Friday Follies

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No, I’m not offering to put you up for the weekend, but my friends at Bottlenotes are giving away a pretty awesome trip to the good life.  If you win, Bottlenotes’ founder and Chief Wineaux, Alyssa Rapp, will meet you and three friends in Napa to sample some of the best of the valley for a fun filled weekend.  This is a great chance to get to some difficult to get in to places, and also enjoy a chillaxing day up valley. The current itenerary includes: Cakebread Cellars Meet one of the founding fathers of the Napa Valley, Jack Cakebread. Tasting appointment includes a VIP tour and tasting, along with a private lunch with Jack Cakebread, founder of Cakebread Cellars and an iconic figure in Napa. Arietta Spend an hour with Fritz Hatton, owner of the boutique winery Arietta and former Head of Christie’s Wine Department, at his beautiful Victorian home in St. Helena. Tasting appointment includes a rare tasting of all five new releases of this cult wine. Spring Mountain Vineyards Yes the one Falcon Crest was filmed at!  Enjoy an unforgettable mountain adventure at this beautiful private estate, the largest single contiguous property in the Napa Valley (850 acres!). Enjoy an exclusive mountain tour of Spring Mountain Vineyards by Jeep, followed by a tasting of library vintages of estate-bottled Cabernet Sauvignon with the winemaker. Charles Krug Explore your senses with industry icon, Peter Mondavi Jr. This visit includes a wine blending session with Pete Mondavi Jr., himself, who will teach you the secrets to making great wine. You’ll complete your visit with a grill-your-own-steak lunch with Pete and your newly blended wine, plus a selection of Charles Krug wines. Now, there are three ways you can enter to win the fun fest. First, if you are a Daily Sip subscriber, you’re in like Flynn. Second, you should head over HERE to complete the online form. And finally, refer a few friends to the Daily Sip for some extra credit entries. All the vital stats can be found over here at Bottlenotes Contest page, and the official contest dates are November 4th through December 14th.

Around the World in 80 sips!

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Can you really go around the world in only 80 sips of wine?  My friends at Bottlenotes think so and I’m going to try to find out! Around the World in 80 Sips is inspired by Bottlenotes’ mastermind Alyssa Rapp’s tasting guide of the same name. On Thursday, February 19, the first companion tasting event will be held here in San Francisco at Crushpad.  You know, Crushpad.  The place where I am making my own wine, the place where all the cool events happen, the custom crush facility in Dogpatch?  Yeah!  Crushpad! This pour a thon will feature Bottlenotes wines, who will be pouring their wares, from all around the globe.  With wine being more popular than ever, and a global enterprise, Alyssa embarked on a guide that will provide us with sensible, and sophisticated advice from educated consumers.  The book was born out of popular tasting events by Bottlenotes, and this event was born out of the book! This event is the first of it’s kind so be sure to get there early!  There is a VIP portion set aside for Media, Bloggers and special folk at 5pm, while the regular Joe’s can enter at 6. Remember to bring your media enabled devices!  The Twitterati will be out in force, and we will be tweeting along with the sips.   Our hashtag for this event is #80sips, and you can follow all the fun by going to search.twitter.com and entering this code! Tickets are $40 for the public, but if you are a blogger, please contact 80sips@bottlenotes.com for special dispensation to the VIP tasting event.  If you are a friend of Twisted Oak, ask Jefe how you can save $10 on tickets!   Google  

A Rosé By Any Other Name is…

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A Cabernet! This is not your mother’s Rosé. You will not find any sweet pink punch here my Luscious Lushes. Yes, it’s true. My favorite Rosé at last night’s Pretty in Pink tasting, hosted by my friends at Bottlenotes, was the 2004 Croze Vin d’Une Nuit, Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was a stunning deep rose red color, and really stood out from the lineup of 6 different Rosés. I found intense flavors of strawberry, blood oranges and pink grapefruit with a nice tang. I loved this rose because of its juicy red fruit flavor, but also because of its beautiful color. It was magic in the glass. Croze gets its amazing color from Cabernet Sauvignon, which is an unusual variety to make rose with. This wine is made in a traditional French style, and the name Vin d’une Nuit means “wine of one night” because the the juice & skins are only soaked for a single day. This is what gives the Croze the amazing color and undertones of a big Cab. This wine is best enjoyed ice cold, since it releases more flavors and aromas as it warms in the glass. I also particularly enjoyed the 2006 Pretty Sally Rosé, an Australian concoction that was also a deep pink color, although not as ruby as the Croze. The flavors exploded with raspberry & watermelon, with a tinge of strawberry. Other wines that were being poured were: 2006 Sullivan Pink Ink from Napa 2006 Wild Rock Vin Gris Rosé, a really lovely rose of Pinot Noir from Central Otago 2006 Two Wives Rosé, from Napa The moral of this pink story? Go out and try some pink!   .Google

And speaking of Roses…

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As I sit here and have my morning dose of Twitter, the illustrious Agent Red of The Wine Spies pointed out that their deal today is a delectable little number by Chandon. Since I do love my Blanc de Noirs, and pretty much anything with bubbles, I will have to give this one a try. Which reminds me. This Thursday, August 14th (that’s tomorrow folks!) is Pretty in Pink at Jovino in San Francisco. Hosted by BottleNotes, this is your chance to taste some lovely Rosé wines paired with foods for the occasion! What are you waiting for? Sign up and join us! For details, please click HERE!   Google