I’m not sure how I found this wine from the Monterey/Carmel Valley region of California, but am I happy I did. Sadly, I haven’t been to this winery, but their website had a really cool map showing the different viticultural areas in the Monterey area. I’ve been to Monterey several times. It’s just wonderful. Then again, most of the California coast is wonderful. It’s funny, but a good wine smells like a hutch that used to be my great-great grandmother’s. For some reason, that piece of antique furniture smells like a good wine. So, what is Cabernet Sauvignon? Aside from red wine, obviously. But according to Wikipedia (sorry for the reference), it’s one of the most widely recognized red wine grape varieties in the world. Apparently, some time in the 17th century someone (a monk?) happened to cross a Cabernet Franc with a Sauvignon Blanc (both great wines) and voila! A delicious grape was born. Continue reading
The other day was DNA day, which got me thinking about family.
Previously, I lived in California. My father’s side of the family settled much of California. They came up from Mexico (which as then part of Spain) in the late 1700s and founded many of the big cities. One such city is Santa Barbara. About 5 years ago, I visited there for the first time.
What a lovely place! If you live in California, I highly recommend you visit. If you don’t…I still recommend you visit. Continue reading
When most people think of California wines, they immediately think of Napa. Some even know about Sonoma County, which is right next door to Napa County. What most people don’t know is that hidden in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains is Amador County and its wine.
The Amador County wine making area has some of the best wines I’ve ever tasted. Granted, my palate isn’t that refined, but I know what I like. The area is known for Barbera, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Syrah, and Vioginer. I’ve also had some great Tempranillo, Mourvedre, and Primitivo…not to mention a lovely Sauvignon Blanc or two.