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Ramey 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Sometimes I go to the liquor store and just do what I call window shopping.  Stroll around the store and look for new wines that I might like to try.  I don’t ask anyone for help; actually I decline help when it is offered.  I just look around, read labels and reviews.  Mostly the reviews influence me which is one of the reasons I like to write reviews for our website.  I feel at least one persons opinion can influence another’s purchasing decisions and I am hopeful I can help someone else chose a new wine to try. One of the well known names in the industry, Robert Parker always catches my eye when I see a review or point scoring with his name.  Although, I do not always agree with his scoring, I do find I have similar tastes to his liking so I do try a lot of the wines he reviews. You know what I am referring to, the tags that hang off the shelf with a few tasting notes.  That such type tag influenced me to try a 2005 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon.  Ramey consistently gets high scores from Robert Parker on a variety of their wines, including the 2005 I purchased that came in with a score of 91 points.  The 2005 is a deep purple in color with lots of ripe berry flavor, some chocolate notes and a hint of oak.  A smooth finish with mild tannins is typical of its Napa Valley origin. The wine can be enjoyed now, but could also be stored for 10-15 years.

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Wine Appreciation

Often as I enjoy one of my favorite bottles of wine, I stop and think about everything that goes into the making of that wine. If you think about the complete process, right from the start it is almost mind boggling that so many good wines make it to the market. Starting with the purchase and maintenance of property that will support the growth of grapes, you then need to worry about the growth period from early spring to fall harvest where weather could wreak havoc on the grapes at anytime, especially in the more volatile growing regions. Outside of the weather, there are diseases, funguses, and pests, just to name a few that can also destroy or significantly diminish your crop. This came to mind while watching the news last week about a big storm that hit northern California with heavy rains and high wind. I know that many of the growers may still have their big Cabernet grapes hanging, and as a big fan of Cabs; I worry about the potential loss of some good wine grapes. I remember last year meeting the owner and winemaker for Chadsford winery in Pennsylvania. He related to us how his entire crop of grapes had been destroyed by a freak late summer hail storm. Just imagine what you would do if your entire harvest of grapes that you lovingly cared for from early spring to fall is destroyed in what probably amounted to a 30 minute freak storm?  The point I am trying to make here is when you enjoy one of your favorite bottles of wine, take a moment to think about all the effort from start to finish that went into making that wine. We also certainly need to show our appreciation for all those folks who worked so hard to bypass all the potential pitfalls over a growing season to produce that wine in your glass. Yes, we show our appreciation by purchasing the wine, but do remember for most winemakers wine is their passion and life and they love to share that passion with other wine lovers.

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Indoor winery table top waterfall

I recently found this really nice indoor wine bottle table top waterfall. The water cascades down from a vintage wine bottle across a wine glass and grapes. A great gift for any wine lover and very reasonably priced! Check it out at the link below.