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Zinzilla A Monstrous California Zinfandel Wine Review

2013 Zinzilla A Monstrous California Zinfandel Wine Review

On The Label

Zinzilla 2013 Review A Monstrous California Zinfandel

By the light of the full moon, Zinzilla erupts from deep within the zinfandel vineyards of California. A monster vine zinfandel producing intense, powerful fruit that devastates other varietals and catapults zinfandel to the forefront of California wines. Full bodied, zinzilla expresses dense layers of raspberries, chocolate, pepper and spice.

Produced and Bottled by McNab Ridge Winery, Ukiah, California.

www.McNabRidge.com

Alc. 15.4% by Vol.

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2016 Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese Wine

2016 Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese Wine Review

2016 Barnard Griffin Rosé of Sangiovese Wine Review

They are serious about this festive and flavorful dry wine. Quality rose starts with grapes grown specifically for this purpose. At Bernard Griffin used the best roses are a deliberate result of careful winemaking, not an incidental byproduct of red production. Their rose is conceived in the vineyard at pruning and matured to be crisp, lean and fruity.

Accolades

11 time Gold Medal winner and 3 time Sweepstake award winner in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

2013 – 90pts & Best Buy – Wine Enthusiast

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Fred's Red Mendocino County Red Wine

Fred’s Red Mendocino County Red Wine Review

Fred’s Red Mendocino County Red Wine, bottled by McNab Ridge Winery Ukiah, California.

The Fred’s Red label named after the original McNab dog, Fred, and like Fred is a blend of many things. In this case, a base blend of Syrah and Zinfandel but with a large number of little known Portuguese varietals thrown in. It’s fresh, clean, soft, and an infinitely gulpable and enjoyable wine to have with anything off the grill.

On The Back Label

My name is Fred, a McNab Shepherd- a working dog established in Mendocino County over 100 years abo by my Scottish ancestors. Back then, we herded sheep. Today, the McNabs on this ranch round up grapes. A sheep dog herding grapes, you say? You may think I’m barking up the wrong vine here, but grapes, patrolling the vineyard, trying to remember where I buried that bone. I’m very particular about flavor and choose only select vines under which to bury my best bones. Better flavor, better aging. You’re sure to like Fred’s Red and so will your canine-loving friends. Cheers!

Alc. 14.8% BY VOL.
www.mcnabridge.com
Doggone Good Wine

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2014 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Red Blend Review

2012 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve Sonoma County Red Wine Review

2012 Carol Shelton Karma Reserve wine is a Sonoma County red blend. 70% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 6% Alicante Bouschet, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Carignane and 2% Viognier. They produced 1,513 cases of this vintage.

The back label says,

It’s Karma: if you do good things, something good will happen. Our Karma Reserve red blend is a complex wine that is both bold and fruity, brimming with dark fruit flavors and deep toasted oak. We pass along this good Karma to you… now pay it forward!

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2015 Carol Shelton Coquille Blanc Paso Robles

2015 Carol Shelton Coquille Blanc Paso Robles Review

2015 Carol Shelton Coquille Blanc

Originally this wine was created in 2008 to celebrate the wineries 10th anniversary. The exotic compexity and food friendliness of a white Rone-style bland makes this a “red drinkers white” a complex alternative to the more one dimensional white varietal wines like Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc.

Coquille, is pronounced “ko-keel” it is French for shellfish or scallop.

Winemaker’s tasting notes, exotic nose of spicy pears and white peaches, almond paste/marzipan, a touch of honeysuckle perfume. In the mouth it is chrisply dry yet creamy and round and full-bodied, with nice almond paste on crisp-yet-juicy pear fruit.

Fermentation Characteristics, 100% barrel fermented, then stirred every 10 days for 9 months

Cellar Storage Aging, nine months in older French oak barrels

Alcohol – 13.2%
Residual Sugar – 0.35%
Total Acidity – 0.65 gm/100ml
pH – 3.40

Varietals – 38% Grenache blanc, 32% Roussanne, 20% Viognier, 10% Marsanne

Appellation – 93% Paso Robles, Nevarez Vinyard, 7% Damiano (Viognier), Placer Co all sustainably grown

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PADI Scuba Diver Certification Review

Professional Association of Dive instructors also known as PADI is a great way to get into SCUBA diving and great courses to advance your certification. PADI develops programs that encourage and fulfill the interest of recreational scuba divers worldwide. It is the largest recreational dive organization and is well known all around the world, producing more certifications than other organization.

The PADI System of diver education is the most instructionally solid system in diving. PADI courses are designed to make learning enjoyable and worthwhile. Under the guidance of your professional PADI Instructor, you gain confidence while mastering important safety concepts and skills. PADI Instructors are trained and held to diving’s highest standards, backed up by a solid, proactive quality management system.

As a PADI Diver, you join millions of others to form a growing force that can and does make a difference in the effort to preserve the underwater world. PADI courses encompass environmental awareness and protection philosophies that emphasize the importance of protecting fragile aquatic ecosystems. The worldwide PADI organization is committed to preserving the aquatic environment for future generations. Diving won’t survive without beautiful places to visit, and PADI Divers are encouraged to take action with Project AWARE and make every dive count for a clean, healthy ocean planet.

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Dunham Cellars Shirley Mays Chardonnay

2014 Shirley Mays Columbia Valley Chardonnay from Dunham Cellars

Dunham Cellars 2014 Shirley Mays Columbia Valley Chardonnay from the Lewis Estate Vineyard.
Alcohol 13.5% by Volume

Walla Walla native Shirley Mays Dunham was a storybook grandma. She Smelled of delicious kitchen spices, filled her house with dindness and had room in her heart for all qualities she passed on to her son Mike and grandson Eric. Shirley passed away in 1983 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. To honor her memory and the legacy of others like her, Dunham Cellars donates a portion of the profits from each bottle to Susan G. Komen for the Cure which we have supported since 2001. we are committed to helping beat this devastating disease.

This wine is estate bottled offering a balance of crisp, clean fruit with the light creamy barrel ferment, this 100% Chardonnay from the Lewis Estate Vineyard is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Stylistically similar to past vintages, this wine balances notes of apple, pear, passion fruit and cream soda, the rich mouth feel only enhances the experience.

Produced and bottled by Dunham Cellars, LLC
Walla Walla, Washington

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Refuge Coffee Shop On Isle Of Palms, SC

Just across the I.O.P. connector in Isle of Palms, SC, is The Refuge a perfect cup of coffee or coffee drink.  And fresh bagels, pastries, free wi-fi and a super friendly staff. We cruise over every morning on our scooters it’s a great meeting spot.

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OL’ MAJOR Bacon Bourbon Review

Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon, is a well made product, at first sight you see a screw top and a wooden looking label. Under the cap it smells like bourbon with a hint of bacon. I admit I do want to taste it, is it more bourbon or more liqueur. At 35% or 70 Proof I am hoping it is more bourbon, with that pleasant hint of bacon.

Taste is enjoyable, you will have the sweet taste of bourbon that is all the flavors you get from aging in charred barrels yet you also get the taste of bacon which makes it just that much better. I like to drink bourbon neat (straight without ice) and this would be great after dinner. I must say I did try it in a cocktail the Good Ol’ Bacon Bloody Mary and I liked it so much I had made 3 or 4 of them.

Yes if you like bourbon or bacon, you will find something in Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon that you will enjoy. Order a bottle online today by clicking here.

Here are some other peoples opinions;

“This product has no chance of failing.” – Eva Meszaros, Editor of Specialty Food Magazine

“Oh, it’s fantastic! It just has a subtle hint of it … And everything’s better with bacon” – Jimmy Fallon about a bacon bourbon old fashioned

“Bacon Bourbon USA Draws Mass Appeal” – National Associate of Specialty Foods Trade

“OK, so am I in heaven? Yes, bacon flavored bourbon! Imagine the possibilities” – A Local Table

“Mmm. We approve of anything with bacon in it.” – PRWeb

“Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon is the greatest thing since sliced bacon” – Us

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National Wine Day May 25th

National Wine Day, is definitely a holiday worth celebrating. Get behind this holiday, head over to your local wine shop and purchase some wine you love and a bottle of something new, different something you might have read about or been reading about. We all get into a routine of buying the same wine, I like to celebrate National Wine Day by expanding my horizons, treating myself to something a bit more something worth opening on this special holiday. My something new is;
2011 EDICT. Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon, CA – Napa Valley – Napa Valley, An inviting nose of Raspberries and Black Current that continues on the palate. Located in Coombsville, the Collinetta vineyard offers an elegant texture with lots of dense ripe red fruits. The acidity reinforces and balances the structure which entails a mouth watering finish that lingers in the end of the mouth long after the wine is gone. Fine hints of coconut and vanilla discretely reveal the 100% French oak aging. Together, powerful dense fruit, bight forward acidity and balanced oak integration birth a cohesive ensemble showing off Coombsville AVA at its finest – making a wine that will grow effortlessly for years to come.

More ideas on how to celebrate National Wine Day, it’s a great time to purchase some new glasses, a wine refrigerator or some accessories.

Wine Glasses and Stemware, head over to Crate&Barrel or shop online, I have always been a fan of their selection. Also you can purchase one glass, yes you will break a glass and can order one more and not have to purchase a whole new set.

Wine Refrigerator, Wine Cooler Direct has both great products and great prices, visit their site to look at the top sellers.

Wine Accessories, I always head over to FRONTGATE, they have wine accessories that are well built, fun and functional.

Wine Magazine, I am a fan of continued education, if nothing else get a subscription to Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator or Food & Wine Magazine.

Note: Do not get National Wine Day (May 25th) confused with National Drink Wine Day (February 18th). National Wine Day is all about drinking and enjoying wine, National Drink Wine Day is about educating people on the health benefits of drinking wine. Things like moderate drinkers have lower risks for liver disease, type two diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and some cancers. Wine has also been known to reduce “bad” cholesterol, or LDL, and increase “good” cholesterol, known as HDL, a glass of wine has just 100 calories, and its fat-free and cholesterol free…

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