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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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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NAUI Open Water Certification

SCUBA Certification, NAUI is the Best!

Why NAUI is the best option for diving. The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) is training and a commitment to “Dive Safety Through Education.”

NAUI is also the future of diving due to NAUI and its members. The Association is all about “Dive Safety Through Education”, the same motto established in 1960’s. NAUI members are known and respected all across the industry for the quality of their teaching, concern for the individual diver, safety and the environment. As NAUI grows, they remain an association of members who share common values and trust in one another’s commitment. There has never been a better time to become a NAUI diver or instructor. As scuba diving continues to grow in popularity and in the number of participants, your decision to earn the right to join NAUI will be one for which you can always be proud of if you have been thinking about it now is the time to get your NAUI Open Water Diver certification.

NAUI Green Diver was started in 2010 by NAUI, National Association of Underwater Instructors, with a start-up grant by the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF), the NAUI Green Diver Initiative (GDI) is a community of individuals dedicated to conserving and preserving our ocean planet.

GDI is a grass-roots 501 (c) (3) organization fueled by NAUI Worldwide members and friends. Although divers are important to our community, they are open to everyone. Members may be environmental activists, scientist, beach-goers or boaters, all sharing a common and genuine concern for the vitality of the marine environment. A vibrant and clean environment is vital for the long-term sustainability of the diving industry, donate today!

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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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Kentucky Liquor Brokers Wine Beer Spirits & Non-Alcoholic Brands

Kentucky Liquor Brokers, is an efficient way to have full time sales representation in the state of Kentucky for suppliers and brand owners. Working on and off premise we offer in state distributor management, brand ambassador, sales force training, brand education, tracking sales, work with distributor sales representatives, placements, new account distribution while maintaining existing accounts, promotions, hand selling and taking existing brands to the next level.

Kentucky Liquor Brokers works with suppliers and brand owners to attain goals, stating how long and how much it will take to get there. We specialize in targeting accounts that fit your brands demographic. Working with the staff in the account and key on and off distributor sales staff to make sure that your brand becomes a focus. Hand sells, incentives, strategic promotions, cocktail menus, drink/wine lists… recognizing opportunities that will increase case sales.

Kentucky Liquor Brokers has been representing Wine, Beer, Spirits & Non-Alcoholic Brands with a focus on sales. Brokers have relationships with distributors and accounts to get sales results. Setting up distribution in the state, brand education, working with key distributor sales teams, targeting key accounts, incentive programs, promotions, day to day inventory, tracking goals and making sure goals are attained.

For information on representation in the state of Kentucky email info@kentukyliquorbrokers.com

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1-877-SPIRITS.COM Beer Wine or Liquor Delivered

1-877-SPIRITS.COM is your premier gift delivery service that can help you select the perfect gifts to impress your recipients. The all-inclusive prices include standard delivery (3-5 business days), gift wrap with personalized gift card, service fees and taxes. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, contact the concierge at 1-877-SPIRITS (774-7487) or email at info@1877SPIRITS.COM. They will locate even those hard to find special requests. (Note: HI & AK deliveries are subject to additional shipping fees. Additional fees may be charged for some State deliveries due to fees set by the State Liquor Commission.)

Here are some of my recommendations;

Champagne- Dom Pérignon

Wine- FAR NIENTE CABERNET SAUVIGNON ESTATE 2013

Liquor- Muchote Reposado Tequila

Gourmet Gift Baskets- Send Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne & Two Flutes and Gourmet Chocolate

Business Gifts- Engraved Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey

Anniversary Gifts- Etched Wine Bottles

Congratulations Gifts- Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky

Personalized Gifts- Custom Engraved Macallan 10 Yr Old Single Malt

Gift of the Month Clubs- Wine of the Month Club

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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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