Think Sangiovese, Bordeaux varietals, good value and the joy of traveling in and around Florence / Sienna…
If premium wine wasn’t expensive enough as it is there is also the perplexing matter of what stemware to properly serve the wine in. Lot of hype out there…Some of the fine, imported wine glasses are plenty pricey.
Time to separate the practical from the impressive salesmanship. Our resident wine expert, Kyle Meyer of Wine Exchange, joins us with sound advice on what you really should buy when it comes to wine glasses that won’t break the bank.
Thankfully Kyle keeps this simple for us. He suggests even a hard-core wine connoisseurs only needs a Champagne Flute, a White Wine glass, a Bordeaux / Cabernet glass and a wider bowl Burgundy / Pinot Noir glass. Respectable stemware can be had for $10 to $12 per glass. Kyle also suggests a cut glass rim versus a rolled rim.
We conclude the year with one of our resident wine experts, Tristen Beamon, of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange. Wine Exchange is also in the import and distribution sector with BW Direct – Bordeaux and Beyond. They specialize in finding great values in Bordeaux wines from this legendary grape growing region in Southwestern France considered the pinnacle of global wine areas.
“Like Wine Exchange, BW Direct has the best prices, best selection, and best service. Our fantastic wines will wow your guests and increase your profits.”“Welcome to BW Direct, the wholesale arm of Wine Exchange.”
“Welcome to BW Direct, the wholesale arm of Wine Exchange.”
“We pride ourselves on the strong relationships Tristen, Kyle, Eddie and the entire team have formed over their collective 50+ years in the wine industry. These relationships have helped us secure some of the world’s best wines at the most competitive prices in the business. Our business model differs from other distributors:
- We have a unique, and often exclusive, selection of wines at some of the lowest prices in the country.
- We are proud to carry a wide selection of Chateau-direct Bordeaux inventory, as well as cutting edge selections from the Languedoc.
- We don’t charge any broken case fees when orders are picked up from our Orange County showroom.
- We encourage buyers to come shop our showroom, at their leisure, for a complete buying experience.
- We have no “quota” obligations to our suppliers, allowing us to create a stress free and no pressure environment.
- We love what we do and we’re here to help!”
Ascension Cellars is a premium, boutique winery specializing in barrel-select, handcrafted Rhône and Bordeaux-style wines from the central coast of California.
Ascension Cellars began when friends were enjoying a glass of wine together one summer day. “You know, this is good,” they said, “but there is something missing.” And so, the quest for something better began. They wanted wines with elegance, body, and grace that stimulated the senses. They wanted wines that they would be proud to offer to their family and friends.
What followed was good fortune by the barrel. Vast support and inspiration came not only from knowledgeable mentors in Lake Arrowhead, who have been making wine together for decades, but also from Paso Robles winemakers who gave so generously of their time and expertise.
“We source our grapes and make our wine at Cass Vineyard. We are inspired by their focus on low yield, premium quality fruit as well as the impeccable care of their vineyards. Together, we share a love of the environment and promote sustainability of nature’s resources.”
“Our love of French Rhône and Bordeaux wines influence every wine we craft. We believe in a limited, light-handed approach to winemaking, allowing the true typicity of each varietal and the terroir of the vineyard to shine through as the star of each vintage, preserving the wine’s link to its place of origin. This allows us to create wines that are distinctive and hypnotic with personality, charm, balance and grace.”
“We embrace the use of stainless steel, cold core fermentation for our white wines, showcasing the floral tropical notes, fruit flavors, bright minerality and acidity of each varietal. Once our white wines are blended, we preserve these qualities by aging the wines in neutral, French oak barrels with limited contact to oxygen prior to bottling.”
“We barrel age our red wines for two years in French and American Appalachian Oak barrels where the use of new oak is done sparingly. We blend our Rhône and Bordeaux varietals to produce wines that are more complex, better balanced, and richer than single, varietal wines.”
Winemaker & Proprietor Erick Allen is our guest.
You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to appreciate the high-quality of wine from Bordeaux, France. It’s one of the great wine grape growing regions of the world. Our resident wine authority, Tristen Beamon from The Wine Exchange, was just in Bordeaux tasting wines in the barrel from the 2015 harvest. We’ll get his insider’s report on what to expect.
“Kyle and I have tasted 400 wines from the exciting 2015 harvest and we’re happy to report that this is a vintage that consumers and collectors alike need to take a serious look at. The wines have many of the hallmarks of the top vintages like 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010, big and powerful, yet elegant and fresh with silky-soft tannins. There are a number of “best-ever” scenarios and, for the most part, it was a picture perfect, buy-by-the-case vintage from Petit Chateaux to First Growths… especially in the appellations of Margaux, Pessac-Leognan. St. Emilion and Pomerol. Who says Bordeaux is expensive? We just spent a week tasting some of the greatest potential wine values in the world. So as we like to say here at Wine Exchange…Let the games begin!”
When you have good guidance on selection the great advantage of buying Bordeaux Futures now is that you acquire the wines before the expected massive price increases on these labels when they are released in about 18 months to two years in the future. They cellar well…
It’s our regular monthly wine education segment with the always engaging, Kyle Meyer, co-proprietor of Wine Exchange in Santa Ana, and our resident wine authority. Kyle is off to Bordeaux for a couple of days with co-proprietor Tristen to taste 2014 Bordeaux (in the barrel.) Some 1,500 wines…
You see the word “Reserve” on many USA produced wines. Does this have any real legal definition or is it just a catchy marketing term? You’ll be surprised to learn the answer.…
What’s the perfect wine pairing for the Easter or Passover lamb? Kyle suggests possible selections from the countries where lamb is a staple.
Andrew Quady of Quady Winery in Madera is well-known for premium dessert wines and Vermouth. Not as well known to Southern Californians is that Andrew’s son, Herb, has a growing, and respected, winery of his own in Southern Oregon.
Quady North is the name of Herb’s Applegate Valley wine venture. While the senior Quady is a producer renowned for sweet and aperitif wines, Quady North is known for big, bold Bordeaux and Rhone varietals.
After working as assistant winemaker at the California Central Coast Bonny Doon Vineyard, Quady came to Oregon to found his own brand, convinced that the truly-compelling wines were made from grapes grown in cooler areas. In 2005 the family selected 100 acres of south-facing hillside in the Applegate Valley and planted their first 15 acres of Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Viognier.
Today there are eight vineyards, with two in the Rogue Valley, and the list of varietals has expanded to include Grenache, Marsanne, Rousanne, and Merlot.
Quady North is committed to producing small lot, minimally-handled wines sourced primarily from the estate. The focus remains premium Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, what Herb Quady calls his “love triangle.”
Having grown up in Central California, Herb appreciates the cult status of our own, California grown, In–N-Out Burger. The first Oregon location opened in Medford a couple of weeks also and the response was thunderous. It’s remains the talk of the town. There are still lines of cars around the drive-through.
We asked Herb Quady what the perfect Quady North wine pairing would be with a Double-Double with cheese. Without hesitation he enthusiastically suggested their 2011 Syrah, Mae’s Vineyard.
Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure produced by Garagiste Events, returns to Los Angeles on July 11th, from 2 to 6:00 p.m. with 50+ artisan ‘garagiste’ winemakers pouring over 200 wines in a new, and appropriately rock and roll, venue: the stunning art deco landmark, The Wiltern in Koreatown. Proceeds from the non-profit festival will benefit Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program.
The Garagiste Wine Festivals, which first exposed the American garagiste movement, are among the most unique and influential wine events in the world. They are the only wine events that exclusively showcase ultra-premium, cutting-edge, micro-production commercial wineries that produce fewer than 1,500 cases (and many under 800) a year.
“Garagistes” is a term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their “garages” (anything considered not a chateau), who refused to follow the “rules,” and is now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world. The Garagiste Festivals were the first to shine a light on the American garagiste winemaker in 2011.
Our other resident wine authority is Managing Partner Tristen Beamon of The Wine Exchange in Santa Ana. One of the world’s greatest wine-producing regions, according to the experts, is Bordeaux located in Southwestern France. The region’s fame dates back over 2,000 years to the time of the Romans.
Tristen is with us to provide the 411 on the coveted wines from this stellar region and why they are significant to serious collectors. He has just returned from 2-weeks in the area which he is quite well-traveled in.
Tristen explains that it’s the terroir that makes the Bordeaux wines so special. The wines also have the ability to gracefully age for 50 to 60 years if properly stored.
Tristen will explain the ins and outs of Bordeaux Futures and why a serious aficionado buys them. It’s not about wine snobbery…While in Bordeaux Tristen tasted an extensive collection of the upcoming 2014 vintage. His impression is that the 2014 wines represent great value and are far more affordable than the 2009 or 2010 vintages. He’ll share his thoughts.