Nominated for a 2014 Wine Blog Award for Best Writing

Posted on: June 17th, 2014 by

wine blog awardsHey there! It’s Wine Blog Awards time, and possibly the third is the charm? As I’m up for the “Best Writing” prize for the second year in a row. And two years ago I got a “Best Overall” nod. If you’d like to vote for me (Note: polls close at the end of Thursday) and peruse the other nominees, here’s a link:


Now you might be thinking, “Jeez Jameson, that’s some mighty fine horn-tooting there, but how about some wine picks from you?”

Ok, cool.

“But I want them to be special.”

Got it.

“And from California.”

DONE AND DONE. I have a white and a red for you. 2012 matthiason napa valley white wine

The first is the 2012 Matthiasson Napa Valley White Wine ($40). Uh, it’s awesome and so’s the label. An unusual, and unusually good, blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Ribolla Gialla, Semillon, and Tocai Fruilano, it has a lovely richness to it comes naturally, unforced. But really refreshing, too. It is so yin and yang-y. Vin and yang! Vang?

How about this: HARMONIOUS!

Ribolla Gialla and Tocai Fruilano are grapes that you’d usually find in Northern Italy and thereabouts, but there’s a bit of it in California that producers like Matthiasson are geeked about. I enjoyed it will pizza but this would really be something with richer seafood dishes, or even pork chops with applesauce.

For the red I turn to a selection provided by none other than my Mom.

2005 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill

Diamonds. So good.

Righteous! I had not had a Cab from Diamond Creek in forever and it’s one of my all-time favorites. An old-school producer founded back in 1968, the 2005 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill ($110+ on WineSearcher) was smokin’ good. Just starting to turn the corner from youth to a life fraught with complexity and mystery. In a good way. A very, very good way.

Be sure to decant it and don’t forget to save a bit to enjoy on day two, at least at this point in its life.

In travel news, I am off to Walla Walla for five days. There is going to be a lot of geology and I even get to visit a creamery.

Bring on the rocks and cheese! And, oh yes, some wine.

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