This Week In Wine: August 7 – 13, 2016

This Week In Wine: August 7 – 13, 2016: This week we take a look at Fantasy Wine Camp, the 2013 Rodney Strong Estate Grown Pinot Noir and Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Wine

Welcome to this weeks edition of This Week in Wine — your one-stop serving of this week’s best wine related posts, including wine tips (aka Grape Tips), wine recommendations and food and wine recipe pairings, pulled from our weekly editions of This Week In Wine. Bookmark this page to peruse while you cheerfully and (very) warmly welcome August — and start your Saturday of on the right foot. Here’s to another delicious week!

Wine 101

This Week In Wine 101: Experience Fantasy Wine Camp

Have you ever dreamed of going to a favorite vineyard or winery to learn about wine and winemaking? Whether you’ve contemplated wine making as a hobby, a new career path or you just want to cross another item off your bucket list, from the barrel to the bottle, the following winemaking experts will walk you through the process of creating your own grape certified masterpieces at their fantasy wine camps! Before we get to the wine camps, let’s first explore the type of experience you can expect to have when attending a fantasy winemaking camp.

Wine Wednesday


In addition to introducing a new wine this week, a 2013 Pinot Noir from Rodney Strong, we take a look back at some of our favorite Grape Certified Pinot Noir’s of the Summer!


2013 Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir - thegrape.comThis Week In Red Wine: Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2013 ($20)

The 2013 Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied wine, offering soft and silky textured flavors of rose petal, pomegranate, toasty vanilla and spice. Robert Parker of Wine Advocate left the following review of this wine, “The 2013 Pinot Noir Estate reveals pleasant pomegranate, plum and black cherry fruit, a subtle hint of oak, and a delicate floral note. Medium-bodied, impressively pure and soft, it should be consumed over the next 3-4 years.”

2014 King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir - red wine - THEGRAPE

This Week In Red Wine: King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir 2014 ($20)

Noted as the ‘Kings of Pinot’, King Estate produces wines that enhance the lives of their devotees and aim to please. In 1990, Ed King stumbled upon a piece of land with rich soil for growing hay to feed local livestock. And by the mid 90’s, more than 100 acres were planted to cultivate the most clonally diverse soil and climate-matched vineyard ever grown in the state of Oregon. The velvety, light-bodied 2014 King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir showcases bright fruit aromas and stuns the masses with its lively flavors, offering good acidity and balance.

2012 La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir - red wine - thegrape

This Week In Red Wine: La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2013 ($20)

La Crema is famous for producing exquisite white and red wines, like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir respectively, sourcing grapes from California’s finest cool-climate wine regions such as: Anderson Valley, Russian River Valley, Los Carneros, Sonoma Coast and Monterey. Today, they continue to explore the essence, depth and breadth of varietal expression, creating premium world-class wines that are simply unforgettable. The 2013 La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir offers complex aromas that are both savory and sweet. This wine displays well-integrated acidity and fine-grained tannins create an elegant, well-structured wine.

2011 Sokol Blosser Peach Tree Block Pinot Noir - Red Wine - THEGRAPE

This Week In Red Wine: Sokol Blosser Peach Tree Block Pinot Noir 2011 ($80)

The highly acclaimed, 2011 Sokol Blosser Peach Tree Block Pinot Noir allures with blue fruit characteristics and spice as a young, focused wine. The signature Jory soil terroir with its spicy mineral finish is well represented in this wine. It possesses great depth of pure fruit flavor, strong structure, acid, and a persistent length. This wine, is worthy of lengthy aging, and with proper cellaring can be enjoyed for the next ten to fifteen years.

Food & Wine Friday

Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps - THEGRAPE

This Week In Food & Wine: Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps And Wine

We can all agree that we’d love to eat healthier but too often that means eating bland or less than delicious foods. Well that trend ends with 2013. We declare 2014 the year of the healthy AND delicious! The foods we eat should be as good for our taste buds as they are for our hearts & waists. Enter teriyaki chicken lettuce wraps and wine!

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This has been another great week of Wine 101 Grape Tips, Wine Wednesday recommendations and Food & Wine Recipes! We hope you enjoyed this episode of This Week In Wine. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy this weeks grape tip but we’re excited for you to try this week food and wine suggestions. If you enjoyed this post please don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of This Week In Wine. Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below and at Cheers!

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