1st Bottle Red: Seamless Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2019

For the wine snob: Seamless North Coast Cabernet was delivered on the shoulders of 23 family owned wholesalers across the US known as the Independent Distributer Network.  A group of passionate people with a visionary effort to support locally owned companies.

For the rest of us: An elegant flow of beauty, stature and class.  Seamless Cab is packed with ripe, generous fruit from the hillsides of the North Coast of California.  Drink well tonight, and pour yourself a glass of something Seamless.

1st Bottle White: J. Hofstätter ‘Weifsburgunder’ Pinot Bianco 2019

For the wine snob: J. Hofstätter is a pioneering family owned estate, best known for its history of vinifying Italy’s finest Pinot Noir and Gewürztaminer. Our family has cultivated vineyards on both sides of the river in Alto Adige for four generations. Today our vineyards also extend along the steep banks of the Mosel and in the heart of the impressive mountains of Trentino.  We face the challenges of difficult terrain and cultivate each individual grape variety exactly where it feels most comfortable and finds its best expression.  Our work in the vineyard and cellar carries fourth the legacy of our forefathers that unites a love of nature with innovation.

For the rest of us: 100% Pinot Bianco,  Medium-full straw yellow in colour,  this Pinot Bianco has fresh aromas of peach combined with apple and pear on the nose.  Elegant and zesty on the palate, harmonious in structure, round with masses of finesse and a hint of nut on the finish.

2nd Bottle Red:: Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2019 Willamette Valley, Oregon

For the wine snob: Our name, Chehalem, translates to “Valley of Flowers” in the Native American language, Calapooia. It’s our goal to follow the example set centuries ago: to treat our land with great care and to continue our mission of creating a sustainable future.  Our climate and winemaking style reveal wines that emphasize balance, elegance and texture. This openness allows the vintage and three terroirs on which we farm to express themselves as wines of startling distinction.

For the rest of us: 100% Pinot Noir,  Chehalem Mountains Pinot shows intense bright red fruit aromatics of strawberries, cranberries, and cherry pie that evolve with subtle notes of toasted almonds, toffee, and white pepper spice. The palate is dense but approachable with silky tannins and a mouthwatering juiciness. The red fruit aromatics follow through to the palate, giving this wine a vibrant energy. This wine is delicious now but has the bones to age elegantly.

2nd Bottle White: Fess Parker Epiphany Grenache Blanc 2019

For the wine snob: Fess Parker’s portrayal of frontiersman Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone during the 1950s and 60s garnered him a legion of adoring fans spanning many generations.  When Fess Parker purchased the 714-acre Foxen Canyon Ranch in 1988, he planned to run cattle, plant a few acres of vineyard, and perhaps, someday, establish a small winery. His dream was to start a family business that he could pass on to future generations.  Fess Parker and his wife Marcella were married for 50 years and lived in Santa Barbara for over 30 years. They raised two children and have 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Fess passed away in March of 2010. We miss his wisdom, his smile, and his wonderful friendship.

For  the rest of us: 100% Grenache Blanc Epiphany is a delicious full-bodied, dry white wine with fresh acidity. In the glass, it is a pale straw color with aromas of jasmine, honeydew, candied ginger and white peach. Bright and mineral driven, flavors of white nectarine, grapefruit, meyer lemon and key lime coat the palate.

1st Reserve Bottle Red: Andrew Rich ‘Marine Sedimentary’ Pinot Noir 2019

For the wine snob: After 20 vintages in Oregon, Andrew Rich is beginning to feel like a veteran. Andrew headed to Oregon in 1994 with the quixotic vision of making Rhône-style wines in the Willamette Valley from Columbia Valley grapes. While the range at Andrew Rich Wines may be broad – in addition to the Pinots and Rhône-style wines the winery is known for Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer dessert wine, and several others – the intent is always to make wines of balance, grace, and sheer deliciousness.

For the rest of us: 100% Pinot Noir,  Medium bodied with a very good concentration of well balanced & smooth textured, ripe fruit flavors of red cherries, blueberries & plums with spices, earthiness, minerals & a touch of oak/vanilla. Lingering finish. Drinks quite well at present although it does have the fruit & structure for further development with additional aging.

1st Reserve Bottle White: : Lloyd Chardonnay 2020

For the wine snob: Cultivating the family entrepreneurial spirit, Lloyd Cellars made its first vintage in 2008 and hasn’t looked back. Now more than a decade later, Robert and Bonnie Lloyd harvest full, rich and refreshing world-class wines. Lloyd Cellars takes pride in their wines and spend time capturing the wine’s essence. Known for their big, rich Chardonnays, their slow fermentation method helps preserve all of the aromatics during the winemaking process—a process they continue to enjoy more than 25 years later.

For the rest of us: 100% Chardonnay  Layers of tropical fruits, pear, and apple wrap around refreshing acidity and fresh lemon, all supported by rich notes of vanillia leading into a powerful, yet elegant finish.

2nd Reserve Bottle Red: Rivetto Barbera D’ Alba DOC ‘Zio Nando’

For the wine snob: Enrico Rivetto can talk to anyone in the world about his wines. A farmer at heart, he has slowly and strategically stitched together a lush quilt of an estate atop the Lirano hill near the town of Serralunga.  He is extremely invested in poly farming as a method to naturally stabilize and enrich the vineyard, in turn allowing it to care for itself more sustainably. He remains committed to biodynamic farming and is now the first Demeter certified producer in the zones of Barolo and Barbaresco.

For the rest of us: 100% Barbera, This organic Barbera showcases the terroir of Zio Nando vineyard beautifully. Full bodied and rich with perfumend notes of cornflowers, black cherries and blueberries on the nose and palate with rich tannins and a smooth finish. It pairs perfectly with a charcuterie boards, braised beef or rich tomato based pastas.

2nd Reserve Bottle White: Le Mistral Viognier 2018

For the wine Snob: Our winemaking team is led by David Baird, who works closely with our growers to realize a style of wine that fully expresses the terroir of Monterey County and all its diversity. Folktale wines express beautiful acid and minerality of Monterey’s cool climate and rocky soils.  Folktale moves away from the rich styles of the past, moving towards bright, acidic style that best expresses the county’s terroir and pairs with the regions farm-fresh foods.  Just like the Mediterranean wind that gives Le Mistral its name, the consistent maritime winds that howl in from the Pacific are a key contributor to the spice and earthy notes in these gorgeous wines.

For the Rest of us: 100% Single Vinyard Viognier,  Le Mistral is 33% fermented in stainless steel and 67% in neutral French oak.  Aromatic and delicate, soft and smooth, vibrant and memorable. The bouquet is floral and complex; honeysuckle and rose petal dominate with lighter notes of lemon blossom and wildflowers. With a silky texture and a long, warming finish, this Viognier is best enjoyed slightly chilled with good friends.