Ya like that title? Yep, I tell it like it is.
First of all, I’m back in Cali and thank god because it freakin’ snowed yesterday in Denver (:?)! Today I’m all about the 72 degrees, checkin’ back in with my fur babies, and getting a mani/pedi followed by girl time!
Before I jump into wine tasting, I think it’s pretty funny that so many of you hate white creamy things. So who does eat that nast?
My good buddy Kurt and his wife came out last Friday to travel around my lovely state for the week and we wanted to catch up. What better way than through wine tasting, right? Kurt and I were both interns at 3M in St. Paul, MN the Summer of 2001 and have managed to stay in contact for 10 years! Pretty cool, eh?
Anyway, here is the recap (click to enlarge):
Gloria Ferrer — One of my absolute favorite wineries because of its faboosh views (see above), awesome sparkling wines (most comparable to champagne that I’ve tasted), and it’s also the 2nd winery I ever visited when I moved to Cali (2002). We all shared a bottle of Blanc de Noirs, but this was after getting a hefty free taste of the newly bottled Jose Carneros Pinot Noir.
Hawkes — This winery is located in the heart of “downtown” Sonoma off the square. I had never been and liked it’s unique minimalist decor (not all that photo worthy, however). Unfortunately most of their wines were Cabs, which I’m not a fan of, but they did have a Merlot and said I could just get a glass. Wanna know the clincher? 3 people did 6 tastes and I had a glass of Merlot ALL FOR FREE! Yep, they waived 4 tasting fees completely ($40 total). Nice! Kudos to Hawkes!
Eric Ross — A woman at Gloria Ferrer recommended Eric Ross for the Pinots (my fave), so surely we had to stop. They definitely had an interesting rooster theme going on here (see above), and I swear the guy that was serving us was on something (and it wasn’t wine). He was definitely nice, but super weird. My favorite wine was called the Struttin’ Red, which is basically a red blen that could be hit ore miss. It was a WIN!
Jacuzzi — How can you not go to a winery called Jacuzzi? If you’re wondering if you taste while soaking in a hot tub, the answer is no. BUT they offered olive oil tastings, which half the group tried, and free wine tastings (ding ding ding Score!). Apparently everyone and their Aunt Myrna had the same idea because this place was packed to the max! Overall, I found their wines to be okay, probably because I’m not a huge fan of Italian wines (too jammy). But I did find a Montepulciano that was pretty awestruck and had flavors of coffee and vanilla.
Cline — Since we were being booted out of Jacuzzi, they recommended we head across the street to Cline, their sister winery that was open 30 minutes later. Hah, way to maximize the wine tasting hours. They were a little peeved to see a group of five come in so late, but ce la vie. We immediately scanned the wine list and determined which ones we wanted to taste given our limited time. Ultimately one of the best wines we had was an Oakley Five Reds that was only $11!!! That’s unheard of in Sonoma. I shall call it my Tuesday wine ;)
What’s your favorite winery?
How often do you get to see your far-away friends?
Have a great weekend :)