What To Drink Now: Wine….And Wineries That Are Ready To Ship

Welcome to a new take on the “normal” work week. We will either come out of this pandemic as master chefs, in-home jazzercise experts, or Sommeliers, instead of obese, flabby, stressed, alcoholics that social media is indicating. As we try to navigate how to social distance, stay home, and not go completely stir crazy, many wineries throughout the country are stepping up to help you manage (not over-indulge) through this crisis by offering discounts and unbelievable shipping deals. For those of us who live in Hawaii…this is big! As always, drink (and eat) responsibly. But, here are some of the opportunities you can take advantage of right now.

And, I will add my own bonus, as eventually, we will all get back to normal. I will extend a “friends and family” discount on any wine country concierge planning service of three days or more. Email me in the next 30 days to take advantage, and I will plan your trip for 2-6 guests to Napa, Sonoma, or Willamette Valley, including where to taste, dine, stay, and play, for half my normal rate for travel anytime through the end of 2020.

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Wine of the Day: Reata Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Super juicy, vibrant, and lively, delivering tropical fruit flavors wrapped with creamy lemon custard notes, Reata Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($20) melds fruit from Russian River and Carneros, barrel fermenting half the juice, and aging for 9 months in partially new French oak. Though many techniques to add richness, texture, and the creaminess that malolactic fermentation gives to white wine, the Chardonnay maintains freshness with a balance of bright acidity. Green apple and honeydew meld with toasted spice, almond, and cream in this food-friendly option to enjoy any night.

Wine of the Day: Landform Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

You know I am a sucker for a stellar Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, and the latest offering from Winemaker Josh Phelps (son of Chris Phelps, current winemaker for Inglenook, and founder of Ad Vivum,) doesn’t disappoint, especially for the price ($25 for Oregon Pinot…a steal!) Josh grew up in a winemaking family, and always took the attitude of wanting to create something on his own that would be a little bit out of the norm, creating wines with an equal amount of character and personality. His Grounded Wine Company, that includes offerings like Steady State Cabernet Sauvignon ($65) from Napa Valley, and Collusion Cabernet Sauvignon from sustainably grown vineyards in Washington’s Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hills AVAs, another incredible wine for the price point. Landform Pinot Noir ($25) showcases why Willamette Valley is ideal for growing quality Pinot Noir, opening with wild strawberry and crushed red cherries, followed by soft herbal and violet notes, and a touch of crushed stone and spice. Nicely textured, the medium-bodied wine is easy, bringing freshness and energy to the approachable palate. Grounded Wine Company is offering one-cent shipping on the mainland on a case of wine right now, as we all try to deal with this pandemic. Affordable, high-quality wines, and with a shipping deal…sign me up! #cheers

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Cogill Wine & Film

Cogill WIne & Film and Cogill Consulting brings together the talents of Producer Gary Cogill and his wife, Sommelier Hayley Hamilton Cogill, working together, yet thriving individually, for a perfect pairing of wine and film.