Urban Wine Works
searches for the Next Big (California) Thing
Napa Cab, Oaky Chardonnay, Two Buck Chuck, Kim Kardashian......some of the Big Things associated with California. Well we decided it was time to search for the NEXT big thing, especially wines and regions in California not making the headlines. We have selected 5 wines that we think show real promise. Get them before they dry up or hit TMZ.
Flight of 5 Wines and Cheese Plate $20
(Only $15 if you buy a bottle.)
- Navarro Gewurztraminer 2012 - Glass $8/Bottle $20.95
- Vina Robles Red 4 2010 - Glass $8/Bottle $17.95
- Sean Thackery Pleiades XXII - Glass $10/Bottle $26.95
- Terre Rouge Cotes de l Ouest - Glass $8/Bottle $19.95
- Gamble Heritage Sites 2009 - Glass $9/Bottle $24.95
Wineries in Mendocino County date back to 1931, but in the last decade they have ballooned and focused on Pinots, Zinfandels and in this case Gewurztraminer. Navarro, a small family run operation, is one of the first New World wineries to produce a dry style Gewurztraminer as compared to the sweet syrupy beverage of your collegiate wine days. Moreover, this is one of the few wines that pairs perfectly with spicy Thai or Indian food.
Until the late 1980s, the Paso Robles area was largely dominated by livestock and food crops. The 1990s saw an explosion of wineries, with a an abundance of Zinfandel and more recently on Rhone blends. Vina Robles Winery is the endeavor of a Swiss family, emphasizing European winemaking and vineyard management. The Red 4 combines the spice of Syrah, the structure of Petite Sirah, and the fruitiness of Grenache, with the old world charm of Mourvedre. (90 pts from the Wine Enthusiast)
Sean Thackrey is an American winemaker based in Marin County, California in the town of Bolinas. With a background as director of an art gallery, Thackrey has been described as an unconventional winemaker who has done pioneering work in promoting California Syrah. This appealing and light-hearted wine is vibrant yet finishes dry and clean. The blend includes Sangiovese, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Mourvèdre. The XXII is floral and spicy with the savory herbal notes that have become a hallmark of Thackrey's wines. Perfect to drink now or cellar....if you can resist!
The Sierra Foothills have been the source for grapes for over a century, and in the last twenty years the area has been producing world class Zinfandels and warm weather blends. Terre Rouge, located in Fiddletown, focusses on Rhone varietals and blends. The Cotes de L'Quest, sourced from the Clement Hills, is a 100% Syrah. A rich, earthy wine showcasing why we like the region so much!
This Gamble Vineyard is located on 12 acres in the Napa Valley region north of San Francisco. The region is bounded by the Napa River and Conn Creek. The farm has been in the family for 4 generations and possesses a mix of old silted, flood plain soils. The wines are produced in small quantities with careful attention to traditional practices. This 2009 Heritage Sites(Zinfandel and Syrah) shows a core of blueberries and fruitcake that rub up against a cocoa powder finish and bright acidity, just the right strength to pair with an amazing beef dish.