Susan’s Wine Club

August 2022 Wine Club Red

August 13, 2022 Published by |

2019 CATENA MALBEC Bodega Catena Zapata was founded in 1902 by an Italian immigrant, Nicola Catena, who was convinced that Argentine Malbec could rival any first-growth Bordeaux. It was not till 1994 that this conviction was realized by his grandson, Nicolás Catena Zapata, who produced a Malbec from high-altitude vineyards. It was Nicolás who discovered that the poor soils in the higher elevations of the Andes were ideal for grape vines, with each valley providing a unique flavor profile and aroma to the same varietal. The vines had naturally low yields, with the fruit ripening slowly over the summer, creating... View Article

August 2022 Wine Club White

August 13, 2022 Published by |

2018 SALENTEIN RESERVE CHARDONNAY Bodegas Salentein is located in the Uco valley in Mendoza at an elevation of 4,000 feet above sea level. It was established in the late 1990s on an estate of 5,000 acres, that includes a 125-acre nature preserve. The goal of Salentein is to make high-quality wines while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created. Their vineyards, located between 3,445 and 5,577 feet above sea level, are farmed sustainably. Drip irrigation, using mountain water run-off from the melting snow caps of the Andes, results in lower pH levels, giving... View Article

July 2022 Wine Club Rosé

July 2, 2022 Published by |

2020 GRGICH HILLS ESTATE ROSÉ Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated “Paris Tasting” of 1976. Then, in that now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by Mike Grgich, as the finest white wine in the world. The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike a reputation as one... View Article

July 2022 Wine Club White

July 2, 2022 Published by |

2020 RAMÓN BILBAO ALBARIÑO The winery takes its name from Ramón Bilbao Murga born in 1876 in Etxebarri. In 1914, he bought a grain warehouse and planted vineyards and by 1924 opened a bodega in Haro. In 1929, his son Enrique Bilbao took over his father’s business. Today, the bodega is owned by Zamora Company. The company owns 205 hectares of old vineyards and works with wine growers producing grapes on 900 hectares in the area. In 2020, Ramón Bilbao was named among 50 Most Admired Wine Brands in the World by Drinks International magazine. The wines from Ramón Bilbao... View Article

June 2022 Wine Club Red

June 3, 2022 Published by |

2019 MOLLYDOOKER “THE BOXER” SHIRAZ Mollydooker is Australian slang for a left-handed boxer. Mollydooker, the brand, was founded by Sarah and Sparky Marquis, two left-handed winemakers, in 2006. When Robert Parker reviewed their first vintage, he rated “The Boxer” the “Best Value Red in the World.” In 2007 they purchased their estate vineyard in McLaren Vale and instituted their trademarked Vineyard Watering Program to ensure the best quality in the fruit used in their wines. They also guarantee the quality of their wine by rating it on its “Marquis Fruit Weight,” a measure of how far back on your tongue... View Article

June 2022 Wine Club White

June 3, 2022 Published by |

2018 STELLA BELLA CHARDONNAYThe Margaret River region is located on the southernmost tip of the west coast of Australia. Some of the most elegant wines in Australia come from this region. Stella Bella (Beautiful Star in Italian) was established as a brand in 1999 by Stuart Pym and Janice McDonald, the owners of Suckfizzle Vineyards. The brand was established in their words “…to encapsulate the beautiful colors, aromas and flavors we enjoy and talk about in wine.” The grapes that go into their 100% Chardonnay are hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, and wild fermented. The wine is then aged in new... View Article

May 2022 Wine Club Red

May 20, 2022 Published by |

2017 SESTI ROSSO DI MONTALCINO This red wine is imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants. Tom Wolf, marketing manager at Kermit Lynch has this to say about the wine, “…This is the result of Giuseppe and his daughter Elisa’s experience and also their selection of high-quality fruit for all of their bottlings. Their Rosso di Montalcino, for example, consists of Sangiovese that would qualify for their Brunello di Montalcino. Additionally, they’ve farmed it with organic and biodynamic methods and aged it in massive oak botti. In other words, the grapes are treated with the utmost care and respect from vine... View Article

May 2022 Wine Club White

May 20, 2022 Published by |

2020 VINI FANTINI TREBBIANO D’ABRUZZO Abruzzo is a central-Italian region famed for red wines from the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape, and white wines from the Trebbiano d’Abruzzo grape. Vini Fantini is owned by the Farnese group, one of the most successful wine-making operations in Italy. The stated goal of the winery is to produce wines of excellent value and quality for all wine aficionados. This wine is imported by Empson USA, a company founded by Maria and Neil Empson to import Italian wines. They describe themselves as, “…a company of wine lovers who believe wine is not just a part of... View Article

April 2022 Wine Club Red

April 4, 2022 Published by |

2019 DOMAINE FAIVELEY BOURGOGNE ROUGE Domaine Faiveley was founded in 1825 by Pierre Faiveley. Today it is run by the 7th generation of Faiveleys, brother Erwan and sister Eve, who continue the wine-making traditions practiced for centuries but combine them with modern wine-making methods. It is today the largest family-owned domaine in Bourgogne (Burgundy in French). This 100% Pinot Noir wine is sourced from vineyards spread across the terroirs of Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise. It is vinified for 12 to 14 months in the cellars of Domaine Faiveley. Winemaker’s notes describe this wine as, “A... View Article

April 2022 Wine Club White

April 4, 2022 Published by |

2017 SIMONNET-FEBVRE SAINT-BRIS SAUVIGNON BLANC Maison Simonnet-Febvre was established in 1840 and it is a traditional Chablis winery, one of the oldest in Burgundy. Today Simonnet-Febvre produces a wide range of wines to express the different terroirs of their vineyards. The estate was purchased in 2003 by Maison Louis Latour. It is currently led by Paul Espitalié, who runs the estate as a separate enterprise with its own house style. The location of the Saint-Bris vineyards allows the Sauvignon grapes to fully express their range of aromas and the minerality of the soils. They are often planted in colder areas... View Article

March 2022 Wine Club Red

March 7, 2022 Published by |

2016 CASA FERREIRINHA VINHA GRANDE Casa Ferreirinha’s first still wine of excellence was Barca Velha in 1952 and set the standard for still wines from the region. This was followed by Vinha Grande in 1960. The house is heir to over 270 years of history and the name Casa Ferreirinha is inspired by the 19th century figure, Dona Antónia Ferreira — fondly known as “Ferreirinha” — the Portuguese businesswoman known for the cultivation of Port wine and winemaking innovations in Portugal. Casa Ferreirinha wines begin life in the vineyards sculpted against the Douro’s hills and valleys. These vineyards have stony... View Article

March 2022 Wine Club White

March 7, 2022 Published by |

2019 VAL DO AVIA RIBERIRO TREIXADURA Val do Avia is made from 100% Treixadura and produced by the winery of Viña Costeira for the wine producer Majuelos of Iberia. The Viña Costeira winery produces wines from Ribeiro, the oldest Designation of Origin (DO) in Galicia and, probably one of the oldest in Europe. Among the historical riches of Ribeiro wines is the varietal diversity, where the different varieties turn the landscape of the region into an astonishing tapestry, and provide the wine with incredible nuances and aromas. Treixadura, Torrontés, Loureira, Lado, Albariño, and Godello are the main local grape varieties... View Article

February 2022 Wine Club Red

February 10, 2022 Published by |

2018 DRY CREEK VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON This year marks the 50th anniversary of Dry Creek Vineyards. The winery was founded in 1972 by David S. Stare after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about what a great future California had for making world-class wines. The winery and vineyard have been family-owned and sustainably farmed since 1972. Today David’s daughter Kim and her husband Don Wallace are at the helm of the business. Here is how the winery is described, “Today Dry Creek Vineyard is one of the last truly private, familyowned, iconic wineries consistently producing 90+ point wines.... View Article

February 2022 Wine Club White

February 10, 2022 Published by |

2020 BERNARDUS SAUVIGNON BLANC GRIVA VINEYARD Founder Bernardus (Ben) Pon, a Dutchman, could have chosen anywhere in the world to establish his namesake Bernardus Winery, with the intention of cultivating premier class wines. In 1989 he selected Carmel Valley, with its west-facing orientation, hot days and chilly nights, and stunning beauty, confident his vineyards there could produce wines to rival the greatest on the globe. More than a quarter-century later, he accomplished that not only with his estate Bordeaux blend, called Marinus (after his middle name), but with a powerhouse portfolio of single-vineyard-designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. After... View Article

January 2022 Wine Club Red

January 15, 2022 Published by |

2018 MORGAN COTES DU CROW’S With more than thirty-years’ experience, Dan Lee and the Morgan label have become synonymous with artisan, vineyard-centric wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands and Monterey. Dan Morgan Lee was studying to be a veterinarian at the University of California, Davis, when he discovered that enology satisfied his interest in both science and agriculture. Immediately enrolling in the graduate enology program, Dan completed his studies and was hired as winemaker at Jekel Winery in Monterey County in 1978. After serving his apprenticeship at Jekel, Dan moved up the road to Durney Vineyard where he continued to... View Article