Live Red Wine Blogging #3 Bandit Cabernet Sauvignon

Our first box wine of the tasting. The Bandit hails from California and comes in a 1L of 500mL box. Their box is made of 75% paper and is totally recyclable.

Soft red fruit on the nose. Sweet oak and vanilla and red fruit.


Live Red Wine Blogging #2 2011 Taken Red Wine

The Taken brand is only 5 years old and is already at 20k cases production. They make 7 wines under the Taken brand name at this time. Tag line is “great wine made by great friends.”

Taken is a blend of Cab Sauv and Merlot. Lots of pepper on the nose. Some herbal green notes. Dark bramble fruit and lots of acid on the palate. Needs a good steak.


Live Red Wine Blogging #1 2009 Trione Red Wine

Our first wine is the 2009 Trione Red Wine. This wine hails from the Alexander Valley and is Cab Sauv, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc, and Malbec.

Nice pepper on the nose. Blackberry. Spice, red cherries. Nice mouthfeel. I’d like this with some bbq or the tri tip I had the other night.


Live Blogging Wine #10 2013 Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay

Oh we just win at this table! We are finishing strong with the original purveyors of Chardonnay. Wente is the name in Chardonnay. I love them.

The nose on this wine is always beautiful. Delicate oak, tropical fruit, And cream. The palate has a fabulous mouthfeel with great structure. I get lots of pear on the palate with almost an orange peel note to go with the tropical fruit and cream. Yum.


Live Blogging Wine #9 2013 J Pinot Gris

We are really lucking out at table 15! We picked the right table. J is a female owned and operated winery. I love their sparkling wine. I could use a glass right now.

The pinot gris is tropical and floral on the nose. I also get some pear, but the pear is more prominent on the palate for me. I also get peach, and lemon on the palate. Great acidity on this right priced for summer drinking wine!


Live Wine Blogging #8 2013 Grassini Sauvignon Blanc

Grassini is a small family winery. They produce only 500 cases of this Sauvignon Blanc. All of their fruit for all their wines is estate produced. Grassini is in Happy Canyon here in Santa Barbara.

Ripe peaches on the nose. The wine smells like a softer sauvignon blanc, but the palate packs a kick of acidity and citrus fruit. Lemon and lime and a tiny bit of peach on the palate. Definitely a porch sipper.


Live Wine Blogging #7 2013 Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc

Another wine that I’m familiar with. Ferrari Carano was one of the first wineries Mr. WannabeWino and I visited on our honeymoon in Sonoma almost 8 years ago now! We actually still have a bottle of Ferrari Carano’s Tresor from that trip that we’re saving for some special occasion that we have yet to identify.

The Fume Blanc is one of Ferrari Carano’s most famous wines. Flowers, peach, tropical notes dominate the nose. I get pear, apple, and peach on the palate. Partially aged in old oak and the rest in stainless steel keeps a nice structure and acidity to this wine.



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