Paraduxx

 

Paraduxx was the first stop in our Napa outing this past weekend. I arrived with 8 of my friends who also thoroughly enjoy wine and were new to Paraduxx. We had a reservation which was needed due to the high influx of visitors around 12 pm. 1 hour into the tasting it was a full house.

For those who may be unaware of Paraduxx, may know or have drank its sister wines, such as Duckhorn, Decoy, Goldeneye, Migration and Canvasback. Paraduxx is part of  Duckhorn Wine Company which has wineries across Napa, Sonoma, Russian River Valley and Mendocino County. The wines of Paraduxx come from several vineyards in the valley which delivers a unique taste for each.

The staff was awesome, Jeffery was our server who was more than welcoming and knowledgeable. He seemed passionate about finding wines that suit the individuals taste buds. Overall great visit at Paraduxx, makes me excited to visit all the wineries of Duckhorn Wine Company.

My Favorites:

2013 Paraduxx Napa Valley Red Wine Rector Creek Vineyard – Block 5 ($80 a bottle) 

Composition 50% Cabernet Franc, 47% Zinfandel, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon Aging & Oak 18 months in oak 95% French oak, 5% American oak 60% New oak, 40% Second Vintage
Winemaker Notes
Aromas of herbes de Provence, Bing cherry and strawberry pie. On the palate, a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon adds to the lovely structure of this wine, while good acidity brings firmness and focus to flavors of raspberry jam, dried berries and holiday spice.

 

Tasting:

IMG_4077.JPGENHANCED TABLESIDE WINE TASTING – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

$35 a person

1 welcome wine and 4 tastings in the red selection. All wines in the tasting were $50 and above.

All club members receive complimentary wine tasting experiences for up to four adults.

 

Sum it up:

  • High dollar but worth price! Exceptional reds, so smooth!
  • Dog friendly, great indoor and outdoor space!
  • Warm & knowledgeable staff, welcomed with a complementary Rose tasting as soon as we entered.

GOT wines for Season 7?

I don’t think there was a person I spoke with this past week that didn’t mention something about how excited they are for the new season of Game of Thrones (GOT). Everyone I know will be tuning in to watch on HBO at 9 pm tonight. If you don’t have HBO, better subscribe (we just did today).

Whether you are hosting a view party, going to one or just simply watching it alone, you will need something to drink to ease the season 7 jitters. I have compiled a list of wines you should drink according to your favorite Great House of Westeros:

GOT Wines

House Targaryen: 

Girl & Dragon

Dragon’s Tooth

Snap Dragon 

House Stark:

Kenwood Jack London 

Wolf’s Head

House Baratheon:

Stag’s Leap 

House Tyrell:

Tyrrell’s Wines

Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label

Tarima Hill

House Lannister:

Chasing Lions

Panilonco Merlot Malbec Reserva

Lion Red Beer

House GreyJoy:

Eight Arms Cellars

Kraken Spiced Rum

Black Ink Red Wine

House Tully:

Trout Slayer 

Flying Fish

House of Mormont: 

Toasted Head

Haraszthy Family Cellars

House of Arryn: 

Screaming Eagle Cabernet

House of Martell:

Mirassou Wines 

House of Frey:

Castle Rock Wine

House of Baelish:

Crow Canyon

Dancing Crow Vineyards

Or you could decide to get the Game of Thrones wine that winemaker Bob Cabral has beautifully crafted.

Enjoy the show tonight everyone!

‘WHEN YOU PLAY THE GAME OF THRONES, YOU WINE OR YOU DIE.’

 

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.

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! 

Cyber Monday Deals for Wine Lovers

 

I am all about the holiday deals to fulfill my wine addiction and thought I would share some great finds that will help my fellow wino’s!

BevMoSave $20 when you spend $100! Offer valid site-wide—Use promo code 115763 at checkout

Total WineSave 15% – When you mix and max 6 bottles of wine!
Use promo code CYBERMONDAY

Winc –   Use coupon code CM16 to get two bottles of wine for free! Minimum order of four bottles.

VineBox – 15% site wide – 12 Glasses of Wine Specially Curated for the Holiday Season
Bold and aged reds built for fireplace chats and wool blankets. Rich whites as refreshing as unraveling your scarf after a mad dash inside from the cold.
Use Code: THANKFUL15

Amazon – For wine accessories and cellars/fridges go to Amazon to see large price cuts!!

Here are a few deals on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Steel-Vacuum-Wine-Saver/dp/B00PCCLE7Y
https://www.amazon.com/wine-cellars/b?node=3741521

HAPPY SHOPPING & CHEERS!!

My First BevMo! Experience

Today I ventured out into the rain to make my debut at BevMo! I can’t believe living in California for nearly a year this is my first experience. I spent WAY to long in the store perusing through the aisles of wine, beer and liquor.

Not only do they have a huge selection of wine they also have a large selection of cheese! I made a few laps sampling cheese and then decided to go back to select a wine. I will say I was a bit overwhelmed but kept my cool and diverted to my previous blog posts about coping with wine overload.

I wasn’t trying to pair wine with food just going for the causal drinking wine. I was directed by the “BevMologist” to check out the “Unruly” wine. I decided to give it a whirl since it was buy 1 get the 2nd for 5 cents!! WHAT A STEAL!

I am writing this post as I sip on the Unruly Red. It’s super fruity & honestly it tastes very similar to a fruit juice with a splash of alcohol. I don’t mind it but I wouldn’t say I am in love however, it’s exactly what I was looking for, a affordable red table wine.

Here are a few other Unruly Wines at BevMo! 

Unruly Zinfandel –

Spice things up with a thunderous burst of blackberries and spice. There’s a darker side to this big wine – tons of black cherries and toasted oak reverberates throughout the set.

Unruly Cabernet Sauvignon –

Flavorful and showy, this Cabernet Sauvignon has giant flavors of juicy blackberries and plums, with generous chops of roasted coffee and smokey oak.

Unruly Chardonnay –

This Chardonnay showcases righteous aromas of tropical fruit, with a rebellious kick of spice. Massive flavors of pineapple and vanilla cream makes this one a hit at any gig.