It has been a very long time since I was an expectant father…23 years to be exact. But I feel like one again as I wait for our first grapes to hit the level of ripeness we are waiting patiently to see. The weather in Sonoma this week has been almost fall-like with even a bit of rain this morning.

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      Spier Creative Block 3 2009, Coastal Region, South Africa

      …This isn’t the latest release, but it’s still available and currently looking rather nice. Spier Creative Block 3 2009, Coastal Region, South Africa (£14.99 Hawkshead Wines) Rich, rounded & spicy, with a slightly rustic but rather attractive tomatoey edge to its fleshy plum and dark berry fruit, notes of herbs and spice, still some vanilla…

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      DeBarge Winery

      … do well on the table or on the patio. It would do even better if those Chambourcin vines had been ripped out as per my suggestion, and never made it into this wine. Good, maybe Very Good. 85-87 Points. 2012 Trillium White: Retail $15. Traminette (44%), Chardonnay (21%) , Vidal Blanc (10%), Viognier (25%). Somewhat similar to Chambourcin…

      7 readers - By the drunken cyclist

      Three release love for the last long weekend

      … for the final (gasp) summer long weekend of 2014. Clockwise, from left to right: The Royal Old Vine Steen Chenin Blanc 2013, Creekside Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Château Des Charmes Estate Bottled Old Vines Pinot Noir 2010, Nyarai Cellars Viognier 2012, Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc 2012, Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Huff Estates South Bay…

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      Napa Valley Tasting - June 2014

      … the visits to Palmaz Vineyards and Miner Family Winery, while also introducing me to Somerston Estate. Tasting Notes: HESS SMALL BLOCK VIOGNIER 2012 - Mount Veeder, Napa Valley (#) (XD) - $28 Aromas are of medium+ intensity and show fresh notes of clean lime, citrus and nectarine. Medium+ bodied with a very oily and slightly chalky texture on the palate…

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      Fortant Hills Reserve Viognier 2012

      …http://www.cheapwinefinder.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/fortant_viognier.m4a The Fortant Hills Reserve Viognier 2012 is sourced from hillside vineyards in the Languedoc comprising three different soil conditions. The Languedoc is located in Southwest France and is the leading wine-producing region in the world, in terms of production…

      5 readers - By CHEAP WINE FINDER

      Awaiting Our First Harvest – When Will Her Water Break?

      …, seed ripeness, grape acidity, fermentation temperatures, yeast strains and more. Once again, I have to comment on how open and helpful everyone has been. The most common response I’ve gotten from winemakers when I ask my first question is a laugh, followed by “I wondered when the winemaking bug would bite you.” Viognier Cluster We also took our…

      2 readers - By Bacchus and Beery

      Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2002

      …I started this blog in 2006, it seems a lifetime ago. My children where still in nappies and twitter was yet to hatch. More than now, there seemed to be a connection between this and other wine blogs. Everything seemed fresh and possible. . . My notes are still staccato and my use of the ellipsis seems to have grown. . . The 02 Clonakilla…

      5 readers - By Wino sapien

      Ceps Du Sud Viognier 2012 Pays d’Oc, France

      …Proper Viognier at a keen price Ceps Du Sud Viognier 2012 Pays d’Oc, France (£7.05 Bibendum) Really good honest style, with the classic oily peach (fresh and tinned), some creamy nut kernel character, with the voluptuous allure absent in too many similarly priced Viogniers. B+…

      2 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      A Little Serendipity Helps Grow a Winery in the Okanagan

      ….  As serendipity would have it, she found a fruit orchard in Naramata which she purchased and began to convert it to a vineyard with a winery.  In 2007 Judy planted eight acres of vines, with Syrah and Merlot as the primary reds and Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc as the whites. Subsequently she has added other varieties. The first harvest was in 2009; the rest…

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      Old favorites add new wines to the mix

      … * Remember how excited you always felt when you heard that your favorite band was about to release a new album. Oops, I think I just dated myself, carbon dated even. Nonetheless, the same could be said for new wines from some of your favorite wineries: the only thing better than trying those new wines […] The post Old favorites add new wines…

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      Roaming the El Dorado Hills: Pleasant Valley Wine Trail

      … – wine bars.  Fifteen minutes north of town, you climb from 1800′ elevation suddenly and surprisingly, as you drive along Pleasant Valley Road. Our first stop was Miraflores Winery, where they were dishing up beef stew and onion tarts to go with thier Rhône style wines.  We were treated to a vertical of Viognier, Syrah, and Petite Sirah before…

      1 readers - By Luscious Lushes

      Perissos Vineyards and Winery: Harvest Visit

      …, unsolicited I showed up to see what Seth was doing. It was a remarkable August 1st harvest day for his estate vineyard’s Viognier. The Muscat was already in the winery, the temperatures were hanging around the upper 80s, refreshing breezes whisked through the vines, vineyard hands were lunching on pizza and juice was running from his press. Taking…

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      WBC Pre-Trip: A Glimpse into the Soul of Santa Barbara Wine

      … Larry Schaffer, Tercero Wines Our WBC journey began with bread.  And yeast.  And really good wine.  What I found about the Santa Barbara region is that it has a soul.  It’s real, it’s eclectic, it’s quotable and it’s incredibly real.  It’s something that you can’t get with a cursory look, which is why I am so glad for the experiences that were…

      16 readers - By Dallas Wine Chick

      A Swag Bag of Potatoes?

      …, we can appreciate her workmanship.  All of the wines we tasted were food wines. The Mercer Estates 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon displayed the brightness and surprising delicacy Jessica attributes to the Horse Heave Hills fruit.  While well structured, it did not overwhelm the entree.  The same is true of the Mercer Estates 2013 Viognier.   This varietal…

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      Live Wine Blogging

      …Almost two weeks ago (already?) I attended the Wine Bloggers Conference as most of you know by now. (Hopefully this post will be far less volatile than previous post on the Conference—which I never thought would get much traction, but apparently … Continue reading…

      1 readers - By the drunken cyclist