Wednesday, June 22, 2016

11th Annual LAWineFest coming to Los Angeles this weekend!

LOS ANGELES -- LAWineFest returns to Los Angeles for

two epic days of fine wine, artisan beer, gourmet foods and fabulous fun!

LAWineFest will be held June 25 and 26, 2016 at 5901Sunset Blvd., in the

shadow of the historic KTLA white broadcast tower in Hollywood.

LA’s “Signature Celebration of all Things Wine” attracts more than 5,000

enthusiasts who come to taste world-renown wines and artisan beers from

across the globe. Participants will also be able to get close and personal with a

wide variety of reasonably-priced artisan boutiques, gourmet foods, wine-related

accessories and local lifestyle “must have” products.


Wine lovers will also have the rare opportunity to taste exclusive small-batch

pours from roughly a dozen hard-to-find boutique wineries at a small, additional

fee. Tickets are limited to a maximum of 400 people per day for this one-of-a-kind

tasting.


With a portion of the event’s proceeds, LAWineFest  supports Sunshine

Kids. A range of LA’s popular gourmet food trucks will be present, for attendees to

score some of the most delicious, affordable food in Los Angeles. The

LAWineFest Music Stage will feature entertaining live music. The King Barrel

courtyard gives a place for attendees to relax while enjoying the day.


Tickets are available at LAWineFest. Festival hours on Saturday are from 3p-7p,

and hours on Sunday are from 2p-6p. Hours have shifted slightly from last year

to beat the heat.


Tickets are $90 per day (single, general admission), $135 per day (single,

universal admission and includes boutique winery tasting), and $20 (designated

drivers – no drinking.).


General admission covers tastings, commemorative glass, event program, main

stage shows, bottled water and vendor samples. Boutique Winery Courtyard

admission includes additional tasting stemware. Exhibitor products will be

available for sale, as well as cuisine from some of the best food trucks in LA. 


The LAWineFest, in its 11th successful year, was founded in 2005 by Dr. Joel M. Fisher. . Now a local institution, LAWINEFEST is known to deliver an event that balances

fun, exploration and education. 2016 sponsors thus far include Los Angeles

Magazine, Beverly Hills BMW, Stella Artois, La Brea Bakery, Icelandic

Glacial, Peerless Coffee and King Barrel.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Reviews: DiGiorgio Family Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz wines, Lucindale and Coonawarra, Australia

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By way of background:   The DiGiorgio family has been working the land in Australia for over 60 years and established their initial Lucindale vineyard in 1989.  Today, generations later, DiGiorgio Family Wines produces not only in Lucindale, but in Coonawarra and within the broader Limestone Coast.  Review wines were provided by the winery's representative.

Original tasting and review : This is DiGiorgio Family Lucindale Cabernet Sauvignon, Limestone Coast, South Australia, 2013, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in April, 2016.

Inspired by this wine:  A long talk sitting outside with grandpa - a memory in the making. 

In the glass: Deep, muddy magenta, opaque from about a half inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues agree this shows a soft, lightly peaty blackberry and blueberry nose with mild minty hues.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing husky, furry old school oak surrounding a deep blackberry fruit palate.  Langorous length mid-palate reminding one of flannel shirts and campfires.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for its power and depth on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Good value in a robust, bold cabernet!
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Original tasting and review : This is DiGiorgio Family Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon,  Australia, 2013, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in April, 2016.

Inspired by this wine:  Like a child, enjoying the fun of scribbling with and smelling a table full of Crayola crayons. 

In the glass: Deep mahogany, opaque from about a half inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues agree this shows lightly oaked, fully ripened black plums.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a panoply of black and dark purple berries and fruits, integrated with soft oak, furry tannins and a sweet underlying tone.  Mid-palate stays deep, but the finish moves up in tone, touching a slight brightness.

In summary: Overall, rates a strong four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, recognizing its depth, layers pleasurable aspects.   Best value by our reckoning!
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Original tasting and review : This is DiGiorgio Family Coonawarra Shiraz,  Australia, 2013, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in April, 2016.

Inspired by this wine:  Diving into the pond, you're bracing for a big, cold splash.

In the glass: Medium deep red, almost opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues agree this shows bright, lifted crushed pomegranates and blackberries.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate bring fresh, sweet, blended berries and ripe red fruits together with a slight wash of pleasing acidity that pulls it all together.  The middle of the sip grows big and even slightly sweet, then pulls back in for a clean finish that is even a little mouth-puckering.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus for an exciting diversity of elements on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale,  making this a good value on our scale.


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Reviews: DiGiorio Family Chardonnay wines, Lucindale and Coonawarra, Australia

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By way of background:   The DiGiorgio family has been working the land in Australia for over 60 years and established their initial Lucindale vineyard in 1989.  Today, generations later, DiGiorgio Family Wines produces not only in Lucindale, but in Coonawarra and within the broader Limestone Coast.  Review wines were provided by the winery's representative.



Original tasting and review : This is DiGiorgio Family Lucindale Chardonnay, Limestone Coast, South Australia, 2013, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in April, 2016.

Inspired by this wine:  Sparkling fireworks being viewed on a breezy, dry summer's night.

In the glass: Gleaming light yellow with hints of bright gold.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues agree this shows a light, distinctly mineral and slightly slate lemon with white stone fruit and white flower petals.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing lively grapefruit and white nectarine.  Quite a bright tone and cleansing finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for its appealing aromatics on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a good value based on the Spirit of Wine criteria
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Original tasting and review : This is DiGiorgio Family Coonawarra Chardonnay,  Australia, 2014, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in April, 2016.

Inspired by this wine:  Playing jacks on a plaid blanket near the lakeside.

In the glass: Light yellow straw with faintest hints of olive.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues agree this shows medium weight, lightly metallic peach elements.

On the palate: The primary element on the palate is in fact sparkling young peach with a light lemon dressing.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale,  with its bright - yet pleasing - acidity suggesting plenty of options for aging.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for DiGiorgio Family wines.


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Reviews: DiGiorgio *** $ Frank Red and *** $ Frank White wines, Limestone Coast, South Australia

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By way of background:   The DiGiorgio family has been working the land in Australia for over 60 years and established their initial Lucindale vineyard in 1989.  Today, generations later, DiGiorgio Family Wines produces not only in Lucindale, but in Coonawarra and within the broader Limestone Coast. The wine label "Frank" is associated with entry-level, value-priced wines from the DiGiorgio Family line. Review wines were provided by the winery's representative.

Original tasting and review : This is Frank White,  Limestone Coast, South Australia, 2015, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon finished at 12.5% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in April, 2016.

Inspired by this wine:  Curling on the couch with your partner, ready to watch a lighthearted romantic comedy. 

In the glass: Clear with just the faintest tinges of yellow and green.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues agree this shows a somewhat shy,  slightly flinty nose with notes of grass and light peach.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact lightly sweet grapefruit and lemons, holding their brightness on the palate for quite a few seconds.  Sip slowly fades.

In summary: Overall, does rate three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value because of the bargain price point!
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Original tasting and review : This is Frank Red,  Limestone Coast, South Australia, 2013, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in April, 2016.

Inspired by this wine:  Waiting in line at the home store, picking up some necessities for those necessary repairs.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque from about an inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues agree this shows soft, bright, relatively undifferentiated black fruit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite bright, almost sparky, crushed red/black berries.  The bright sip retains its character through the finish, closing consistent with its start.

In summary: Overall, just touches three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, but, because of its bargain price point, that is sufficient to concur best value status.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review: **** $$ Korta Reserve Barrel Selection Malbec, Lontue Valley, Chile, 2008 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Korta Reserve Barrel Selection Malbec, Lontue Valley, Chile, 2008, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled 8 years from vintage date, in May, 2016.


Inspired by this wine: A warm day, floating leisurely on your back in the pool.  

In the glass: Deep brick with orange hints around the edges; opaque in the center.

On the nose (according to colleagues): Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows initial bright tones moving to subdued, layered plum elements with some notes of oak.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact an amalgam of velvet purple fruit, brighter sweet red berries and a surround of soft oaky tannins.  Gentle, dripping and ultimately clean finish.

In summary: Overall, just touches four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a "best value".


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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Review: *** $ Castle Rock Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2007 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background:  A few years ago, I favorably reviewed a value-priced Castle Rock 2007 Zinfandel.  Today, we're trying another 2007 Castle Rock, this time a syrah aged almost a decade!


Original tasting and review : This is Castle Rock Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2007, finished at 14.2% alcohol and first sampled a whopping nine years from vintage date, in May, 2016.

Inspired by this wine: We're slapping sticks against the campfire embers, watching sparks leap!

In the glass: Deep muddy magenta, opaque in the center.

On the nose (according to colleagues): Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a distinct rubbery element along with its ripe plums.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright and soft plums with some elements of red cherries.  A closing wash of sweet red pepper moves in for the finish.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, almost gaining a star for its longevity.  Best value at this bargain price point.

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