Sunday, May 30, 2010

2007 Lot 165 Cameron Hughes, Pinot Noir, Los Carneros

Very elegant Pinot,  combines Burgundian, California style wine.  What I mean by that is that is does have the smokey, delicate aroma and feel from Burgundy, yet the soft fruit berry forwardness of a wine from California.  This is a fine wine, beautifully showcased in the glass by its perfect color.  I can drink Pinot with most anything but my favorite would be a grilled wild salmon with fresh and spicey mango salsa and an aromatic, steamed Indian basmati rice.  For the mango salsa, include a chopped a seeded jalepeno pepper and red bell pepper.  The wine is available now for about $18.  But it sells out fast - that's because most of the lots are small. 

Wine Bloggers Conference, June 25

Who is going to the Wine Bloggers Conference?  I missed the sign up for the wine tour on June 25.  But I found a really great, customized tour person, Lori Fischer, who will take us to the best wineries in the area - 6 - 8 wineries for only $50/person.  Are you going to be up in Walla Walla on June 24?  I really want to go with her but I need more people to join the tour.  I am going to the conference by myself.   Thanks!!  Here's Lori's contact info:   Lori Fischer, Owner, The Fischer House
Call:  509-540-9518 for reservations

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Lot 169 Cameron Huges Merlot Napa 2007

Just released and another killer red.  Even when first opened, it is delicious.  No need to decant.  Fruit, fruit, fruit!  This is better than any $50 Napa Merlot.  Great structure.  Fruit showing now, luscious plummy, cinnamon, hint of red licorice.  Soft velvety tannins.  This is certainly drink now wine.  Aging may be for only 2-3 years - because it can't get any better than this.  The soft oak finish is very nice.  Only $15/bottle, this won't last long.  I'm even drinking it with a grilled chicken deli sandwich loaded with red onions and olive tapenade on a French roll.  Yummy!  A great wine for parties, where this would be a definite crowd pleasing wine, with or without food.  This is really an elegant wine. Cameron Hughes does it again.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I can't believe that Crystal didn't win

Two years in a row, Idol was wrong.  I'm not going to watch next year.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Cameron Hughes Lot 144 Syrah Los Carneros

Lot 144 Los Carneros Syrah is deep garnet-to-burgundy in color with an inky center and intense color concentration to the rim. A nose of dark berries, juniper, and hints of Darjeeling sets the tone for this wine. Accents of dried earth, rosemary, and thyme occupy the bouquet, which opens presenting Rhone-like characteristics. Round on the front- and mid-palate, its full body and integrated tannins provide a bold, yet honed, finish.

And of course the BEST news is that this wine is priced under $10 and available now at the following Bay-area Costco stores: Woodland, Redwood City, Santa Clara, Mountainview, Livermore, Danville, El Camino Real, Richmond, Modesto, Concord and Fremont. If your store is not on the list, no worriesdeliveries will continue on this great Syrah.

Cameron Hughes Takes Advantage of the Wine Glut -

Cameron Hughes Takes Advantage of the Wine Glut -

After this article came out on Friday, Cameron Hughes Wines have been overwhelmed with orders.  The phones are ringing off the hook.  I have been reviewing CHWine for almost a year and I haven't had one bad one (maybe one chardonnay).  What this article says is what I have been telling you - HIGH quality wine for under $10.  Example, Lot 144 Syrah is $8.99/bottle.  It is outstanding.  Please read the Wall Street article.  It is very interesting about the wine industry and what is happening to all the highly priced  wines................