Saturday, January 6, 2018

Oregon Vino's Cubanisimo Vineyards Makes Miami Proud

Last year, while on a short visit to South Florida, Cubanisimo's founder and current owner Mauricio Collada (and his wife) sat down with me for some coffee.

It was a good conversation where he shared how with their 'dance with nature' they can extract top grape in Oregon.

They believe the '17 mix clones of Pinot Noir and Oregon clones of Italian Pinot Gris will do well.

They also expect that the Rosados '16 will be a fan favorite.

He describes himself a child of South Florida and solid, proud Cuban American who found his way to the West in love with wine.

Mauricio Collada has focused on vinicultural practices and strives to make the best Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. He has partnered from the onset with respected Oregon winemaker Rob Stuart.

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Please wine responsibly, and as always, Salud!     

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Key Biscayne Wine and Food Festival

The Key Biscayne Wine and Food Festival returns Friday, January 26, 2018 to the Rusty Pelican,
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway.

Evening's proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation (RCKBF) and its affiliated charities including the Arc of South Florida.

Other charities benefitting are The Nobis Foundation, a Miami non-profit organization that helps in indigent rural communities of Ecuador, and Fundacion Manos Del Sur a Miami-based non-profit providing assistance to disadvantaged children in Latin America in the areas of education, health and nutrition.

This year, there will be thirteen different wines from the New World which will compete against the same varietals from the Old World to earn recognition as “Best of Show” in each class.

CLICK HERE for details and ticket information.

Please wine responsibly, and as always, Salud!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Virginia Wine Country (Eastern Virginia) Part Two with Saudé Creek Wine

In part two of my Virginia wine posts, wanted to tell you about the folks at Saudé  Creek Vineyards.

Not far from where the Pamunkey and York River meet, this winery is cranking out vino and quite a few weddings from what I hear.

A former tavern during George Washington's time it was bought in 2008 and planted with 6 types of grapes when it started.

During my visit, got a full tour of its facility, fermenting area and grounds.

I recommend the tasting of its reds and whites where for $10 you'll get to try some 7 wines and plenty of hospitality.

One of its most impressive whites was the Vidal Blanc, a zesty off dry vino with peach like aroma.

Want to go premium? for $17, get the 7 on the regular tasting plus 4 unique vinos.

I was intrigued by the Pamunkey Fall, named after the river that lays just north of the winery. This Chardonnay and Chardonel (sort of like a cousin of Chardonnay) is fresh and fruit forward like. The apricot on it had me quite happy.

On the reds, the 1791, a Bordeaux like blend with good tannins yet not over powering made me think of espresso.
Plus, the Syrah, with its earthiness and spice and dark cherries was another outstanding full body vino. Saudé Creek is doing it right.

What started out as a Cider Apply winery and its now producing about 6,500 cases of wine a year, Saudé  Creek is a good spot to tour while in Eastern Virginia.

Owners Jason knight (who was actually testing and pressing some vino while we toured the stainless tanks)
and John Britt are putting the right touches on Virginia Wine Country.

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Please wine responsibly, and as always, Salud!