We all know about the food delivery services, places like Seamless, GrubHub and Foodler. But did you know about the local wine delivery service? Rewinery, the San Francisco based wine delivery service, has been around for about a year. While they have had some growing pains, and have had a few not so successful iterations (in my humble opinion), I am pleased to report that the latest move has proven successful, and delicious! Initially conceived as a wine lovers Kozmo, the now defunct dot commie’s “I’ll delivery anything for a price” service, Rewinery has had premium wines, private label wines, and picnic baskets among its offers. Now settling in to sophomore year, they have refined the offerings to be something for everything. Filling a much needed sweet spot for corporate parties and gifts, Rewinery also provides great deals on some great wines for people that just need an extra few bottles for their party, or can’t get to the local wine shop. Today, for example, one of the featured wines is a personal fave – La Posta Cocina Tinto. This delicious red blend from Argentina is offered at a mere $15; with a $5 delivery fee, you can have a great wine for your evening sipping in no time! This is no Two Buck Chuck delivery service! Initially, I’ll admit, I as a bit disappointed the offerings. There were low to mid market wines, that, frankly, weren’t worth the bike ride to delivery them. Now, however, much like some of the flash sale sites, Rewinery is able to offer different wines on a frequent basis, with at least 3-4 red and white bottles to choose from. Making good wines accessible is Rewinery’s goal. They bring great wines to consumers at amazing prices and makes wine discovery fun, not intimidating or frustrating. Located in downtown San Francisco, they are able to deliver wine within the city limits in under an hour. With the variety of wine being offered, and the ability to get it on a whim – and even to time it with your pizza delivery, check out Rewinery today! If you’d like to check it out for youself, click HERE (affilliate link) Ordering credit was given for editorial consideration; however, I will happily spend my own money (and often do) on some of these tasty treats! Thirsty Thursday anyone?
Often times, people have the assumption that larger is better; whether it’s in wine, packages of snacks at Costco, or houses with more bedrooms than people in the town where I went to boarding school, the message is bigger is better. Even in wine, the message can be bigger is better; while not referring to size, it often shows up in large production labels, that assume that releasing 10,000 cases means they are successful. It also shows up stylistically, when wines become Fraken-fied, with additives and strange concoctions of science much more than art. My choice, therefore, is to spend as much money as I can on supporting smaller, local producers who not only need to cash more, but have more creativity and stylistic control than – dare I say it – that label with the Kangaroo on it down the street. Luckily for me, I was invited to the Micro Winery Open House at Inspiration Custom Crush in Santa Rosa recently. Here, several smaller wineries – including Inspiration, were pouring their wares. I have a few highlights from the event and a shamless plug for a fellow blogger turned winemaker who is doing some great things with Rhone varitals. First up, Wesley Ashley Wines‘ Intelligent Design Cuvee Blanc is a Rhône style blend of Vioginer, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc from Santa Barbara. The Viognier adds a nice aromatic note, while the Roussanne gives a crisp acidity that would be perfect for a summer sipper. We all know by now, that I love a good Grenache Blanc, and the 20% addition to this blend rounds out the white and gives it a solid body. This is no wimpy wine! Classic flavors of nectarine and apricot show up under the floral notes of the viognier. Also from Wesley Ashely, the 2009 Intellivent Design Cuvee is another classic Rhône blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. The Grenache, which is 75% of the blend, shows off its strawberry spice, with the Syrah adding some great backbone. YOu can find Wesley Ashely Wines at the winery by appointment, The Wine Mine in Oakland, and several restaurants around the bay area. This is a winery to watch! Keeping on the Rhône theme, next up we meet the Two Shepherds. William Allen, a fellow wine blogger over at Simple Hedonisms, and partner Michelle Berger launched Two Shepherds wine to focus on Rhône style wines from California with distinction. So far so good I’d say! It takes extreme talent and guts to start a winery, particularly if you’re day job is in sales, as William’s is. Having known him for a few years now, I have seen first hand the sheer tenacity that it takes to launch a brand, learn about the chemistry of winemaking, the ins and outs of running a business and also trying to pay the bills. Kudos to a successful launch! I was one of the lucky few to taste the delicious Grenache Blanc, which is sadly sold out now – but it was a great example of a Rhône white, that balances out acidity with the creamy subtle […]
It’s that time of year! well almostl. Here, it’s been chilly and rainy. Not that San Francisco summer fog rain, but RAIN rain. Such a bummer. I think finally, however the sun has come out! Morning fog is the norm in July, but I’ll take it – the sun usually peeps out around 11am or so. Elsewhere in the Universe, there actually IS summer! So when Whole Foods approached me and asked me if I’d like to taste their six featured summer sippers, I said HELL YEAH! not only are these affordable wines, but they are available at whole Foods – a national chain of gourmet, organic, and otherwise excellent food. No, I don’t normally shop at Whole Paycheck (mostly because while I adore tomatoes that taste like … tomatoes, I don’t have a $500 week food budget), I do buy some things there are a regular basis, and have been known to purchase some of the wine selected by store staff. Whole Foods does an excellent job at picking diverse wines, in all price ranges. I have had a lot of success trying new wines that were staff selections. Tonight, we are having turkey burgers, so I opened the 2010 Perrin Nature Côtes du Rhône. I love Rhone; the flavor profiles of the south of France are just delicious. This is a delcious wine with lots of dark fruit, meaty notes, with lots of blackberries and dark earth. It has a ton of character and complexity in every sip without being overly heavy. It’s a country wine, but elegantly so. While it’s a baby, you can enjoy this now, or age it for a bit. It will come together nicely. I would not recommend leaving this wine open for more than a few hours howeve,r as it can loose it’s interesting notes and become flat. This wine is a SCREAMING deal for a BBQ and those summer parties at about $12-15 and is available at Whole Foods stores. EXTREME VALUE ALERT! Run out RIGHT NOW and buy this! I know I will be buying more, even though I have enough wine to keep every one of my friends and family very happy in the next apocalypse. Please tune in to Twitter for a live tasting of more summer values from Whole Foods, tomorrow – June 9th – at 5pm PDT. Follow us using the hashtag #WFMWine Follow @WholeFoods for the latest updates!
I can’t believe it’s this time of year again! Here we got, out of the harvest festival season and in to the holiday shopping season. To help you facilitate this, the SF Vintner’s Market is back with their Harvest in the City event at Fort Mason, November 20th & 21st. At this HUGE try & buy wine event, you can taste wines from all over California. You just simply, taste, mark what you like, and buy it on your way out! A novel idea in 2009, now, there are several events that do taste & buy, but this is a one of a kind gem that brings together wineries from all over. The brainchild of Cornelius Geary and Jeff Player, founders of Wine 2.0 and RadCru.com, this event promises to be a good time. With the economy still in the dumper, smaller wineries struggle to get their wares of there. These event will get the winemaker closer to the customers, and allow us to buy what we like without searching out after a tasting. In addition to the winemakers at many of the winery booths, we’ll be hosting a special section for “Major famous” winemakers and wine industry celebs where you can get a few minutes of personal time and a quick picture with the winemaker! Some of my favorites are pouring, including Grey Stack, VinRoc, and Modus Operendi, plus a ton of other producers that I loko forward to discovering. Tickets for the SF Vintners Market are $40 each day for General Admission, or $80 for a VIP ticket which allows you access to a special VIP section, pouring wines that are over $50. But you, my gentle readers, are lucky. I have a super secret discount code that will get you $10 off each day, or a huge discount of $40 off the Bounty Hunter All Access Pass, which gets you in the entire shebang. Just enter “thea” in the discount code section and you’re set! Hope to see you around, and I’ll be tweeting live under #SFVM10 (or something) to report on my likes & dislikes. Happy drinking!
+ It’s amazing what can happen in the social networking arena. Take, for example, a recent tasting I went to hosted by the Penisula Wine Enthusiasts. As an avid MeetUp member, I know that these organized social gatherings can be a great way to meet new people who are like minded. This group goes a step farther, and partners with Uncorked Ventures, to provide the wine enthusiasts with a great array of unusual wines for sipping and for purchase. Uncorked Ventures‘ seed was planted when Matt Kraiuse and Mark Aselstine were on a family vacation to South America in 2009. Sharing a passion for good wine and good wine, they decided to grow their avocation in to a business focused on delivering high quality, hard-to-find wines at a fair price to customers who can’t readily access such wines. Given the selections we tasted at the last MeetUp, I’d say they are accomplished this goal nicely. First, we tasted three selections from South Africa. Not knowing very much about South Africa myself, I was excited to taste these wines and started with 2009 Groenland Sauvignon Blanc had the grassy nose of a New Zealand Sav Blanc, but the palate has soft tropical notes with a touch of green pepper and citrus fruit. If you are a Savvy drinker, BUY this wine; the excellent QPR and interesting flavors will be great for the summer. Next, we moved on to the Slnghook Pinotage. Since I’m not a Pinotage fan, I’m going to skip right to the 2006 Groeland Antoinette Marie Classic, a Bordeaux blend. I enjoyed this wine and tasted dark red fruit with chocolate and coffee, in a smooth and velvety wine. It wasn’t the most complex wine, but it was a nice easy drinking red. On the other side of the table the little known Americans stood waiting for me. First, a Rhone white from Stolpman in the Santa Ynez Valley, 2007 La Coppa Blanc. This is a somewhat atypical blend of 60% Roussanne with 40% of Viognier co-fermented with the Roussanne, which gives this wine a beautiful aromatic profile. The classic honeysuckle and apricot flavors of the Viognier are combined to give a creamy long finish, with peaches, nectarines, and preserved lemons. this is MUST BUY and with only 260 cases produced, I have a bottle waiting for me if the weather ever warms up. Another of my favorites, the 2007 Kaena Hale Rhone red, a blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah. It’s no surprise that I loved this wine given my recent addiction to Rhones, but at $18 this can be your house wine. Again, as a very small production wine of only 120 cases, I would RUN OUT AND BUY SOME before it’s gone. In 2007, there was very little water in the vineyards, resulting in low yields and intense fruit flavors of blackberries, cherries, and plums over a chocolate bar. Finally, we had the 2007 Emerson Brown Cabernet Sauvignon 2007. This is the personal label of Keith Emereson, winemaker at […]
The truth is, your wine is AMAZING! I have been drinking this or that from Argentina for several years, since it’s a great value, but I must admit, I didn’t love it. That is, until the good folks at Benson Marketing and VineConnections put together a blogger tasting to introduce us to their selections from the Mendoza and surrounding areas. yum! First, a bit about Argentina in general. Argentina is the world’s 5th largest wine producing country. When you compare that to France, Italy, Australia, and the U.S., considering the size of the country, that’s a lot of juice! There are many varieties that are produced, but the most well known is probably Malbec. The primary growing region of Mendoza has four sub-appellations: Lujan du Cuyo; Maipu; Uco Valley; and Eastern Mendoza. While there is very little natural rainfall, most of the vineyards are between 2000 and 4700′ in elevation, and there is natural drainage from the snows off the Andes above. I was excited to taste some Argentinian wine that I wasn’t guessing blind at, since most of my prior experiences had been mediocre mass market options form Cost Plus and Costco. The first wine we tasted was the Celestina Rose of Malbec, a sparkler that was a surprising treat. I have tasting Sparkling Shiraz before, and was happily surprised at the interesting flavors, but the Malbec was amazing. This was 100% Malbec, and the low 12.8% ABV was a nice reminder that not all wine needs to be over the top and punchy. Since Argentinians in general drink a lot of bubbles, something like 35 liters per person per year. This wine was a blood rose color, with a yeasty nose and flavors of hibiscus, pink grapefruit and wild strawberry. It is bottle fermented and aged for 14 months in the bottle, and retails for a low low price of $20. Buy Next, we moved on to the Crios Torrontes. I found jasmine, honeysuckle, honey and wildflowers in this white which reminded me of Muscat. It was interesting as it was the only wine that wasn’t from Mendoza, but I loved it. It had a ton of tropical fruit, musk melon, and a lovely perfumey nose. At $15, it’s a great white for any occasion,especially seafood and salads. I would love to have this with a nice fruit salad, or even a green salad with a citrus dressing. Strong Buy From the whites, we moved in to the red wines of Mendoza. Malbec is Argentina’s signature red wine grape and one of the Bordeaux grape varieties. Malbec was brought to Argentina by the French in the mid 186s, where it found a new home in Mendoza and thrived in the long growing seasons. Since Mendoza gets over 300 sunshine days a year, the grape took off. An interesting point about Argentinian Malbec is that there are now 22 distinct clones, which they plant on their own rootstock. Most wine in Argentina was produced for domestic consumption but as […]