May 25, 2017: National Wine Day

Raise your glasses. Today is the day. And, may we recommend the following?

Cameron Hughes

The primary agenda for Cameron Hughes is the following;

Great wine doesn't have to be expensive.

To that end, they are always scouting the best wine trades so that a $60 bottle of Pinot can be had for less than $20. Currently, Cameron Hughes releases over 30 wines a year. This keeps the inventory fresh, alive and varied. Still, their stance is directly behind every bottle sold.

Quite generously, they sent over their sampler pack and we could not be more pleased. When you're looking for something for this special day, why not go where the variety is equally matched to the best price? Yeah.

You will find your next bottle at this juncture.

Received:
 (1 - 6 Pack: Cameron Hughes Sampler)
(1) 750ml Bottle of Lot 601 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
(1) 750ml Bottle of Lot 533 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County
(1) 750ml Bottle of Lot 484 Meritage, Napa Valley
(1) 750ml Bottle of Lot 539 Pinot Noir, Oregon
(1) 750ml Bottle of Lot 575 Red Blend, Red Mountain
 (1) 750ml Bottle of Lot 530 Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley

This is an excellent selection of wines and we had a hard time deciding who gets what. Two of our four reviewers like the sweet blends. However, we eventually worked it out and decided that we liked all of them. Super nicely chosen.

Eberle Winery

Eberle Winery began with college graduate Gary Eberle. In 1973, Eberle began his career as a winemaker and as the "Pioneer" of Paso Robles Wine Region. Along with his family, he established Estrella River Winery & Vineyards.

In 1984, the Eberle Winery opened for business. The company has undergone several growth spurts since then. Flash to 2017, we recommend the following;

Received:
(1) 2016 Muscat Canelli SRP $20.00
(1) 2016 Syrah Rosé SRP $22.00

The Muscat Canelli is an award-winning glass with a citrusy/fruity aroma and is crisp on the palate. It's light and pairs well as an aperitif with appetizers, something spicy and desserts. Wonderful.

This Syrah Rosé is also an award winner and smells of fruit. We have never experienced a Syrah with a Rosé before. They play well, one with another. It is best paired with prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe or roasted red beet salad with goat cheese, turkey or ham. Hence, it's excellent for the holidays.

J. Pedroncelli Winery

The Pedroncelli family has been involved with the wine business since 1927, when John Pedroncelli bought a vineyard and a small winery in Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma County). As of right now, the family legacy is still growing strong and pulling from their heritage and traditions to create a family of wines just as rich as the historicity of the Pedroncelli wine-making name.

Received:
 (1) 2015 Friends.red Sonoma County Red Wine SRP $12.00
(1) 2016 Pedroncelli Dry Rose' of Zinfandel: Signature Selection SRP $15.00
 (1) 2016 Pedroncelli Sauvignon Blanc: East Side Vineyards SRP $15.00

As with the last time that we featured Pedroncelli, they were gracious to ask which varietals we preferred and they were all award-winning ones at that!

Pedroncelli has been producing the Zinfandel-base Rosé since the mid-1950s. The grapes are culled from two sources and harvested in the first week of September. The color is a feint pink and the nose is light, sweet and slightly floral. The tastes balances perfectly between a citrus sour and lovely fruit.

Friends.red is sourced from vineyards within Sonoma County. The nose is fruity with a hint of pepper. Red is aged for eleven months in small American oak barrels, 20% of which is new oak. The taste is a lingering, fruity smoothness.

The Sauvignon Blanc is the product of three vineyards and harvesting begins August the 17th. This vintage is then soaked for 24/48 hours. The nose is of citrus and grass. The palate is crisp and fruity. Delicious!

You may secure your Pedroncelli masterpiece from this juncture.

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