We purchased this wine from White Oak Winery (http://www.whiteoakwinery.com/) when we visited Alexander Valley a little while back. (http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/68438913683/sonoma-trip-with-geoff-and-sabrina-11-24-over). During the wine tasting, we both enjoyed the wine and found it to be easier to drink than other Cabernets we’ve tried in the past.
In order to bring 2013 to a close, I decided to create a “Most Memorable Wines of 2013” list. These wines are all wines that made such an impact on me that I continued to talk about them after finishing the bottle. Overall, I really liked them but one that made the list, turned my stomach.
These are not listed in any particular order
We were excited to try another category of wine, so on our trip to Kenwood, we purchased this dessert wine. (http://wineandcheesefriday.com/trip-to-kenwood/). It is made from 100% Petite Sirah grapes and it passed the test during our wine tasting that day in Kenwood. Lets see how it goes with cheese?
We’ve only done one other sparkling wine during Wine And Cheese Friday so we figured we’d try another this week. This sparkling wine was prepared by the Methode Traditionnelle, in Napa Valley. Lets see how we like it.
We purchased a Zinfandel while we were wine tasting in Sonoma a month ago (http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/68438913683/sonoma-trip-with-geoff-and-sabrina-11-24-over) and decided to redo a Zinfandel pairing. During the last pairing, we really liked the cheese but found the wine not to be of great quality. (http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/46034718844/march-15-zinfandel-and-pecorino-after-a-long)
During our last WineAndCheese we determined the order of best wine and cheese pairings for PinotVember. Surprisingly we had the same results, top pairing was the Willowbrook Pinot and Camembert and then:
When I was at work last night, I decided to try out a new way of wine and cheese pairing. We had some Petite Blue Triple Cream cheese leftover from our Wine and Cheese Friday, http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/68106150195/pinot-vember-11-22-pinot-noir-and-petite-blue . Instead of just choosing one wine to pair with the cheese I thought it would be fun to guess which wine would pair best with the cheese, already knowing the cheese flavor. This cheese was pretty soft when we had it so I brought some pita from my greek lunch to spread the cheese on. I used my newly honed wine and cheese skills and set out…
We found our final Pinot Noir for Pinot-Vember during our recent trip to Sonoma, http://mferraro73.tumblr.com/post/68438913683/sonoma-trip-with-geoff-and-sabrina-11-24-over, at Alexander Valley Vineyards. (http://www.avvwine.com/) Although we did research the cheeses that would pair well with this type of wine, we still couldn’t find them at the grocery store. We decided to try out a Mozzerella cheese since we haven’t used this cheese during Wine And Cheese Friday.
Over the weekend, we decided to head up to Sonoma again to use our Sonoma Passport. (http://sonomapassport.com) This trip we chose to go to Alexander Valley and try out 4 wineries: White Oak Winery, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Mazzocco and Francis Ford Coppola Winery.
Pinot-Vember continues this week with a Pinot Noir and Petite Blue Triple Cream cheese both purchased at BevMo. (http://www.bevmo.com) Since there was a “5 cent sale” going on, I cheated a little by reading the descriptions of some of the wines. During the “5 cent sale” you get 2 bottles of the same wine, so I wanted to be sure it was one we would be interested in.