Top Wine Memories of 2017 – March

Uncategorized, USA

For March there could only be one winner, an amazing trip out to Napa and Sonoma with the California Wine Industry.  Wast Coast US wine’s got a special place in my heart for the rest of my life.  Great trip, great people, and great wines!

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“MARCH: Cakebread Merlot, Napa Valley, 2013

In March I went on a wino’s press trip of a lifetime (or for me at least) and headed off to California to visit Napa and Sonoma. Not only did I get to taste some wonderful wines, but I also met some friends for life.

The week gave me a much better feeling for the taste of the wine styles out there, and also helped me put the prices (which can put many off) into a better context. My top wine from there was Cakebread Cellar’s 2013 Merlot.

It’s by no means the best wine I tried out there, but that’s the wine we used when myself, Bruce Cakebread, Eleanor Standon  from R&R, and Ashford Castle’s top drawer sommelier, Phillip Dunne, nailed the pizza-pairing competition. If we’d have let him, Phil would still be there drizzling olive oil on it with a teaspoon. Chef would be proud, my lad!”

 

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CALIFORN-I-A DAY 2: Beards, Bridge, and Belly Busting Desserts

For The Foodies, Uncategorized, USA, Wine Industry

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Yesterday we checked out of San Fransisco, boarded the party bus, and headed out into wine country. As much as this was the first day of work it was a Sunday, so it was a nice ease-in job, with a good slug of time at the wonderful Ram’s Gate Winery at the mouth of Sonoma County. We’ve started well, with some lovely wines, ticking off some tourist boxes, and witnessing some glorious facial fungus.