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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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2016 Wild Thing Rendezvous Rose Mendocino County Carol Shelton

2016 Wild Thing Rendezvous Rosé Carol Shelton Review

Carold Shelton’s 2016 Rendezvous Rosé is a dry rosé from Mendocino County and uses organicaly grown grapes. This wine was created by bleeding half of the “pink” juice off of red Carignane grapes a full three days after crushing them, it is fermented cold like a white wine to retain the crisp strawberry fruitiness.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes, Light cranberry color, juicy strawberry-watermelon fruit aromas, nice mineral, hint of pink grapefruit. Refreshingly crisp and dry. Great with almost any food, from sushi to salmon to BBQ.

Fermentation, cold maceration for three days on skins to winemaker’s discretion, then 50% of juice was drained then cold-settled and cold fermented. Cellar storage aging was in 100% stainless steel.

Alcohol – 13.5%
Risidual Sugar 0.4%
Total Acidity – 0.56 gm/100ml
ph – 3.40

Varietal – 99% Carignane, 4% Zinfandel, 1.5% each Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Cabernet and Viognier

Appellation – 90% Mendocino County, Cox vinyard, organically grown, CCOF certified, 9% sustainably grown in Sonoma County and 1% sustainably grown in Placer County.

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2014 Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel Review

Carol Shelton is known for being the most awarded winemaker in the United States. She has worked with some of the top winemakers including Robert Mondavi and Andre Tchelistcheff. In 2000, she launched her own brand of wine named Carol Shelton Wines, with a focus on Zinfandels.

2014 Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel is 77% Zinfandel, 9% Carignane, 8% Primitivo 2% Syrah, 2% Alicante Bouchet, 1 % Barbera and 1% Petite Sirah. It is a very well made great wine with full aromos and flavors of black cherry, ripe plum, berry and a slight spice of vanilla, oak and pepper. Smooth textured in the mouth and the palate is very creamy and round, with a finish that is long with lush jammy fruit. 2014 was a very dry vear, these grapes love heat and the struggle of the drought has produced beautiful dense fruit flavors.

Harvest Date – September and October 2014
Cellar Storage Aging – 10 months in 87% American and 13% French barrels, 35% new oak barrels
Alcohol – 14.5%
pH – 3.65
Varietal – 80% Zin, 10% Carignane, 9% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet – Organic and Sustainably grown.
Appellation – Mendocino County
Bottling Date – Jan 11-15, 2016
Case Production – 11,650 cases (750 ml)

90 Points – Wine Spectator

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Reed’s Ginger Brew Review & Moscow Mule Recipe

Moscow Mule Cocktail has and remains very popular so I wanted to add my review on Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew, a staple ingredient in the Moscow Mule.

Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe
1-1/2 ounces vodka
Cold Ginger Beer
Garnish Lime Wedge
Copper Mug
Pour the vodka into a copper mug filled with ice, squeeze lime into mug. Fill with Ginger Beer.
Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew is the same recipe as Original Ginger Brew, but has 26 grams (instead of 17 grams) of fresh ginger root for a stronger taste. The other ingredients are the same lemon, lime, honey, cane sugar, pineapple, herbs and spices.

Reed’s Stronger Ginger Brew Here is a list of ingredients from the bottle, Sparkling Filtered Water (Sweetened by a blend of raw cane sugar, pineapple juice from concentrate and honey), Fresh Ginger Root, Lemon and Lime Juices from concentrate and spices. Non Alcoholic. Free of Preservatives, Caffeine, Gluten & GMO’s.

Here is the story of Chris Reed who founded Reed’s Ginger Brew. He first decided to create a ginger ale made with fresh ginger in 1987, he went to UCLA library, pre internet, to research into the early formulas for soft drinks. He figured if he went back far enough in time he would find recipes that worked with real ingredients. Then he found a book from the 1780’s, before the first bottling plants even existed, that talked about brewing sodas from whole roots, spices and fruit juices in the kitchen. Chris knew he had found what he was looking for. These early soft drinks, besides being delicious, were also used as herbal tonics. After two years of much trial and error, Reed’s Original Ginger Brew was ready to launch.
Reed’s brews are a delicious revival of the lost brewing art of brewing sodas. Each small batch is hand crafted with pride, carefully brewed and aged by expert brew masters. They choose only the finest fresh herbs, roots, spices and fruits. They don’t use any preservatives or artificial anything in our beverages. And in my opinion Reed’s Brews make the best cocktails.

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