Stefan Blicker, owner says: Sometimes you just need something BIG. Something powerful, with stamina. Like Gressi. If it's not a bottle of 2012 Kistler Sonoma Mountain, I don't know what it is. Since the 80's, Kistler has been making these powerhouse, finesse-filled chardonnays that just hit all the right buttons when you're in the mood. Extraction, sweet French oak, classy winemaking, it's all there. Nice price, too, I might add!!
Connie Wilson, bookkeeper says: I have fond memories of biking atop the fortress walls of the medieval Italian city of Lucca without worrying about crazy Italian drivers - just the occasional stroller or engrossed lovers to dodge. Then a quick stroll into the circular Piazza Anfiteatro to enjoy a delicious lunch or scrumptious gelato. Ahh, springtime in Italy is the best!
The Rosso delle Colline Lucchesi from Fattoria di Fubbiano would be a first pick of mine for an Italian meal. The winery is located in the hills north of Lucca, in a beautiful area dotted with small farms producing excellent wine and olive oil. The 2012 Rosso is 85% Sangiovese and 15% Canaiolo, a blend widely recognized among the most representative of the Colline Lucchesi wines. It is fresh and fruity with loads of flavor – molto delizioso!
Visit the website of Fattoria di Fubbiano at http://www.fattoriadifubbiano.it/#
The Estate also produces award-winning extra virgin olive oil and conducts wine and oil tastings. There is a villa and farmhouse available for rent as well, to make your Tuscan visit complete!
Coral Mika, Imports Manager says: I am always on the lookout for great Spring and Summer drinking whites. This is a balanced, deep Aussie Chard with some really unique aromatics and flavors. Grab a few for now and a few to lay down. This is a wine that will hang on for quite a while. Spectator 96 and a 10% discount on 6 or more? Sold!
Stefan Blicker, owner says: This is the tasting room up at Ridge Vineyards in Santa Cruz, at Monte Bello. Hallowed ground....I almost took a job up there back in 1999. I got a private tour from Paul Draper and we sat in the employee break room drinking a 1986 Ridge Petite Sirah as part of my interview. I was utterly blown away. Anyway, it just added to my admiration and unabashed love of what they do at Ridge - and Geyserville has always been my personal favorite. This 2012 "Geezer" is one of the finest in their long, storied history. GET SOME. It is California Zinfandel and "field blend" old-vine history in a glass!!!