If you're new to the Bay Area, or new to wine, how do you choose among the many wineries, let alone the thousands of fabulous local wines? For one couple, instead of trying to take a shot in the dark and visit wineries on the weekends (which is their family time,) they asked me to procure local wines for their own Personal Wine Library.
A Personal Wine Library is a collection of wines to use, to be enjoyed, and to have on hand. Some people buy wines to cellar, store, and age; which is fine. But that can be intimidating to some. Around my neighborhood you'll see welcoming little lending book libraries in front of people's houses. Use one, leave one. I think of wine similarly. Share it, enjoy it, and don't be afraid of buying wine to try now.
For my clients, I chose wines that I felt would fit their personal dining and hosting style, and are among my favorites. Their collection includes 11 Reds, 5 Whites, 2 Rose's, and 2 Sparkling/Champagne style wines. These wines will pair well with the couple's grilled steaks, beef, and chicken. And when hosting friends or colleagues, these wines can appeal to a variety of palates.
The kit included: Tasting & Food Pairing Cards with each wine, literature from each winery, and their own Personal Wine List by Region.
For their Personal Wine Library, we decided on wines primarily from the Bay Area, along with a few other California wines. From there, the collection came together. Here's a peek at some of the wines. Enjoy!
Silver Mountain Vineyards, 2010 Alloy, Santa Cruz Mountains (red blend) (link)
Big Basin, 2014 Odeon (red blend) (link)
Rexford Winery, 2013 Regan Vineyards Merlot, Santa Cruz Mountains (link)
Manzoni Vineyards, 2014 Home Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands (link)
Morgan, 2015 Double L Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands (link)
Hopefully, you'll find a wine or two in here that you'll enjoy!
More to come from the Personal Wine Library...
up next, Rose's, Whites, and Sparkling/Champagne style wines.
Best to you on your Personal Wine Library Jaunt!
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