Posts Tagged ‘California’

Challis Lane Old Vine Zinfandel (red) – 2008

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

It’s a windy night on the San Francisco Bay. I’ve had to work late and I want a wine to share with my overtime buddies on the Sausalito Ferry. It will be chilly and dark tonight so I pick the Challis Lane Old Vine Zinfandel (2008).  This is kind of picante (pepper hot) and warm us up.  I like this because it’s a soft wine and ready to drink right after opening . . . unusual with Zinfandel, especially Old Vines.

I usually take the 5:30 PM Sausalito Ferry but tonight I’m on the 6:45 PM.  I wonder, “Who’s going to be there?”

Hurrah!  There are more tonight than on many of 5:30 run!  We open the bottle and pass it around.  Everyone is ready to party . . . this is NOT the work boat, this is the PARTY boat.  The warmth spreads through our bodies and loosens up the crowd.  We have a GREAT TIME!

Challis Lane - Old Vine Zinfandel (red) - 2009

Black Oak Merlot (red)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

It’s Friday and its a cold, windy San Francisco night, time for lovers to snuggle up under a blanket with a glass of wine. We’ve gone to the park to listen to live music. The fog is coming over the hill like a tiger (no little kitty cats for San Francisco fog!) Everybody brought a bottle of wine.

As with most people number of couples are sharing a picnic dinner with a designated driver. The half a dozen wine bottles clutter the top of the table, we can all taste various reds. We want something that goes down easy but warms us in body and spirit. An adventure in tasting the fermented fruit of the vine! The Black Rock Merlot (red) went the fastest and many were disappointed when it was empty, empty, empty!

Several people hold the bottle over their cup to squeeze out the very, very last drop out.

Tres Pinos Red

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Tres Pinos (3 pines in Spanish) is a soft red wine blend from San Luis Obispo County,

Ready to drink right after opening.

Rockbrook Shiraz (Syrah)

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Rockbrook Shiraz –

This is a great deal.  Wonderful and ready to drink right after opening.  Unlike most reds it does NOT need to stay open for a while.

NOTE:  Syrah & Shiraz are the same grape.  Syrah is very different than Petite Syrah

Rockbrook Shiraz (Syrah)

 

Challis Lane – Sauvignon Blanc (white)

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Soft, drinkable  and crisp – Sauvignon Blanc rhymes with saving young blond.

Have a young blonde you want to save? – Serve Sauvignon Blnanc!

Best served chilled

Challis Lane brand is tied to Bev Mo

Challis Lane Sauvignon Blanc