Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Last few bottles of Cabernet Franc available!

We are down to the last few bottles of our 2011 Cab Franc...
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A rare, 100% California Cabernet Franc, this wine pays tribute to its varietal in every way. Green-olive herbaceousness integrates with savory, bright red fruit and a soft texture. Given this structure, the wine should do well alongside a peppercorn steak.
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Rosa d'Oro 2011 Nova Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Yolo County)

Rosa d'Oro 2011 Nova Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Yolo County)
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

A guide to our Italian-varietal wines

We have created a nifty little guide to our wines if you are unfamiliar with the big and often confusing world of Italian grapes. Such confusion often includes: why is the Montepulciano grape not grown in the town of Montepulciano, why is Dolcetto a dry and tannic wine, and why is Negroamaro (to be released next year) not bitter?



Friday, March 28, 2014

Join us at the Rosa d'Oro Wine Dinner April 5th

There are a few spots left at the upcoming Rosa d'Oro Wine Dinner at the Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, Lake County. The evening begins with a sampling of our wines with appetizers across the street at the Lake County Wine Studio. Dinner will then take place at The Tallman Hotel.

The Saturday night event is limited to 30 guests. Reservations at $75 plus tax can be made by calling the Hotel at 707-275-2244 ext. 0. And consider staying overnight at the hotel! There's a special offer of $99 for the second night if you book a two night stay (note: special hotel/dinner package is available by telephone only - 707-275-2244). 

9550 Main Street • Upper Lake, CA 95485

Click here for a THREE MINUTE VIDEO of the dinner in May with Ceago Vinegarden.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Now available: Greco di Yolo, not Tufo

We have finally released a very small amount of our Greco, which might be the only Greco di Tufo (Tufo is of course not correct here being a region in Italy, but it helps identify what we are talking about) in the United States. As some of you might remember, we released some under our "House White" label a while ago because the TTB has rejected the permutations "Greco," "Greco Bianco," and "Greco di Tufo" as recognized grape names. I have chronicled that whole ridiculous encounter under the tab above left titled "The Greco Incident" and nothing has since come of our efforts to have this awesome grape recognized in the U.S. I really see a tremendous future for this heat-loving, drought- tolerant grape, so the varietal name hangup is doubly disappointing.

Anyhow, our tiny amount is dwindling rapidly. The grapes were grown at Nova Vine's budwood block in Yolo County. Being multi-vintage it has some nice lees characteristics along with that saline, waxy thing that Greco does so well, floral and earthy citrus at the same time. Though it is officially a House White wine, the proprietary name via the old Dadaist riff is "Greco non esiste qui" which is much less snarky than all the earlier thoughts. Only about 50 cases made and you can find it on the Rosa d'Oro website. Stay tuned for more exciting whites soon!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Aglianico, Greco and Fiano - Antonio Mastroberardino's legacy lives on

Antonio Mastroberardino, the man most associated with the preservation and elevation of Aglianico and Greco, has passed away at 86. The Mastroberardino family spearheaded the preservation and refinement of Campanian varietals across all price points, culminating with legendary '68 Taurasi from which is precisely how Aglianico came to be known as the Barolo of the South. Without him, we would not be growing Aglianico today.




Particularly interesting to me is the family's Villa dei Misteri project. This bottling attempts to recreate a wine that would have been drunk in ancient Pompeii. Working with archeologists and DNA testing ancient seeds the planted 8 nearly forgotten cultivars (5 white, 3 red) at the 3,000/acre planting and trellising that was common 2,000 years ago. The winemaking is relatively contemporary with a few ancient nods, and the current blend is Piedirosso and Sciascinoso. I have not had it and it is very limited, but I greatly admire the spirit of inquiry and intellectual adventure.