After my mixed review of Apothic Inferno — a red blend aged 10 months in whiskey barrels, I became curious about this concept. I know it’s nothing new, per se, but it’s a something I don’t have a lot of tasting experience in. Knowing that there are a few, shall we say, well-established wine producers dabbling in this art, I thought I’d give it another go. And you can’t argue that Robert Mondavi is one of the most well-established California wineries to date.
So hold on to your horses, cowboys, Briscoe’s going Bourbon Barrel bobbing…
I guess I’m excited about my upcoming Sonoma trip because it seems lately, every time I’m scouring the wine aisle for inspiration, I’ve been immediately drawn to Sonoma or Napa wines. And when you see a name like Domaine Carneros, well, it’s in the name right? Wine from the heart of Napa Valley. And so it is that I came across Domaine Carneros Estate Pinot Noir.
I was so excited to see Quivira Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc at my local grocery store. Not that I know much about them, but I was under the assumption that they were a boutique winery that was so boutique you had to order directly from the estate. Well, apparently not so because, like I said, I found it. Here it is. Yay.
Living along the San Francisco Peninsula, I’m no stranger to Thomas Fogarty wines or the winery. But, as Tommy Fogarty, current managing proprietor of the estate will admit, a trip up the steep slopes of Woodside to this secluded winery is a dedicated trip — the sole prize atop that mountainside is Thomas Fogarty wines. And I feel that holds true for the wines themselves. So unique are his productions that, when seeking out a Thomas Fogarty wine, you’re seeking out a specific feeling and flavor.
I have no reason for why I picked Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay off the shelf other than I was looking for a Chard I’d never had before. And if I was looking for something new — in name and in flavor — I certainly found it. Bold, rich, unique, and — bonus point — food friendly.