Wine Country Fires

Two weeks ago we traveled to Mendocino and Sonoma wine country. The smell of autumn was in the air, and beautiful Fall colors had begun. Today, we have fire devastation in parts of Mendocino, much of Sonoma, and in the Napa Valley. It is remarkable how things can change so quickly. It will be a major struggle for homeowners, wineries, and other businesses to get back to normal. Here is a link to a Website recommended by fellow wine bloggers where one can donate to the three counties that sustained fire damage. CA Wine Strong

Wine Recommendations

We sampled several wines over the last couple of weeks, and we can recommend these three.

2016 Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc – Costco $10.99

The Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc is one of our long-time favorite crisp, white wines.  It is best for the Summer months, but very lovely any time of the year. The wine is refreshing and clean, and just plain delicious on the palate. The Chenin Blanc grapes come from the Clarksburg AVA in Yolo County. 89 Points.  A Wine Enthusiast favorite.

2013 Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Meritage Napa Valley Red Wine Lot #63 – $12.99

If you are a TJ shopper, you might want to try this medium-bodied red. The wine is balanced, well-made, and a good choice for a red meat meal.  88 Points

2015 Domaine de l’Hortus Le Loup dans la Bergerie 2015 – Weimax Wines  – $10.99

Domaine de l’Hortus Le Loup is one of Gerald’s favorite bargain wines. The Le Loup La Bergerie is mostly Grenache with some Syrah. Only 12.5% alcohol and a light red wine. It has a load of fresh blueberry. If you like a red wine with your lunch or as an aperitif, this one will be to your liking. 88 Points.

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