Sonoma – Part 2 (Matanzas Creek Winery)

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I’m still sifting through our photos from our Sonoma trip during Labor Day weekend.  We visited Matanzas Creek Winery in Santa Rosa on our first day and fell in love with their white varietals.  We had some of the best white wines on the trip from Matanzas Creek Winery.  There was the crisp Sauvignon Blanc bursting with nectarine, grapefruit and guava, and the bright Chardonnay filled with aromas of candied fruit and flowers.  So good.

This was also a beautiful winery.  I took the opportunity to roam and dance within the lavender garden and had such a great time.  I could have stayed out in the gardens all day if the temps weren’t in the upper 90s.  We decided to eat our lunch in their patio area which turned out to be very quaint.

Needless to say, we went home with several bottles of wine and as I’m sitting here writing this, can’t wait to have some friends over to drink this wine!

Dress – Chicwish / Sandals – J.Crew (old, similar here)

Sonoma – Part 1 (Gunlach Bundschu)

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Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all had a long, relaxing weekend.  We did our second road trip this summer up to wine country where we stayed mostly in Sonoma.  It was a fabulous weekend of wine tasting, lazy afternoons by the pool, and early dinners at some of the best restaurants in the area.

These photos were taken during our second day, wine tasting at Gundlach Bundschu.  It’s one of my favorite wineries — I love their Gewurztraminer — and our little family of three had a fun picnic on the winery grounds.  It was a sweltering day (all weekend we were in the 90s) so I kept cool all day in my off-the-shoulder dress from Chicwish.

More wine and good food from Sonoma coming up later this week!  How was your long weekend?

Dress – Chicwish / Sunglasses – Karen Walker / Sandals – J.Crew (old, similar here)

Wine Country

winery4winery5winery2winery6I had such a fun, long weekend that it is hard to get back to the daily grind!  As I mentioned in a previous post, I threw two dinner parties this past weekend and had an amazing time hosting, eating, and laughing with all my friends.  Such good times.  Yesterday, I spent the afternoon at a winery in Saratoga, CA, called Savannah-Chanelle Vineyards.  I am a beginning wine enthusiast and love to drink wine, so I was definitely in heaven tasting all the different whites and reds.  My favorite bottle was the 2009 Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast.   So deliciously fruity, with a deep dark purple color and a smokey background.  Some of the grapes from Savannah-Chanelle have been planted since 1917!

These are some pictures I took from the wine trip…the mustard yellow and bright bag was a nice punch of color against the vineyard.  Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Blazer  / Shirt (Ann Taylor, similar style here) / Jeans / Bag (BCBG, different color here) / Shoes / Jewelry from Wanderlust & Co and Baublebar

Wine Bar Wednesday

It’s hump day and the Style Bar is ‘serving’ wine today!  Each Wednesday, I will highlight a bottle of wine (I have either had or will be having that week) and provide basic details of the wine as well as compare my tasting notes to those of others (the pros).  Depending on the week, I may share experiences from a recent wine class or tasting.  Although I enjoy drinking and pairing food with wine, I still consider myself a ‘beginner’ wine enthusiast and would appreciate any comments and suggestions on this part of the blog!

Back to business…so today’s featured wine is 2009 Clos de L’Oratoire Des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  Yep, it’s a mouthful.  Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a French wine AOC located in the Rhone wine region of southern France.  Chateauneuf-du-Pape has 13 grape varieties and is a classic red wine–one of the most popular in the Rhone valley.  Perfect served with red meats, game, and coq au vin!

 

Red Rhone Blend from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France

This is a great bottle of wine.  Deep ruby in color with aromas of spices and dark berries. The wine starts ripe with black fruits and currant flavors, a hint of cinnamon, and has a smooth and fresh finish.  Very well-balanced and from what I’ve read about it, will taste even better in the next 5-10 years.  The wine consists of 80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, and 5% Cinsault.  Tonight, I will be pairing this wine with grilled pork chops in a garlic mushroom sauce, rosemary baked potatoes, and sautéed greens.  Yum!

Which French red wines have you tried and liked?  Please post in the comments section below!

Wine 102: Cabernet Sauvignon Appreciation

Having been a wine enthusiast for several years (aka I am very good at wine drinking), I recently decided to up my game: attend a formal wine class.  Through some browsing on the web, I stumbled upon localwineevents.com, a site that provides a listing of food and wine related events by your region/town of choice.  After a quick filtering of events for San Jose, CA, I came across the J. Lohr Wine Center’s 2012 Wine 102 Education Series.  Bingo!

My first class was a wine appreciation seminar hosted by Lawrence Lohr, Director of Wine Education, at the J. Lohr Wine Center.  The cost was $30/pp.  We tasted Pinots from Burgundy and California (emphasis on J. Lohr wines), learned about the soil and climate conditions of growing the grape, and discussed the tasting characteristics of the popular red.  All in an intimate setting of no more than 15 people.  I had so much fun that I’m looking forward to attending the next class – Cabernet Sauvignon.  Sweet!

Here are the details in case you are interested:

Wine 102: Cabernet Sauvignon Appreciation

J. Lohr San Jose Wine Center

1000 Lenzen Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 288-5057
Also, do check out your local food and wine events at localwineevents.com!