Tied Knot Trail wines come from one of our favorite vintners and are produced from grapes grown in one of the first vineyards in the state planted to Riesling in California. The winemaker continues to impress with each new vintage. The 2010 is delicate, soft and approachable yet refreshingly crisp. Fruit takes center stage with aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, pink grapefruit and peach. Enjoy with richly-sauced seafood, poultry or fruited rice dishes.
The wine is bright, pale yellow in color with green highlights delivering an intense nose of citrus and green apples, with a hint of grass. It delivers corresponding fruit flavors and richly aromatic and spicy mineral notes.
A classic Malbec with aromas of ripe plum, violet and a hint of vanilla. It is rich and weighty on the palate yet soft and silky in texture with flavors that echo the lovely aromas.
Fill up your cart with this deliciously smooth, robust red. Sweet, ripe black fruit aromas and layers of ripe black cherry and plum flavors reflect a heavenly marriage of Sangiovese, Zinfandel and Merlot. Forward fruit flavors and a velvety texture make this a go-to red wine for everyday enjoyment.
This is a light and refreshing treat that brings to mind the wonderful white wines of France’s Loire Valley. A thread of acidity carries flavors of tropical fruit and juicy green apple through a crisp finish. Enjoy this with light pasta dishes, roasted chicken or just sipping with friends.
A claret style Zinfandel with full, jammy flavors of blackberry, raspberry, black cherry and wild berry flavors with a hint of black pepper and anise. A nice touch of acidity makes a clean, food friendly finish. Enjoyed it from appetizers through to dessert and wished we had more.
After two solid days tasting Zinfandels at the annual ZAP festival in San Francisco (the largest gathering of Zinfandel winemakers and enthusiasts in the world), this wine captured our attention immediately – unpretentious, understated and easy drinking. Aromas focus on sweet berry and licorice. Delicate fruit flavors complement the aromas while gentle tannins permit the flavors to shine through a nicely structured texture.
Inviting citrus, apple and pear aromas with a light touch of honeycomb. On the palate a strong line of lemon and lime acidity is balanced by a rich texture and flavors of orange rind, apricot and passion fruit. A deliciously refreshing Sauvignon Blanc through to the long persistent grapefruit marmalade finish.
Another irresistible and classic Bordeaux blend – this from master French vintners Alain and Pascal Nerbesson, who trace their family’s winemaking history back more than 200 years. In this delightful white wine, Sauvignon Blanc provides the bright fruit, lemon-lime freshness and touch of minerality, while Semillon adds body and texture. Your carefully prepared dishes deserve a carefully and expertly made wine like this treasure!
An Australian blend of Shiraz and Barbera grapes, ruby red with purple undertones, the wine displays rich berry aromas and flavors of raspberry and blackberry (from the Shiraz), balanced by spicy and very slight peppery notes (from the Barbera) and subtle oak. This is a wonderfully soft and easy-drinking wine.
A swirl of ripe, sweet plum notes with an edge of complexity greets you as you approach the glass. The palate is rich and velvety. Fine, ripe tannins carry fruit flavors through a lengthy finish. This Pinot Noir is a crowd pleaser and will take you from appetizer all the way to dessert. Keep more than one bottle on hand.
Both Zinfandel and Merlot are popular grapes on their own and this marriage proves that the sum can be greater than its parts. Concentrated blackberry and cherry aromas are joined by notes of black currant, plum, spice and violet. Fruit forward flavors are accented with a touch of sweet tobacco and spice. A smooth texture and ripe tannins make this wine very food friendly.
A refreshing blend of Grenache Blanc and Viognier grapes, from the winery’s vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. Aromas and flavors exhibit herbs and spice that play nicely with food. The Grenache Blanc component adds acidity and structure to the wine, while the Viognier adds fruit on the palate and a tangible voluptuousness.
In the heart of Portugal’s Alto Douro region sits an eighteenth-century estate, Quinta do Tedo, owned by Vincent Bouchard (the noted French winemaker) and wife, Kay, makers of exquisite table wines. This luscious blend is deep ruby in color with purple highlights and flavors of black fruit and orange peel, good minerality, and hints of vanilla and toasted wood. It’s full bodied, with mature tannins and well-balanced acidity, leading a long, savory finish.
A wine of medium intensity with ruby red color and intense aromas of cooked red fruits. Its full mouth has moderate structure and good persistence, showcasing its fruit compote flavors and a subtle note of oak aroma and flavor. This would be lovely with flank steak and grilled veggies.