Daily Archives: January 18, 2008

Tonights Tasting at The Wine Cellar

Tonight’s tasting at the Wine Cellar features a good mix of value driven California reds. I am excited about all the wines, as it is always nice to find some good red values for everyday drinking, but I got a chance to check out the Hayman and Hill website so I am extra excited about their wines. 

Hayman and Hill is owned by Cellar Door a wine conglomerate that owns several wineries throughout the world such as Red Guitar and Diseno. Hayman and Hill is the creation of two passionate winemakers, working to create value driven single varietal, specific appellation wines from California.  Hayman, who has worked in Australia most recently for the wineries of Hardys but has a total of 17 years of winemaking experience. Hill who has been and is still currently the winemaker for Blackstone Winery brings a background of consumer driven wines, which would lead to the value driven piece of the Hayman and Hill portfolio. 

Hope to see you all out tonight at the wine cellar FREE as usual from 5:00 – 8:00 







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2005 Mouton Rothschild Label

I was clicking around the Wine Spectator website in the Unfiltered section and came across the new Chateau Mouton Rothschild label for 2005. I had no idea that each label since 1946 has been designed by a contemporary artist. In doing a quick Google search I found the following website that shows all the labels from 1945 to 2004. The Artist Labels dot com shows all the labels in the Mouton Rothschild portfolio as well as having some brief information on the history of Mouton Rothschild for your perusing. In addition to the 2005 I really enjoy the 1963 and my birth year the 1977.

As far as the new 2005 label for the vintage that may beat all vintages in Bordeaux I am really impressed. Spectator describes the label as the growth of the leaf over time in connection with the hand of the consumer. Thanks to my wonderful wife giving me an eye to evaluate art in my own terms I see it slightly different. I see the hand of the winemaker, a hand that is not separate from the vineyard but embracing it, realizing that truly fabulous wine is a continuous process, not mutually exclusive parts. Let me know what you think of the label.


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