A Breif Rundown Of March’s Wine Starter Kit! It Just Keeps Getting More And More Focused Man!

March is here and with the way this winter has been going…well…I am not sure when it will get warmer because it already has…then it got cold again…then warm…then cold. It’s been a bit loopy up in NYC. Mother nature has been playing with us. Seventy degrees one day sleet and rain the next. I spent most the winter every morning looking at the weather widget on my MAC to see how heavy or not-so heavy a jacket I should wear. And with that being said we decided not to jump the gun with whites, roses, and Beaujolais saving these for April and focusing on the western Coast of the United States for March’s Wine Starter Kit. The Breakdown is below and I will be speaking of these beauties next week. This month the kit is a hundred bucks for six great expressions of the big three: Washington, Oregon and California. And as always for and extra 25 bucks we throw in the wine journal and six label removers so you can geek out and take some notes.

2004 Cayalla RTW (A nice and elegant full bodied blend of Cab Merlot and Syrah)

2004 Gravity Hills Syrah (Cali wine reminiscent of the famous Chateauneuf De Pape of Provence)

Bookwalter Red Lot 21 (A wine with multiple vintages. This one is quite unique and very good)

2005 Eyrie Pinot Gris (Crispy minerality define this wine. Great Oregon white)

2005 Apex II Sauvignon Blanc (Washington State’s version of this citrus wild one. This one is very refreshing. Good starter at a get together)

2005 Belle Isle Chardonnay (truly un-oaked chardonnay from Cali’s central Coast. This is what I love about chardonnay and you can taste the varietals natural characteristics)

I very excited about this month’s starter kit. This kit has a lot of balance in it. All of these wines are examples of what is good on the left coast. I feel each of these producers is in tune with the soils and varietals they have chosen and give respect to the entire microclimate from vineyard to bottle. More in depth thoughts will follow. Cheers.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by sole mendez on March 18, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Hey dude. You might remember me – Sole, with the two pugs Malbec and Pampa. I write you today with curiosities… I remember when I was studying a bit about wine reading (specifically in Argentina) how grape vines are fairly resiliant and can grow just about anywhere… well, I also remember reading how they are even capable of growing in desert land. Anyway, I am doing a volunteer project for a small, dry and very poor part of Kenya called Usalama. The people of Usalama were removed from their villages in 1993 because the government declared the area in which they lived National preserve. They were moved to Usalama where the ground is tough and dry and difficult to farm on… anyway, they remain very poor becuase they cant get enough crop to sell and I thought that perhaps grape would thrive better than some of the fruit and vegetables they are working on… if you know where I can find information on growning vines in dry places I’d love to pass it on!… thanks dude. sole
    oh, also perhaps youll like this site:


  2. Posted by EVWG on April 7, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Hey Sole. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. We are working on video blogs because I have no time to write anymore. I wish I did I love writing about wine. But soon my research will expressed in video. Anyway. Africa agriculture is a tricky thing. A lot of crops are planted on man-made substrates or first layer of soil. Jamie Goode’s Science of Wine from Vine to Glass is a good start. Aftre that I am not sure where to go but with this book you get an idea of how a vine grows and what it needs to survive under any condition. Hope this helps and hope to see you soon.



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