Michael Mondavi Family Estate

“Wine is our life…we look forward to sharing it with you!”  is what the Michael Mondavi Family Estate Mantra is, and you certainly feel it when you enter what they call their Tasting Gallery.   Located just off the Carneros region of Napa Valley, this tasting Gallery is quaint, and warmly welcoming and much like an art gallery in itself with each label presented artistically among the decor.   The gorgeous and breathtaking views on their large porch area beckon a picnic with one of their beautiful and tasty wines.

We had the personal pleasure of meeting TRACY RIOS (Retail Manager) who was very passionate and knowledgeable about the history of the Mondavi family.  It is clear that she has experienced every facet  of the wine making process and had so much to share which further enhanced our wine tasting experience.  We appreciated the fact that this kind of mentality is what sets Mondavi apart from the other tastings rooms that go through the motions of just pouring the wine, verses educating the customer.  Mondavi has been producing world renown wines for Four generations and we hear that the 5th generation Mondavi has just been born into the family.

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The wine I chose to review is from the ISABEL MONDAVI line “ISABEL MONDAVI DEEP ROSE, 2011”

MY REVIEW

This super light and refreshing ROSE is surprising with strawberry, cranberry and apple flavors and a slight acidity that dances in your mouth.  It reminds me of a summer day and I definitely put it in my GIRLIE WINE category.  I would personally serve this for a Sunday Brunch, Womans’s Tea, or for a special occasion such as Valentines Day or a Wedding Anniversary.    This makes for a perfect aperitif wine.

Mondavi offers three different wine clubs and make it affordable to any budget.

I highly recommend visiting this elegant and beautiful place.  I also recommend that you bring a nice picnic and enjoy it with one of the many wonderful wines presented here.  With the generous tastings that they offer you are sure to find just the perfect bottle.

Come find out why the San Francisco Chronicle voted them among “THE BEST TASTING ROOMS IN NAPA VALLEY

Cin, Cin, Salute!

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Wine Flights

What is a wine flight?

Wine didn’t grown wings and fly away…and no it’s not a new airline that offers wine tasting aboard.

Wine flights, or what are commonly referred to as a TASTING FLIGHT, are 3 or more generous tastes of wine in succession for the purpose of trying a variety in a certain year,  region, or varietal.   Flights are gaining popularity in many bars and restaurants.

Wine flights are a little different than a wine tasting in the sense that you get to choose the wines you want, and the amount of wine in your glass is a bit more generous than a usual tasting (approx. 3 ounces) and at a pretty good price too.    In addition, it gives you the ability to enjoy many different wines without drinking too many glasses and plastering yourself to the wall.

Recently at the Suisun Valley Wine Coop my husband and I were in a tasting room and were communicating our love for Zinfandel.   Kat, the wine steward was gracious enough to pull out 4 bottles of Zinfandel from the same vintner which was Sunset Cellars and we got the privilege of tasting a flight from four different harvest years.  It was amazing the difference in taste and subtle nuances of each wine.

Tasting Flights are a great way to compare different interpretations of the same varietal or different wine region.

It would be interesting to create a pairing flight to go with your 4 course meal starting with an aperitif before or during the appetizer, and then move to something to go with your soup and salad course, and so on finishing up with a sweet dessert wine at the end of the meal.

There are endless possibilities whether you have your flight already set up for you, or you create your very own.  Go and have fun with it!

Cin, Cin!  Salute!

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