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Bigger Than Life: Spring Mountain Wines

27 Oct

Spring Mountain Wines

I had the wonderful experience of spending several days in the Spring Mountain District located directly above the Napa Valley.

I attended as part of the Touch the Terroir Program

sponsored by the Spring Mountain Winegrowers Association.  This crush camp gave me the opportunity to learn about the unique characteristics of the region and taste the wines they produce. The Spring Mountain District lies just above St. Helena on the east slope of the Mayacamas Mountains, which separate Napa and Sonoma.  The district’s elevations range from 400 to 2,600 ft.  Its location creates a very unique range of microclimates characterized by relatively cool days and warm nights (as the heat rises from the valley floor) in comparison to Napa Valley.  It is truly amazing to see the vineyards that line the terraced mountain side. The vines location creates wines that have intense flavors of black and red fruit with balanced acidity and loads of tannin. (more…)

Oh Canada…How SWEET it is! – In Pictures

20 Sep

I just returned from a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada and I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the wines I tasted. Out of all the wine growing regions across the world I have been fortunate enough to visit, I have sorely neglected those in my own backyard.   The trip was a short three hour car ride with friends and it turned out to be a wonderful weekend. I must admit that I had a lot of preconceived opinions on the quality of the wine coming out of Canada.  I was expecting to find only quality ice wines. (See pictures after the break!). (more…)

Independence Day Favorites

3 Jul

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY – Here are my Independence Day favorites. Check them out and enjoy. Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend – Brandon