Wine tasting August 15

Suider Bloem White 

The South African wine lands lie at the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest but most bio diverse of the world’s six floral kingdoms.  Bloem, which is derived from  the Dutch word for “flower”, captures the essence of this unique and dynamic ecosystem with crisp, refreshing fruits aromas and clean, creamy flavors.  Bloem white blend 2013 Chenin Blanc 65%, Viognier 24%, Sauvignon Blanc 11%. Chenin Blanc is one of the oldest & most widely-planted grape varieties in South Africa. We blend this fruitful wine with Viognier to add weight and earthiness. Citrus blossom and stone fruit aromas are followed by creamy peach flavors and a crisp finish.

Dreambird Pinot Grigio

Recas Vineyard, established in 1477 on the western fringe of Romania, went through a series of modernization in recent years to produce wines that meet the demand of high quality wines. They hired talented wine makers from Australia and Spain, replanted the vines, built a new state-of-the-art winery. The result is what we have in this bottle. Lovely ripe fruit aromas of grapefruit and peach with a touch of honey. Good lively acidity. Nice mineral structure that goes into the pleasant finish. All grapes are handpicked in the early morning from the estate vineyard. This is what Pinot Grigio should be. Temp controlled stainless steel tank. Cold fermentation. Hand harvest. No oak.  Food Pairing: Versatile. White Meats, Fish, Anything Light.  Raul Inocentiu Neculai, the talented young Romanian artist whose painting is on the front label of this wine has overcome a severe locomotive handicap at a tender 8 years of age to pursue art training which he loves.  Dreambird wines has helped Raul with his studies, and 2% from the  sales of Dreambird wines will be donated to helping other children in Romania with locomotive and learning disabilities.

Manifesto Zinfandel 

Vineyard Notes: 2011 was a long, cool vintage in most of the California AVA. The fruit we get from Lake county comes from red soils that tend to make for high-toned fruit without the searing acidity. The vineyards in Solano make up backbone in the wine and add in the Asian spice component along with earthier nuances. Yields were super low for a second straight year. Tasting Notes: Ruby red in color with high-toned nose of currants red raspberry, wild strawberry, and Asian spice with a touch of dusty earth.  Medium bodied flavors of red raspberry and currant follow through with hints of baking spice, citrus.  Finishes long and lean.