wines

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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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