Monday, March 29, 2010

Karen's Bakery Cafe and Catering

Karen's Bakery Cafe and Catering

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Cameron Hughes Wine Lot 161, 2007 Meritage Sonoma County

Yummy, jammy nose, lots of fruit.  The juicy fruit and smooth tannins allows this wine to be drunk on its own or with food.  This '07 is very drinkable now.  A little pepper on the finish, this wine was ready to bottle and Cameron got all the credit.  It's delicious.  Buy a case - it's not only a Monday wine; it's a Saturday Steak Night wine.  It certainly went well with my New York Steak that I got at Molly Stones (I love that store) and it wasn't even effected by the big fat artichoke I steamed with creamy mayo.  A perfect Monday evening for me listening to (jazz).  There is nothing better than a good bottle of red ($8.99), a good steak and some happening Jazz.  The quality of this wine is 3X the price point. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


I couldn't even copy a photo of their vineyard here  because their website is down.  ViƱa Concha y Toro, Chile's largest winery, issued a statement yesterday saying "our company, as well as the rest of the industry, have been heavily impacted by this catastrophe," referring to the catastrophic earthquake (8.8 on the Richter scale) that hit February 27.  The company has had to temporarily suspend all of its logistic and production operations for at least one week.  However, they are focused on "assessing the scope of this unprecedented event and resuming normal operations as soon as possible."  The central coast of Chile, which is the heartland of wine production, endured the most damage.  Seven-hundred people are reported dead and hundreds are missing.  Chile's government has implemented a state of emergency in the areas of Maule and Bio-Bio in response to massive damage to the country's infrastructure.  Says the company: "Fortunately no personal tragedies amongst our employees and their families. However we have already been able to assess serious damage to some of our main wineries which are located in the worst affected areas. This includes important loss in wine and production capacity. A more detailed assessment of the exact magnitude of these damages is currently being completed."