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Wine review: Isolani 2016 Pinot Blanc

I picked up this wine from First Leaf wine club along with two others which are resting now. The advertisement said the wind would retail for over 25 bucks at least so I was a little skeptical because the only one program I’ve found so far has been underground cellar.

And I love everything Underground Cellar has sent me.

Anyway this was the first time I’ve ever had a Pinot blog and it was from 2016 Monterey California. And it was pretty amazing. It started off with a really fresh nose with hints of grapefruit. The wine was pale yellow, but the text. The taste was chalky, very very minerally, slightly off dry with a medium finish. Perfect for summertime

Events coming to Cigar clubs in Atlanta for March

March 12th – Highland cigar Company is having AJ Fernandez specials and kicking off March Madness!  In fact, they’ll be doing things throughout the month of March – including St. Patty’s day specials!

Smoker’s Hideway March 10th – Goldrush Showbar, 3:00 PM

March 17th – Whiskey and cigars, Studio T: Douglasville

I’m pretty sure events are going on throughout the month at Habanos downtown

Premium Cigars of Georgia is planning an event for Saint Patrick’s Day. To be held on Saturday, March 25. Hosted by Kristoff Cigars with Jonathan Herring the territory manager. Will also have the Lovely Ladies of the Leaf on hand to assist you. As always catered food, drinks, prizes, swag, and super specials. 2 pm till closing. Look for our email!

More here

Cigar review – Island Jom from Rodrigo Cigars

Interesting concept from Rodrigo Cigars, the folks who brought us LEAF by Oscar and the Cinco Maduro.

Island Jim cigar – pre light draw – raisins, dark fruit, maybe plums?

Shag floor, Maduro cap already cut. Really intense leather notes mixed with Maduro sweetness start the cigar off. Grassy, almost intense hay. 

Potent leather notes pick up still on the first third. 

Mint? Consistent all the way through.  

Urban Legend May Newsletter

Urban Legends Cellars is a local winery in Oakland near Jack London Square that features quality wines, and a great staff. Recently I helped them bottle the latest release.

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Jack London Art
First Friday May 6, 6 – 9 PM
Urban Legend Cellars, 621 4TH ST
Joaquin Joaquin Newman, Photo by Eduardo Pineda

We’re doing second Friday early this month! We’ll be at the Indie Awards 2nd Friday….

Marilee and I have been frequenting La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen, where we have admired Tina “Tamale” Ramos’ gallery of Joaquin’s work. We’ve been drawn in by the mix of humor, history, and culture in his works. As a salute to Cinco de Mayo we’ve asked Joaquin to be our May artist.

Joaquin is a co-founder of the Forrealism Movement and studio in Alameda.

“The Forrealism Movement is composed of a group of mixed Indian and Latino artists who create works collectively, drawing from our own traditions and those of our elders who have shared gifts of their wisdom and experience. We do not purport to be religiously bound to these traditions; rather we strive to deconstruct racial barriers in order to construct cultural bridges toward a greater indigenous consciousness.

As urban Indians working in a city where many cultures come together, the scope of our work spans the Americas. It is not limited to symbolism from our particular cultural background; we serve our community more generally. No one of these traditions defines us, nor do we attempt to expose the complexities and rites of traditions that require specific intention to understand.”
Pink Out!
6:30 – 9:00 PM, Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Butterfly, Pier 33, The Embarcadero, The City (SF)

We’re packing up the pink flamingos and once again heading across the Bay Bridge to join our fellow Rosé fanatics with the 2010 version of our Best Micro Winery-winning Rosato di Barbera!

Join us for an evening of great food, fun times and, of course, fabulous Rosés from around the world

Tickets are $35 in advance and expected to sell out! Purchase Tickets

Urban Legend: 2011 Indie Awards exclusive wine supplier
6 – 10 PM, Friday May 13, 2011
Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

Look for an uptown theme this year. Uptown cupcakes, Urban Legend Uptown blend on tap, and more. Being newbies, we’re not sure what to expect but with cupcakes on roller skates it should be Oakland style fun. We hope to see you there!
Uptown gets outta town, and Rosato gets around!

Urban Legend wines are making the rounds of local restaurants. Uptown is now served in Berkeley, and our Rosato is gaining a following all around town. We’ve got new places for you to try Urban Legend, and new wines in familiar haunts:

* 900 Grayson, 900 Grayson @ 6th St, Berkeley, CA
o 2010 Rosato di Barbera – Chris is a big fan of summer pinks
o Uptown- by the glass and 1L refillables!
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* Millennium,580 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94102
o 2009 Petit Verdot
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Pappo, 2320 Central Ave , Alameda, CA 94501
o 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

* SR24, 5179 Telegraph Ave @ 51st , Oakland, CA 94609
o 2009 Tempranillo – almost gone
o 2009 Syrah – coming soon
o 2010 Rosato di Barbera – coming soon
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* Where would like to see Urban Legend?
o Send us the restaurant name: info@ulcellars.com

Cellar Door News: Fresh and Local for the Community Table

Bonny Doon exhibits the spirit of Pure Indulgence to me. So check out their newsletter!

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Cellar Door at Bonny Doon Vineyard Restaurant & Tasting Room
From the Source - Chef Jarod Ottley partners with organic and biodynamic growers, foragers, cheese makers, and a host of other purveyors in Santa Cruz and Monterey County to source ingredients for the Cellar Door table. His fresh, inventive farm-to-table cuisine pairs effortlessly with winemaker Randall Grahm抯 terroir-driven, food-friendly wines. The result? Delicious and felicitous harmony. Cellar Door Hours: Wine tasting: Wed朣un, 12�5 pm. Lunch: Sat & Sun, 12�2 pm. Dinner: Wed朣un, 5:30�9 pm. Loung: Thurs朣at, 5:30�10 pm.
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Cellar Door Lounge - Thursday through Saturday night, the Cellar Door tasting room transforms into a spirited casual lounge with wines by the glass, craft beer, gourmet pizza, and tapas-style snacks. Join us before your meal or make an evening of it. No reservations required.
It抯 Not All Grapes - This summer, our new estate vineyard in San Juan Bautista will begin to yield produce and flowers for the Cellar Door. Sustainable polyculture is a deep tenet of our ethos in San Juan, and this season marks the first phase of planting-out a richly dynamic mixed ecosystem, including fruit trees, olives, vegetables, nuts, asparagus and a plethora of other annual and perennial crops梐nd oh, yes, grapes. We invite you to see the San Juan Estate for yourself. Our annual club member celebration, Day of the Doon, will be held Sunday, September 18. Randall Grahm will host you and your guests for a tour of the new plantings梖ollowed by a magical farm-to-table wine dinner celebrating the abundance of harvest. This event always sells out; reserve your place by calling 888.819.6789.
Wednesday Community Table - Bring friends, meet new ones, and dine ensemble at the community table every Wednesday night, as Chef Ottley creates a masterful 3-course $25 prix fixe from the finest seasonal, organic ingredients our local terroir provides. One seating, 6:30 pm.
What We're Pairing: Wild nettle gnocchi with oil-poached cauliflower, rapini, and green garlic paired with '10 Bonny Doon Vineyard Vin Gris de Cigare.
Members enjoy free tastings and discounts on all wines. There抯 no fee to join.
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Earth Day 2011 – Amity Vineyards

I thought this was worth passing onto my wine drinkers here. I have toured the Amity Vineyards and tasted a number of their wines some time back before Pure Indulgence was even a thought The wines are quality, and a good representation of the local climate. The tasting room is quaint, and the odd (for me) thing you’ll want to try is the Almond sparkler made in the mothode champagne.

Every day is Earth Day at Amity
Since the beginning we have tried to make our footprint on the land we farm and the winery as small as we can.

We were the first Tilth Certified Organic winery, one of the first Salmon Safe, first Oregon Certified Sustainable Wineries(OCSW) and now one of the first UPS Carbon Neutral Shipping option wineries.

Our newest project is partnering with UPS to offer you the option of shipping in the Carbon Neutral Program. When you check out just choose the green logo. It will cost you an extra 5 cents for ground and .20 for air. How does this work? If the millions of people who ship packages every day all contribute a little and all that is added up and spent to plant trees and reclaim lands then greenhouse gasses are significantly reduced. Go to UPS for information about the program.

Try these Oregon Certified Sustainable Wines

Save 25% 4/18 thru 4/24

click on wine to purchase

2008 Estate Dry Riesling – $15 – reg $20

2009 Wedding Dance Riesling $12.75 – reg $17

2008 Sunnyside Pinot Noir $26.25 – reg $35

Event Review: Joya De Nicaragua Cigars at Mission Pipe


Last night I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca of Joya De Nicaragua. He’s a very pleasant man with a passion for sharing his cigars, relaxation and quality of life. We’ll be exploring more of his product on Pure Indulgence in an upcoming podcast but until then I’m going to share my notes on thew two cigars I smoked last night.

First up: The Antano – The first time I smoked this stick a few months back it was a power bomb with no flavor what so ever. I chalk this up to my palate because the one I smoked last night had notes of coffee, mild earth and robust flavors that were NOT overpowering. It required a few relights but that was due to the networking/partying I was doing on behalf of Radio Dentata of course 😉 Even in the end of the cigar where I’d expect a buildup of tar and such, the flavors still held solid with a draw that was easy and enjoyable. I paired this with Bushmills Blended scotch.

Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca of Joya De Nicaragua Cigars

The second cigar I smoked was the Antano dark Corojo – a tasty cigar with an oily wrapper and some nice spices that cut through the previous cigar and paired well with a German Hefe Wiessbeir. The draw was smooth, flavors consistent yet not overly complex.

The style of both smokes was reminiscent of an old world smoking style. Full bodied cigars that have flavor and power. These sticks aren’t for the faint of heart but JdN does make a line of mild-medium cigars for customers who prefer less strength in a cigar but still seek an old world taste.

More to come on Pure Induglence!