Ledson Winery

Oddly before I went to Ledson winery I have not yet heard of it. Upon arrive I realized what I’ve been missing. The winery grounds are stunning, acres of grapes surrounding this massive estate reassembling a castle. Who knew Sonoma had so many Castle like wineries. We didn’t have a reservation so we headed to the wine tasting room which was very rich with ornate wood and crown molding all around. We decided against doing a tasting and opted to purchase a few bottles and have a picnic. There is a store within the winery that has tons of picnic snacks and other fun wine related goodies.

In the back of the estate there is more vines, big trees that shade a few picnic tables. We sat there for over an hour eating, drinking and enjoying the fresh air.

As for wine I tried their:

2014 REDWOOD VALLEY ‘RICETTI LANE’ ZINFANDEL: $32

Stunning aromas of fresh ripe blackberry and raspberry draw you in. The palate is broad with warm blackberry, notes of vanilla, and a hint of cocoa, reminiscent of a delicious homemade berry pie. Leather and peppery spice give it a robustness with a unique, bold, and velvety finish.

2016 SONOMA VALLEY ‘FREY FAMILY VINEYARDS’ CHARDONNAY -$28

Brightly colored, it exudes pronounced aromas of Meyer lemon and white peach. Guava and green apple spill over the palate with a pure, bright mouthfeel and lengthy, refreshing finish of green apple and nectarine with a hint of biscotti.

Ledson for me was a hidden gem. It’s definitely a place I will visit again and bring friends and family so they can have their jaw drop too when arriving and seeing its beauty.

Chateau St. Jean

Visited Chateau St. Jean to try their morning bites pairing where they pair their wines with croissants, breakfast cheeses and chocolates. It was different than from what I’m used and I appreciated the change and the fact I could drink wine with breakfast. As our party arrived we were greeted with sparkling rosé and was escorted into our private tasting room.

The tasting was $30 for 4 wines and that included the bites. We were able to choose between 6 wines to accommodate those people who “don’t like whites” and “especially don’t like Chardonnay”. I picked 2 whites and 2 reds.

The whites were:

2015 Le Soul Chardonnay

2014 Reserve Chardonnay

The reds were:

2015 Le Soul Pinot Noir

2014 Cinq Cépages

I truly enjoyed the reds both the pinot noir and the cinq cépages stood out as excellent quality and balanced wines.

The service we received was great. I felt at first impressions the chateau seemed like it would come with people that had an air about them, however they were all far from it. Everyone was very welcoming and it was a relaxed atmosphere at the Chateau.

Chateau St. Jean makes you feel like your in a storybook with it’s perfectly manicured gardens and ivy covered buildings fit for a princess. It is worth heading a little north of Sonoma for this gem.

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! 

Wines That Enhance Your Thanksgiving Dinner

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches and your are buying all your groceries to start prepping your dinner don’t forget about a key element to the feast. WINE!

Below are some great wines that pair nicely with Thanksgiving cuisine.

TURKEY:

Cause let’s all be honest the bird makes Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving.

Baked turkey:

Pinot Noir –  characterized by their delightfully vibrant palette of juicy red and black cherry and berry fruit. This liveliness and juiciness will enliven and enhance the succulence of your baked turkey.

Gamay –  is a light-bodied red wine that’s similar in taste to Pinot Noir and very affordable.

Smoked Turkey:

Red Zinfindel (Also Happy Zinfindel Day!!) – the flavors of raspberry and sweet tobacco are an ideal match for rich darker or smoked turkey meat.

Syrah– Syrah should smell like a more peppery version of the holiday feast – warm spice, roasted meat thus being a great match for a smoked turkey.

Dry Turkey:

Sparkling Shiraz – beautiful sparkling red color that will not only juice up that dry turkey but looks great with it as well! Very festive!

Lambrusco – Very light and would go well with dry poultry. Lightly carbonated, not sweet and not acidic.

Fried Turkey:

Sparkling/Champagne – fried turkey is amazingly delish but will not pair well with the typically turkey wine. It needs something with high acidity to cut the fat and salt!

Side Dishes (my favorite part)

Forget the turkey for me bring on the stuffing and mashed tators.

Chardonnay – the buttery and creaminess of a Chardonnay yearns for mashed potatoes and gravy and that deliscious stuffing. When making your stuffing try adding some Chardonnay in the recipe (game changer).

Pies and desserts:

Riesling – The acidity in Riesling brings out the delicious baked flavors in apple pie. Riesling can even have notes of petroleum, complimenting the flavor of the flaky crust.

Port – look for a port wine with nutty character and creamy, caramel profile to help cut the spices in pumpkin pie. For pecan pie  go for a lighter-bodied port  with plenty of fruit and nutty nuances to bring out another side of the pecan pie.