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Wine is perhaps my favorite thing to give as a gift. Holiday gifts to colleagues, presents for the host or hostess of a dinner party, house warming presents or a token to celebrate one of life’s surprises or successes, wine has a place in almost all situations where a gift if necessary.
I often find myself culling through the racks of bottles in my cellar trying to decide which wine would best fit the occasion and recipient. For intimate friends, a bottle that tells the story of a road trip, a memorable meal, or a visit to Sonoma County. For colleagues, the bottle they might like best and for family, the wine closest to your heart.
Lately, I’ve been giving the 2010 Gunfighter Eberle Zinfandel. The wine has received many accolades over the last several months, from Gold Medals at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair and Houston Wine Competition to a best of class award from the San Francisco Chronicle. It is a dark purple wine that almost jumps from the glass in a fruity explosion. I’ve enjoyed it with Korean style flatbread pizza, smoked pork shoulder, and beef ribs finished on the grill with a spicy dry rub. The beauty of gifting this bottle is sharing a glass with friends.
For all you faithful Locals followers just a reminder that several of our wineries (Ehret and Gunfighter) recently won gold medals at the Sonoma Harvest Fair and those wines as well as many new wines are ready for your tasting pleasure in the wine room. October 27th Geyserville will be the starting point for the Healdsburg Half Marathon. Come on up and join the festivities, have lunch at Diavola or Catelli’s Restaurant and stop in to pick up some great wines for fall. Keep in mind if you’re having wine with your lunch, Catelli’s honors free corkage for any wines you purchase at Locals. Cheers! Bill
If you read the SF Weekend Chronicle you probably noticed the write up about Lodi and some of the great grapes and wines coming from there. Locals ever on top of the trends, where’s, what’s and why’s of wine country has several Lodi wines to offer for your consideration.
Both the Eric Ross Tempranillo and the Struttin Red have Lodi grapes and believe me they are tasting great right now. Eric Ross also has an Albarino that is fabulous and the grapes come from Lodi. Try pairing this great white wine with Burrata cheese on toast points with Arugula in olive oil with salt and pepper.
For those meat eaters amongst you try adding some prosciutto. Just a reminder for those of you not on top of the Facebook updates check out the September sale on Gunfighter Zin. Normally a $28.00 bottle of wine it is going for $16.80. That is a whopping 40% off! This offer is only while stock lasts as the 2009 Gunfighter Zin is almost gone and the new release is waiting in the wings so hurry and stop by or call and we can process an order over the phone. Cheers
Locals Tasting Room
Hey you Locals fans the Dog Days of summer are here. Time to be sure to get the barbecue out and pair your meats with some heart healthy red wines from Locals. Try The Gunfighter 2009 Zin it’s on sale and will pair great with your Burgers, Steaks and Chops. Gunfighter Zin is 10% off on every bottle, 15% off on ½ case and 20% off on a case or more, get it while it lasts. Another great Zin for your BBQ is Pendleton 2008 Ponzo Vineyard Zin on sale for $20 a bottle. Ponzo Zin is a perfect pairing for those red meats and hearty chops and sausages. Once these are gone they are gone for good, first come first to enjoy the best of Sonoma in their back yards. Cheers.
Locals Tasting Room
Each year, renowned Winemaker Mike Loykasek of Dark Horse Winery combs the Sonoma County area for fine grapes that have no home, calling the resulting wine The Gunfighter.
Gunfighter Fifth Notch
For 2009, this wine’s first name is “Zin”
and it’s last name is “Cab”
…actually Mike calls it the “Fifth Notch”,
as it is the fifth time he has made this ever-changing blend.
A fortuitous blend indeed. All Dry Creek fruit went into this satisfying wine, with Zinfandel providing upfront fruit, and Cabernet Sauvignon adding depth and structure. Rich and seductive, arguably, the Fifth Notch is the best in the series so far.
Great around the grill, this wine is ideal for informal spring and summer fun. At only $20 per bottle, no more than $216 per case (even less if you are a Locals Club member), this wine screams summer value. But better hurry, this is one of those wines that always sells out quickly. And it will be gone if you don’t plan ahead now…