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Last Minute Wine Lover Christmas Gift

Looking for that last minute holiday gift for your favorite wine lover?  I just came across a neat gift idea on while checking out the holiday gift selections on wine.com.  The Napa Valley Concierge Wine Gift Collection comes complete with three bottles of fantastic Napa Valley wine favorites, one Hall Cabernet Sauvignon, one Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot, and one Pine Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon.  In addition to the wine, this gift selection offers a little more than your average wine gift basket, this gift includes tasting passes for up to four guests at each of the three wineries.  The passes are valid through December 31,2011…that is a whole year for the recipient to visit the winery and enjoy your gift long after the wine is gone.  A great idea… order today to receive by December 24…hurry!  

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Murphy-Goode 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Murphy-Goode Winery was founded in 1985 by three friends, Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and David Ready, with a family tradition of wine making that continues today under the present owners the Jackson Family of Kendall-Jackson fame. In the early days Murphy-Goode was known for their Fume Blanc and Chardonnay harvested entirely from their own vineyards. As the popularity of the wines grew they found the need for more vineyard space. They were able to satisfy the need by creating partnerships with neighbors and local farmers all of whom shared the same vision as Murphy-Goode. One such neighbor was fellow winemaker Jess Jackson who had such a strong belief in the vision that he purchased Murphy-Goode in 2006. The family wine making tradition continues today, with a focus more towards the Bordeaux style and Murphy-Goode offers several very good reds. Murphy-Goode wines are fantastic for almost any budget with a variety of wines under $20, but also offering some higher end wines as well.  Tonight we are having the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon one of the very reasonably priced wines under the $20 mark which is a dark bold Cab with cherry and blackberry flavors along with a hint of thyme. Blended with Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, the wine finishes with a rich deep and complex mouth feel. Pair this with your pizza, your steak or just about anything you choose.  Also, when checking out the Murphy-Goode wines, be sure to try their Zinfandels…they know how to make them well too!

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2010 NFL Sunday Begins

Giants

Today kicks off the official start of the Sunday NFL Football season. I am happy to say that my team, the New York Giants began with a big win 31-18 over the Carolina Panthers. Carolina was the very same team that beat us 41-9 to end the season last year, revenge is so sweet. It is early and this is just one win out of a long 16 game season. Nice to kick it off with a resounding win though!  Wine and food have always been a big part of game day for us, both at home and while tailgating at the stadium. I am looking forward to another season of game day parties. The good food and wine will flow as always! GO GIANTS!!!!!

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Lake County Day Trip

Our plan for a day trip up to Lake County is coming together nicely with a stop at Six Sigma Ranch, Vineyards and Winery. The stop will include a tour of one of their high-altitude vineyards in a Pinzgauer, yes, I said Pinzgauer. Wikipedia describes the Pinzgauer as high mobility all terrain 4×4 or 6×6 military utility vehicles made in the U.K. and named after an Austrian breed of horse. I am looking forward to this tour. As for Six Sigma, according to their website, the ranch is about 50 minutes north of Napa with approximately 4,300 acres of property and is owned by the Ahlmann Family. Purchased by Kaj Ahlmann in 1999 with a commitment to keep the property as close to its natural state as possible. The vineyards are integrated with native vegetation making them look like a part of the natural landscape and all of the vineyards provide wildlife corridors in and around them to preserve the natural habitat and allow for the movement of the large population of local wildlife. The winery’s inaugural debut was on September 28, 2005 with the crushing of 6.4 tons of Tempranillo grapes harvested from the Christian’s Diamond Mine Vineyard. The winery was expanded in 2006 with a new crush pad and three more 1300 gallon tanks, since then more tanks have been added each year. The current releases include the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Michael’s Vineyard, 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Rooster Vineyard, 2007 Rose, 2006 Pinot Noir Diamond Mine Vineyards, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Tempranillo, and a Bordeaux style blend called Cuvee Pique-Nique. We will finish the visit having a nice picnic lunch with an awesome view. Thanks to our brother-in-law for setting this one up, I know I am excited and I am sure we will come back with much more information to share on Six Sigma after our visit