Oregon: Doing the Willamette Valley with Two Kids

I’m diverting from my normal post format here and taking part in the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #25. I’ve been reading the Drunken Cyclist blog for a while now and noticed this challenge come up from time to time. I never really thought about taking part until reading this month’s theme of Travel. I figured this was one subject I…

Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2013: from Paso Robles

My reviewing habits tend to be pretty scattered. Looking back over past few years of reviews there is a frequent switch between regions and varieties. Rarely do I drink wines from the same producer back to back but these past few weeks I did just that. It was more coincidental than purposeful as I bought this waiting for the…

Liberty School Zinfandel 2012: a Hope Family Wine

I do most of my wine learning by reading online content. I have a some favourite tried-and-true writers but it is nice once in awhile seek out new and fresh perspectives. Recently I stumbled upon the blog of Canadian wine writer Krista Lamb. I enjoy her style of writing, a mix of stories and reviews, a style…

Michael David Petite Petit: Bold Petite Sirah from Lodi

Many big wine review sites like eRobert Parker or Wine Enthusiast Magazine offer their top wine lists. I do glance through these once in awhile but the top wines are often out of my price range and hard to find around here. If you’re willing to do some research however they can be a quick way to find new wines. I’ll…

Townshend Cellars Red Table Wine: A Non-vintage Blend

Champagne is the famous sparkling wine from its regional namesake in France. Everyone loves to celebrate with Champagne but it is also super food friendly being dry and high in acidity. Why am I talking about Champagne when this post is about a red table wine? Well, Champagne is also the most well known example of…

Sebastiani Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County: California Cab

Here is another Cabernet Sauvignon to add to the California Cab series. This one comes from Sonoma, more specifically from the American Viticulture Areas (AVA) of Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, and Chalk Hill. Since it is sourced from multiple AVAs the bottle says Sonoma County, the general AVA for the whole region. Sebastiani has a long history…

Sledgehammer Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This is the last Cabernet Sauvignon from California I’ll be doing for a while. I’ve enjoyed writing all these reviews as it reminds me that each wine is very different and should be approached individually without bias. I look forward to writing about some of my other favorites varieties and wines in the near future. This wine…

Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

In the pursuit of good valued California Cabernet Sauvignon I picked this up to try out. Being $16.00 I didn’t have high hopes for it’s quality, but in the end it turned out to be quite enjoyable. Most of the California Cabernet Sauvignons we’ve had to date have been more savoury than fruity, but this one is…

Twenty Bench Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Today we have another Cabernet Sauvignon from California but this time from Napa Valley. Napa Valley has become known as a luxury wine region catering to many high end customers with their cult wines. This wine tries to buck the trend of highly expensive wines while maintaining a good level of quality. The story of…

Beringer Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Beringer Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in California having been established in 1868 by the Beringer brothers. Originally from Germany they moved to the Napa Valley when they heard it was ideally suited for growing grapes similar to their birthplace. Though the winery has now been owned by several different companies it still…

Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This Californian Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Alexander Valley in the northern area of the Sonoma County. Not as popular as its neighbour, Napa Valley to the east, the wines from Sonoma tend to be a better valued though still very high quality. Geyser Peak Winery is one of the oldest in the area and receive…

Bridlewood Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Having read a bit about California wines in my Wine Bible I thought I’d try out a few Cabernet Sauvignons from the region. This one is from Paso Robles in the Central Coast wine region, north a couple hours from Los Angelos. Being so far south in California the grapes had until late November to…