Monthly Archives: September 2011

94, 93, 92, 91 Wine Advocate Scores!

eRobertParker.com, The Independent Consumer's Guide to Fine Wine

“This set of wines from Andrew Murray is remarkable for its breadth of quality and sheer value.”

– Antonio Galloni for E. Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 8-31-11

 

2008 Grenache Terra Bella Vineyard        92

2008 Esperance                                             92

2010 RGB White Blend                                  92

2008 Syrah Reserve                                      94

2008 Syrah Tous les Jours                           91

2008 Syrah Terra Bella Vineyard                93

2008 Syrah McGinley Vineyard                   92

2008 Syrah Thompson Vineyard                94

2008 Syrah Watch Hill Vineyard                 92

2009 Syrah Watch Hill Vineyard                  93

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2008 Syrah Tous les Jours is #1 on Reverse Wine Snob’s Top 10 list!

                                                                      

Jon Thorsen of The Reverse Wine Snob reviewed our 2007 and 2008 Syrah Tous les Jours last week.  The 2007 earned a ‘Buy’ ranking, and the 2008 earned a ‘Bulk Buy’ ranking, as well as the #1 position on September’s Top Ten List!

Read the Top Ten List by clicking here.

Read the 2008 Syrah Tous les Jours review here.

Read the 2007 Syrah Tous les Jours review here.

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“As close to a 5 star wine as we’ve ever reviewed” – Winethropology.com

Take a look at Steve McIntosh’s review of three of our single-vineyard Syrahs – plucky, spirited writing as always! On the Syrah Terra Bella Vineyard, “As close to a 5 star wine as we’ve ever reviewed.” Click here to read the complete review on winethropology.com

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Spicy Tomato-Feta Dip with Grilled Pita Bread

Karen, of Tasty-Trials.com, shared this wonderful recipe with us.  A long-time wine club member, she recommends the 2010 RGB White Blend as its pairing companion. If you’re a foodie who loves to cook and enjoy a good story at the same time, you’ll love Karen’s blog/recipe library.  Thank you Karen!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil, loosely packed
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups feta cheese

pita bread

olive oil

salt and pepper

Put first 9 ingredients into a food processor and run until completely pureed. Add feta cheese and pulse until the mixture is incorporated and no large chunks remain. Taste mixture for seasonings and adjust as needed. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Brush both sides of pita bread lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle one side with salt and pepper. Grill pita bread over high heat until toasted and slightly crispy. Cut each into 8 pieces. (Pita chips can be used as a substitute.)

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Celebration of Harvest Oct 8 & 9

When: Sat. and Sun., October 8 and 9

Where: The Winery – 5095 Zaca Station Road, Los Olivos, California, 93441

Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Details: Celebration of Harvest at the winery: Sample wine-in-the-making while enjoying light  hors d’ oeuvres and our new releases!  Free to wine club members, all others $10/person.


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Savor the Central Coast – Sunset Magazine

When: September 29 – October 2, 2011

Where: Santa Margarita Ranch midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco

Time: Various

Prices: Vary depending upon events – use the WINEAWARDS discount code to get 10% off ticket prices!  Click here to purchase tickets and learn more.

Details:  Sunset Magazine will be hosting Savor the Central Coast – taste wines from 200+ Central Coast wineries plus Washington State wines, and sample food from 30+ exceptional chefs. Our 2008 Esperance Red Wine Blend is a finalist in Sunset’s Western Wine Awards…winners will be announced at the gala on Friday night, September 30th! 

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Talkin’ Bout a Revolution: Thoughts about Wine Reviews and Wine Ratings

Recent wine history reads like a series of medieval sieges:  high vs. low alcohol content, corks vs. screwtops, the rise of Pinot Noir and the decline of Merlot.  Throughout the battles, I’ve had an opinion or two, but I’ve tried to always stay true to my mantra of ‘drink what you like.’  In the twilight of Robert Parker, Jr.’s indomitable influence on the wine industry, there is another battle, or perhaps more accurately, a revolution on the rise.

It may have been the Arab Spring, but in the wine world, it’s the Wine Blogger Dawn.  Wine blogs are springing forth like local militias in eighteenth century New England.  Some are commanded by veteran soldiers and some are led by enthusiastic new recruits.  But like the revolutionaries before them, they have a common theme: a deep, abiding passion to be heard and counted for what they believe in.  They believe in independence of thought and opinion and are unabashed about stating it.

Will this great democratization of wine overrun the Bastille and render the seasoned, established wine critics impotent?  No.  And that’s OK.  Even after a revolution, there must be leadership…just look at what happened to post-revolutionary France…it wasn’t pretty.  It sometimes takes a while, but the world eventually finds a relative state of equilibrium.  Having been the grateful recipient of some recent positive reviews, I know that it is still a tremendous vote of confidence to get the nod from someone who tastes and writes about wine for a living; from someone who has the respect of many in the wine world.  But how does that translate to the real world?  For a wine newbie at a wine boutique or searching online to see that The Wine Advocate or The Wine Enthusiast gave a couple of my wines a 94, it lends credibility to my craftsmanship and might influence his or her purchase choice.

That said, I hope that that same newbie might find a wine blogger or local wine columnist who shares his or her palate too; a writer who is finding his or her way through the trenches of terroir, variety, and vintage; a blogger with whom he or she can have a lively and meaningful debate about wine.  I’ve discovered some of my favorite wines in just this manner – through friends’ recommendations or wine bloggers/columnists whom I follow.

Ironically, wine is reverting back to what it once was, an accessible beverage to the masses.  Sales of lower price wines are booming and wine bloggers and the old pros alike have seized on the notion of QPR – quality: price ratio.  If you’re going to charge more, it had better be damned good, because people know that the emperor has no clothes.  Glitzy marketing won’t make the customer like it more, and a great review won’t either.  It might make someone buy it the first time, but it will no longer make him or her a repeat customer – they’re going to ‘drink what they like.’  Just as in ancient Greece, you have a voice at the assembly and we’re all listening.

 


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Chez Melange Winemaker Dinner – Redondo Beach

When: Sunday, October 2, 2011

Where: Chez Melange, 1617 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, 90277

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Details:

Andrew will be joining a number of winemakers for an afternoon and evening of select wines and delicious dining at Chez Melange.  Tickets are all inclusive and cost $95 per person.  Call 310-540-1222 or email at Michael@chezmelange.com to purchase tickets.  To purchase tickets online, use this link: http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/385100.  We hope to see you there!

 

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Enobytes.com Review of 2010 RGB White Wine Blend

EnobytesWe have a wonderful new review of our 2010 RGB white wine blend from Enobytes.com.  Note the mouth-watering food pairing suggestions!  Read the whole review by clicking here – 2010 RGB White Wine Blend.

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New Article on Noozhawk.com


Andrew Murray

For Vineyard Owner Andrew Murray, Taste of Success Came Early

More than 20 years later, his passion is as strong as ever for making wine, and next week he’ll launch a new label…read the rest of the article

Noozhawk.com Santa Barbara & Goleta Local News

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