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Fruity California Wines

After watching a news cast this week I decided to go along to California Fruit Wine Company to see, well taste their wines. . The difference with these to others I frequent is they make fruit wines. Now I know grape is a fruit but here they use different fruits as the base for their wines – no grapes.  The emphasis at this winery being on fruit, not vegetable, corn or rice.  Currently they are promoting their Harvest wines, which include Pumpkin Spice and Cranberry.

The company is owned by two great blokes who really have a love for what they do. They are willing to chat and share their knowledge with customers and let you try glasses of their unique bouquets. They source their supplies from vendors up and down the west coast, ensuring the finest quality for their wines.

Now to the wines I tasted….art wine for the table

I found Pumpkin Spice to be a little sweet for my taste, but my companion could not get enough of it!! Its a delicate wine spiced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger.

The Cranberry wine I found refreshing and crisp; definitely one for my table. Another up and coming wine I was told is Pomegranate. Pomegranates in general have had a huge raise in popularity and this wine is fruity and tart at the same time, great for the autumn palate. I can see a least a couple of these on my table at Thanksgiving.

The California Fruit Wines large facility is inviting, easy to find and definitely worth a visit. I recently read an article on a bonfires. It was real fun.You can read the entire article here.

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Mumm Napa Wines

Mumm Napa Valley Winery perfect sparkling wines from a traditional method of production

 

Read a nice blog review on Mumm Napa Brut Prestige, thought he made it sound interesting so bought myself some and really enjoyed it. I decided to pay the winery a visit not having been to Napa for a while I thought I would take a couple of days break there. Once I said I was going to friends, it sort of snowballed with it ending up 8 of us going. I booked us all on a tour of the winery at $25 including a tasting not too bad a price I also booked for further tasting on the terrace, which went down very well, as did the two bottles of sparkling we drank. The tour included a vist to the Fine Art Gallery housed at the winery and we were lucky enough to be there for the Nash exhibition of photographs. Graham Nash, founding member of Crosby, Stills and Nash and The Hollies is a world renowned photographer. Nash says of his photography, ““I sense the very same energy in photography that I find in music . . . conveying what is so difficult to put into words.” They were certainly interesting viewing, well worth a visit to see that alone, the exhibit is on until Aril 2015.
I would recommend that you visit this pleasant winery with its proud connection to French Champagne. Throughout its history here in Napa Valley it has adhered to traditional growing method and production to provide the superb sparkling wines you can buy today.

Selection of the excellent wines you can find at Mumm Napa Winery

Some great values from California

So I wanted to do a blog about some of the latest best value trends out there for California wine appreciators. There’s a lot of good options out there currently for both white and red wines. Some of them are really not from wineries you would spring forward to buy up a case but at the same time those are often the wineries that you get the wonderful suprises with great value. I would suggest checking out a few of these:

  • 2009 Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah ($11)
  • Marietta Old Vine Red Lot #56 ($12)
  • 2009 Colby Red ($13)
  • 2010 The Pinot Project Pinot Noir ($14)
  • 2009 Joel Gott Wines 815 Cabernet Sauvignon ($18)

I would be really interested in the 2010 pinot noir from the Pinot Project and also the Marietta Old Wine because they seem to have some distinct characters behind the wineries. The interesting thing to note about all of the wines is that the grapes that the wineries have used for these wines come from a range of sources all over the state of California and very different types of grape sources. It’s a wonderfully diverse range of selection and I think there is probably something for everyone in this list. Check them out and let me know if you have any preference for those on the list. Happy drinking.

some great wines with great value from california

New California Winery – Monastic Wine

Monastic winery

So I had an interesting find for wineries in California there is a new one called New Clairvaux Vineyard. It is a winery that is run by trappist monks that make wine since 2000 when they first planted the new vineyard. Some info from their website:

“The Abbey of New Clairvaux is the first Cistercian Monastery in the Americas to grow, vinify and bottle its own wine.  Their monastic and viticultural traditions reach back to the 12th century with renowned Cistercian Vineyards, such as Clos de Vougeot in Burgundy and Kloster Eberbach in the Rheingau. Today the dedicated labor of the Abbey’s Trappist monks and the skilled hands of a fifth generation winemaker, bring together the traditions of European grapegrowing and winemaking.”

Very interesting and the revitalization of the traditional style of trappist wine making that is centuries old brings a new angle to the California wine region. I cannot wait to try this new wine and see what it tastes like. I am wondering how  many other wineries are working in the same style in California or across the U.S. and how many are also still performing this way in Europe. They also offer some cool retreats at their winery and you can participate in all different events and get a chance to taste the wines they produce. Check them out! Here’s a cool review.