Jun 22 2010

Meet the Winemaker (Bacon Not Included)

Join us at Just Grapes this Thursday (June 24) for our Grateful Palate Tasting with Chris Ringland of R Wines. For only $25, you’ll get to meet and taste with Chris, who will explain the exciting winemaking ideas that have made him one of the most respected names in the industry.

Chris is known in particular for his incredible Shiraz, so it’s not surprising that R Wines is a partnership with Dan Phillips of the Grateful Palate in Fairfield, California, where the bacon-centric edibles for sale pair perfectly with Ringland’s robust reds.

The tasting is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., but come in to Just Grapes before Thursday and pick up a bottle or two of Chris’s handiwork, taste it for yourself, then come back and surprise the winemaker with questions that only someone who’s “been there” can ask!

2007 Chris Ringland “CR” Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia [$17.59]

93 pts – Robert Parker

Chris Ringland is one of the most talented winemakers in the world. I think Chris is just trying to show off with this wine. Incredibly rich, ripe dark berries and a long, smooth finish. When I drink this wine I can’t wait to break out the grill and let the smokiness of the wine marry with the smokiness of the pork steak I just made. Mmmm, pork and Shiraz. (Pete’s Staff Pick)

2008 R Wines “Southern Belle” Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia [$15.99]

90 pts – Wine Advocate

The 2008 Southern Belle Shiraz was aged in seasoned oak including some ex-bourbon barrels. A glass-coating opaque purple, it displays a nearly room-filling nose of smoke, game, incense, and blueberry that leaps from the glass. Opulent and full-bodied on the palate, it lacks only complexity. Drink it over the next 6-8 years. It is an outstanding value. 

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