For all Droid owners out there, the free Swirl App lists great wines at great values. From reds to whites of all varieties, the Swirl App lists all of the wine regions, types of wine, flavors and food pairings. The Swirl app also lets the subscribers to review the wines and locate the closest wine store near you.
Crusher Growers Selection
Don Sabatini & Sons, Petite Syrah with Cabernet Sauvignon, Clarksburg, CA
Angove McLaren Vale Shiraz
Angove Family Winemakers, Mclaren Vale, Australia. Food Pairings: Steak & Mushrooms, Wild Game and Stew
Burletto G.B. Comm. Barbera d’Alba
D’Arenberg d’Arrys Original Shiraz
50% Syrah, 50% Grenache, McLaren Vale Australia
Bodegas Primicia Rioja, Spain
Food Pairings: Paella, Spicey and BBQ dishes, Pancetta, Mild Blue Cheeses.
The Four Graces Pinot Noir is a complex dark Pinot Noir with hints of blackberry and forest. It has a great deep purple and nice effervescence. The wine is aged for more than 10 months in French Oak barrels, and according to their web site, “the 2008 vintage is a classic vintage with a good balance between fruit and acidity.” At around $15.00 it’s a must buy!
A Vineyard Review Featuring Domain Drouhin & Archery Summit
by Paul Reiter
Domain Drouhin: With family roots in Beaune, the important Bourgnone (Burgundy) city, and a winemaker who splits time between Beaune and the Willamette Valley, just south of Portland, Oregon, Domain Drouhin is turning the US pinot noir reputation from average to amazing. Portland’s weather is an exact replicate of the Burgundy region of France, where it basically rains year round except for the summer. Summers are hot, without much humidity, with gorgeous rolling hills, and great soil from former volcanic ash. This leads to amazing berries and grapes, perfect for pinot noir and pinot gris.
If you see a bottle of the Domain Drouhin Laurene pinot noir at a wine shop near you – get it. It just might be the best pinot noir in America right now.
Archery Summit is also producing some truly exquisite pinot noirs now as well. These wineries are right around the corner from each other and share such similar terroir; it’s incredible how different the bottles can taste. But aside from the grapes there is truly so many other factors that go into wine making; the type of barrels, aging, sugar content, winemaker’s style, etc.
Grab yourself some Oregon pinot noir and let us know what you think. Other local wineries we recommend are Panther Creek, Adelsheim, Maresh and Natalies Estate.
Heavy Red: Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, USA, $15
Sweet: Clean Slate Reisling, Germany, $11
The wines listed above have been selected as the 2010 Wine Trial champions. All 7 wines were put through rigorous blind taste testing that included sommelier’s, chefs, wine stewards, and cellar masters. The wines competed against “premium” wines sometimes 5-10 times their price. All of the champion wines are under $16! The book, 2010 Wine Trials, by Robin Goldstein & Alexis Herschkowitsch breaks down hundreds of wines and proves that there is no need to spend more than a few dollars to get a great wine experience.