It’s been a very long while since I’ve posted, mostly due to lack of time and Twitter. For those of you who know me, I drink a LOT of wine. And, some of you have asked for wine recommendations, as well as winery tour recommendations in Sonoma and Napa Valleys.
A few weeks ago I did a significant wine tasting tour throughout Sonoma – Russian River, Dry Creek, Anderson Valley, and the tip of Rockpile – and bought a lot of wine. So, I’ll be posting my notes from the wine over the next month or two. Also, I’m taking a trip to Oregon in a few weeks for a family reunion, in the Willamette Valley, so I have to plan a one-day tasting tour. Recommendations are welcome, and I’ll post the schedule once I have it.
Sbragia Family Vineyards 2007 Home Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
We found this wine at the end of a very long day of wine tasting. The winery has a beautiful view of the Valley from the outside patio and inside tasting room. Earlier in the year, they held a great barrel tasting on their patio, complete with a great tasting of their current releases and food pairings. It’s a nice winery to visit if you make it up to the north end of Dry Creek.
This is a great summer afternoon wine! Bright, crisp, pineapple, and very mild lemongrass are the most prominent. The first night I had it with herbed chicken, but it paired really well with Alaskan King Crab on the second night. It’s really easy to drink, and really opens up once it’s been breathing for 20-30 minutes, and at near room temperature. And, at $20 (I think it was less at the winery) it really is good for a relaxing afternoon. This is a great wine for your “wine snob” friends and those who aren’t.
Check it out if you are up in Geyserville. An interesting point, this wine is bottled with a glass top. No need for a corkscrew, and the top is standard sized, and can be re-used on other bottles. Good stuff!