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6 ongewone wynplukkies uit die noordweste

6 ongewone wynplukkies uit die noordweste


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Trellis Growth Partners klink dalk na 'n klomp finansiële beplanners, maar die naam behoort eintlik aan 'n bemarkingsgroep wat 'n dosyn kliënte uit Oregon en Washington verteenwoordig-10 klein wynprodusente, plus 'n vervaardiger olyfolie, en 'n gereed om te begin mikro-distilleerder.

Dit was nie verbasend dat die ontvangs van monsters van hierdie vervaardigers 'n interessante ervaring was nie. Die kwaliteit het gewissel, maar hier is die wyne wat die opvallendste was:

2011 Stoller Dundee Hills pinot noir ($ 25). Alhoewel dit nie 'n ingewikkelde wyn is nie, is dit 'n aangename eenvormige kersievrug met cola en wortelgeure.

2009 Mackey "Concordia" Columbia Valley rooi ($ 38). Hierdie wyn, hoofsaaklik saamgestel uit syrah met 'n bietjie grenache en mourvèdre, het ryp, ryk vrugte met kersie- en framboosmaak en aangename romigheid. Goeie tekstuur en goed geïntegreerde tanniene.

2010 Two Mountain "Copeland" Yakima Valley syrah ($ 22). 'N Probleem, effens bitter wyn as die kurk getrek word, maar met 'n bietjie dekantering en tyd word dit meer interessant-aards met tert frambose en 'n bietjie funkiness. Ek sal dit slegs aanbeveel vir liefhebbers van troebel, broeiende wyne.

2009 Abacela "South East Block" Umpqua Valley tempranillo reservaat ($ 50). Elke keer as ek proe proe, probeer ek dit saam met aandete geniet, maar ek is gereeld verplig om bottels wat skaars aangeraak is, op die drumpel van my bure te los of te gooi. Hierdie wyn kon ek my egter nie voorstel om in die drein te stort nie. Dit was heerlik toe ek dit vir die eerste keer met kos geproe het, en dit het die volgende paar dae steeds ontwikkel - ongekurk en sonder verkoeling. So dit is verreweg myne Kies van die rommel - ryp, afgeronde swart framboos- en vlierbessievrugte met 'n heerlike romigheid en 'n sjokolade -mokka -afwerking. Baie goeie voedselvriendelike suur en lekker tanniene.

2012 Ghost Hill Yamhill-Carlton pinot noir blanc ($ 25). 'N Bietjie nuwigheid, maar interessant. Alhoewel hierdie wyn vinnig uit die smaak vervaag, toon dit 'n gebalanseerde vrugte van appelkoos/sitrus en 'n lekker bietjie spritz, natuurlik of geïnduseer.

NV Naked Winery "Outdoor Vino" Amerikaanse wit tafelwyn ($ 15). Nog 'n nuwigheid, nie so interessant vir die kwaliteit nie - soet en effens flou - as vir die afleweringstelsel. Dit kom in 'n klein plastiekbottel en adverteer homself as 'n wyn vir adrenalienverslaafdes wat wyn op die hange of langs die roete moet bring. As u dus 'n uitbarsting van suikeragtige energie in die middel van die slalom of 'n gons nodig het, is dit u wyn (maar onthou-voer uit wat u inbring!).


Wyne om te gee ... Jou spesiaalste iemand

Hoe moet ons die vakansie in hierdie mees verwarrende jaar merk? Ons het hierdie vraag aan ons sommelier -vriende in die restaurantbedryf gestel vir ons funksie "Bottles to Uncork, Bottles to Unwrap" in Wine Spectatorse uitgawe van 15 Desember 2020.

Of jy nou persoonlik geskenke uitruil met jou naaste, of jy wil jou daaraan herinner hoe jy dit nie kan hê nie, jy kan jou liefde in wynvorm toon. Hier is die advies van die voordele van drankies Wine Spectator Restaurantbekroonde plekke regoor die land het ons op bottels geskenk gegee aan ons naaste familie en vriende wat die oudste was. Van seldsame nageregwyne tot ou cuvées, plus 'n paar toebehore vir ware wynliefhebbers, dit is wat hulle hierdie vakansieseisoen sal toedraai.

Vir meer geskenkidees, sien Wine Spectatorse geskenkgids vir 2020, insluitend meer sommelierkeuses en ons gunsteling wynbykomstighede van ons redakteur.

Parind Vora

Wynregisseur, sjef en eienaar
Lockhart Bistro, Lockhart, Texas
Toekenning van uitnemendheid

Onderstebo, die mengsels van Chêne Bleu: Héloïse en Abélard. Moet saam gee as een van die grootste liefdesverhale ter wêreld wat baie goed weerspieël word in die mengsels se verbintenis met hul onderskeie wingerde.

Jill Davis

As u 'n bottel Chartogne-Taillet Les Barres Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut in die hande kan kry, is dit 'n baie klein produksie van 100% Pinot Noir uit die Les Barres-wingerd (die swart etiket Alexandre Chartogne produseer ook 'n witetiket-weergawe) , en dit is Pinot Meunier). Chartogne het 'n paar jaar saamgewerk en gemeng, 2012 tot 2015, om die eerste en enigste bottel tot dusver van hierdie wyn te maak. Die wingerdstokke is ongegeef, wat skaars is.

Matthew Pridgen

Wynregisseur
Georgia James, Houston
Beste toekenning van uitnemendheid

My persoonlike gunsteling ontdekking van die afgelope paar jaar was Zorah Wines uit Armenië. Zorik Gharibian het die wynmakery gestig nadat hy sy geboorteland besoek het, waarvandaan hy as kind van die Sowjetregering gevlug het. Die streek Vayots Dzor is die tuiste van die Areni-1-grot, wat vermoedelik die oudste wynmaakfasiliteit ter wêreld is, wat meer as 6 000 jaar oud is. Zorah werk met die ou inheemse variëteite Voskeat, Garandmak en Areni Noir. Die wingerde is ongelooflik oud en groei op 'n hoogte van ongeveer 5000 voet, waar hulle sukkel om voedingstowwe in die arm, rotsagtige gronde. Die gevolglike wyne is oneindig kompleks en uniek, met ongelooflike mineraliteit. Dit is werklik fassinerende wyne met 'n ongelooflike verhaal wat op 'n manier nou eers vertel word.

Amy Racine

Wynregisseur
701West, New York
Beste toekenning van uitnemendheid

Ek is nie die grootste oranje wynpersoon nie, maar een wat ek regtig liefgehad het, is van Channing Daughters. Hulle is in Long Island. Hulle maak hierdie wonderlike [cuvée genaamd] Ramato, en dit is 'n velkontak Pinot Grigio. Dit is tradisioneel 'n Friuliaanse styl, dit het hierdie koperagtige kleur en die rooskleurige suurlemoenolie, oranje olie -parfuum. En dit is regtig skoon, dit is nie so lekker en taai soos baie oranje wyne kan wees nie. Dit is regtig lekker. Dit is veganisties, en hulle was een van die stigters van die Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing -wingerdbouprogram. En hulle gee regtig baie om vir die omgewing en om terug te gee.

Anthony Wesley

Almal hou van nagereg, maar as dit by dessertwyne kom, is dit 'n moeilike gebied. Die meeste ophef is dat dessertwyn te soet is - natuurlik is dessertwyne soet - maar sommige mense kan ervaar dat die nagereg die soetheid van die wyn verminder. Die Coal Miner Robinson Run No. 95 Sweet Red 2016, 'n Merlot/Cabernet/Syrah van Brower Family Wines in Monterey, is perfek vir almal. Die soetheid is sag, sag en glad, en pas goed by feitlik enige nagereg. Dit is toegewy aan steenkoolmyners met gesondheidskwessies by die sluiting van die myne, en 50 persent van die opbrengs gaan aan die hulp van die gesinne.

Daniel Tucker Jr.

Wynregisseur
Elements, Princeton, NJ
Uitnemendste toekenning

Ek sal waarskynlik saam met iets soos Castello di Verduno Basadone gaan. Hierdie wyn is afkomstig van die Pelaverga Piccolo-druif, wat op sigself redelik koel is en ligte wyne produseer met uitnodigende rooi vrugte, peper en blomme. Basadone is 'n plaaslike [Piemonteuse] dialek vir die papawerblom en beteken ook 'klein soen'. Daar word gerugte dat dit 'n afrodisiacum is. Die landgoed is 'n baken van pragtige kasteelstrukture wat uitkyk oor La Morra.

Gretchen Allen

Wynregisseur
Die Cheyenne Club, Saratoga, Wyo.
Beste toekenning van uitnemendheid

Gesondheid sal op sigself 'n geskenk wees as ons vorentoe beweeg na COVID. Commandaria St. John is 'n baie spesiale soetwyn uit Ciprus, wat die folklore dra as een van die oudste wyne ter wêreld. Omdat dit in 'n solera -stelsel verouder word, is daar in wese 'n druppel wyn in elke bottel wat dateer uit die kruistogte. Dit maak inderdaad 'n spesiale roosterbroodjie vir 'n lang lewe.

Waarvoor vra jy hierdie jaar? Of gee?

Peter Carillo

Wynregisseur
Hengelaar, Los Angeles
Uitnemendste toekenning

Ek hoop dat my kous gevul is met Pierre Poupon -kaarte van Bourgondië.

Richard Hanauer

Wynregisseur
RPM restaurante
Uitnemendste toekenning

Ek gee Bordeaux -termynkontrakte vir 2019. Ek dink daar is baie om na uit te sien en baie om te onthou van jare gelede, en dit is waaroor die toekoms gaan. niemand sal omgee om 2020 oor te slaan nie. Die geskenk van 'n geval van Bordeaux -termynkontrakte is deftig, bedagsaam en 2019 lyk na 'n uitsonderlike oesjaar met pryse wat toeganklik is.

Swati Bose

Mede-eienaar en wynregisseur
Flight Wine Bar, Washington, DC
Uitnemendste toekenning

Dit is al baie jare op my lys om te gee, maar ek doen dit uiteindelik. Ek kry 'n Champagne-sabel vir my lewensmaat, [Flight mede-eienaar] Kabir [Amir]. Dit is iets wat pret en nie ernstig is nie, maar die sabel self is nie goedkoop nie, en daarom het ek gehuiwer. Maar hy word hierdie jaar die groot vyf-oh, en ons is genomineer as James Beard-semifinaliste ... so ongeag wat in die wêreld gebeur, kan ons miskien 'n sabel kry!


Hallo van The California Wine Club & reg

Sedert 1990 was dit ons missie van die wynklub om te help ambagsmanlike wynkelders deel hul wyne met klein hoeveelhede oral met wynliefhebbers. By die California Wine Club dink ons ​​toevallig hierdie wyne smaak net beter as die massaprodusente wyne wat die winkelrakke oorheers.

Ons besoek die wynkelders, ontmoet die gesinne en wynmakers agter die wyne en nooi hulle dan om hul gunsteling wyne met ons wynklublede te deel. Elke wyn wat in ons vyf maandelikse wynklubs voorkom, kom van 'n werklike wynmakery en word met trots ondersteun deur ons wynklubs Mal daaroor Waarborg.

As kwaliteit en diens aangeleentheid vir u, en u was op soek na 'n wyn van die maand om uit te probeer, nooi ons u uit om 'n slag te probeer en die kunsmatige wynkelders wat ons aanbied, te leer ken.

Ons het ook geskenk opsies vir ons almal wynklub vlakke. Ons wynklub geskenke is ideaal vir allerhande spesiale geleenthede: troues, vakansiedae, verjaarsdae en geskenkgeskenke vir kliënte.

Cheers en Dankie vir die ondersteuning van ons klein familieonderneming!


6 skemerkelkies met die 'trashiest' -drankie van Skotland: Buckfast Tonic Wine

Buckfast Tonic Wine, 'n koffeinhoudende, versterkte wyn, het mitiese status in Skotland behaal. Almal hier in Skotland is met liefde bekend as "Bucky" of "The Buck" bekend met die dun groen bottel en sy kenmerkende geel-en-pers etiket.

Dit word gewoonlik as die drankie van hooligans en moeilikheidmakers beskou. Die voormalige Eerste Minister van Skotland, Jack McConnell, het dit '' 'n kenteken van trots onder diegene wat by antisosiale gedrag betrokke is 'genoem, en die gevolge daarvan is baie onderwerp aan debat.

Volgens The Telegraph was daar slegs die afgelope twee jaar 6500 polisieverslae van geweld en anti-sosiale gedrag wat met Buckfast verband hou.

Die onaangename voorkoms daarvan het egter die verkoop gehelp. Die wyn se verspreider, J. Chandler en Company, het rekordverkope van £ 43,2 miljoen behaal vir die jaar wat geëindig het in Maart 2017. Alhoewel dit die gewildste in Skotland is, neem die verkope toe in die res van die VK en Ierland.

Ondanks sy Skotse reputasie, is dit 'n Engelse drankie met heilige oorsprong. Dit word vervaardig in die Buckfast Abbey in Devon, 'n skepping van Benediktynse monnike wat uit die gevolge van anti-Katolieke aanvalle aan die einde van die 18de eeu uit Frankryk gevlug het. Die monnike maak dit vandag nog.

Omdat ek in Skotland woon, wou ek meer weet oor wat die Skotte van hierdie drank dink, veral omdat ek gewoond is om iets heeltemal aan die ander kant van die spektrum te drink - 'n sterk en deftige mout whisky (waarvan die oorsprong ook van Katolieke monnike kom) . Dus het ek 'n paar vriende en kennisse gevoer oor hul Bucky -ervarings.

Wat na vore gekom het, is meer as die eendimensionele prentjie wat gewoonlik aan die drank gegee word. Die verbruik van Bucky het deur die jare verander met die toenemende verkope in kroeë en klubs. Dit het nuwerwets geword namate verbruikers en toeriste hierdie kenmerkende "Skotse" drankie met 'n skerp reputasie wil proe. Dit hou by baie net soveel as wat dit deur sommige gehaat word.

Dit is nie 'n partytjie soos 'n Bucky -partytjie nie, al lyk die man aan die linkerkant besorg oor antisosiaal. [+] gedrag Foto: Marius Thummler

Alhoewel dit direk uit die bottel geniet kan word, het my ondervraers ook baie meer ongewone cocktails genoem wat gebruik maak van Bucky se stroperige soet tekstuur, smaak en 15% alkoholinhoud. Ek bevat hul resepte en hul gedagtes oor wat die drank vir hulle beteken. Ek het hul antwoorde geredigeer vir kortheid en duidelikheid.

Soos voorgestel deur Eilidh (24) van Glasgow.

Resep: Neem gelyke dele rum en Buckfast, meng dit en voeg suiker by. Garneer met 'n suurlemoen.

'Ek hou van Buckfast. Ek sou egter sê dat die verbruik van Buckfast, ten minste in Glasgow, baie geslagtelik is. My vriendinne drink gereeld 'n bottel voordat hulle uitgaan om dit vir die nag op te sit. Dit is minder algemeen onder my vriendinne - ons het gewoonlik 'n paar slukkies van iemand anders as 'n bottel vir onsself.

Ek dink 'n kombinasie van faktore het Buckfast die beste drank gemaak vir jong, ontevrede werkersklasgroepe in Skotland (veral die Weste). Dit is goedkoop, vooraf gemeng, en een bottel kry die werk gedoen. Dit het 'n simbool geword van die 'ned' (Skotse hooligan) kultuur in Glasgow waarmee baie jongmense hulself vereenselwig. Maar ek dink die afgelope paar jaar het ander groepe aangegryp na die kultusstatus wat Buckfast vir homself verkry het. Dit is nie meer uitsluitlik 'n drankie van die werkersklas nie, en dit is nie ongewoon dat mense van die middelklas dit ook ironies drink nie. Dit het nou 'n gewilde 'hipster' -neiging geword en kan baie meer in die suidelike winkels gevind word as wat dit vroeër was. "

Soos voorgestel deur Scott (23) uit Edinburgh.

Resep: Meng gelyke dele vodka, melk en melk. Voeg ys by.

'Ek hou van Buckfast, want dit smaak heerlik en dit laat my soos 'n banter -koning voel. Ek dink dit beslaan so 'n unieke ruimte in die Skotse kultuur, want alhoewel dit 'n Engelse drankie is, het ons dit berug gemaak. Dit het die berugte baba van Skotland geword en ons laat ons nie los nie.

Ek en my tjommies was eens in Londen en het die beste van die monnike dringend nodig gehad. Ons het daarin geslaag om 'n paar op te spoor in 'n klein off-lisensie. £ 33 af vir drie bottels was 'n bietjie vrot, maar het nie die bui gedemp nie. Ons stap in die straat toegerus met ons Buck toe 'n paar Engelse stappers wat 'n pint sit, ons opgemerk het en met verwondering uitgeroep het: 'Kyk! Werklike Skotse ouens met Buckfast! ' Soos 'n wilde pak drankhonde wat deur 'n haan David Attenborough gewaar word, het ons met groot patriotiese trots die pad aangegaan.

Soos voorgestel deur Roberta (Bob), 32, uit Edinburgh.

Resep: Meng twee skote Buckfast met 275 ml WKD ('n suikerryke alkohol), voeg 'n skeut wodka by.

'Ek onthou dat my eerste smaak magies was - dit het 'n slegte reputasie gehad, en ek het nie verwag dat dit so lekker sou smaak nie. Dit is 'n baie lekker soet drankie. Skotse mense is radge, en so ook Buckfast. Dit is relatief goedkoop, en dit het 'n soort tong-in-die-kies-gevoel wat Skotse mense daarvan hou.

My orkes, The Banana Sessions, was die hoof van Edinburgh se Bongo Club, en ons bied 'n gratis bottel Buckfast aan vir diegene wat die mees geestelike na ons mengelmoes Prodigy -liedjies gegaan het. Wat daarna gebeur het, was een van die wonderlikste toerisme -aantreklikhede wat ek nog ooit gesien het - 'n kamer van ongeveer 400 mense wat absoluut wild is om te probeer meeding om hierdie bottel Buckfast. Ons het flits, iemand het op 'n tafel geklim, ek is redelik seker dat iemand van die balke af geswaai het - en in die middel van al die waansin was my ma en pa bly as 'n slag. Dit is die magie van Buckfast vir jou. ”

Soos voorgestel deur Tom (33) van Orkney.

Resep: Meng gelyke dele Buckfast en Irn-Bru ('n ikoniese Skotse energiedrankie, in dieselfde balpark as Red Bull). Voeg ys by en die vrugte van u keuse.

'Dit is 'n unieke smaak, die Marmite van alkoholiese drank. 'N Buckfast het egter nooit 'n groep goeie mense benadeel nie. Dit word waarskynlik die beste deur die bottel bedien. Niemand drink Buckfast per glas nie, nie wat ek ooit ontmoet het nie.

Dit het 'n vreeslike reputasie opgebou danksy die minder begeerlike mense wat dit drink en dan onheil veroorsaak. Ek twyfel nie daaraan dat daardie mense in elk geval onheil sou veroorsaak het nie, maar dit moes nie heeltemal sleg weerspieël oor die drank nie. Dus beskou die res van Skotland dit as 'n bisarre underdog, wat die moeite werd is om te verdedig? "

Soos voorgestel deur Nat, 33, van Ayr.

Resep: Neem 1 deel Buckfast, 1 deel vodka en 2 dele pynappelsap. Skud of roer saam.

'Dit lyk asof dit nou lekker is om dit te drink. Toe ek jonger was, het ek dit geassosieer met iets waarvan ek hou. Ek vind dat toeriste dit graag as 'n nuwigheid probeer, aangesien hulle hoor dat dit iets is wat Skotse mense drink en wil weet waaroor die bohaai gaan.

Ek dink dit het 'n unieke plek in Skotland, aangesien dit vir sommige mense nostalgies is. In die klub wat ek werk, as mense dit raaksien wat nie reeds geweet het dat ons dit verkoop nie, dink hulle dit is wonderlik dat hulle dit nou in 'n klub of kroeg kan koop. Hulle sal altyd een of meer koop net vir 'n lag. Hulle wil altyd een vir hul vriende kry om dan al hul verhale oor die jeug wat hulle misgekry het, te vertel!

Soos voorgestel deur Alan (30) uit Edinburgh.

Resep: Giet 'n skeut Bucky in 'n glas Irn Bru. Chug in een slag.

'Bucky is regtig 'n lekker drankie. Dit het 'n bietjie rep, maar dit gaan maklik en het 'n bietjie skop. Enigiemand wat ek al probeer het, was nog nooit 'n afsku nie. Ek het selfs my skoonma dit op 'n partytjie laat drink.

Dit het 'n kultus -aantrekkingskrag. Die ietwat wilde reputasie maak dit onmiddellik herkenbaar. Anders as ander drankies wat sommige mense lomerig kan maak of wat ook al, is dit 'n lewendige tippel. Daar is 'n algemene mite dat die reliëfgetal onderaan die glas Bucky -bottels die bondel is. Hoe laer die getal, hoe soeter is dit. As u dus 'n nommer onder 10 kry, is u op die regte pad. Geen idee of daar enige waarheid hierin is nie, maar die laer getalle lyk beter. Dit is waarskynlik in die kop. ”


Beoordelaars by die North Coast Wine Challenge besluit vanjaar se beste keuses

Klik hier om meer besonderhede oor beoordelaars en aanspraakmakers in die North Coast Wine Challenge te sien.

'N Klassieke vonkelwyn van 'n bekende produsent van chardonnay en pinot noir wat in die Russiese riviervallei gegroei het, het verlede week die topprys in die North Coast Wine Challenge in 2021 behaal en net so gestyg soos die klein borreltjies.

Dit was die eerste keer in die 9-jarige geskiedenis van die blinde proe-kompetisie geborg deur The Press Democrat dat 'n bruisende sprankelaar die beste van die beste toekenning gewen het. Alhoewel dit aanvanklik 'n skok vir sommige was, was die baanbrekende oorwinning deur die Sonoma-Cutrer 2014 Grand Cuvée, Russian River Valley nie so verrassend nie, aangesien dit gemaak is deur een van die voorste produsente van Chardonnay en pinot in Sonoma County.

"Klassieke vonkelwyne word gemaak van pinot en chardonnay, en die meesters van hierdie variëteite is nodig om die basiese wyn reg te kry," het hoofregter Daryl Groom gesê. 'By Sonoma-Cutrer doen hulle meer chardonnay en pinot as enigiemand anders. Dit was dus nie 'n verrassing dat hulle 'n wonderlike wyn uit die twee variëteite kon haal nie. . Dit is 'n fantastiese voorbeeld van Californiese vonkelwyn. "

Regter Ellen Landis van Windsor, 'n gesertifiseerde sommelier en wynspesialis, is getref deur die algehele kwaliteit van die ongeveer 20 vonkelwyne wat sy geproe het tydens die eerste beoordelingsdag van 6 April by die Sonoma County Fairgrounds 'Showcase Cafe.

"Die vonkelwyne was briljant en so suiwer," het Landis gesê. 'Hulle was krale (borrels), pragtig gegeur, Old World en New World.'

Groom het ook teoreties gesê dat die tyd aangebreek het dat een van die noordelike kus se sterretjies groot wen. Met die toenemende belangstelling van die verbruiker in bubbels, het hy gesê, weerspieël die beoordelaars se keuse markneigings. Boonop het die beoordelaars na die toekenning van die topprys aan drie pinot noirs en twee chardonnays oor die jare gevoel dat dit tyd is vir 'n verandering.

'Ons sê dat die beoordelaars die beste wyn moet kies,' het Groom gesê. 'Maar hulle stem altyd vir 'n pinot en 'n chardonnay, en miskien is dit tyd ('n sprankelaar) om te wen.

Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, direkteur van wynmaak, Mick Schroeter, wat jare lank as beoordelaar vir die wedstryd gedien het, het gesê die wyn verteenwoordig die eerste kommersiële vrystelling van 'n vonkelwyn deur Sonoma-Cutrer. Dit is 'n mengsel van 60% chardonnay en 40% pinot, afkomstig van twee wingerde in die westelike graafskap, elk met golwende heuwels en Goldridge -grond, 'n sanderige leem.

'Ons het oorspronklik 1 600 kassies gemaak, waarvan ons 1 200 as 'n wynmaker -weergawe ontgin het en 400 sakke gehou het. Verlede jaar het ons die laaste 200 sake verdryf, ”het Schroeter gesê. 'Ek is baie opgewonde oor die manier waarop hierdie wyn uitgekom het.'

Sommelier Traci Dutton, hoofbestuurder van openbare wyn- en drankstudies aan die Culinary Institute of America in Greystone in St. Helena, was ook verheug dat 'n klassieke vonkelwyn hierdie jaar as die beste wenner deur die plafon gebreek het.

'Die wyn het my hart die afgelope paar jaar getref. . Die wyn is pragtig en wonderlik, ”het sy gesê. "Vonkelwyn uit Kalifornië is reeds 'n ster, en dit sal voortgaan om te oorheers as gevolg van wyne soos hierdie."

Die wen -vonkelwyn is verlede jaar deur Schroeter en sy span weggedraai nadat hy meer as vyf jaar op die griesel verouder het (oorblywende gis). As 'n laat ontslag kon die wyn die klassieke, gisagtige eienskap ontwikkel wat deur die fyn Champagne van Frankryk vertoon word.

"As dit op die dors gaan sit en jy koolzuur kry, word die wyne baie stadiger," verduidelik Schroeter. 'Met verloop van tyd kry u die wonderlike romerigheid in die smaak, so dit dra by tot die tekstuur en u kry 'n baie fyn bolletjieborrel mettertyd.

Schroeter, wat al 11 jaar by Sonoma-Cutrer werk, het gesê die vonkelwyn is deel van die wynmaker se jaarlikse Winemaker Release, 'n program waarmee hy elke jaar met iets unieks kan eksperimenteer.

'Die ding wat ek van hierdie wyn hou, is dat dit 'n bietjie van die kompleksiteit bevat wat u met die ouderdom kry,' het hy gesê. "Maar terselfdertyd is dit vars en lewendig, met groen appel en 'n pragtige rykdom van die pinot en die varsgebakte brioche/gebraaide aroma."

Nadat die topwenners verlede Woensdag aangekondig is, het die in Australië gebore wynmaker weer by Sonoma-Cutrer gaan werk en 'n e-pos gestuur aan die ongeveer 100 werknemers daar, waaronder sy wynmaakspan, die chardonnay-wynmaker Cara Morrison en die pinot-wynmaker Zidanelia Arcidiacono.

'Ons drie werk regtig as 'n span saam. Ons neem al ons besluite saam, ”het Schroeter gesê.

Die vonkelwyn was nie die enigste wyn wat geskiedenis gemaak het tydens hierdie jaar se North Coast Wine Challenge nie. Schroeter het ook die Best of Show Rooiwyn vir die Sonoma-Cutrer 2018 Pinot Noir huis toe geneem, wat Sonoma-Cutrer die eerste wynmakery in die geskiedenis van die wedstryd gemaak het wat twee van die beste lotings gewen het.


6 unieke drange na swangerskap direk vanaf die toekomstige mammas van TikTok

Geen swangerskap is voltooi sonder drang na voedsel nie. Kenners sê dat hormone, 'n verhoogde reuk- en smaakgevoel en sekere voedingstekorte almal faktore is wat lei tot drang na swangerskap.

Gewilde drange sluit kitskos, piekels en vrugtesap in. Maar sommige toekomstige swanger ouers het hul drange na nuwe hoogtes geneem en resepte uitgevind wat 'n bietjie meer is, sal ons sê, uniek. Hier is ses van die gekste drange na swangerskap van regoor die internet. Probeer dit miskien nie tuis nie!

Versuikerde piekels

Geplaas deur TikTok-gebruiker @foreverberries, vra hierdie resep vir gekonfijte piekels om piekels op 'n stokkie te sit en dit in 'n harde snoepdop en opgekapte suiggoed te bedek. Dit lyk soos koringhonde, maar dit is beslis NIE koringhonde nie.

Gepekelde beet

Niks teen ingelegde beet nie, maar dit is nie noodwendig die eerste ding waarna mense soek as hulle smag na 'n lekker happie nie. Maar volgens @johannawestbrook het sy deur die potte gegaan terwyl sy swanger was. Onthou, dit is 'n oordeelvrye sone!

Roomys en skyfies

Gebruiker @jessiesayhey het een van haar drange na swangerskap gedeel: opgekapte Takis-skyfies gemeng in vanieljeroomys. Sy maak selfs 'n oulike boogontwerp met die skyfies bo -op. Soos alle goeie kunswerke, lyk hierdie gereg eintlik redelik goed, al is dit moeilik om te verstaan.

Bees rukkerig met karamel

TikTok -egpaar @thekirkhams19 het 'n kort reeks gedoen waarin hulle hul volgelinge se vreemdste drang na swangerskap probeer het. Hierdie soet, vleisagtige lekkerny kwalifiseer beslis. Volgens die Kirkhams was dit eintlik nie so vreeslik nie.

Piekels en roomys

Geplaas deur @harlie-turner, kombineer hierdie unieke peuselhappie twee van die mees klassieke drange na swangerskap: sout, pikante piekels en romerige vanieljeroomys. Wat kan verkeerd loop?

Dierekoeke en mosterd

Naomi Risken, TikTok -gebruiker, het gevra na die vreemdste hunkering van haar volgelinge, en iemand het gesê: 'dierekoeke met mosterd'. Soos u kan sien uit Naomi se reaksie, was hierdie snack nie alles wat dit nodig was nie.

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Skep u eie handtekeningkonfyt deur geure te meng en te pas

Dit is nie -amptelik Bewaar Week hier by Northwest Edible Life. Ek weet, want my vloer is taai met blikstroop en my yskas ruik na pekelwater. Dit is vir my moeilik om aan iets anders te dink as om op die oomblik kos op te sit, so ek gaan die hele week konfyt en piekels praat. Ek hoop dat u hierdie week met die behoud van poste baie geniet.

As u hou van wat u hier lees, wil u dalk aansluit by meer as 1600 ander lesers wat NW -eetbare blogposte outomaties na hul gunsteling leser of e -posbus stuur. Dit is gratis, gerieflik en help om te verseker dat u niks misloop nie. Dankie vir die lees!

Voeg Zing by jou konfyt

Daar is niks verkeerd met 'n konfyt wat niks anders as vrugte, suiker en 'n bietjie suurlemoen in het nie. Die sublieme eenvoud van suiwer aarbei het byvoorbeeld baie te doen. Maar as u gereed is om kreatief te raak met konfyt, is dit moontlik om van 'n eenvoudige vrugtebakkie 'n voedselverklaring te maak. Al wat u hoef te doen is om 'n bietjie geursel by te voeg om die vrugte te verbeter.

Dan begin u geure ontwikkel soos …

  • Peer met gemmer en rum
  • Aarbei met swartpeper en balsamico
  • Sweet Cherry met Mint en Kirsch
  • Nektarien met kalk en Cointreau
  • Pruim met kardemom en portwyn
  • Appelkoos met Vanilla en Earl Grey Tea

Ek dink gewoonlik aan konfytgeuropsies as Dry Zings of Wet Zings. Droë ringe bevat gemaalde speserye, sitrusskille of gedroogde kruie en word gewoonlik in klein hoeveelhede bygevoeg aan die begin van die konfytproses. Wet Zings is vloeistowwe soos alkohol en drank, asyn, esdoringstroop of sitrus sappe. Hulle word in 'n effens groter volume bygevoeg en word aan die einde van die konfyt gemaak om hul geure helder te hou.

Ek het gevind dat die toevoeging van een Dry Zing en een komplimentêre Wet Zing tot my basiese konserwaal my die regte vlak van kreatiewe, aantreklike geur gee sonder om in die land te kom “ja, dit is net te veel ” dit kan gebeur as te veel geure meeding. Om net 'n droë of nat zing by te voeg, is egter ook 'n goeie manier om jou toon in die wêreld van Signature Jams te dompel.

Ek het 'n merkwaardige geekish lys saamgestel met die opsies van Dry Zing en Wet Zing volgens vrugte. Dit is geure wat, as dit in die regte hoeveelheid gebruik word en gepas gepas word, lekker sal smaak met die vrugte wat dit ondersteun.

Die lys is geensins volledig nie; dit is net my mening oor watter speserye en kruie en alkohole 'n mens kan byvoeg by spesifieke vrugtebakkies. Dit fokus op die vrugte wat ek die meeste as konfyt bewaar, en bevat ook nie dinge soos sitrus of tropiese vrugte nie, wat selde in my omgewing beskikbaar is, behalwe deur tradisionele (duur) kommersiële kanale.

Doen jouself 'n guns en probeer nie om verskeie speserye en drank te kombineer soos 'n gekke Sweedse sjef van konfyt totdat jy 'n paar stewige skare geniet nie, soos bloubessie-kaneel of appelkoos met neutmuskaat en bourbon of brombessie met suurlemoenskil en Grand Marnier onder u band.

Dan kan u regtig pret hê en eksperimenteer met nog meer ongewone geure, soos aarbei met kakao en Framboise of peer met kerrie en esdoornstroop of appel met roosmaryn en Calvados.

Kry die volledige, drukbare .pdf -weergawe van hierdie grafiek gratis op die aflaaibare bladsy.

Môre gee ek stap-vir-stap instruksies oor hoe om geuropsies van Dry Zing en Wet Zing in pektienvrye konfyt te kombineer. Ek hoop dat u terugkom om te sien hoe u die pektienboks kan laat vaar en werklik die meester van u eie konfytresep kan word.

Wat is jou gunsteling aangepaste konfytgeur? Het jy 'n familie gunsteling?


April Bloomfield se somer ribollita

April Bloomfield se somer ribollita. Foto: Romas Foord vir die waarnemer

Ek het hierdie resep by die River Café geleer. Rose Gray het my geleer hoe om hierdie rustieke sop op twee maniere te maak - 'n herfs/winter ribollita en 'n somer ribollita.

Lewer 6
vars cannellini boontjies 225g
knoffel 2 naeltjies, geskil en fyngekap
seldery kop 1 heel, skoongemaak en in blokkies gesny (behou die heldergeel blare)
wortel 1 medium, geskil en in blokkies gesny
rooi uie 2 medium, geskil, in klein blokkies gesny
pequin rissies 4 droë, fyngedrukte (of 2 standaard gedroogde rooi rissies)
olyf olie 55 ml
erfstuk tamaties 450 g, geblansjeer, geskil
plat blaar pietersielie 2 handvol of marjolein los verpak en dan grof gekap
Switserse snikbiet 575 g, stingels verwyder en grof gekap
ou Italiaanse brood genoeg om die kookpot in een gelyke laag te bedek as dit ongeveer 1 cm dik gesny is
goeie olyfolie om klaar te maak

Plaas die vars, ongekookte boontjies in 'n pot en voeg net genoeg water by om dit te bedek. Voeg dan weer die helfte soveel water by. Bring die water tot kookpunt, verlaag tot lae kookpunt en kook tot sag, maar nie pap nie. Laat die bone in hul vloeistof afkoel.

As u gedroogde boontjies gebruik, voeg water by om te bedek en voeg dan dieselfde hoeveelheid weer by. Kook net soos vars bone, maar wees bewus daarvan dat gedroogde bone aansienlik langer sal neem om te kook.

Om die sop te maak, braai die knoffel, seldery, wortel, ui en rissie in 'n breë kastrol oor matige hitte.

Terwyl die groente kook, druk die tamaties oor 'n bak om die sade en sap vry te laat. Maak seker dat jy al die sade verwyder. Syg die sade uit die tamatievloeistof en behou die sap. Gooi die sade weg.

Nadat die groente ongeveer 30 minute gaar is, voeg die pietersielie (of marjolein) by tot dit sag en liggies gekarameliseer is en braai nog 5 minute. Voeg dan die tamaties met die vloeistof by en klits die tamaties met 'n klits. Hou aan kook vir nog 30 minute oor lae hitte. Die tamatievloeistof moet deur die ander groente opgeneem word en u sop moet weer redelik droog wees. Voeg nou die boontjies saam met die kookvloeistof by en kook oor lae hitte, laat dit vir 20-25 minute prut, of tot die sop bymekaar kom: die verskillende bestanddele moet saam roer wanneer dit geroer word, maar die sop moet steeds klam wees van die boontjies. kookvloeistof. Voeg die mangel by en vou dit by die sop in. Bedek die oppervlak van die pot met die brood en giet net genoeg warm water daaroor om die brood te bevochtig. Gee die brood 'n groot bietjie goeie olyfolie en haal die pot van die hitte af. Let the soup sit unattended for 10 minutes, then stir to combine. It should be thick and delicious. Geur met sout en peper.

Wine match
Cascina Fontana Dolcetto d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy 2011 (£13.50, Berry Bros & Rudd)
Dolcetto is the everyday drinking wine in Barolo country in northwest Italy, but this bottle is a cut above the usual in its graceful succulence of red and black cherry fruit.


6 wine making processes and what they do to wine

1. Harvest Date


The moment the grapes are picked is a pretty big deal. It is probably the most important thing a winemaker can do to ensure that they make awesome wine. Picking earlier will produce wines with higher acidity, lower alcohol and perhaps more green flavors and aromas. It could also lend to more bitter tannin. Picking later in the harvest season will produce wines with lower acidity, higher alcohol (or sweetness) and more subdued tannin. Some wines when picked too late must be artificially acidified in order not to taste ‘flabby’ or ‘flat’. Additionally, some will have water added to them (called ‘watering back’) to reduce the alcohol concentration in the completed wine. This could be why many commercial wines have identical ABV levels of 13.5%.

Besides picking the grapes at the moment when acidity level and sweetness are perfectly in balance there’s also a weather problem. Every vintage is different. Sometimes weather takes a turn for the worse at the end of the growing season and can even result in a bad vintage. In a situation where rains are forecasted in cooler climate areas (Northern Italy, Burgundy, Oregon, etc) some winemakers may choose to hedge their bets and pick grapes before optimal ripeness.

2. Cold Soaking and Skin Contact


Winemakers often talk about maceration time (a.k.a. skin contact) and cold soaking. Both of these terms refer to how long the grape skins touch the juice while it turns into wine. Cold soaking is a process that happens before there’s alcohol in the mix. By keeping the grapes cold, the grape must is too cold for yeast to start fermenting. The theory of cold soaking is to carefully extract color and fruit flavors from the skins without extracting bitter tannin. The total time that grape skins touch a wine is maceration time.

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For example, a Syrah producer called Kessler Haak in Santa Rita Hills , California macerates their wines for 50 days to extract the color and flavor. In comparison a few miles east in Santa Ynez, a Syrah producer called Solminer Wine Company macerates for just 28 days. The difference in color of the two wines is remarkable: one is very opaque and rich and the latter is pale and delicate like a Pinot Noir. Normal red wine fermentation generally takes around 2 weeks to complete.

You can understand skin contact by testing the differences in tea flavor by varying how long it sits in hot water.

3. Hot Fermentation vs. Cool Fermentation

Fermentation temperature is another technique that changes resulting fruit flavors and color in a wine. A hot fermentation can get up to 80-100 °F (26-37 °C — nearly hot tub temperature) as the yeasts metabolize and produce alcohol. Warmer fermentations are usually used for red wines for increased color and tannin. There are also several minimalist producers practicing warmer fermentation temperatures on white wines. Their goal is non-interventionist wine making that is more in tune with the conditions of the vintage.

Cold and cooler fermentations are usually practiced on white and rosé wines. Landon Sam Keirsey explained that cooler temperatures (from 42 – 50 °F, 6 – 10 °C ) help preserve delicate aromas in white wines. The reason for this is aroma compounds are volatile and are more likely to be lost at a higher temperature where reactions happen faster. This is probably why wine serving temperature greatly affects the taste of wine out of the bottle.

4. Pump Overs vs. Punch Downs


Pumpovers
Pumpovers can extract higher amounts of tannin in a wine depending on the frequency and force. Some pump over systems are basically wine sprinklers, offering a gentler extraction and some aggressively stir up the fermentation tank. For larger fermentation tanks in commercial operations, much needed oxygen comes through a pumpover device.

Punch Downs
Punch downs, on the other hand, are a very delicate way of stirring a wine. They keep skins from getting too extracted and little to no amount of added oxygen in the fermentation. Punch downs are typically done by hand and are more popular with non-interventionist winemaking.

5. Oak-Aging vs. Steel Tank


Oak aging does more than just add a vanilla flavor to wine. Oak increases a wine’s exposure to oxygen while it ages. Oxygen decreases tannin and can help a wine reach its optimal fruitiness. Wines aged for many years in oak develop nutty flavors. If you’re not that familiar with oak aging, definitely check out this article:

The Surprising Truth About Oaking Wine

Steel tanks are commonly used for zesty white wines like Pinot Gris, although it’s not uncommon to find steel tank aged red wines. Steel tanks limit the oxygen exposure to wine and keep wines fresher. You can learn more about how oxygen affects wine over time.

6. Corks vs. Screwcaps


One misunderstood topic about winemaking is the choice of using a cork or a screwcap. In most circumstances there is no difference between wine in a bottle with a cork or a screwcap. When asked what he preferred, winemaker, Landon Sam Keirsey said:

Personally if it was my decision I would use screwcaps.

The interesting thing about the topic of wine closures is that corks let oxygen in at unpredictable amounts. There is also an issue with TCA ‘cork taint’ that affects about 1-2% of wines. Screw caps (and other cork alternatives), on the other hand, can control the amount of oxygen that comes inside the bottle per year.

There are several other wine making processes not included in this article such as using sorting tables, grape crushing and destemming, and how different kinds of yeast affect wine. Instead of including all of the wine making processes, we asked Landon ‘Sam’ Keirsey to help us focus on some of the most important ones.


2021 Wine Club Reviews

Cellars Wine Club

Cellars Wine Club provides members a complete wine tasting experience. In addition to a variety of wonderful wine you'll enjoy free shipping and membership flexibility that caters to anyone's needs.

Cellars Wine Club is not a one-size-fits-all wine membership program. Instead, they offer a impressive array of wine clubs to meet anyone's needs. At Cellars Wine Club, you can choose from 13 different wine programs, including:

  • Single Bottle Wine Club
  • High End Single Bottle Wine Club
  • Premium Wine Club
  • Red Trio Wine Club
  • Platinum Wine Club
  • Sweet Wine Club
  • Champagne Club
  • Cellars Wine Club
  • International Wine Club
  • West Coast Wine Club
  • 90+ Point Wine Club
  • Quarterly Case Club
  • Half Case Wine Club

Each of these wine clubs feature a different selection or quantity of wines. This way you can tailor your wine club membership exactly the way you want.

For the duration you select, your wine club recipient will receive one or more wines grown and bottled from vineyards either domestically or around the world. Cellars Wine Club allows membership plans for 1 to 12 months. Within the period selected, the wine club member will receive wines monthly, every other month, or quarterly, as you see best. Along with the wine, the recipient receives a monthly newsletter that describes the wines in the shipment, the regions they come from, and other wine related information.

  • Wine Origination: 13 different wine clubs featuring both domestic and international wines
  • Duration: From 1 - 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly, Every Other Month, or Quarterly
  • Wine Choices: Reds, Whites, or a Mix
  • Membership Minimums: None
  • Shipping: Free Shipping

Wine club memberships also include a custom gift announcement notifying the recipient of their membership plus any personal message you would like to add. There are no monthly minimums, and memberships to any of the wine clubs can be cancelled at any time. If you fall in love with any particular wine you can re-order it at any time and at a reduced price.

We found numerous reviews and comments from satisfied Cellars Wine Club members. We also appreciated the level of customer service and quality of the delivery each month. With free shipping, fair prices, an impressive number of wine clubs, and wonderful wine, Cellars Wine Club earns our highest rating.

Gold Medal Wine Club

In the wine club business since 1992, Gold Medal Wine Club has experience in choosing the best wines that people are looking for. In addition to offering a wide selection of club options, this California based company also allows you to cater your specific wine preferences to your needs. Whether the wine is for yourself or as a gift, you'll be satisfied with the level of professionalism and customer service at Gold Medal Wine Club.

Gold Medal Wine Club stands out from the crowd by offering wines that have received top medals from wine competitions or have been highly rated by national experts. At Gold Medal Wine Club you can choose from 5 different wine club series including:

  • Gold Series. Two or four wines delivered each month. Typically a combination of red and white from small California wineries.
  • Pinot Noir Series. Two or four wines delivered every other month. The pinot noir selections are chosen from top California and international wineries.
  • Platinum Series. Includes two or four rare collectable wines delivered monthly. Selections are from California's top winemakers and include only those wines with 90+ ratings.
  • International Series. Three bottles of hard to find international wines delivered quarterly. Each delivery includes two red and one white.
  • Diamond Series. Provides 2 or 3 premium, top of the line wines delivered quarterly.

The wine club series selected will determine the options that are available. Those clubs listed with a monthly option allow members to select the frequency to monthly, every other month, or quarterly.

  • Wine Origination: 5 different wine clubs featuring red, white, domestic and international wines
  • Duration: Ongoing until cancelled
  • Frequency: Monthly, every other month, or quarterly but based on the series selected
  • Wine Choices: Reds, Whites, or a Mix
  • Membership Minimums: None
  • Shipping: Starts at $10 per 2 bottle shipment

Gold Medal Wine Club membership also includes a copy of the Wine Press with each delivery. This provides details about each wine delivery and the featured wine makers. Members may purchase additional bottles of their favorite selections at a 35% discount. Wine is charged to a credit card on file when each delivery occurs. Memberships to any of the wine clubs may be cancelled at any time.

If you have any questions or problems Gold Medal is there to assist. They have a responsive customer service team and Live Help when needed. In our research of Gold Medal we were excited to see so many positive comments about the company and the products they provide. If you are looking for delicious, highly-rated wines, Gold Medal Wine Club is a great option.

The California Wine Club

The California Wine Club provides members a complete wine tasting experience. In addition to wonderful wine, you can enjoy membership flexibility that caters to anyone's needs. Whether the wine is for yourself, or as a gift, you will be satisfied with the level of professionalism and customer service at The California Wine Club.

The California Wine Club actually features a variety of wine clubs you can choose from. These include:

  • Premier Series. Their original and most popular wine club. They deliver handcrafted wine from some of California's best small family wineries.
  • Handtekeningreeks. Features the most coveted of California's wines. Selections are predominantly red, with an occasional white.
  • International Series. Features wines from all over the world. Selections are mostly red, with an occasional white.
  • Aged Cabernet Series. Prestigious Napa Valley Cabernets aged 8-12 years. Recommended by the Robb Report.
  • Pacific Northwest Series. Hand selected, award-winning wines from some of Oregon and Washington state's best small family wineries.

For the duration you select, your wine club recipient will receive unique, hand-selected wines. The California Wine Club allows membership for 1, 3, 6, 9 or 12 months. Within the period selected, the wine club member will receive wines monthly or quarterly, as you see best. Along with the wine, the recipient receives an education in California wines, a full-color wine magazine, and food pairing suggestions for the delivered wines.

  • Wine Origination: California Wineries
  • Duration: Monthly, 3, 6, 9 or 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly or Quarterly
  • Wine Choices: 2 reds, 2 whites, or 1 red and 1 white
  • Membership Minimums: none
  • Shipping: Free Shipping for some wine clubs

The California Wine Club allows you to access new and hard-to-find top quality red and white wines. With most of their clubs you can select either 2 reds, 2 whites or 1 red and 1 white wine for each delivery. If you fall in love with any particular wine, you can re-order it at any time and at a reduced price.

We found numerous reviews and comments from satisfied members of The California Wine Club. We also appreciated the level of customer service and quality of each month's delivery. With fair prices, easy to read education, and wonderful wine, The California Wine Club earns excellent marks.

Something is immediately obvious when visiting the Winc homepage: Winc isn't your typical wine club. In fact, Winc is more than a wine club. First of all, before showing you (their potential customer) any information about the wines they offer or membership perks, they focus on you and what you like. With a short series of 6 easy questions (about coffee, citrus, berries, etc.) they build your flavor profile. With that, four bottles of wine are specifically matched to you. Two other unique features of a Winc membership are: 1) you get to see what wines will be sent to you, and 2) if you aren't into one of the selections you can easily substitute another in its place. Some shoppers will love this option!

As stated above, Winc isn't just another wine club. They're also a California based wine maker (sourcing grapes from the top regions around the globe) and national distributor to select retailers and restaurants. They call themselves a "direct distribution wine company with an online wine membership experience". As the founders state in a short video on the website, they started the company with the customer in mind. It's no wonder their wine club is both unique and popular.

  • Wine Origination: Wines made by Winc with grapes from around the world
  • Duration: Ongoing
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Wine Choices: All red, all white, or a red/white mix
  • Membership Minimums: None, cancel anytime
  • Shipping: Free

Winc offers a single wine club that delivers 4 bottles of Winc wine to you each month. Remember, these bottles are picked based on flavors you enjoy. Here are the details:

  • 4 bottles each month based on your preferences
  • Wines made, packaged, and distributed by Winc
  • Choose 4 red, 4 white, or any combination (3 red and 1 white, 2 red and 2 white, 1 red and 3 white)
  • Ability to see which wines will be coming to your door
  • Option to replace individual bottles

At the time of our review Winc offered a $20.00 discount for new members. We also found many solid reviews from satisfied Winc club members.

Winc is a unique wine club providing high quality wine. Doing everything from making to distributing all the wines in their club allows Winc to financially compete with other wine clubs. We think Winc is a great option for your next wine club membership.

International Wine Club

The International Wine of the Month Club has been delivering high quality wine from around the world since 1994. The monthly newsletter arrives with each shipment and includes wine profiles, detailed vineyard histories, tasting notes, and food pairings.

These wines come exclusively from boutique vineyards and are estate bottled. Estate bottling uses only grapes from vineyards the winery controls. This allows the winemaker an extra level of discretion in the development and harvesting of their grapes. Many mass produced wines of lower quality, which may be made from grapes not as thoroughly controlled, do not have the same consistency and varietal character as these boutique wines.

With all shipments from the International Wine of the Month Club you receive either 2 red wines, 1 red and 1 white, or 2 white wines As with any good wine club, there are multiple options to accommodate any palate.

International Wine of the Month Club options:

  • Premier Series - The original option that started in 1994 delivers premium wines from around the world. Because of their reputation and more than 20 year relationship with wineries around the world the International Wine of the Month Club is able to deliver these wines at the very best prices.
  • The Bold Reds Wine Club - This option features 2 robust red wines with deep color and complex flavor profiles. You should expect pronounced ripe tannins and integrated oak tones from barrel aging. Examples include Cabernets, Zinfandels, Priorats and Malbec blends from California, Spain, South America, and the Rhone Valley..
  • Collectors Series - This series includes exceptional wines which are borne of the finest vintage grapes on the oldest vines and live longer in a barrel before bottling. This production style yields wines suitable to drink soon after delivery or you can age them in your wine cellar. Perfect wines to save for those special occasions.
  • Masters Series - The Masters Series merges the other club options into one unbeatable package. You get a bottle from each the quality and value inherent in their Premier Series along with extremely limited production wines from the Collectors Series. Many customers who order this series drink one and save the other.

Perhaps the nicest feature from the International Wine of the Month Club is the Design Your Own Club option. Here you are able to customize your order by mixing and matching any Series with another. Also, you can include their beer club or even gourmet cheese or chocolate, premium cigars, or fresh flowers. You even have the choice of which clubs and on which months you want delivered (with no minimum), a perfect gift for that difficult-to-shop-for person on your Christmas list.

  • Wine Origination: International, from top wine producing regions worldwide
  • Duration: Anywhere from 2-12 months, or open-ended which is ongoing until you choose to cancel
  • Frequency: Monthly or any combination of months with the Design Your Own Club option
  • Wine Choices: 2 reds, 2 whites, or 1 red and 1 white
  • Membership Minimums: none
  • Shipping: $13 per month

The International Wine of the Month Club is an established company with an A+ BBB rating. They also have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee their goal is to provide only the highest quality products and if you disagree, they will replace or refund your purchase.

High quality, limited production wines from the best wine regions in the world delivered to your door for wine lovers it is hard to beat. The International Wine of the Month Club has competitive pricing and customizable delivery options. Those benefits, along with their experience and international reputation earn them a spot near the top of our rankings.

Amazing Clubs

Amazing Clubs provides monthly memberships to a variety of food and beverage clubs such as wine, chocolate, lobster, cheese and much more. With their wine club, recipients can anticipate two bottles of red, two bottles of white or a combination of wines sent monthly or bi-monthly. This company has serviced over 1 million customers and has a strong history of delivering on time and as promised.

Amazing Clubs samples hundreds of different wines each year to find the best selection for their wine club. Selections come from independent, boutique wineries located across the world. Wine recipients can also anticipate a newsletter with each delivery that explains the wine selections and provides information on the respective wineries.

As with any Amazing Club membership, the wine club options are extensive and flexible. You can choose from a variety of membership durations including 3, 6, or 12 months. Additionally, membership shoppers may choose between monthly, every other month or quarterly deliveries. Wine club membership costs are priced affordably at Amazing Clubs with lower pricing for longer.

  • Wine Origination: Small domestic and international boutique wineries
  • Duration: Monthly, 3, 6, or 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly, every other month or quarterly
  • Wine Choices: 2 reds, 2 whites, or 1 red and 1 white
  • Membership Minimums: None
  • Shipping: Included in price

Wine club gift memberships include a custom gift announcement notifying the recipient of their membership plus any personal message you would like to add. If at any time you or a gift recipient is not satisfied with the order, Amazing Clubs will work through the problem and even cancel the membership if so desired. If you're looking for a straightforward, tasty and affordable wine club, Amazing Clubs is one worth consideration. This company has membership clubs down to a science.

Martha Stewart

As the author of books, editor of magazines, and star of television shows, Martha Stewart has been a trusted cooking, entertaining, and lifestyle expert since the 1980's. The Martha Stewart Wine Co. Wine Club is yet another way she is able to help her fans (and in this case, fans of wine) live better.

Like many available wine clubs, club members of the Martha Stewart Wine Co. receive quality wines sourced from every great wine producing region in the world. But unlike all other wine clubs, this is the only one in which Martha Stewart hand-picks each and every wine shipped to members. Along with her selections you also get Martha's serving, pairing, and entertaining suggestions and tips included for free. And free shipping. And the Martha Stewart Wine Co. Wine Club offers their selection of wines from around the world at a low cost.

You can choose from two distinct clubs:

  • Half-Case Wine Club - receive 6 bottles every six weeks, only $8.33/bottle
  • Case Wine Club - receive 12 bottles every 8 weeks, only $7.49/bottle

Both the Half-Case and Case clubs are available in all red selections, all white selections, or a mix of the two.

  • Wine Origination: Sourced from around the world, selected by Martha Stewart
  • Duration: Ongoing
  • Frequency: Every 6 or 8 weeks
  • Wine Choices: Red, white, mix of both
  • Membership Minimums: None, cancel anytime
  • Shipping: Free

With many wine clubs offering one and two bottle monthly memberships, we like that the Martha Stewart Wine Co. Wine club offers full case and half-case club options. We also like the Martha Stewart "seal of approval" that is inherent with wines hand-picked by her. If you are looking for a low cost per bottle wine club which allows you to taste several wines with each shipment, the Martha Stewart Wine Co. Wine club may be a good option for you.

Wine creates a convenient wine experience with quick shipping and three different club offerings to meet your needs. The club choices are Discovery Tour, Wines of the World, and 90 Point Rated wine.

In the event that you decide to give a wine club gift, the wine ships the first order in 1 to 5 days so that it will show up by the celebrating event in time. Subsequent monthly club shipments usually ship during the 2nd or 3rd week of each month but no later than the 25th.

  • Wine Origination: 3 different clubs (domestic and international)
  • Duration: Monthly, 3, 6, 9, or 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly or Quarterly
  • Wine Choices: 2 reds, red and white mix
  • Membership Minimums: None
  • Shipping: Included in price

Wine allows you to learn the story behind your wine. From where the grapes were grown to the critics opinions, providing an abundance of information. Ongoing memberships are shipped monthly until cancelled, you may cancel at any time prior to the shipment going out.

While Wine lacks some of the glitz and glamour of the higher ranked providers, but we liked the nuts and bolts of the company along with the terms of the membership. Offering two white wines as an option would have created more flexibility for wine drinkers that prefer white wines, but we still liked the different club offerings for variety.

Wine is not for the safe wine drinker - anticipate variety and some new tastes. The pricing at Wine makes this an affordable gift option for those hard to buy on your list.

Plonk Wynklub

  • Cost: 2 bottles: $64.99 per month (3 months - $194.97, 6 Months - $389.94, 12 Months $779.88)
  • 4 bottles: $89.99 per month (3 Months - $269.97, 6 Months -$539.94, 12 Months - $1079.88)

For all of Plonk's Wine Clubs, including the Mixed Wine Club, Red Wine Club and White Wine Club, you can choose to receive 2, 4 or 12 bottles of wine in your monthly shipment. All of Plonk's Grape Variety Wine Clubs, including the Cabernet Wine Club, Pinot Noir Wine Club, and Sauvignon Blanc Wine Club, include 2 bottles in each monthly shipment. The costs vary, of course, based on how many bottles per month and how long the membership.

  • Wine Origination: Domestic and International Wineries
  • Duration: 3, 6, 12 months, or monthly ongoing
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Wine Choices: Wines determined by Plonk, no customer choice
  • Shipping: Free Shipping on case reorders

Though members can choose the grape variety or color of the wine they receive, there is no specific choice of wine Plonk determines which wines will be shipped each month. Two-bottle memberships include one bottle of two different wines each month, and four-bottle memberships ship 4 different bottles. The twelve-bottle per month options ships three bottles each of four different wines, so this option offers a volume discount but the same monthly variety as the four bottle option.

Plonk Wine Club members can review past orders to see what wines are offered, but don't know what they will get each month until the orders are shipped. This surprise factor may appeal to some and not to others who may prefer to select their wines from an inventory.

The wines we see on the Plonk website are indeed uncommon offerings, many of which we had never heard of before. Certainly Plonk is a good option for anyone who would like access to wines that they don't see every day in a local wine shop. The value of the monthly memberships is the question here. We looked at a sample of a recently shipped four-bottle delivery and we found the wines on other sites for an average of $6-20 a bottle. This didn't seem like much of a discount over other sites where these same wines were available.

Wine Country Gift Baskets

As the name hints, Wine Country Gift Baskets helps its customers with their gift giving needs. They've been at it for a while - since 1984 - and with "Wine Country" in their name it is no surprise one of their specialties is gifting wine clubs. Their 30+ years of experience have earned them an A+ accreditation from the Better Business Bureau.

Wine Country Gift Baskets wine clubs come with either all red wines or a mix of red and white wines, and all their options feature wines only from California. You are able to choose from these two clubs in a few different commitment lengths - 2, 3, or 6 month, with monthly delivery. Each delivery includes 2 bottles of wine along with food pairing recommendations and tasting notes. Each monthly club shipment from Wine Country Gift Baskets is free

  • Wine Origination: California
  • Duration: 2,3, or 6 months
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Wine Choices: All red or a mix of red and white wines (2 bottles per month)
  • Membership Minimums: The length of gift purchased - there is no option to cancel anytime
  • Shipping: Free

Wine Country Gift Baskets offers a gift service many of your family and friends may enjoy. A Wine Club! That said their wine selection is limited to only California wines. While many great wines come from the region, higher rated competitors (with international wine choices) compete or beat Wine Country Gift Baskets on price and especially on selection.

Laithwaites Wine Club

Laithwaites Wine is a UK based company that offers a quarterly wine club for US, UK and Australian customers. At Laithwaites you'll find fewer membership options to select from and unlike most wine clubs, Laithwaites sends customers 12 bottles of wine every 3 months instead of 2 or 4 bottles per delivery.

The Four Seasons Wine Club at Laithwaites includes the option for all reds, all whites or a mix of both. Each delivery will include wines from across the world and 12 bottles typically from 8 different wineries. A sample might contain wines from California, Chili, Washington, US, Italy, New Zealand and more.

Laithwaites has customer friendly policies such as no minimum order, prior notification of the delivery, cancellation or suspension of membership at any time, a free deluxe corkscrew, and free tasting-notes. Club members will also receive a 20% discount on all future wines purchases. Laithwaites also offers a 100% money back guarantee if you aren't satisfied with any aspect of the wine.

  • Wine Origination: 1 wine club with option for red, white, or a mix of wines from domestic and international wineries
  • Duration: Ongoing until cancelled
  • Frequency: Quarterly with the option to skip or hold
  • Wine Choices: Reds, Whites, or a Mix
  • Membership Minimums: None
  • Shipping: $19.99 per delivery

Laithwaites Wine caters to the quantity wine customer. We trust that Laithwaites years of experience in wine tasting will yield quality wines but at such a low cost per case pricing it's hard to be confident that quality exceeds quantity. We were also concerned that first time customers will assume each delivery of wines will cost only $69.99 - the introductory price. Each additional delivery will cost $139.99 plus shipping.

Overall we were less impressed with the lack of information and methodology of selecting wine available on the Laithwaites website. We wanted more wine club options and a choice to select a frequency that fit everyone's individual needs. For better flexibility and customization we recommend you choose a higher ranked company.

Wine of the Month

Great Clubs offers wine, cigar, flower, beer, coffee, and chocolate clubs - you name it. However for wine shopping, the website and shopping experience are a bit flat and sterile. It's hard to get excited about buying wine from a company that focuses on clubs and not the underlying product.

With their Wine of the Month club, each month you will receive 2 different bottles of hard to find wine from both domestic and international wineries along with a club newsletter called "Wine Expeditions" and a free Wine Tote Bag. Shipments are made on the 3rd or 4th week of each month.

  • Wine Origination: Domestic and International Wineries
  • Duration: 2 - 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly, Every Other Month, Every Third Month
  • Wine Choices: 2 reds, 2 white, red and white mix
  • Membership Minimums: None
  • Shipping: Free Shipping

Wines are selected by a screening panel and consist of award-winning wines seldom found in stores. Wine of the Month offers 6 different wine clubs if you're looking for something more specific. Club memberships vary greatly in price and cater to the cream of the crop wines, red wine lovers, and four seasons for holiday entertaining.

Expertise is not found at Wine of the Month, as Great Clubs caters to all clubs and are not wine specialists. However, Great Clubs is customer oriented and does attempt to please the customer if an issue arises.

For those looking for a wonderful wine experience, we recommend selecting a higher ranked provider that focuses on quality wine and all that entails.

Grapes Wine

Grapes Wine bills itself as "the easiest way to experience the world's best limited release wines", and they offer two club options in an effort to do just that. The regular club membership is set up to bring value to their customers by delivering 12 bottles every month for a year. Choose between reds, whites, or a mix of the two.

Yes, one full year is a large commitment for the average wine drinker, but with it comes a smaller price tag per bottle: less than $11.00. The second club option is the John Craig Society membership. This is an upscale version of their regular club membership, delivering premium and super-premium wines. John Craig Society members will receive shipments every 6 weeks for 12 months. Choose from these John Craig Society options:

  • 9 different categories - Selected Big Reds, Selected Elegant Reds, Selected Red Burgundy, Selected Red Bordeaux, Selected Red and Whites, Selected Fresh Crisp Clean Whites, Selected Rich Whites, White Burgundy, and Selected Rose
  • Premium and Super Premium packages
  • 6 or 12 bottle packs per shipment

As you may have guessed with a high-end wine membership, the John Craig Society is expensive. If you choose the Premium package the 6 bottle packs cost $270.00 per shipment and 12 bottle packs are $480.00 per shipment. For the Super Premium package, 6 bottle packs cost $420.00 per shipment and 12 bottle packs are $720.00 per shipment.

  • Wine Origination: From around the world
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Frequency: Monthly or every 6 weeks
  • Wine Choices: Red, white, a mix of both
  • Membership Minimums: 12 months, there is no option to cancel anytime
  • Shipping: Free for most club options

The John Craig Society may be, as they say "the easiest way to experience the world's best limited release wines", and we really like that Grapes Wine offers this high-end option (something most clubs don't have). The problem with the John Craig Society, for most wine drinkers, is the price. Few wine club members are able to shell out that much money 8 times per year.

As for the regular membership, yes, the cost per bottle is lower than most other clubs but the commitment is significant. A year's worth of deliveries adds up to a lot of money - providing less flexibility for those looking for 1 or 2 bottles per month. Because of this and the lack of a "cancel anytime" membership Grapes Wine receives a lower rating in our review.

Uncorked Ventures

  • Cost: Explorations Club: $55 per delivery (2 bottles)
  • Special Selections Club: $115 per delivery (2 or 3 bottles)
  • Reserve Selections Club: $225 per delivery (number of bottles not listed)

On the Uncorked Ventures Wine Club website, founder Mark Aselstine says he still feels like his wine club is a startup business. After our review of the Uncorked website we tend to agree, but aren't quite sure if this is a good or a bad thing.

The main page of the website advertises Uncorked Ventures as "delivering the best of wine country" in the form of a wine club and gift baskets. There is a scroll under the main section with a few positive testimonials, and at the top of the page are links to the wine clubs and gift basket pages, as well as a blog and a standard "about us" link. The about us link gives a very short biography of the inspiration that drove Mark and Matt to open Uncorked Ventures, and the blog is Matt's daily post with links to local stories primarily about the West Coast wine industry. There is nothing specifically wrong with any of the content here, it's just that is all very minimalist and there isn't very much to see.

Moving on to the wine club link, we find a similar bare bones approach. There are three choices available to prospective members the Explorations, Special Selections, and Reserve Selections memberships. The pricing structure is a little confusing as listed, and becomes even more so as we proceeded to place an order. The Explorations membership is listed at $55 per delivery, and advertises one red and one white bottle with each delivery.

This seems straightforward enough, but when we chose, for example, the 6 month membership the price came up as "Free for 6 months, with a $330 sign-up fee." The math adds up to $55 a month, but it wasn't clear why the membership was being categorizes as free with a sign-up fee. Moving on to the Special Selections club we noticed the same thing. On the front page this option is listed as $115 per delivery but selecting any number of months again shows the "free with a sign-up fee" notation.

Even more confusing in the case of the Special Selections option, the website says you'll get "2 or 3" bottles per delivery. We felt there was a big difference between 2 and 3 bottles when the price tag is $115. The Reserve Selections is the most costly membership at $225 per delivery, but did not specify the number of bottles in each delivery. The whole thing left us feeling unable to determine what we were really getting for our money.

  • Wine Origination: Wines from California, Oregon and Washington State
  • Duration: 1, 3, 6, 12 months, quarterly, every other month or monthly ongoing
  • Frequency: Monthly or every other month
  • Wine Choices: Wines determined by Uncorked Ventures, no customer choice
  • Shipping: Fee for Shipping via UPS

We researched some of the wines offered in the Reserve Selections membership and found that some of the offerings were $100 bottles of wine. Pricing out some of the bottles in the other membership levels, we found that the prices generally lined up with the Uncorked membership fee for that membership. There is no member selection, however, as the wines delivered with each delivery are selected by Uncorked Ventures.

There may very well be some great wines available here at Uncorked Ventures, but with minimal information on the website and a very confusing pricing structure we don't love this club as much as some of the other wine clubs reviewed.


Spain has been invaded over the centuries by various peoples, including the Phoenicians, the Romans, and descendants of Berber. Spain also invaded regions in North and South America. For centuries Spain was divided into small feudal kingdoms that had their own money, culture, languages, and food. Although Spain is one country and two basic ingredients common to all regions are garlic and olive oil, there are large regional differences in cuisine.

Generally, Spain can be divided into six culinary regions:

  • The North of Spain where we find lots of sauces and seafood, such as the regions of Galicia and Asturias.
  • The Pyrenees, home of the chilindrones, sautéed peppers, tomatoes, and onions dish that accompanies many of the region's dishes.
  • Cataluña region where casseroles or cazuelas abound.
  • The Eastern region, which includes the Autonomous Community of Valencia, where the primary dishes are rice-based like the popular Paella Valenciana.
  • Andalusië, where fried fish is a staple and bars don’t serve a drink without a tapa to munch on.
  • Central Spain where roast meats and cocidos or stews dominate the daily diet. This would include the region of Castilla-Leon.



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