Like many “foodies” I enjoy wine, but often find myself grabbing the same “safe” bottles when shopping. The California Wine Club has been a fun experience for me, since it has brought two bottles of quality wine to my doorstep each month. I am getting a mix of red & white wine, but the option is available to get just red or white, if you have a strong preference of one over the other.
This month the featured winery was Castoro Cellars, of Templeton California. The package included the 2010 Paso Robles Gewurztraminer and 2010 “Blind Faith” Paso Robles Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir was smooth with nice berry flavor, and just a hint of smokiness, an easy drinking wine that stood up to drinking by itself ( I had a couple glasses while installing my bedroom flooring). I feel it would also pair well with a large range of meals. I am not at all well versed in German style wines, so I had no expectations when opening the Gewurztraminer. I found it to be fruity and a little sweet, but not overpoweringly so at all. If I had to try and pinpoint the fruit flavor, I guess it would be a cross between pineapple and pear. The acids in this wine are subtle… just enough. This wine would be nice with delicate dishes, that would be overpowered by typical white wines. I guess I should start trying more German style wines.
In my opinion a California Wine Club Membership would make a fantastic gift for any avid cook, as well as, anyone who simply enjoys a nice glass of wine on occasion. The club makes tasting wine an easy and enjoyable experience, that you can have right in your own home. Each moth the club sends 2 bottles from a small California winery, nicely packaged to ensure no broken bottles. An informative magazine is included with each shipment, which tells you about the producing winery, the family that runs it and information about the wines themselves. If you have never experienced small estate wines before, you’re sure to be surprised at how distinctive they each are, and knowing about the people that made your wine, adds a little to the enjoyment, as well.
California Wine Club Discount for my Readers
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If you prefer to do two red or two white wines, rather than one of each no problem. To take advantage of this deal use the promo code: blommi and follow this link to The California Wine Club. You will also get 10% off gifts!