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William Harrison 2007 Rutherford Red

2007 William Harrison Rutherford Red


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William Harrison Rutherford Red

Rating:5 Stars
Winery:William Harrison Winery
Vintage:2007
Varietal:Rutherford Red
Country:United States
Region:California: North coast
Retail Price:80.00 USD
Alcohol:14.5%

Hands down, one of the best wines you can't buy at a store. We visited William Harrison Winery in August of 2010 when we toured Napa Valley. This wine was referred to us by my cousin Tonya who lives in Vacaville California.

I was so impressed with the wines at William Harrison that I joined their Wine Of The Month Club. Boy, that was a great decision on my part :)

You can't buy WH Wines at stores, so you either have to buy them at the winery or join their WOM club. The 2007 Rutherford Red is a pre-release and you can only get it by being a WOM Club member.

This wine is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Petit Verdot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Malbec. There were only 225 cases produced.

This wine was very velvety in the mouth with just enough tannins and the legs on this wine would rival Tina Turner's. Definite hints of cherry fruit with a subtle smokiness.

This is a great wine and I encourage anyone who has an opportunity to stop by William Harrison Winery in Rutherford California and give it a try.

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Barefoot Chardonnay


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Barefoot Chardonnay

Rating:3 Stars
Winery:Barefoot
Vintage:2007
Varietal:Chardonnay
Country:United States
Region:California: North coast
Retail Price:6.99 USD
Alcohol:13.5%

If you haven't tried them yet, Barefoot wines are some of the best wines you can get for the money :) We love them. I have personally tried the Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Chardonnay. The Chard has a velvety, buttery feel in the mouth and just makes for a great, affordable Chardonnay. No wonder it has received so many awards :)

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Toasted Head Merlot 2005





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Toasted Head Merlot

Rating:3 Stars
Winery:R. H. Phillips
Vintage:2005
Varietal:Merlot
Country:United States
Region:California: North coast
Retail Price:13.99 USD
Alcohol:13.5%


This is one of Lucinda's favorite wines, and mine too. Maybe because we have a limited selection around here. The Toasted Head Merlot is a good utility wine that goes well with various dishes. We had filet mignon, sweet potato, asparagus, and mushrooms. One of the best filets I have ever cooked.
The wine has a clear medium ruby color with a moderate aroma of earthy fruit. It is a young wine as it is only a 2005. This toasted Head Merlot is slightly off dry with medium body. It's rather lively with nice round medium tannins. Some of the flavors we picked up on were cherry, spices, pepper, and an earthy flavor I can't describe. The flavor sits in your mouth for what seems to be a long time after you swallow it. If you haven't tried it yet, get some. You wont be disappointed.

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Plum Island - Nelson Demille - Book Review

Plum Island - Nelson DeMille


Nelson DeMille introduces one of his best Alpha Male characters named John Corey in this book. John Corey is a convalescing NYPD homicide detective on leave after being shot in the line of duty.

The book opens with John resting up at his uncle's place on Long Island and gets pulled into a double murder investigation by the local police Chief Maxwell. Tom and Judy Gordon are found dead on their back deck from close range shots to the head. John knows the Gordons because they had befriended him during his R&R.

Tom and Judy Gordon are top level scientists conducting experiments with biological pathogens at a secretive Government research facility on Plum Island. It is initially feared that Tom and Judy were killed because they were part of an operation to sell biological warefare germs (Anthrax) to a terroist organization. As a result, the FBI and CIA are called in to mask the information and keep the public from panicking.

During his quest for the truth, he discovers a little about wine making and vineyards, historical societies, nasty little viruses, and top secret government research facilities.

This book has all the things I liked in a book. It was a fast read with very clever wit. It was a real treasure of a read. John Corey is a great character that you will want to hang out with again if you can keep up with him and put up with his wise ass cracks.

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Novice Wine Blog's Extremely Amateurish Book Reviews

Now that I am committed to spending more time on the blog here, I have decided to share reviews on some of my favorite and not so favorite books. I'll warn you now that it won't get real deep here. I read mostly fiction. Some of my favorite authors are;

  • Dan Brown
  • Dean Koontz
  • Nelson DeMille
  • James Patterson
  • Stephen King

The reviews will be brief to keep from giving away too much of the book and I will rate them based on if I would recommend it to a friend or not. I hope you find one you like from my Extremely Amateurish Reviews.

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Fetzer Riesling 2006





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Fetzer Riesling

Rating:3.5 Stars
Winery:Fetzer Vineyards
Vintage:2006
Varietal:Riesling
Country:USA
Region:California
Retail Price:12.99 USD
Alcohol:9.88%

I have had this wine several times mostly with pork or chicken dishes. It is a very light fruity wine with aromas of peach and green apple The wine is well balanced, crisp and refreshing, with a touch of sweetness that lingers in the most pleasant way. I decided to review the wine after having it with Turkey Breast Roast glazed with Apricot Preserve and Dijon Mustard Sauce and Sweet Potatoes. This is what we had for dinner Christmas day and thought we should give a nod to Fetzer and their Rissling. I will review their Gew├╝rztraminer in another post as it is one of my favorites too.

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Kentucky Pushes for Wine Sales in Groceries

Kentucky is one of 18 states that does not allow wine sales in grocery stores, and it also doesn't alow shipping wine to residential locations. A coalition is looking to make changes that will allow for sales of wine in Kentucky grocery stores soon.

The Kentucky Food with Wine Coalition announced December 16th that more than 100 Kentucky supermarkets will hold a petition drive to gauge support for allowing them to sell wine.

The goal is to demonstrate that consumers across that state want to see this law change. But traditional liquor stores don't want grocery stores jumping on their bandwagon.

As Kentucky farmers make the switch from traditional crops (tobacco) to grape and wine production, allowing wine sales in groceries will be e benefit to Kentucky's agriculture industry.

If you are from Kentucky, contact them and let them know you support changing the law to allow for sales of wine in groceries. They can be contacted at:

Luke B. Schmidt
Food with Wine Coalition
P.O. Box 1311 Prospect, Ky 40059
foodwithwine.org
Email:mailto:join@foodwithwine.org
502-292-2898

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