Category Archives: California

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel Vintners Blend 2011

American wines are different.  Zinfandel may be Primitivo (and I do love Primitivo) but in California it gets a different treatment.  Sadly most of the Californian Zinfandel sold in the UK is White Zinfandel, which is usually overly sweet, confected, cheap pink wine aimed at teenage drinkers and people who don’t much like wine, but… Read More »

Mountain View Monterey County Pinot Noir 2009

This Mountain View Monterey County Pinot Noir was a lovely colour, bright, light red.  It could be mistaken for one of Spain’s more assertive pink wines.  It smelled fresh and fruity, and that carried through to the taste, there were fresh squashed cherries and maybe some damsons.  These tasted best when it was cool. As the… Read More »

Clos De Reynard 2007

So Leicester City‘s Foxes and their cheery horn blowing ceremony won’t be gracing the Premier League next season. Despite some late season excitement they remain in their rightful place in the Championship, ready to fight another day. That said, it was an excuse to buy a bottle of wine with a cute picture of a… Read More »

Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel 2005

We had a bottle of Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel 2005 from Meijer’s. It had travelled about a bit in cars and planes and had been subjected to a few changes in climate, none of which tend to improve a wine. It was dark garnet with just a hint of brick emerging on the edge. It… Read More »

The Crusher Petite Sirah 2008

The nice people at Don & Sons sent me a bottle of their 2008 The Crusher Petite Sirah. I tend to drink a lot more Old rather than New World wines, and generally expect Zinfandel or Bordeaux varietals from California, so Petite Sirah was intriguing. The bottle was sealed with a Neocork bearing a fancy… Read More »