Category: Red

A Fresh New Trio of Pinot Noir

BÖEN offers three unique Pinot Noir selections that take your palate on a journey along the Pacific Coast, from Santa Barbara to Monterey to Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. 

Discovering More Than Two Buck Chuck

A Trader Joe’s wine tasting has turned up a fantastic white, a surprising Brunello, two bargain-priced Amarones that are repeat buys, and two that are on the “do not call back” list.

Drink up…It’s Cabernet Sauvignon Day!

Did you know that Cabernet Sauvignon is the result of a scandalous affair between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc?

The Baby Amarone

We can find any reason to celebrate with a bottle of wine. Today, we acknowledge Ferragosto, a national holiday in Italy that marks the start of its vacation period, spawns an array of local festivals, and sends Italians flocking to the beaches and mountains to celebrate. So,…

Farewell Stryker…Thanks for the Memories

Last month, I received an e-mail notification from Stryker Sonoma. “After 17 years of successful operations, Stryker Sonoma’s proprietor, Pat Stryker, has sold the Stryker Sonoma winery…So it is with gratitude to you, our loyal customers, that we say goodbye. The property sold this week…

Hecho en Mexico (Made in Mexico)

If you think Tequila and Corona Light are the drink of choice in Mexico, think again! We just returned from a week-long vacation in Cancun and we found ourselves pleasantly surprised with our introduction to Mexican wine.

And Then There Were Three

Our three top faves from a recent wine tasting: Juan Gil 18 Meses Blue Label, Niner Wine Estates Cab Sauvignon, and Pulenta Gran Corte VII Red.

Walla Walla – So Nice they Named it Twice

For us, finding a Petit Verdot we love is like a treasure hunt—it requires a laborious search but the booty is worth the effort.

Feeling InSPIREd

Last night was St. Patrick’s Day so what other way does a wine enthusiast spend the evening other than at a wine tasting? Luckily, we planned ahead and had our traditional Irish fare the night before, feeling lucky to get two of 14 spots available to…

Over the Moon for Repris

Tonight we found ourselves opening a 2012 Moon Mountain Zinfandel from Repris, a unique winery nestled high up on the western slope of the Mayacamas Mountain range in Sonoma. The bottle was in our Fall 2014 club shipment so we thought it was ready to drink and…

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Bunny Foo Foo

On one of our last nights in Bend, we had dinner at Jackalope Grill. Our group had received an inside tip from a Bend local, suggesting that we call the restaurant in advance to order its famed elk tenderloin. We heeded this advice, and with our…

The Light and Dark Side of Pinot

We recently took a group ski trip to Mount Bachelor, which is outside of Bend, Oregon. Sadly, we just didn’t have time to add on a side trip to the Willamette Valley, but we did manage a pit stop at Safeway to grab a…