Benoni Chardonnay "Petits Grains" Sonoma Coast
You betcha I love my Californians , Cab Savs and Merlots are my fav's, but here in Ontario in the Niagara region we do have some very nice wines coming out over the last 5 years or so that have ranked Very High in the World of Wines especially our Ice Wines, which I'm not a fan of..lol
These are sweet/dessert wines not unlike Sauternes or a German Trockenbeerenauslese. There's a very nice one made from apples from a little family winery in the village of Still River MA (just a couple of miles from our old MA home in Harvard)... You can google to find it (Still River Winery) but their website is setting off malware warnings from our servers' online security, so I won't provide the direct link :-(
I brought back a second suitcase when I returned from Verona Italy. Fun times
Not a fan of desert wines though I do recognize their place in the chain. Too much sugar content in any wine will give you a massive headache the next morning. The American taste is always geared for the sweeter side of things. Desert wines are ment to be sipped slowly and in small portions. A sweet regular wine.....garbage in my book, and you'll notice a lot of cheaper wines have that sweetness to accommodate American tastes and over shadow or hide inherit faults in the wine itself.
Chardonnay is about as arguable as a cable debate. Sometimes I like a buttery one, sometimes I like a fruitful, crisp one. Depends on my mood.
I agree with you about desert wines, except I get the headache during my second glass.
I generally like my wine red (tending towards black, even!), thick and chewy :-)
I went with my wife and artist Thomas Arvid and got a personal tour with the owners of the various wineries, and even were vip's at Silver Oaks big gala which was nice. I am a beer drinker. My wife embarrased me one time when the winery owner asked me a question regarding the wine and my opinion and I could only give a blank stare. My wife then said to the whole table that I am a beer drinker and have almost no knowledge or valid opinion of the wine or at least the question he asked. I can tell you if I like it, that's about it. But... I learned so much about the wine making process that I have a much better grasp and appreciation of the various wines. Therefor through education the wine actually tastes better.
my favorite restaurant was the French Laundry. It was supposedly one of the tops in the country, and being a foodie I can understand why, it's awesome.
It was my first trip, and I had no idea how beautiful the scenery of napa is, really nice. I would go again in a second. My one advice though is to drink a lot of water.
Good food, good wine, good scenery, good conversation....and a joke or 2 about skinny jeans. Life doesn't get any better.
I used to have a glass or 2 or 5 every day. In my travels, I visited an ex brother in law near San Jose, and he took me to a small winery inNear Santa Cruz called Kathyrn Kennedy. I had at one time probably 200 bottles (drank em all too) at my peak, and never tasted anything close to a KK cabernet. If you get the chance do not pass it up.
Absolutely destroys any California cab IMHO
Love an occasional beerenauslese (sp?). Never had a trockenbeerenauslese though. Not even sure I've seen one in a store.
I grew up on Riesling( I come from a German family) which by nature is a sweater wine. In my time in Napa Valley I got to try a Off-Dry and a Dry Riesling. I never cared for a dry wine. I actually hate them. Just like I don't care for IPA beers when they get to hoppy. I find that takes the enjoyment out of the drink. But for some reason I loved the Off-Dry and even more so loved the Dry. I just found it was the right balance of removing some of the sweetness and making the drink more mature if you will. I was so taken by that wine. I plan on only buying my Rieslings this way from that day forward.
It's so funny I have never been a huge wine guy. Yeah I liked my wine when it was the right time to drink it , but now I'm hooked. I learned so much and want to learn so much more. It's like Audio / Video in so many ways. The History , the story behind every single bottle , I so love all that. I got heavy into craft beers because of this very same thing not to mention they taste so much better then the regular stuff.
Dan one of our local colleges has one of the best viticulture programs in the country.There's good info on their site if your interested.
Actually Dan, Napa does a fine job of educating the general public about wines. From how to taste it, to how it's made, the vineyard, the grape, and so on. I was very impressed at the knowledge base even in store front wineries. I guess if you live and work there, you better know your sh$t huh ? I've spent time on both sides of the valley, Napa and Sonoma. Napa has the better wines in my opinion. Sonoma is more laid back, but either side the people have been friendly as can be. Ledson winery on the Sonoma side is a must taste wine if your ever there. Their reserve Zins are fantastic. A lot of wineries on both sides go for the flash, big wineries, gorgeous grounds, etc, but the wines just don't cut it for me at most. I walk in an immediately ask for flights of their top wines, don't waste my time with the crap you ship out to Binny's/Walmart/or other local liquor stores. I'm looking for wines that blow your skirt up, wines that when opened are special. I can get every day drinking wines for 20 bucks a bottle anywhere. Which btw, check out some Spanish wines and south American, pretty darn good and most are 12-20 bucks a bottle.
Yeah, I compare to audio too, makes me let go of old audiophile leg irons and just let people enjoy what they like and can afford. Life's too short to quibble about the small details in both wine and audio. Just enjoy both regardless of the level your at.
Well, the actually likes the sweet white wines or dessert wines. I forgot the name of the one she liked. I haven't bought any wine for a while now.
I've tried to get her to do a tour / wine tasting, and she isn't really too fond about it.
If you have any local tours , try to take her on just one. If she's still out , then let it be and find a good friend to go with.