Category Archives: Wine

Wine Review: Kagor Late Harvest Carbernet Sauvignon

This non vintage wine from Moldova, of all countries, (it’s next to Romania) was found in one of the package stores in Morristown, TN. When I saw the bottle and where it was from, my heart did a little flutter over a fond memory of a lover, a lake and magic…but you’re interested in the juice.

From the Nisporeni region of Moldova has berry purple and deep red hues. Port jamminess with hints of honey tickles the nose. This wine drinks very much like a medium bodied port with a mild finish and notes of honey, creamy spice and finishes up with slight pepper.

I think I paid about $24 or so for it and would have a few bottles on hand just to break out for difference. It made for a very nice dessert wine, honestly. Over time it opened up, but still drank very much like a port.

Wine Review: Noble Vines 181 2012 Merlot

Lodi California
$11.00181 Noble

Color: Deep Red
Nose: Classical merlot nose of spice and berry.
Taste: Immediate earthiness from chalky soil. Intense tart cherry followed by subtle spices and soft tannins.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this went well with braised lambs, hard cheeses or certain Italian sausages.  Overall, it’d a good starter merlot because the tannins don’t punch your palate to hell!

Medium finish. Paired with a Liga Undercrown Toro by Drew Estate for a soft, cigar/wine combination.  In fact, the the sweetness of the Undercrown paired beautifully with the softness, cutting through some of the tannin structure of the merlot.  This was a wine made for drinking with deep, well made maduros.

Oxidation opens the wine slightly.

We’re BACK!

After a failed attempt to really rock things over at Radio Dentata, your humble wine and cigar expert had to cut back on projects including this one due to time spent in my career as an author.

But I’ve missed this blog and missed this part of my life too.  So we’re going to get back to what matters after a hard day’s work.  Relaxing with a good bottle of wine, a complex, enjoyable cigar and letting our day end.

We’re going to revisit some of the cigar blends we’ve mentioned, (Yes, Don Cervantes is a staple in my humidor when I can get them) and talk more about some of the great wines we’ve been drinking over the last few months, plus mention upcoming stuff too.

I’m not sure how often we’ll update just yet, but I’ve got a ton of new cigars and wines to put up here, plus some bourbons, scotches, and other whiskies.  Should be fun!

Wine Review: Cornerstone Cellars 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

First off, I have to state that this wine is an incredible one. The folks at Cornerstone Cellars did an outstanding job as usual. We’d had this bottle lying around for some time as a wine I picked up of theirs some time back seemed to be a little young, so I let this one sit for six months. Glad I did because the wine nose is very powerful, yet typical of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Lush and full with leathery thickness on the palate, this medium to full bodied wine hits like a freight train on the mouth. It’s delicious, starting off with spice and balance to compliment the leather notes and chewy mouthfeel.

Soon on Pure Indulgence, we’re going to interview Craig from Cornerstone Cellars but until then, give his wines a try.

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

Wine and an update

I haven’t focused too much on wine lately here at Pure Indulgence. Sure we’re drinking plenty of it but it’s not been up to par. Plus, if you’ve caught any of the shows, you’ve heard me talk about setting a standard for Pure Indulgence. Developing a standard for which there isn’t an easy definition of in my head has been the main issue and goal here.

That being said, the wine we’ve had of late hasn’t been up to par. I mean it’s been drinkable but the lots Grocery Outlet has picked up weren’t all that stellar until recently.

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I’m pleased to tout the goodness of Redhead Ranch though. Sadly I don’t have notes but if you’re going to Grocery Outlet, be sure to pick them up. They hold the candle right now. Nothing stellar but they are a good start for a wine that normally sells for above $15 a bottle that we pick up for $4.99. Out of Paso Robles, we get some pretty good wine. The 2005 Zinfandel was especially nice.

We’re slowly changing things around here as promised at the first of this year. Slowly, adding different dimensions to the blog as we rotate through what it means to enjoy the true essence of Pure Indulgence.

The other update is that my email posts aren’t showing up as they should. The last update I had from @UrWineGuy from Twitter should have been more than a PDF. Alas, Google is being a pain in the ass and won’t let me access it right now to repost. But I will be remaining more active. Plus Pure Indulgence is going to get a facebook fan page soon. Since I CAN use the facebook app for my pixi, I’ll be doing that more often as I attend events and tweet from them too.

By the way, the twitter account for here is @WhiteWolfIndulg

Cheers,

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

Wine Review: Urbano Cellars 2006 Syrah

This wine starts off with a vegetal taste that opens up into tart berry flavors. A warm nose, deep purple color with berry greets the swirl and sniff. After some time, the wine opens up with deeper but not overpowering tartness and subtle spices. A pleasing, easy to drink wine with a medium finish, balanced yet light tannins that remain prominent throughout the glass and bottle. Beautiful lilac and lavender coat the palate throughout the wine.

We’ll be doing more reviews of Urbano Cellars as they’re local to Oakland AND I intend to interview Bob Rawson, the winemaker. He talked to me a bit off air about his wines and I’m interested to know more about them. Their tasting room is located in the same space as Urban Legends Cellars.

Btw, the bottling event for both Urbano Cellars and Urban Legends was pretty sweet. I’ll blog about that in an upcoming post!

Cheers!