Friday, August 14, 2009

September is California Wine Month!

California is the world's fourth largest producer of wine in the world, producing over $18 Billion in annual sales for our state. To celebrate, Governor Schwarzenegger has declared September to be California Wine Month.

Here at How We Roll, we will be celebrating by featuring a guest blogger each day describing their favorite California Wines. We will also be inviting our readers to participate, so if you want to get a head start, feel free to submit your wine recommendations - you can include your own tasting notes, places where you have enjoyed the wine, and maybe even a food paring if you have one!
You can make your submissions either by replying to this post or emailing them to

1 comment:

Kara said...

Just the other night I picked up a bottle of CA Zinfandel by the name of Quackenbush.

I admit that the name made me laugh and that is why I picked up the bottle, but after reading the back I decided to give it a shot. The label said they grow Zinfandel and Petite Sirah in Lake County. I was intrigued by the little synopsis on the back as well as the $20 price tag. I figured this could go either way.

We were barbequeing that evening and had a bunch of grilled veggies along with some bratwurst. I figured, why not? Let's open this bottle up. Being the only true wine drinker there, I figured that I would get most of the bottle to myself. I was wrong! After tasting it myself I offered it up to the beer and Tequila drinkers hanging out with me. They all tried it and 2 of them even switched to the wine. I was pretty impressed. The wine had a lot of complexity, beautiful fruit on the nose and a great finish that lasted longer than I expected. While it was high in alcohol that certainly wasn't the only thing it had going on. All in all I decided that I would definitely buy this wine again.

The next day I decided to do some research on this Quackenbush Zinfandel and realized it is a second label for Rutherford Grove. With the beautiful wines they put out there I am not surprised that they managed a winner from their Clear Lak vineyards also.