Discover California Wines Tasting

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

The irrepressible and indomitable Travelling Gourmet TM tastes…

MANY California wines at the Disover California Wines tasting organised by the California Wine Institute whose last tasting was over 4 years ago. Elaine Brown presented the wines from across California’s wine regions, and talked about the terroir of California…


Wines tasted:

  1. J Russian River Pinot Gris Sonoma 2018 – all stainless steel fermented, unoaked, mineral notes with a medium finish.

2. Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2018 – intense gooseberry nose and flavours from 6 months barrel aged 90% Semillon

3. Chamisal Chardonnay Edna Valley 2017- Lime and lemons dominate with grapes grown on calcareous soil

4. Talley Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande 2016 – pleasant on the palate with a long finish

5. Oak Farm Albarino Lodi 2018 – fruit in the mid palate with a nose of melon, lovely wine with a hint of ‘sweetness’

6. Ridge Paso Zinfandel Paso Robles 2017 -raisin notes frm 100% Zinfandel Zinfandel is related to Primitivo in Puglia, Italy. The original clone is Crlzenak kastelanski from Croatia.

7. Copain Syrah Mendocino 2016 – herbal aromatics and firm tannins with smoky and savoury notes on the palate

8. Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Happy Canyo of Santa Barbara County 2014 – red berry flavours with muscular tannins from Southern California. Cabernet Sauvignon became the dominant grape varietal in 1997

9. Cline Ancient Vine Carignan Contra Coasta 2017 – 85% Carignan, easy on the palate with fine soft tannins

I also tried some nice wines from Dry Creek Vineyard with John Doxon, the Director of Sales. I liked the elegant and smooth Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Artemis 2016. California is the 4th largest wine producer in the USA. Zum Wohl!

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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