Guess I should clarify; I’m practicing spitting so I don’t end up on the floor at the upcoming Wine Bloggers Conference in
This isn’t my first wine rodeo and I have my own tips on how to drink wine all
day and stay somewhat sober but figured I’d give spitting a shot. Portland, OR
Who knew spitting could be so difficult. The obvious key is to not get any on you or others around you and to make it into the spit bucket. Then there’s the spit bucket itself….yuck!
Ok, enough on this subject, onto my latest wine samples. Recently I received a few new wines to sample, Steelhead Red Wine and Steelhead Pinot Noir.
Steelhead Red Wine North Coast 2010
Sourcing grapes from the
Varietal Blend: 65% Zinfandel, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon,
15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Syrah
Acidity: 0.59 g/100ml
Steelhead Pinot Noir Sonoma 2010
After opening bottle and pouring into glass I found quite a bit of alcohol burn. Allowing the wine to air and after a bit of swirling the burn dissipated and the true aromas and flavors emerged. Red and black fruits aromas full of currant and plum. Dark plum, cherry and cola flavors followed by a long silky finish.
Varietal Blend: 97% Pinot Noir, 3% Syrah
Acidity: 0.60 g/100ml
Created in 1998 the winery acquired their name from the Steelhead Trout that are native to surrounding creeks in
. The winery follows a “Better
Wine. Better World” strategy with a commitment to create outstanding wine and
maintain and restore balance to the surrounding environment. Dry Creek Valley
Together with Trout Unlimited (TU) the winery works to improve the balance between water and land throughout
wine country allowing Steelhead
Trout to return to the streams they once inhabited. A portion of the proceeds
from every bottle sold goes to fund TU’s conservation efforts. California
A partnership with another winery focused on preserving and restoring the area, Quivira Vineyards, Steelhead is able to employ Hugh Chappelle (Quievera winemaker) as their consulting winemaker. I love a wine that not only tastes good but makes me feel good about my purchase.
I’ll speak more to my upcoming trip next week, stayed tuned and keep the wine wipes handy.
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