Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel!

A great Zin!

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel.
Price: $9.99 at Raleys.
Hello Internet world! I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve written, but I was busy getting smacked around by my wine classes (3 As and one B! woohooo!). Most of my classes had me taste between 6 and 18 wines on every Tuesday through Thursday (and even occasionally on Mondays, oh no!). I can’t believe that I wasn’t burnt out on tasting a whole lot XD.

But enough about me, on to the wine! This week I had the privilege of reviewing a Lodi old vine Zinfandel from Gnarly Head. I had tried some old vine Zinfandels and some wines from Lodi during my classes and was very impressed, so I was excited to taste this one from Delicato Family Vineyards.

This old vine Zinfandel was delicious to say the least. It had a deep, slightly clear magenta color and had a very pleasant aroma. The flavor was spicy with a mild but firm tannin structure. It was a little lighter to me than other Zins I have tried, but it had great flavor and structure (I would say it was almost velvety in texture). I found this wine to be great for either stand-up entertaining or as a table wine. Overall, I found this to be an all around excellent wine. If Lodi is putting out more wines like this, I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for wines from there!

Would I recommend it? Yep!

Would I buy another bottle? Absolutely!

Overall quality for the price? Excellent!

Chocolate time! Wine accessory!

Hello all! I know it’s been a little while since my last blog post, but I have something here to get rid of the Monday blues on this allergy-inducing-but-lovely spring day in northern California. It isn’t wine, but it is a, shall we say, wine accessory :D.

In the not-so-distant past, when I worked in a wine tasting room, I would often be so tired by lunchtime I would be in a funk for the rest of the day. I even had to use energy drinks to keep the smile on my face while handling the huge volume of tasting room visitors. Fortunately for me (and my internal organs I’m sure), I was saved from energy drinks by Equal Exchange’s chocolate bars. Their delicious, fairly traded chocolate brought me some much-needed optimism in my busy day :) and I no longer had to rely on overly-caffinated beverages.

Equal Exchange has been putting out my favorite chocolate bars and they have many flavors ranging from milk chocolate to caramel crunch to mint and beyond. Today however I have a delectable “very dark” chocolate bar, one that would go excellent with a very nice Cabernet Sauvignon or a Port (sorry my mouth just started watering). The bar is 71% cacao and the sugar and cacao are both fairly traded-something I have never seen from another chocolate producer. Equal Exchange even prints the story of some of the worker co-ops they work with on the inside of their packaging. I am a big fan of the fair trade movement and this chocolate bar is perhaps one of the best examples I can give of how the fair trade movement is putting out great products. Equal Exchange also deals in coffee, tea and a myriad of other products, so be sure to check them out!

Have a fantastic Monday everyone!

Another Great Find! 2011 La Playa Cabernet Sauvignon!

All right wine fans, I got a new wine for you to start out your Sunday!

So after coming home from work, being on my feet serving wine to other people all day, I thought I would serve myself some wine. Fortunately for me, I had an excellent wine from Chile and let me tell you, it knocked my socks off.

My parents and their friends had gone wine tasting. Leaving me to come home to an empty house and my glorious loneliness XD. I went and got out my good bottle opener but was pleasantly surprised to see a screw top. Ironically it took a little effort. That’s what I get for not hitting the gym lately.

 But now, on to the wine. This is a young cab and was a little bit on the lighter side, but it had a firm tannin structure and pleasant acidity. It was very ripe, a little spicy (almost black pepper-ish) and had good complexity to boot. I was already a fan of the country of Chile and it seems like their wines have struck a chord with me. I have been told that Chile is putting out great wines at affordable price right now, and if other wines are like this Cab, I will definitely continue to be a fan of their wines. Be sure to keep your eye out there for wines from La Playa in the import section of your local market.

            I would pair this with a fantastic cheddar-laden burger or a nice juicy steak. I was very impressed and at the $8.49 price I would highly recommend it.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

Would I recommend this bottle? Yes. 100%

Would I buy it again? Absolutely.

Overall quality for the price? I rate this wine as an “Excellent” buy. Try it. Seriously.