Plum, vanilla and oakwood. A savory-stewed plum, sprinkled with cardamom that doesn’t capitalize to become the over-mouthed sugar experience.
This Bourdeaux style blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Malbec, 20% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 12% Merlot is a kick-back style blend that works with carefully slow cooked meat.
For tasting notes visit:
Derby Wine Estates

For production notes visit: Derby Wine Estates

Blackberries dripping of the vine and falling to the forest floor. While deep and dark in color, this Italian varietal has a gelatinous freshness that invites you in to the glass, slowly finishing on a graphite note.
For production notes visit
For production notes visit: De Angelis Wines

Saxum's Broken Stones

Broken Stones 2010 is like a hippie-chick with long legs, writing her softest dreams with a sharpened graphite pencil along the length of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Had the rare opportunity to purchase a few bottles of Broken Stones 2010 after being on an expected waiting list. Navigating the right time to uncork a bottle, after six years in our wine cooler, the decanter served as an axe, busting open the simplicities and complexities of the wine. 

At a blend of 63% Syrah, 19% Mourvèdre, 15% Grenache and 3% Petite Sirah, the obscure percentages were like rough edges of broken stones, smoothed and rounded as it ran, after nine years in the bottle, down the glass length of the decanter.

We paired this blend with a rare rib-eye and our Double Berry Drizzle smothered on top. An evening I didn’t want to end. Saxum

Brady Vineyard’s 2016 Cabernet Franc

Celebrating Cab Franc day this December 4th with Brady Vineyard’s 2016 vintage. This varietal strums up musical notes for me on the bouquet; light, bright and whimsical. With each singing sip, Brady’s Cab Franc produces an earthy note on the finish, like a fine leather strap on a well-worn acoustic guitar.

Brady Vineyard

Glunz’s 2016 Zinfandel Bunzer's Blend

This wine is definitely the woman who knows what she wants; full-bodied, unfiltered and not afraid to enter a room.

Fused with modest percentages of Petite Sarah and Petit Verdot, the regal characteristics of Gluntz’s 2016 Zinfandel command a plump, fatty prime rib to entertain its substantial nature.

For production notes: Glunz Family Winery

LXV's 2017 Lover's Spell

For this writer, it was love at first sip; a long-stemmed rose dipped in sweet, dark-berried fruit, locking you in on the bouquet, while a pestle full of peppery finishes keep you interested.

For this writer, it was love at first sip; a long-stemmed rose dipped in sweet, dark-berried fruit, locking you in on the bouquet, while a pestle full of peppery finishes keep you interested.

A beautiful food paring is our Lamb Slow-stewed in Indian Spices

LXV Wine

Autry Cellars 2012 Tertian Harmony

Trimming a cherry tree in pristine winter; amid the snap of the early, brisk morning with juniper berry leaves whisking in the distance.

A synthesis of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

For production notes: Autry Cellars

Ancient Peaks 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Ancient Peaks’ Cabernet Sauvignon grapevine roots marinate in ancient sea-bed soils, drawing up palatal flavor profiles of glazed cherry, caramelized sugar and finely-ground cardamom. Relish this wine with braised, fresh, dark meat and of course,
invite your sweetest guest for dinner.

For production notes visit Ancient Peaks

Bodegas’ 2014 Monastrell

Bodegas’ 2014 Monastrell

It takes a big wine to “sip and paint” the Andromeda Galaxy. Taste buds may burst as you delight in chocolate-covered cherries up front and the explosion of herbal flavors on the finish. Bodegas’ Monastrell is celestial, one of many stars on the Paso Robles scene.

For production notes visit: Bodegas Paso Robles

Halter Ranch’s 2015 Libelle Sparkling Wine

Halter Ranch’s 2015 Libelle Sparkling Wine

Weighing in at just 11.5% alcohol, this 100% Picpoul Blanc varietal is delightfully dry with a wet cherubic kiss on the finish.

Enjoy steamed, fresh oysters dipped in sweet-butter cream sauce after you pop open a bottle of Halter Ranch’s delightful Libelle sparkling wine.

For production notes visit Halter Ranch

Lone Madrone’s 2018 Picpoul Blanc

Lone Madrone’s 2018 Picpoul Blanc

Biting in to a cool, crisp, tart apple on a warm summer day. Strolling barefoot through spring grasses, as the mineralized soil underfoot slowly materializes.

Shout out to Lone Madrone for producing this gorgeous white wine. 

For production notes visit: Lone Madrone

Cass’ 2018 Mourvèdre

While generally considered a blending wine, I enjoy 100% Mourvèdre in the glass and Cass Winery’s 2018 Mourvèdre is certainly no exception.

On the nose you’ll enjoy subtle hints of strawberry gelatin amid blackberry and tobacco. There is a light-heartedness to this wine, but it holds it’s own; perfect for sipping with appetizers before moving on to the main course.

We paired our Cass Mourvèdre with beautiful slow-cooked, smoked ribs. Our wood came from aged wine barrels; was lovely and a few swirls of the glass produced an appealing peppercorn spice that ended in a long smokey finish.

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For production notes visit: Cass Winery

Adelaida’s 2016 Anna’s Estate Vineyard Syrah

Austin Hope’s 2016 Grenache

Dessert before dinner, that’s what it’s like sipping a glass of Adelaida’s 2016 Estate Syrah. Blackberry, vanilla and caramelized butter on the nose. The long finish flirts with graphite and menthol, a poetic pairing with a slightly fatted New York Steak.

Holiday in July! A jubilee of mulled spice and currants paint a beautiful bouquet. Slow as molasses finish that lingers on the back of the palate, you will discover a rendered duck breast to be quite the melodic accompaniment.
For production notes visit: Hope Family Wines

Derby’s 2013 Implico

De Angelis’ Estate Grown Dolcetto

Rava Sparkling Albariño

When I tasted this champagne, my first thought for pairing was dessert. There are notes of marzipan and slightly roasted nuts. Now that’s something to toast to.

We paired Rava’s Sparkling Albariño with our White Chocolate S’more Bites with Toasted Hazelnuts and it was divine. Sip by the fire with a bite or two of these gourmet s’mores and indulge.

For the production notes on this Champagne, check out Rava Wines

Pelletiere 2015 Sangiovese Riserva

Riserva means this wine has aged for at least three years. The results? Velvety and smooth, flirting with cherry and sage flavors. Delicious! This wine is going to get even better with age.

We paired Pelletiere’s Sangiovese Riserva with our Quail stuffed with Lavendar Rice and Cherry Glaze and hit the flavor mark we were looking for. Christmas will be brighter with a splash or two of this fine wine at your holiday table.

For the production notes on this Sangiovese, check out Pelletiere


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I am merely a blogging fan who personally loves the wines of the Central Coast and find certain wines to enhance my recipes on this site. Enjoy and Cheers!