We tasted hundreds of wines last year. Some, we bought at wineries and retail outlets. Others, we tasted at wine events. Likewise, some kind folks shared their bottles with us, while others sent us samples. We also tasted many wines on an incredible road trip to BC wine country. Most importantly at this time of year, we remember the wines that made a lasting impression. Here is our list of our favorite 20 wines in 2022. Continue reading
Category Archives: Zinfandel
Thanksgiving 2022 Wines
The holidays are just around the corner, and as a result, we’re trying to decide which Thanksgiving 2022 wines to pour. Do you know yet? Perhaps you’re looking for a good pairing for your turkey feast or, on the other hand, a special bottle to take to a family dinner or an evening with good friends. If you love red wine, for example, some good bets are Pinot Noir, Syrah, Malbec, Zinfandel and Merlot. But if you prefer whites, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pecorino, Albariño, Marsanne and Chardonnay work well. Likewise, Rosé is also a good option. Overall, some wines pair well with turkey or sides, and others are best at parties. Above all, there is no right or wrong! Similarly, here are 25 wines that we recently tasted or are in our cellar, which we are considering for our Thanksgiving festivities. Continue reading
Sustainable Thanksgiving Wines
In time for the holidays, we tasted four sustainable wines from Clif Family that would be perfect for Thanksgiving feasts. These are killer wines. With the very first sip, we noticed the excellent quality. First, owners Kit Crawford and Gary Erickson source the grapes from CCOF Organic and Napa Green certified vineyards in the Howell Mountain and Oak Knoll District AVAs. Next, winemaker Laura Barrett crafts her wines with minimal intervention for a true expression of the grape’s character. Read on for details of these sustainable Thanksgiving wines.
Lorimar Vineyards and Winery opened in Temecula 10 years ago, featuring a large portfolio of fruit-forward wines, Tuscan-style architecture and breathtaking views of Mount Palomar and the Santa Ana Mountains. The winery describes itself as “a fusion of wine, art, music and food.” Certainly, guests can enjoy live music while sipping wine and nibbling on appetizers, and local art is displayed throughout the tasting room. We found a distinctive personality there, and yes, their wines sing!