Showing posts with label Perry Creek Zinman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Perry Creek Zinman. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

{CLOSED} 3 Month The California Wine Club Review AND Giveaway! Ends 12/15

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This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks so much to our wonderful sponsor The California Wine Club! We look forward to working with you again. The Winner is *'Gina Nuzio'*. Remember: There are great giveaways active on the upper right hand side of the page!
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Ascending Butterfly's 2011 Holidays Buying Guide, Giveaway #10 brought to you by:

I'm happy to say we are resuming our annual holidays buying guide this week with an ADULT themed giveaway! Don't get me wrong, I love providing you guys with Kids Corner, but I'm not yet a mom, and my City Girl lifestyle is a lot more cocktails and wine than it is soccer matches or car pools!

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with Fruit-of-the-Month Club, as a former Special Ed teacher I can tell you if I see one more apple.......

I know different schools have different rules and different gift etiquette, but I'm sure most teachers will tell you they'd prefer the grape to the apple, and by grape I do mean wine.

For the past three months I've been in wine nirvana with some amazing at home deliveries straight from some amazing wineries direct to my door all courtesy of The California Wine Club!

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  - Each wine club shipment includes two bottles of award-winning wine - Every month they feature two different wines from a winery located in not just Napa and Sonoma, but also places like Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara (when I grow up, whenever that is, I want to live there!) and even the Sierra Foothills. Your CWC wine of the month club adventure will take you to wine regions not normally represented outside of California's wine community.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Detailed and beautiful 12-page, full color publication, Uncorked - offers an up-close and personal look at the family behind the wines plus tasting notes, recipes, wine luminary interviews, games and so much more.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Just $49.45* per month includes shipping and handling. *Plus sales tax where applicable.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Bruce and Pam work with the wineries directly. No middleman and no distributor mean members get the best choice of wine, at the best possible price. Members can even reorder their favorites and save up to 50% off normal retail.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - There are no wine of the month club membership fees, you can cancel anytime and every wine is 100% guaranteed.

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄ƷThere is never any bulk, closeout or private label wine.

What I Tried:

I have had the pleasure of receiving 3 months of selections from The California Wine Club's Premier Club, I also tried out a shipment earlier in the year that I also loved and definitely plan to re-order from Bixler Vineyards. I'm in love with the 2008 Union Island White!

In October:

I tried Perry Creek Zinman's 2008 Zinfandel, El Dorado - What makes it even sweeter is that it's sustainably farmed and produced from Old Vines.

A unique legend: The legend of ZINMAN can be traced back to the days of the gold rush. It was then that reports first trickled in of a mystical creature known to sprinkle “ZinDust” upon the vines of the Sierra Foothills. Over 150 years later, his work can still be experienced in a bottle of Zinman, one just has to close their eyes and enjoy all of the magical flavors that dance upon your palate.

ZINMAN is one of Perry Creek’s most recognized and highly successful signature series wines. It is rated among the top 15 best-value Zinfandels by Wine Spectator in 2010 and its popularity continues to grow year by year. What makes it so special is the unique combination of spice and elegance in its flavors which stems from being produced in one of the best vineyards in the El Dorado County AVA. Its truly modern composition and sustainable farming practices makes it a must have for anyone’s dinner table.

Perry Creek Winery 2009 El Dorado Chardonnay - This is a crisp Chardonnay with just a hint of vanilla and tropical fruit flavors.

Food Pairing Suggestions include: stuffed, roasted chicken with tarragon, smoked turkey (yes I'm sure much like me, many of you are 'Turkey'ed' out by now!) , crab cakes with cream sauce, light curry dishes and summer salads.

In November:

Castoro Cellars 2010 "Blind Faith" Paso Robles Pinot Noir - Grown in the Blind Faith Vineyard on steep terraces and dry creek bottom soils. These extreme growing conditions produce a unique wine with intense flavor. The 'Estate Lots' are watched carefully and only bottled in limited quantities when the wine warrants it. This wine is certainly a worthy addition to any wine cellar. It can be enjoyed now or held up to five years.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Lighter meats like poultry as well as pork chops, ham, and my personal favorite grilled salmon.

Castoro Cellars 2010 Paso Robles Gewurztraminer - Castoro’s Gewürz is made in such small quantities that the winery has never submitted it for review or competitions. The final blend was 77% Gewürztraminer, 15% Viognier and 8% Muscat Canelli.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Great with salads, Japanese or Thai cuisine. It's the aromas of jasmine and ginger and tropical fruit flavors that make it such a perfect compliment to Japanese or Thai, and I love both!

In December:

2009 Tulip Hill Winery Tracy Hills Reserve Chardonnay - Cellar Select Mount Oso - blended from 17 barrels of 100% MLF Chardonnay with tropical fruits and apples with a hint of spice. The undertones of butter and oak lend to a mouth feel that is rich and balanced leading to a creamy finish with a light punch of acid to extend the flavors across the palate.

Food Pairing Suggestions: Enjoy with your favorite soft cheese, pasta in a light cream sauce. (My appetizer pairing was Sesame Crackers with Camembert and my pasta entree was my penne and sausage a la vodka I really need to remember to share that recipe with you guys!)

2009 Tracy Hills Cabepulciano - Yes this is a blend that includes:

45% Montepulciano
27% Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 4-
28% Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 10

With notes of spice, black cherry, cedar, currant, vanilla and a delicious hint of dark chocolate, it's definitely elegant with a bright, juicy finish. It's a limited production making it perfect for a very special dinner or holiday party.

Check out this You Tube Video of Tulip Hill Tasting Room Manager Tom Montaney discussing Cabepulciano:

 My Take:

I have nothing but good things to say about The California Wine Club, it's an amazing gift year round not just for the holidays. It's perfect for corporate gifts as well as personal, and the fact that they work directly with wineries in vineyards not just in Napa and Sonoma make the club a very distinctive and unique gift. I will say my preference has always been white wine over red, but through the club I've opened up my palate more and have tried many reds I wouldn't have found so readily locally that I have greatly enjoyed.

Ordering via the club makes wine much more approachable and the Uncorked newsletter makes it fun. The convenience of having the wines delivered right to your doorstep and dazzling family and friends with wines they are not going to find at their local spirit shops is priceless!

I'm a mega foodie, and my motto is never cook with a wine you don't enjoy sipping, and I have incorporated the wines into many of my dishes (recipes to come). I'm also a member of The California Wine Club's over 82,000 and counting fan base on Facebook, and I love reading their updates, there is always humor, fun tips and promos!

Want to send the gift of wine this year? Take 10% off any holiday gifts you wish to send from The California Wine Club with promo code: butterfly

You didn't think I'd forget about you right? Who loves you butterfly?

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Don't you just ♥ The California Wine Club? I know I do!

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