100 Days, 100 Wines – 2010 Annalisa Malvasia – Day 18


For all my sweet lovers out there ( and there are lots of you!) this is fun, fresh and delicious for spring!!

Try 2010 Annalisa Malvasia from Northern Italy! The color is gorgeous – like fresh raspberries. Which coincidentally is what you get on the nose as well. Bursting with ripe fruit flavors of raspberry and strawberry. Lightly effervescent and low in alcohol – you can enjoy this anytime (think bbq’s, picnics, brunch!) Under $15 – a fun little sweet spring sipper that will please the masses!

100 Days, 100 Wines – 2009 Word’s End “If Six Was Nine” Cabernet Sauvignon – Day 17

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A quirky name doesn’t stop this Cab from being a serious wine. Robust and rich with loads of dark, ripe fruit on the nose and palate – think blackberries, dark cherry and currant accented by a hint of bitter chocolate. Great structure and firm tannins. Very elegant, long finish. Everything you want in a Napa Cab for of high quality – at a more attainable price point of just under $45. This wine is asking kindly that you enjoy it with a big, juicy steak!

100 Days, 100 Wines – 2008 Rapet Barbera – Day 16

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ImageA new little Italian red that intrigued us – 100% Barbera from the Piedmont region. Fruit forward on the nose and palate with aromas of ripe raspberry. Hints of spice and some bitter chocolate on the palate. Good acidity makes this a great good pairing wine – perfect for pasta with a simple marinara sauce or with a flat bread.  Down in price currently at $15! Easy and versatile!

100 Days, 100 Wines – 2010 Ronco Blanchis Pinot Grigio – Day 15

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Well at this rate it may take me all year to get to 100! But I can’t complain it is good to be busy! A little blurb about this new Pinot Grigio from the Collio region of Italy – the Northern climate and fine gravel soils of this region produce a richer, fuller style of Pinot Grigio. Complex and round on the palate with pear fruit, a nutty character to the finish and hints of minerality. This is a Pinot Grigio that would appeal to Chardonnay lovers. Beautiful wine to serve with seafood or my favorite – Sunday roast chicken!

100 Days, 100 Wines – 2009 Kokomo Cuvee Ivy – Day 14


I am falling behind! I think not drinking wine is detrimental to my business:)

This is a fun little number from our friends at Kokomo in Sonoma. We love Kokomo and all of the wines they produce are such stellar quality and they have tons of character and showcase the best of Dry Creek. Smaller production on this wine – and a unique blend of Carignan, Syrah and Petit Sirah from various vineyards across Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino Counties. This is a total food wine – lots of fruit but definitely showcasing great acidity. This would be amazing paired with lamb for Easter dinner! A great wine that will improve with a few years in the cellar (or on your wine rack in the basement….which is my current “cellar” set up). The craziest part is that this wine is $17.99. A great value to snag while you can.

100 Days, 100 Wines – 2010 Domaine du Haut Borg Muscadet – Day 13

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This delicious little white has me thinking about summer and seafood. Perfect pairing to mussels or scallops and at an exceptional price. These intriguing whites are made from the grape Melon de Borgougne in the Loire Valley in France. The 2010 Domaine du Haut Borg Muscadet is bright, medium bodied white wine with notes of apple and citrus complimented by a minerality that makes it the perfect food partner, particularly to any sort of seafood dish. A great one to keep on the back burner for those summer nights out on the patio with just the right meal. At under $15 a bottle its a steal.

100 Days, 100 Wines – Day 12 – 2011 Santa Julia Chardonnay

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This is a great option if you are looking for a nice, easy drinking, fruit forward style of Chardonnay and it is made from Organically grown grapes – meaning only organic materials are allowed to be used in the vineyards. The 2011 Santa Julia Chardonnay is fermented in stainless steel tanks. You get lots of green apple and tropical fruits on the palate with just a hint of vanilla on the finish but the wine is crisp and bright. A nice option for a house white wine and you can feel good about the fact that no chemicals were used in the grape growing process – what’s not to like, especially at a price point under $15.

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100 Days,100 Wines-Day 11 – 2009 Charles Krug Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon


A classic wine? Sort of comparable to a pair of black wool trousers or a great fitting jacket. Consistent and fabulous each and every time. Charles Krug is the oldest winery in Napa Valley – established 150 years ago. I would say that’s pretty classic – consider them the Chanel of winemaking.

The 2009 Charles Krug Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon is a great example of consistency and quality – at an exceptional price point. That’s what happens when you are in the game for this long, you own the land and perfect your techniques. You aren’t paying that extra money to pay off a mortgage or for fancy marketing gimmicks.

This wine is full-bodied yet really plush on the palate. Dark cherry and raspberries on the palate – hints of chocolate and mocha. A rich and silky Cab that really delivers with each sip.

Love this Cab with steak (what is more classic than that or just on its own. A great go to bottle to have on your list for dinner with guests, for a great gift or just to enjoy on your own.

100 Days, 100 Wines – Day 10 2007 Highflyer Centerline Red Wine


Hi all, this is Yvonne from Wine, Wellness and a Wonderful Life.  First of all let me say I am honored to be a guest blogger here at 100 Days, 100 Wines for Meza Wine Shop!  I had a love of wine when I met Tatjana and Jason, but I have learned so much more about wine since getting to know them!
After a couple of trips to California’s wine counrty, I have acquired a taste for some higher end wines.  So when I find a wine for $19.99 that keeps me coming back, I get really excited.  In a blind tasting I would never have believed the price.  It is a wonderful Napa Valley blend of Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo and Grenache.  To me, smelling wine is almost (yes, I said almost!) as good as tasting it.  This wine doesn’t have a nose to match the palate in my opinion.  It does give off some nice fruit including blueberries and blackberries but upon tasting, it is a wonderfully balanced wine with lots of jam up front and a nice smooth finish.  You will get hits of cocoa and espresso, which I love.  I would call this a very lush wine…and again, superbly balanced…in other words very easy drinking!
So the next time you are in Meza, ask Tatjana for a bottle of Highflyer Centerline Napa Valley Red Blend.  I am willing to bet you won’t be sorry you took the plunge!

100 Days, 100 Wines – Day 9 – 2009 Domaine la Guintrandy Saint-Leger


Keeping it rollin this week with another killer value – this time under $10. This little Rhone blend from Domaine la Guintrandy called Saint-Leger is a real value and a great every day wine for those that enjoy this style. Lots of bright red fruit, a good amount of spice on the palate – and a dry, persistent finish. Not much to complain about (except maybe the label which is a bit of a snooze…) but as for what’s in the bottle, its a winner!