Week of Wine (WoW) Dec 11, 2015

Posted by The Wine Whore |

Since I'll be "studying" for my blood test this week, I won't be able to enjoy wine for a few days.  Despite this small delay in my quest for wine enlightenment, rest assured I'll be opening a good bottle Wednesday night to celebrate "passing" my test. 

That being said, to prepare for my self imposed dry spell, last week featured a great mix of old favorites and new surprises making it another solid week of wine enjoyment.

Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Signature 2013 - As a wine club member of Chappellet, I have to say that it's hard to find a bottle of their wine that disappoints me.  In fact, I would say that all of their reds totally rock! 

As a word of advice, if you ever find the opportunity to get your hands on a bottle of their famed and exclusive Pritchard Hill Cab, grab it!  Although it will run you a few dollars, it's worth the experience at least once. 

This particular bottle, although less expensive is still quite impressive. If you see it on a wine list, you should confidently pick this bottle knowing that you've made a sound decision.

Longoria Santa Barbara County Blues Cuvee Red 2013 - After a day of bouncing between the many tasting rooms of the small wine town in Santa Barbara, I accidentally discovered Longoria (my final stop) in Los Olivos.  

I'm always looking for a solid $20 bottle of wine to supplement my recurring evening wine ritual of relaxation.  Although, Longoria's Pinots are awesome, I am sad to say that I can't afford to drink them every day.  While their Blue Cuvee blend may be hard to find, it is relatively inexpensive and definitely worth seeking out for your stockpiles. 


Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley Viognier 2013 - With its flowery nose and light, enjoyable taste, Viognier is a go-to white in my house.  In terms of decent Viogniers, Zaca Mesa's wines have served me well as a go-between the more expensive bottles in my collection.

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir South Island 2013- Readily available in my local supermarket, Kim Crawford's Pinot and Unoaked Chard often make their way home with me.  The screwcaps also come in handy if you want to enjoy one of these bottles some place where you may not have access to a wine opener.  BONUS!

SLO Down California Sexual Chocolate Red 2013- Anyone who is a fan of Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America" must know and love the Reverend Randy Watson and his band Sexual Chocolate.  Heck, you may have even tried to see them on tour... After all, "that boy can sing!!" 

As a fan of the movie and someone who shares a name with this revered Reverend, I couldn't pass up the chance to try this wine.  Maybe it's just my sense of humor or maybe it's just my funny taste in wine, but I have to say that this bottle was not half bad despite its seemingly gimmicky name.  If you're looking for a dry, oak bomb this one probably isn't for you.  If you like a bit more rounder fruit in your reds, you'll probably enjoy it.

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Jen D. said...

Hope your 'studying' passes quickly! Nice write ups!

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you very much! Me too... I really wanted to open a bottle last night but had to restrain myself. Been working really hard for this test. Hope I pass with flying colors. :)

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