Noble Wines

by Maxine


Hello! I know it has been a while but I'm back to share a great wine with you. 

Noble Wines was founded by George and Patricia Noble producing full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah that are worth collecting due to quality and ageability.

Noble Wines Petite Sirah "06 and Cabernet Sauvignon "06

Noble Wines Petite Sirah "06 and Cabernet Sauvignon "06

*Wines should be decanted 1 to 2 hours before consuming. 

2006 High Valley Petite Sirah $42

Sourced from the High Valley vineyard in Lake County,  on the nose you detect dark fruit and spice. Very robust on the palate, you will also pick up dark cherries, black berries, and black pepper.

2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $80

Grapes from Atlas Peak and Pritchard Hill were selected to produce this big yet delightful Cab. You will discover aromas of spice, black fruit and a hint of smoke. While sipping you will enjoy flavors of dark cherries, plum, black currant, and chocolate.

Both wines are great outside at the fire pit with cigars or opening a decade later to celebrate a life event.

Learn more about Noble Wines tonight at 7PM EST on #CellarPassTV  


Trefethen Vineyards wines

by Maxine


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While dining in Malibu I had my first experience enjoying a Trefethen wine so I was delighted to review them for Cellar Pass TV. Located in Napa Valley, this family winery produce award winning wines worthy of your attention.

2010 Harmony Chardonnay- lately I've been desiring Napa Chardonnay and this has been included in my list of likes. A lightly fragrant orange zest nose, on the palate orange, honeysuckle, lemon, and spice from he oak makes this an elegant Chardonnay.

2010 Trefethen Merlot- is a beautiful red wine and my favorite of the trio. Aromas of black fruit followed by flavors of black plum, blackberries, dark cherries with a hint of dark chocolate.

2010 Dragon's Tooth- a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot, this wine is a full-bodied drinker's dream! You will enjoy flavors of ripe wild berries, spice, oak, and a chocolate finish would pair well with smoky meats dipped in bbq.

Join me in the chat room tonight at 7PM to learn more about Trefethen.


Domestic favorites

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I jokingly say that I show my patriotism through my wine consumption. Many European wine regions have been producing wine for centuries, however, the United States endured Prohibition which halted production. To have been dealt this 13 year blow and years later become a global powerhouse is worthy of celebration. Below are a few domestic favorites. 

Etude Rose When you are keeping it light and ladylike.

Etude Rose

When you are keeping it light and ladylike.

Chateau Montelena Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon Widely known for their '73 Chardonnay winning first place in the Judgement of Paris, Chateau Montelena Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are beautiful complex wines that are best enjoyed at a special dinner and makes an impressive gift.

Chateau Montelena Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

Widely known for their '73 Chardonnay winning first place in the Judgement of Paris, Chateau Montelena Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are beautiful complex wines that are best enjoyed at a special dinner and makes an impressive gift.

Mumm Napa Rose CA bubbly is a good alternative to Champagne.

Mumm Napa Rose

CA bubbly is a good alternative to Champagne.


Wine knowledge is a life skill

by Maxine


We serve it at dinner. We purchase it for celebrations. We take it to the pool, girl's night and enjoy by ourselves. We enjoy wine many ways creating great memories one bottle at a time.  

Learning wine can be overwhelming. The discovery of different grapes and regions is never ending but during your exploration, realize that you are developing a life skill. This skill is useful at corporate dinners, social gatherings serving wine, and gift giving. Your new found skill also encourage you to travel allowing you to see where your favorite wines are from.  As your knowledge and drinking experience develop, you will become the person that everyone wants to have a drink with and learn from :-).

So don't dismiss your wine knowledge use it to your advantage and you will be amazed what experiences are offered!

 


Charlotte Olympia for Veuve Clicquot

by Maxine


While strolling through Instagram, I see these beautiful shoes on fabulous shoe designer Charlotte Olympia page fit for a Champagne loving lady!  Charlotte Olympia for Veuve Clicquot is a limited edition collection celebrating the Veuve Clicquot Golden Cup in London July 21st. Each shoe and clutch is inspired by the prestigious Champagne house featuring cork detailing, Swarovski crystals representing bubbles, and the iconic Veuve label color.

I am very impressed with this co-branded venture so I raise my flute to its success and hope to see more similar efforts from the wine community. Check out the line below and share your favorites. 

Photo Credit: Charlotte Olympia website


Wines to bring to the Barbeque

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Whether hosting or attending a cookout this week in celebration of Independence Day, don't forget to add wine to your shopping list. Below are selections that will pair well with the items on the grill and pleasing to the crowd.

Zinfandel- Zinfandel is always a good option for grilling especially items with barbecue sauce because it complement the wine's ripe blackberry, smoke, and molasses flavors. Have a glass with barbecue chicken, pulled pork, ribs, and grilled eggplant.

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Sparkling Shiraz- the bold flavors of Shiraz (Syrah) such as pepper, black fruit, and licorice pair well with the smoky flavors of the grill. When sparkling, this robust wine is chilled enough to enjoy outside and its cool to see black bubbles in your glass! Sip with grilled chicken and grilled red meats.

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Riesling- an elegant off-dry Riesling is a great companion to the many options offered at a cookout. Enjoy with spicy bratwurst, grilled fish, grill fruit, veggies kabobs.

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Rosé- The allure of rosé is its versatility in food pairing. The balance of red berries and acidity allows you to pair it with seafood and grilled meats. It's also delightful by itself while waiting for the food.