Wines With A Tune

 

By random selection I purchased two wines over the past few weeks that were crafted by famous musicians. This led me to think there has to be more musician and winemaker duos.

These artists not only put their heart and soul into their music, they pour their heart out into their wine as well.

1. Carlos Santana – Mumm

His sparkling wine matches the zest I feel when listening to his music. His wine plucks the taste buds as does his guitar solos.

2. Dave Matthews- Dreaming Tree

 

Dave Matthews and winemaker, Sean McKenzie, believe “the best vintage is pretty much right now and the best pairing is your favorite people.” Dave Matthews who makes it clear his appreciation for the environment in his music also makes it clear in his eco-friendly wine brand. Isn’t Dave just the greatest.

3. Fergie – Ferguson Crest

 

 

Stacy Ferguson, aka Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas makes wine a family affair. Her dad moved the family from LA to Slovang, a small town outside of Santa Barbara where they have boutique winery and quite a very varieties. One of course one of the wines is name after her top song “Fergalicious”on her debut studio album. She describes her wine as

“So delicious (it’s hot, hot)
So delicious (I put them boys on rock, rock)
So delicious (they wanna slice of what I got)
I’m Fergalicious (t-t-t-t-t-tasty, tasty)”

Just kidding, I wish!

4. John Legend – LVE by Raymond Vineyards

 

Leave it to John Legend to pair up with the fabulous Raymond Vineyards to produce his wine collection. His Cabernet Sauvignon better be as silky, smooth and as sexy his voice for the steep price of $85. Does the bottle come with John? I’ll take a case!

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5. The Rolling Stones, Greatful Dead, The Police – Wine That Rock

These wines are not necessarily all made by the musicians however this company uses the classic rock hits to inspire their wines. However they did bring in Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux for a one-on-one blending session, and wrapped it all up in a one-of-a-kind bottle that brings to life the great essence and personality of the Dead.

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6. Train – Save Me San Francisco Wine Co.

Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. is a collection of wines inspired by the Grammy Award winning band Train, crafted by esteemed winemaker James Foster. A portion of all the proceeds of wine sales goes to help Family House, a non-profit guest house in San Francisco that provides temporary housing to families of patients at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. 

Each wine variety named after their top hits and has the most eye catching labels with all the San Francisco landmarks.

Sutter Home Vineyard

I think everyone’s first thought when they think of Sutterhome is I’ve seen that wine in a gas station or drank it when I turned 21 and was broke.

Well remember just because they have affordable wine doesn’t mean it’s all cheap tasting. They are a part of the Trinchero Family which owns most of Napa! They can afford to mass produce and sell for cheap.

To be honest I don’t care for most of Sutterhome wine in the store. But there was two that I enjoyed.

My Favorites:

Reserve White Zinfandel: ($12) Aromas of fresh strawberries and melon and flavors of strawberries. Try with Thai or Latin food!

Triple Cream Sherry:($12) Flavors of nutmeg and sweet orange peel. Try over ice cream! That might be a game changer.

Visiting:

No need for a reservation. This is a great place to stop grab a free tasting and parouze their store as you head to another winery all along

Complimentary tastings!!!!

4 wines off their tasting menu.

Sum it up:

  1. Cheap wines
  2. A few gems
  3. Free tastings!!!!

Madonna Estate

This boutique winery only sells at the winery and online via their website. I enjoyed the feel of this winery due to the humble and warm staff and great reds.

For a rather smaller winery they have quite a variety. I enjoyed during the tastings walking around the tasting room and looking at the merchandise from local artists and craftsmen but mostly I enjoyed speaking with the staff and hearing their stories. One was a wine lover and enjoyed coming on Saturday’s to meet new people and talk wine and the other was a nice High School math teacher that had a passion for wine as well.

Madonna Estate emanates that country rustic feel that just warms your heart.

Tasting:

2013 Estate Pinot Noir: ($32) Aged in French Oak for 9 months and is extremely fruit forward, and is an excellent “food” pairing wine that accompanies many dishes such as; grilled salmon, stuffed mushrooms, polenta, and tenderloin of beef.

2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon: ($34) It is aged in oak for 18 – 24 months. On the nose I got Jalapeno! On the palate our Cabernet has a structured mouth feel with soft tannins and herbal undertones. Our Cabernet Sauvignon compliments filet mignon, pork tenderloin, and hearty tomato based pasta dishes.

 

My purchases:

 

I ended up getting the Pinot Noir – My husband enjoyed the fruit forward flavor.

Visiting & Tasting:

$15 – includes 4 wines :

  1. 2013 Estate Chardonnay
  2. 2013 Estate Pinot Noir
  3. 2014 Barbera
  4. 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Sum it up:

  1. Great reds!
  2. Extra friendly staff
  3.  Prices are a bit high but boutique small batch wines.

 

 

Stolo Family Vineyards

As my husband and I made our way down Route 101 to Saint Luis Obispo we decided to make a quick detour off the route to a little town called Cambria. This town is just the quaintest cozy little place. We saw on Yelp there was a winery located there called Stolo Family Vineyards so naturally we jetted over there ASAP to get a tasting before their last pour.

This winery is tucked back on acre and acres of land with perfectly line grape vines. The owners of the vineyard the Stolo Family live next door and have the cutest rustic farmhouse. The tasting room is bright and welcoming. There is picnic tables on the lawn for a nice day to sit eat some cheese and crackers and sip their wines. The atmosphere is great.

The staff was a young women and older women who were polite and knowledgeable. I enjoyed speaking with them and hearing their stories. Come to find out the younger women who attends Cal Poly is one of the winemakers there. So humble and cute.

If you are heading to Paso Robles or driving down or up Route 101, make sure to stop at Stolo Family Vineyards it will be sure to charm you.

My favorites:

2014 Estate Chardonnay: Bright straw in color with aromas of ripe honeydew, stone fruit, lime zest, and a touch of cream. This medium bodied white has magnificent minerality with concentrated flavors of crisp white peach, tangerine, pear, and a hint of fresh herb.  Rich tropical notes linger. We ended purchasing this one, the husband liked which isn’t common!

2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Creekside: On the nose, this beauty boasts notes of high-tones raspberry, black cherry, cocoa, rose petal and barrel spice.  Elegant dark fruit and strawberry flavors flood the silky palate along with notes of cinnamon and allspice. Ripe berry flavors linger for a long finish.

Visiting & Tasting:

No reservations required.

Tasting Room Hours:Open Wednesday-Monday 11:30am-5pm, last pour 4:45pm, closed on Tuesdays

$10 taste per person for 5 wines

Sum it up:

  1. Will charm the socks off ya.
  2. Affordable tasting fee and wine prices are reasonable.
  3. Warm staff that welcomes tasters with open arms.

 

Make sure your wine sparkles on NYE

As you scramble to piece together your last minute sequin outfit or Pinterest appetizer to bring to the New Years Eve party and it dawns on you that you still have to swing by the store to grab a bottle of bubbly. Have no fear, this will be your easiest decision all day!

Here are some of my favorite sparkling wines from California that will be sure to ring in the New Year just right!

  1. Brut PretisgeMumm Napa Brut Prestige – $16.97 

    Brut Prestige features fine bright citrus, red apple, stone fruit and creamy vanilla aromas, with hints of toast, honey and gingerbread spice. Its vibrant flavors are balanced by fine acidity and a rich, lingering finish.

  2. Brut Multi VintageRoederer Estate Brut – $15.77 

    The fruit flavors are apparent, fresh and lively in this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced brut. Light pear and pineapple aromas are followed by richer pear and citrus flavors, and subtle hints of baking spices, almonds and a nice earthy touch emerge.

  3. Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs-$26.062013 Blanc de Blancs (1 x 750 ml)

    Fresh aromas of green apple, pear, grapefruit and lime fruitful nose is complemented by developed nuances of fresh from oven bread and candied citrus. Generous flavors of grapefruit, lime and pineapple are present in this wine.

  4. Cuvee 20 BrutJ Vineyards Cuvee 20 Brut NV-$25.19

    Upon entry, you notice a delicate tickle of fresh mousse on the nose and palate. Bright acidity adds to the liveliness, while flavors of lemon and lime zest lead to an Asian pear finish.

                                                                                    *prices are based off Total Wine & More and                                                                                   can vary slightly!

     

    Cheers my loves and have a safe and happy New Year!!!

Wine & Music = Perfect Harmony

I was reading today how one could describe a wine almost as they would describe a song. This led me to think further how the wines I drink differ per occasion or mood as does the music I listen to. I have compiled a list of a few genres of music and the wine pairings I believe would be most harmonious.

Indie – Muscadet

A strange, unique and under-rated wine that is favored by most common Indie listeners “hipsters”. Muscadet is not a wine that is talked about frequently but the unusual characteristics will resonate with you after drinking as will most Indie music.

CountryPort wine or fruit wines

Sweet port (almost resembles whiskey as times) pairs perfectly with all the sweetness coming from the south: the food, people and of course country music. I had to add fruit wine because who doesn’t remember the song “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter.

BluesCabernet Sauvignon

While listening to the blues I want to drink something with soul! The tastes and aromas of tobacco, dark fruit and vanilla that is embodied in Cab Sav seems to meets in match with the silky voices of many blue artists.

PopSparkling Wine or Champagne

Bubbly wine will pair best with bubbly music. Nothing seems more fitting to drink while your bopping your head and singing into your empty pink sparkling Chandon bottle as you get ready for your night.

Classic RockShiraz or Zinfindel

I don’t know what has more leather the wine or the rockers. Whether it be music or the wine that is rough around the edges, Shiraz and Zin are bold and loud enough to stand up to rock music. 

ClassicalBordeaux or Chianti

Nothing gets more classic than these two wines. If Antonio Vivaldi or Louis Vierne could be bottled as a wine – these would be it. These wines are as romantic and enchanting as classical music.  

Hip Hop & RapMoscato

Honestly this normally wouldn’t be my first thought to pair Moscato with Hip Hop, however recently the sweet, fizzy, afforable wine has made appearances in many rap songs such as Drakes lyric, “It’s a celebration — clap clap bravo. Lobster and shrimp and a glass of moscato.”& “This right here is my new Lambo/ Yellow on black with the yellow for Deonto/ Pull up with a yellow bone sippin on Moscato …” by Soulja Boy feat. Gucci Mane.

Happy drinking & listening! Cheers!