Introducing Saturday’s Tasting Wines

As you may have learned from our Facebook page, Twitter updates, or email blasts, our big Spring Wine Tasting is tomorrow. We’ve made a few changes to the wine lineup, so we thought this might be a good opportunity to tell you all a bit about what we’ll be pouring.

Not 100% accurate, but hey, it's a nice looking pyramid.

Not 100% accurate, but hey, it’s a nice looking pyramid.

R&B Cellars 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in Lake County (80%) and Mendocino (20%), this crisp yet substantial California white is bright and complex with notes of citrus and oak. Its production was limited to 500 cases, so this one won’t be around forever.

Pino 2010 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

This dry, medium-bodied Italian red is smooth and earthy with hints of cherry and a bit of pepper on the finish. Little information about the producer is available, but at $9.99, this is an unbelievable value.

Wild Meadows 2011 Merlot

Washington State Merlot wines are among the best, and Wild Meadows’ 2011 offering is no exception. This medium-to-full-bodied beauty has notes of cherries, oak, and a hint of cocoa.

Mendoza Vinyards “1907” Malbec 2011

This is a big, bold, classic Argentinian Malbec with notes of berries, oak, leather, and pepper. When you take a sip of this wine, you’ll wish you had a 12-ounce ribeye in front of you. This single-vineyard Malbec earned 90 points from the Wine Advocate.

Sobon Family Wines 2011 Old Vines Zinfandel

The Sobon family have been involved in winemaking since 1977, employing sustainable growing practices and natural winemaking techniques. Their 2011 Old Vines Zinfandel is jammy, peppery, and complex, and earned 88 points from Wine Enthusiast.

Angeline Winery Pinot Noir 2012

An offshoot of Martin Ray Winery, whose wines we’ve featured in past tastings, Angeline Winery produces high-quality wines at an affordable price point. Their 2012 Pinot Noir is fresh and fruity with notes of berries, vanilla, and oak.

Donna Tinto

We couldn’t find much information on this Portuguese red blend, but not unlike its Portuguese peers, Donna Tinto is amazingly tasty, especially considering its $7.99 price tag.

Rock Face 2012 Lodi Syrah

This sustainably-farmed, lightly-filtered California Syrah is medium-to-full-bodied with beautiful fruit and notes of herbs and pepper. At $12.99, this is a bang-for-your-buck steak wine.

Esprit du Preuillac 2009 Médoc

This classic Bordeaux is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, which is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Full-bodied and peppery, this wine boasts notes of ripe red fruit, vanilla, and leather. This is the second wine of the 2009 Chateau Preuillac, which earned 91 points from Wine Enthusiast.

Aveleda Follies 2011 Alvarinho/Loureiro

This blend of Alvarinho/Loureiro is floral, citrusy, and refreshing, and would pair perfectly with grilled fish or veggies. As far as price versus quality, it’s hard to go wrong with Portuguese wines.

Muriel Rioja

Muriel Rioja is a multi-vintage wine made from Tempranillo grapes. Zesty and full-bodied with a hint of oak, this rustic wine would go perfectly with spicy Spanish food.

90+ Cellars 2012 Côtes du Rhône Blanc

The concept behind 90+ Cellars is a deal-seeker’s dream. This company buys unsold wines from top-rated winemakers, labels them as their own, and sells the for a fraction of what they would normally cost. The 2012 Côtes du Rhône Blanc is a balanced blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Roussanne that boasts notes of pears and honey with some minerality on the finish.

And that about covers it – we hope to see you at the tasting tomorrow!

Check out the Facebook event for more tasting details.

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Introducing the Weekly Cuvée

One of our goals here at Stone Ridge Wine & Spirits is to keep fellow wine lovers informed about the goings on of the wine world. With that, I’d like to introduce our first ever roundup post: the Weekly Cuvée (for those of you who are less wine-nerdy than I, the word Cuvée is used to describe a wine that is blended from several different vats or batches). Without further ado, here are my weekly picks for this week’s best wine news.

First off, a Japanese company called B&H Lifes just introduced “Nyan Nyan Nouveau,” the first ever wine made for cats, according to a post by TIME NewsFeed. The wine is made from Cabernet Franc grapes, and while it doesn’t contain alcohol, it does contain catnip, so I would imagine a cat could still get fairly “drunk” from a few glasses, dishes, or whatever you’d use to serve wine to a cat. Anyway, B&H Lifes is only producing 1,000 bottles, and as far as I can tell they aren’t being sold online, but who knows? Maybe cat wine will be the next big trend.

Next up, we have a story from Medical News Today, who reported that according to a recent study, the resveratrol found in red wine is not only good for your heart, skin, and metabolism, but could also aid in the treatment of certain cancers. According to the article, when resveratrol was used in conjunction with radiation therapy, the therapy killed 65 percent of melanoma cells, up from 44 percent with radiation alone. Other research suggests that resveratrol could also help prevent certain cancers, so with moderation in mind, uncork a nice bottle of red and drink up for your health!

Back in California, the St. Helena Star reports that the Napa Valley harvest has all but come to a close, thanks to what they called a “remarkably early and trouble-free growing season.” According to the harvest report, 2013 is shaping up to be a great vintage, with many growers indicating yields as good as, if not better than last year’s. Because they need time to age, it might be a few years before we see many of these 2013 vintages, but it sounds like they’ll be worth the wait.

Finally, we have some news of our own – this weekend, we’re hosting not one, but two wine tastings!

The first tasting is tonight (Friday, 10/18) from 5-8 pm. and is a fundraiser to celebrate Marbletown Multi-Arts‘ (aka MaMA) 15th anniversary. We’ll be featuring some rare vintage wines, including Burgess Cellars 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon and Blandy’s 15-Year Madeira, and more.

The second tasting is tomorrow (Saturday 10/19) from 1-6 pm, and will feature a selection of heavier, fuller-bodied whites and reds to help kick off the fall and holiday seasons. Among the wines we’ll be serving are the Josh Cellars 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Dead Bolt 2011 Red Field Blend, Dinastia Vivanco 2011 Blanco, Santa Alicia 2012 Reserva Pinot Noir, and many others.

And that concludes the first edition of the Weekly Cuvée – enjoy your weekend, and we hope to see you at one (or better yet, both) of our tastings!