Let's face it: the last few months of 2016 have been a rollercoaster. Why don't you let us do the shopping for you and help take the edge off.
Our 2016 GIFT GUIDE has something for every wine lover. All gift packs come elegantly wrapped in a complimentary black gift box.
Orders must be placed by December 19th to ensure delivery by December 25th!
Couldn’t make it to our sold-out Paella Fiesta last weekend? Instead of airmailing you the leftovers, we thought we'd send you some Dashe wines instead!
As a thank you for such a great event, we are extending the Fiesta discount now through November 21st. That's 25% off all case orders (12 bottles or more) of any combination of wines using discount code ZINFANDEL2016.
It’s not so easy to make a serious wine of grenache under 14 percent, although the Neyers proves it can be done. Three other bottles in our Top 10 were that low: The savory, crunchy No. 4, Les Enfants Terribles, from Dashe in the Dry Creek Valley, was definitely on the Beaujolais side of the spectrum, but deliciously gulpable, as was the No. 10, Whitcraft from Stolpman Vineyard in Ballard Canyon. This last was as pale as a dark rosé, and, at $42, expensive for a picnic wine, but delightful nonetheless.
September is a busy month for California wineries. There are major wine events going on all over the state, celebrating Wine Month. It’s also harvest time, which means wineries operate 24/7 and workers pull 12-hour shifts on the crush pad. September is also “Wine Line’s” birthday. The Navigator and I will celebrate with a bottle of bubbly. This is the best time to get out and visit a working winery in one of California’s 138 American Viticultural Areas. To find out which wineries are celebrating Wine Month, go towww.discovercaliforniawines.com.
Dashe Cellars 2013 Alexander Valley The Comet ($35): With the aptly named Comet, Michael Dashe has assembled a wine that combines to a rare degree the attributes of muscle and dexterity. It’s a big-boned blend of 51 percent zinfandel, 39 percent petite sirah and 10 percent carignane, but note the Alexander Valley appellation, a Sonoma County enclave celebrated for its pliable tannins, resulting in a wine while hefty and age-worthy also can be relished now when paired with filet mignon, T-bone and the like.