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California State Fair Craft Beer Contest Results

CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR CRAFT BEER CONTEST RESULTS

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A number of Bay Area craft brewers did very well in the 2007 California State Fair Craft Brewers Competition. But you could go blind trying to sort through the results of the professionally judged, blind tasting competition. Among other things, the results are arranged by COUNTY. Ohmygawd. After a search I found a list by category. But there are some other wrinkles as well. Like first place gold medals and third place gold medals.

Anyway here are the highlights; for the rest, go here. If you plan to travel in the state this summer, this is a handy list to print out and take with you. It also shows the incredible diversity of craft brewing in this state.

Best of show: Highest Honorable Mention: Green Flash Trippel, Vista (San Diego County).
Schooner’s of Show High Honorable Mention: Schooner’s Grille & Brewery, Antioch: American Ale.

Here’s a Greater Bay Area medal roundup:

Bear Republic, Healdsburg,
2nd Silver: Big Bear Black Stout, 3rd Silver: Peter Brown Tribute (Brown Porter), RACER X, Honorable Mention Silver, Jack London ESB (English Bitter), Silver: Red Rocket Ale, Racer 5, X Rocket (Smoke & Wood Aged); Hop Rod Rye, XPA,
Bronze: Maibock,

Bison, Berkeley, 1st Gold: Farmhouse Saison,
2nd Silver: Chocolate Stout; Silver, India Pale Ale
Bronze, Red Ale

Blue Frog Grog & Grille, Fairfield, 1st Gold: Blue Frog Maibock.
Silver: Red Frog Ale, Hefeweizen, Pell Ell (American Pale Ale), Blonde Frog Ale,
Bronze: The Big DIPA, (Imperial IPA),

California Cider Co., Sebastopol, 2nd Silver: Ace Apple Cider, Silver: Ace Apple Honey,Ace Joker
Bronze: Ace Perry (Ciders and Perry), Ace Joker, Ace Berry,

Devil’s Canyon Brewing, Belmont (San Mateo County),
2nd Silver: Deadicated Amber Ale, Silver: Hades Habanero (Spiced & Herbed), Devil’s Danish Lager.
Bronze: Hell Raiser Hefeweizen.

Drake’s, San Leandro, 1st.Gold: Drake’s Amber; 3rd Gold: Drake’s Expedition, Honorable Mention Gold: Drake’s Blonde (Cream Ale)
Silver; Drake;s IPA, Drake’s Hefeweizen, 1500 Pale Ale, Imperial Stout

E.J. Phair Brewing, Concord, 3rd Silver: Marzen,
Silver: Blonde Lager, Marzen, IPA, Pale Ale,

Faultline Brewing, Sunnyvale, 1st Gold: Kolsch, Faultline Pale Ale,
Silver: Pilsner, Doppel Bock, Faultline Stout; Faultline Hefeweizen;
Bronze: Brown Ale, Best Bitter (English Pale Ale),

Firehouse Grill & Brewery, Sunnyvale, Gold: Firehouse Pale Ale,
Silver: Firehouse Scotch Ale; Firehouse Red Ale, Firehouse Heferweizen.
Bronze: FH Brendan’s Irish Stout, Firehouse Maibock,

Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, 1st Gold: Firestone Pale Ale, 2nd Gold: Double Barrel Ale (English Bitter), 3rd Gold: Firestone Lager, Pale Nectar.
Silver: Hemp Ale, Red Nectar Ale, Walker’s Reserve, IPA Nectar.

Jack’s Brewing, Fremont, 3rd Silver: Penalty Shot Porter; Silver: Hardwood Pale Ale, Gridiron Amber

Lodi Beer Co., Lodi, 1st Gold: Lodi Helles (Light Lagers), Plowshear Porter, Lodi Eisbock, 2nd Gold: Lodi Barleywine;
3rd Silver: Lodi Doppelbock, Honorable Mention Silver: Lodi Export Stout, Silver: Lodi Light, Orange Blossom Wheat (Fruit Beer), Lodi Pale Ale, Lodi Sherry Bock (Smoke & Wood Aged),
Bronze: Western Pacific IPA, Gilt Edge Marzen, Lodi Amber, Lodi Mild (English Bitter), Lodi Wheat

Los Gatos Brewing Co., Los Gatos,
Silver: L.G.B. Weizen.

Marin Brewing, Larkspur,
3rd Silver: Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Dipsea (Smoke & Wood Aged); Imperial Stout; Honorable Mention Silver: Marin IPA, Silver: Old Dipsea Barleywine, Pt. Reyes Porter, Starbrew (Specialty Brews), Eldridge Grade White Knuckle Ale (Imperial IPA), Mt. Tam Pale Ale, Marin Hefeweizen,

Mt. St. Helena Brewing, Middletown (Lake County), 1st Gold: Stout (Russian Imperial Stout);
3rd Silver: IPA (American IPA), Silver, Honey Wheat.

Moylan’s Brewery, Novato, 1st Gold: Moylan’s IPA, Dry Irish Stout, Moylander Double IPA, 2nd Gold: Moylan’s Wheat Ale; 3rd Gold: Bluebeery Ale (Fruit Beer); Gold: Tipperary Pale Ale,
2nd Silver: Hoppy Holidaze (Spiced & Herbed), Silver: Pomegranate Wheat, Kiltlifter (Scottish & Irish),
Bronze: Celts Golden Ale

Pyramid Crystal WeizenPyramid, Berkeley, 1st Gold: Pyramid Hefeweizen,
Silver, Apricot Weizen, Curveball Kolsch-Style Ale, Thunderhead IPA

Rock Bottom, Campbell,
Bronze: Bottoms Up Kolsch.

St. Stan’s Brewery, Modesto, Honorable Mention Gold: St. Stan’s Barleywine, Silver: Porter, Wheat Ale, St. Stan’s Amber Ale, Whistle Stop (Amber Ale),
Bronze: Red Sky Ale, St. Stan’s IPA, Golden Ale, Maibock,

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Santa Cruz,
Silver: Dread Brown,
Bronze: Devout Stout, Wilder Wheat, Organic Pale (Belgian & French).

Schooner’s, Antioch, 1st Gold: ((Runnerup Best of Show)) American Ale (Cream Ale), 2nd Gold: Krieken Cluster Funk (Sour Beers), English Red (English Brown Ales,
2nd Silver: California Lager, 3rd Silver, Oatmeal Stout; Silver: IPA, Pale Ale, Old Diablo (English Barleywine), Irish Stout, White Wheat (Belgian & French),. Old Woody (Smoke & Wood Aged),
Bronze: Alpha Avalanche (Imperial IPA)

Third Street Aleworks, Santa Rosa, 1st Gold: Vienna Lager,
2nd Silver: Stonefly Oatmeal Stout, 3rd Silver: Kalamity Kolsch, Annadel Pale Ale,Beer glass

Tied House Cafe & Brewery, Mountain View, 3rd Gold: Ironwood Dark (English Brown Ales)
3rd Silver: Alpine Gold (Blonde Ales); Silver: New World Wheat,
Bronze: Cascade Amber

Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse, Berkeley, Silver: Pinnacle Pale Ale
Bronze: Dragon’s Milk (Specialty Brews),

Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
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My favorite wine from Golden Glass SF

I went to the Golden Glass event at Fort Mason on Saturday. It’s the fourth annual Italian wine tasting celebration from Lorenzo Scarpone, the local Slow Food maestro. The movement, as you probably know, started in Italy and encourages biodiversity, and the continuity of local traditions, foods and products.

There were 135 regional wines, delectable foods from 20 top restaurants (Chez Panisse, A16, Michael Mina) and 14 artisan producers and farmers (go Brentwood Olive Oil Association!). Hodo Soy, which you can find in the Ferry Building, made a flavorful cilantro tofu and Kung Pao tofu. I’m still thinking about both.

For some reason, the event, for me, lacked zest. I don’t know if it was the lack of clear signage denoting regions, but two of my wine-inclined friends, both of whom studied wine in Italy, agreed. We loved a handful of wines, but it wasn’t our favorite annual wine event in the City. I think RAP and Family Winemakers takes both cakes.

On to the wines. Chances are you’ll already familiar with these, as some are Italy’s top wines. Here goes:

San Michele Appiano Pinot Grigio Sankt Valentin 2004: What a beautiful white wine. From Trentino Alto Adige comes this round, sophisticated flavor that to me, is the perfect harmony between mineral and oak. I think lovers of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay can enjoy this wine. Imported by Siena Imports.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Castellum Vetus 2004: From Abruzzo, a gorgeous red wine of violets, blackberries and blueberry flavors. It was a favorite of everyone in my group. Imported by Villa Italia.

Castello del Terriccio Tassinaia 2002: From Toscana, 1/3 Sangiovese, 1/3 Cabernet and 1/3 Merlot make this peppery blend a perfect companion for spicy meatballs. Imported by Kobrand.

Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
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June wine club: Winning Portuguese reds

My wine club met yesterday in Petaluma. The gorgeous, rustic environment was perfect for tasting the equally rustic reds of Portugal. That was the theme – Portuguese reds – and almost everyone showed up with a 2003 from Douro.

We did our usual drill. Eighteen of us tasted them blind, took notes and discussed the aroma and flavor profiles before unveiling the winners. Then we pigged out on delectable shredded pork, vegetarian chili, and lamb sausages that brought out the smoky pepper and dark fruit of the reds. Delicious.

There were two repeaters, which is strange, because if you go some where specialized, like Spanish Table, you can have your choice of dozens upon dozens. One of the repeaters, Primavera, was corked, and it came from Bev Mo! in San Francisco. I encouraged the couple to take it back, not for the $5, but because every merchant I’ve ever talked to really wants to know if a corked wine leaves their store. They can go back to their buyers, who will go back to the producer and find out what happened. You’re doing them a favor by taking it back. Inversely, they’ll want to keep you as a customer and probably offer you a (better) bottle on the house.

My wine, Lavradores de Feitoria 2004 Douro, came in 10th. I got it for $10.99 at Spanish Table in Berkeley. Jenny’s, Adriano 2003 Douro, came in first. She got it for $13.99 at Cost Plus in Walnut Creek. Here’s the complete list.

1. Adriano 2003 Douro
2. Altano Reserva 2003 Douro
3. Quinta Dos Quatro Ventos 2004 Douro
4. Palestra 2003 Douro
5. Post Scriptum 2004 Douro
6. Duas Quintas 2003 Douro
6. Altano Reserva 2003 Douro
8. Charamba 2004 Douro
9. Aveleda 2001 Estremadura
10. Lavradores de Feitoria 2004 Douro
11. Vertente 2003 Douro
12. Primavera 2002 Beiras
13. Primavera 2002 Beiras

Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2007
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Artisan Wine Lounge opens in the Creek

I went to the grand opening of the Artisan Wine Lounge & Cafe, brought to the Dub C by Stave Wine Lounge in Napa. It’s a cool spot. Small. Cute. The concept is similar to Vino Venue in San Francisco. One ounce pours spilling forth from the sleek Enomatic tasting machines. But the quantity is less. There are 32 wines at a time. Eight whites, and the rest reds.

The focus is small production California cult wines, or soon to be cult wines. Think Vinum. Eponymous. Two Angels. Foley. Stag’s Leap. That sort of thing. I was taken by the peppery notes of a 2003 Syrah from Lodi’s Jake Ryan Cellars, enough that I felt like Molly Ringwald.

The bar rotates in another country (right now, it’s Spain) and offers a smattering of tapas to match. I munched on manchego cheese and chorizo while sipping Gaia.

I also like the subtle extras that Lena Chu and Kevin Ng, the owners, bring to Artisan. A Vermentino from Carneros? Who knew? A Reisling from Germany? Gotta have it. Clear top barrel tables for two plus coffee and desserts for the non-winos.

Their site’s not up yet, but for now you can check out their sister winery’s site, Stave.

Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2007
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Tyra Banks on wine

Just had to send this little blurb (via Monsters & Critics) on the supermodel turned talk show host. Too bad ordering wine doesn’t make all the old bald guys sexier! Enjoy:

“Tyra Banks doesn’t like wine – but orders it in public to look sexy.

The talk show host thinks the alcoholic tipple tastes “nasty” but likes to hold a wine glass to look more attractive to people.

Tyra wrote on her personal website: “I recently went to Napa, California, and I learned how to pair wines with certain tastes, how red wine tastes good with salt and bitter things like lemon.

“So, every now and then I’ll order some wine at the table. I’ll only take two sips, but I’ll keep holding the glass cause it makes me feel sexy, but I still don’t drink it because it still tastes kind of nasty to me.”

The 33-year-old former supermodel believes she is lucky as her dislike for alcohol means she won’t end up in rehab like other stars. (or pissing off the British government, if you go by yesterday’s news!)

She said: “I feel like I’ve been very lucky because I don’t really have an addictive personality. “I’ve never had any drugs and I had a little taste of alcohol when I was 12 years old, but that’s about it.”

This is like pure gold. Happy Thursday, Corkheads!

Posted on Thursday, June 7th, 2007
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Holy royal drunkenness! Britain’s plan to curb us

One minute it’s good for us. The next, it’s responsible for the downfall of a society.

I loved (note sarcastic tone) the piece in the London Times yesterday on the crackdown on Britain’s middle class wine drinkers.

The government there has unveiled a three prong plan to curb drinking not by preteens, but by cubicle dwellers. Apparently, they’re tossing back a bottle or two of wine after work, and even though it’s drinking-related diseases that are costing the country over $1 billion, they’re cracking down on the average wine drinker. Odd. Not people who consume whiskey. Or scotch. But Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

In all fairness, the other prongs will attack underage drinking and heavy abuse, but why include innocent people who like to sip wine at home?

According to the story, by the end of next year, all alcoholic drinks sold in bottles and cans will be expected to carry labels disclosing the number of units and recommended safe drinking limits. They will also require pubs and supermarkets to display health warnings on alcohol at the bar or registers.

Perhaps that’s our problem in this country too? Never mind the mentally ill homeless population or those with a genetic disposition for alcoholism. Point to the the office manager, whose rabid consumption of Yellow Tail is responsible for society steady decay.

Here’s an interesting statistic: In England, alcohol costs 54 percent less than it did in 1980. And, at least when it comes to wine, the quality’s gone up. But I doubt that really matters in England. This is Europe, people! Land of smokers, drinkers, invincible types who sacrifice the look of their teeth for the good life. We need you to keep drinking. Please, for us.

Posted on Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
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The San Diego Real Ale Festival.

THE SAN DIEGO REAL ALE FESTIVAL

This site remains messed up. I hope our tekkies will fix it soon., ARE YOU LISTENING ???? Here’s the posting. But for links, etc. please go to my other blog: www.beernewsletter.com/blog

The author of this post is a big-time, beer enthusiast from the Bay Area. Last Friday, with friends, he attended the Real Ale Festival in San Diego County. Here’s his report. (Note: I don’t agree with his assessment of Rogue. I really like Rogue.)

Howie, Scott, Doug, Steve and I all went to the San Diego Real Ale festival in Carlsbad. Last year we had gone on a Saturday and it was a mob scene. This year, despite the fact that some people couldn’t go because it was a Friday, we had a MUCH better time.

Ber GlassesAlpine Brewing Pure Hoppiness
I discovered this beer a few years ago out at the source–the Alpine Brewing Company. My Holy Grail of this brewery is the Exponential Hoppiness, their triple IPA, but like Pliny the Younger it tends to go very quickly. So I’ve never had it. Like pretty much all West Coast DIPAs Pure Hoppiness is dry hopped, but unlike many of them it’s not too sweet. Available in bottles in the San Diego area, this is a fine brew for hopheads. 4.5 stars.

Avery Brewing Company Piglet Purgatory. This was a pale ale. I don’t remember anything about it except I scribbled “2.5″ on my note sheet. Must not have liked it.

Gordon Biersch Roggenbier. I’ve never seen this one despite living in the San Francisco area. I’m not a huge fan of rye ales as they tend to be really dry and somewhat tasteless compared to the usual overhopped and overyeasted fare that I drink. But I liked this one. I remember it being dry but very full bodied. At 5.8% ABV it was a nice change of pace from the 8-10% other stuff we were tasting. 3.8 stars

Drakes 1500 Pale Ale. We all really liked this beer. Despite the IPA, DIPA and TIPA company it was keeping, it held its own and we all thought, “Mmmm. Tasty.” 4 stars

Port Brewing Hop 15. It’s their double IPA, and I can’t remember anything about it except I wrote “4.2″

Rogue Brewing Brewer. When Doug and I were at the Horse Brass in Portland a few years ago we chatted up the Beer Guy about the various types of Christmas ales they had in bottles. Neither Doug nor I are huge Rogue fans and we mentioned this to the Beer Guy. He paused and said, “Yeah, well there are Rogue fans, and then there’s the rest of us.” That said, there have been a few Rogue beers I have liked. They have a particularly excellent Imperial Pilsner in a very cool bottle. Anyway, this beer the so called “Brewer” strong ale SUCKED. It was horrible. Awful. We dumped it. Zero stars.

Rock Bottom Espresso Stout. Rock Bottom is another one of those breweries I tend not to like. Our joke about Rock Bottom is “Yes it is.” That said, the espresso stout wasn’t bad. It had a very strong coffee flavor but it went down very easy and smooth with minimal aftertaste. 3.8 stars.

Stone Brewing Smoked Porter with Vanilla Beans. This is an outstanding beer that I didn’t really like. Doug liked it better than I did. It really is excellent, with good balance between the sweet malt and vanilla flavorings, but I’m just not a huge vanilla additive fan. But they did a good job with it. If you like vanilla you’ll like this beer. 3.8

Beer glassUnibroue 16. This brewery wins the title of strangest name. I’m sure there is a story behind it but I always think of some bushy faced guy with one eyebrow. Anyway, this Belgian style is excellent, and available in bottles wherever good beer is sold. 4.2

Victory Brewing V12. This is a 12% Quadrupel Belgian. Just too much there there. 2.8

And yes, that was just one day. I didn’t drink all of them _ I played it safe and poured some of the ones I didn’t like as well in the bin. But everything I mention I tried at least a few sips (except for the Rogue which I practically spit out).

The next day we went to the San Diego Zoo. To our surprise there is a restaurant buried deep within the zoo that sells very good food and beer. Doug had a Stone Pale Ale, and I had a Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale. This was a perfect beer for the zoo and a good balance from yesterday’s overhopped extravaganza. The Yellowtail is a Kolsh style ale. This has some wheat in it, which adds a little tanginess, and only 25 IBU. Perfect midafternoon beer. 3.5

After the zoo we went to the Ballast Point Brewing Company to get a really cool t-shirt. While we were there we had a taster of their Double IPA. We both sort of shrugged our shoulders and said, “Yeah, it’s okay.” but we didn’t get a bottle of it. 3 stars.

The next day we went to the Wild Animal Park and then to the Stone Brewing Company where we encountered God. Pliny the Younger is an over the top version of Pliny the Elder, (Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, CA) which is already over the top. It is a glorious witches brew of a beer where Vinnie, the brewer obviously was standing over the boiling kettle wide eyed thinking, “More, More MORE, BUAHAHAHAHAHAHA” This beer starts with the aroma, and you sit there for nearly two minutes just smelling the delicious hoppy fruitiness. It’s a sipping beer, where every taste is accompanied by a “mmmm” or an “ahhhh” or an “oooh.” I don’t know its IBU but it has got to be over 100. What a work of art. 5 stars. (I know I said 5.1 yesterday, but 5 is the highest)

We also tried Stone Xth Anniversery IPA on tap. You all know I love this beer and bought 3 cases of it. But compared to Pliny the Elder? Nope. I think I would have liked it better had I started with it.

And lastly we tasted the triple dry hopped Ruination IPA. I have already recommended Ruination to those of you who are major hopheads and have warned off the rest of you. The triple dryhopped is simply a more aromatic version of the regular Ruination. It’s excellent. 4.8

I drove home after a very very long wait. Doug continued sipping while I laid out on the grass in the garden in the back of the brewery warming myself in the sun. That evening my next door neighbor came over and brought over a six pack of Sierra Nevada Summerfest. This is a very good unoffensive summer ale. It’s had a very mild lemony taste and is a good hot sun summer beer.

And that is that. I’m not drinking anything tonight, to say the least. And no, I’m not going through withdrawal.

Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
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Two great events in Livermore

It’s almost summer. To kick off June, here are two recommendations in Livermore, one celebrating a local winery, and another celebrating Champagne….

Champagne Thursdays continue in June at Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard. They will offer Charles Heidsieck & Piper Heidsieck Champagne by the glass as well as flights on June 7, 14 and 21. On June 28, Champagne Deutz will be in the house. In addition to the regular menu they have created a Champagne paired menu for those who want to play with Chinese food & bubbly. Mmm. Nothing like a glass of bubbly with spicy noodles from Shen Hua, my local northern Chinese haunt.

Also not to be missed, if you’re into Livermore reds: Crooked Vine Winery is hosting a complimentary barrel tasting of its 2004 Petite Sirah on Saturday, June 16 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by Winemaker Troy Laudette in the tasting room at 4948 Tesla Rd in Livermore. Four new Crooked Vine and Stony Ridge wines will also be available for tasting: a 2003 Crooked Vine Port, a 2004 Crooked Vine Zinfandel, a 2003 Stony Ridge Syrah, and a 2004 Stony Ridge Harriet’s Merlot, named for new owner Rick Corbett’s mother’s favorite red wine. Aw, shucks.

Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2007
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Brewing Network Bash Sunday at The Bistro

BREWING NETWORK BASH SUNDAYU AT THE BISTRO

If you’ve never checked out The Brewing Network, there’s no better time to see them live than this Sunday afternoon at The Bistro, 1001 B. St. in Hayward.

Here’s their promo: WAIT, CHECK THIS OUT. THIS SITE IS STILL A MESS. GO HERE FOR A BETTER VIEW.

The BN Anniversary Party!!!
Sunday, June 03, 2007, 5:00pm PT
The Brewing Network’s second anniversary bash is this Sunday at The Bistro in Hayward, CA. Come join us and help celebrate beer radio with 20 beers on tap, live music from The Session Band (us) and headliner Cold Hot Crash, and of course a live broadcast of the event here on the website! We will stream the show as usual and also have a video feed of the event, so if you can’t make it out, make it herebrewing-network.jpg for the festivities. And stay tuned for more info!!

Posted on Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
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Some new favorites from New Zealand

So I don’t know if any of you were there, but I attended Taste of New Zealand on Wednesday night at MOMA and had a fabulous time. Not only are the New Zealand people totally warm and friendly, but they’re producing some fabulous wines to boot.

First off, I didn’t see any corks in that place. That’s because the country is almost all screw cap. Also, there’s very little oak, at least in the whites. Some may see 3-5 months in oak, I was told, but that’s it. Most are aged in stainless steel. It’s probably why their Pinot Gris came out so on top for me. I already knew their Sauvignon Blanc to be the best in the world, so I was there to find other stand-outs from New Zealand. I found Pinot Noir.

I already love Felton Road, from the Central Otago Pinot Noir Ltd, a group of 45 producers. This is the Southern most grape growing region in the world, located at latitude 45 degree South, the same latitude as the Northern Rhone Valley in France. If you like Felton Road like I do, try their Kawarau Estate 2005 Reserve Pinot. It’s a gold-mine of a wine, so much brambly fruit going on. And it’s biodynamic. I loved it.

From there, I noticed the majority of the producers at this event were from Marlborough. So there’s much to say about those wines, starting with The Crossings in the Awatere Valley. In addition to a killer Unoaked estate Chardonnay, they make a kiwi-lemon Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Noir that are out of this world. All are under $20. You won’t be sorry.

I liked everything at the Monkey Bay booth. The peachy Unoaked Chard. The tropical Sauvingnon Blanc. Even the rose, a tart strawberry blend of pinotage, merlot, malbec and syrah, was fresh and made me crave garlicky shrimp. Their wines cost about $10. You should be able to find them at Whole Foods.

And lastly, if you like Pinot Gris, I don’t think you’ll ever be able to find one as special as Nobilo’s. Light straw in color with a pinkish hue, and gorgeous orange blossom flavors. It’s a must-have at $22.

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2007
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