and your mind in order to expand your wine knowledge. PLEASE!
Nothing and I mean nothing bugs me more than friends who have not tried a new wine since the inaugural release of Sonoma-Cutrer. I love your loyalty but it's time to expand your drinking pleasure people. I taste a lot of wine. I spit a lot of wine. I read my ass off about wine. I don't drink to get drunk, I drink to enjoy the taste and I fall in love with new wines and learn about them almost daily. No secret really, it starts with opening your mouth and mind at the same time and constantly reaching for unfamiliar producers, varietals you can not remotely pronounce correctly and not being afraid to try something you know absolutely nothing about.
Quick Advice: Notice what the wine blogs are talking about, turn the bottles while shopping in a store to the back labels - read read read. Follow importers that you've found a few goodies from and keep it going. Ask the Sommelier "what's something really cool you've tasted recently" next time you're out for dinner. Learning then discovering a whole new world is what wine drinking is all about to me. Join the club if you dare, it's an incredibly interesting and delicious group.
So what am I honestly drinking outside my beloved Sonoma County producers? You name it really. Our house is full of wines from all over the planet and we've enjoyed almost every single region at some point...don't be afraid, just go for it. Funky town is fun!
Big thanks to the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, Arlequin Wine Merchant and K&L Wines yesterday for helping me create quite the birthday celebration stash yesterday!
Left to right from back to front:
2011 Mas de Daumas Gassac Rose Frizant, Languedoc, France
2010 Hirsh Vineyards The Bohan-Dillon, Sonoma Coast, California
2006 Annie et Philippe Bornard Cotes du Jura Savagnin Ouille les Chassagnes
2010 Matthiasson, White Wine, Napa Valley, California
2009 Paolo Bea Santa Chiara Bianco, Montefalco, Umbria, Italy
2010 Luigi Baudana Chardonnay, Piedmonte, Italy
2011 La Clarine Farm, Sierra Foothills Rose, Somerset, California
2011 Ameztoi "Rubentis" Rosé Getariako Txakolina
2009 Hirsch Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California
2010 Brovia Roero Arneis, Castiglione Falletto, Italy
2010 Monasterio Suore Cistercensi Coenobium Bianco Lazio, Italy
2009 Chanin Wine Company Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, California
2011 Copain Rose of Pinot Noir "Tous Ensemble", Anderson Valley, California
2010 Arnot-Roberts Ribolla Gialla, Napa Valley, California
2011 Edmunds St. John Bone-Jolly Rose of Gamay Noir, El Dorado County, California
2010 Villa Locatelli Friulano Isonzo del Friuli, Italy
2010 Monasterio de Corias Joven Vino de la tierra de Cangas, Asturias, Spain
2009 Domaine J. Chamonard Morgon, Le Clos de Lys, France
2009 Michel Tete Domaine du Clos du Fief Beaujolais Villages, Beaujolais, France.
***not a single wine above 13.5% alcohol***
Cheers and thanks for listening! - TexaCali Ali