Last week I met Gary Cunningham owner/grower of 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards. Gary was showcasing his Idaho wines at the Kennewick, Washington Costco. Yes, I believe this is my first Idaho wine review.
photo: Gary Cunningham.
Gary had a good display of the wines he makes. While my wife continued shopping, Gary and I had a chance to talk. With over 50 wineries in Idaho, 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards is the largest producer at over 10,000 cases annually. To keep up with demand, Gary is planting more vineyards. Gary apologized for not being able to share his wine with me; in Washington you cannot taste wine at Costco, you can eat food samples, but unfortunately not wine. I had to wait until I got home.
This is my first wine related product evaluation. I was contacted by Matt Baack of Angle 33 and asked to review his Angle 33 Concrete Wine Thermal.
Yes, this product is made out of concrete.
Matt Baack started in concrete 14 years ago, in the flatwork industry. He owns and operates Stamping Ground Studios in Missoula, Montana. He specializes in decorative concrete counter tops, concrete furniture and stained concrete floors. Matt is constantly looking for new ways to use the medium of concrete.
A classic Spanish blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano.
2010 was an unusually cool year for Washington. Word on the street was that it would be a difficult vintage to execute; but the best winemakers would produce truly spectacular wines. A vintage to remember for some. The Pomum Cellars 2010 TINTO is one of those wines made by one of those talented winemakers. This bottle was provided courtesy of Pomum Cellars.
An honest expression of Washington terroir.
It's a pleasure to enjoy a bottle of red wine that tastes like you expect it to taste and compliments your meal. Is it odd to tell you that the McKinley Springs Cabernet Sauvignon tastes like and drinks like a Washington Cabernet Sauvignon? It does and I enjoyed it.
Holman Ranch is located in the Carmel Valley, California. It was originally part of Mexico and the land was bestowed to the Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo during the Spanish era. One of the first ranches was the Los Laureles Rancho that included property which today is Holman Ranch. In the 1920's the Ranch served as a retreat for Hollywood celebrities; including Charlie Chaplin and Theda Bara. By the 1940's Holman Ranch became one of the first resorts in the Carmel Valley and host to another generation of Hollywood celebrities. Some of the famous actors you would have seen included: Clark Gable, Vincent Price, Joan Crawford and Marlon Brando.
Hamilton Cellars has a tasting room in South Richland; lucky me, it's easily within walking distance. My wife is supplying me with regular doses of Hamilton Cellars wines. One of the bottles I recently opened was the Hamilton Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.
What you need to participate:
1. Buy the current month’s wine from a local retailer or direct from the winery.
2. Have a twitter account.
3. Tweet your comments about the wine on Twitter, as each participant opens their bottle and shares comments about the wine between 7 and 8pm PST, follow @wawinereport.