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California Wine Clock

July 25, 2017

Unlike other drinks, wine is best shared. One bottle open for a small group, or two different wines for a table. For larger events, a third bottle can be appropriate. No more. You are a host not a bartender.

12 NOON - 2PM Lunch. Pinot Noir. Light, fruity wine with soft tannins is a perfect choice for lunch of just after. Shop Pinot Noir or consider:

2014 Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 91 Points Wine Enthusiast. $27.95.

2014 Foxen Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley. 90 Points Robert Parker. $32.95.

2PM - 4PM Afternoon. Sauvignon Blanc. The perfect, light, dry white wine for sunny days. Serve well chilled and keep cool while open. Shop Sauvignon Blanc or consider:

Quivira Sauvignon Blanc, Fig Tree Vineyard, 2014. 90 Points Robert Parker, $21.95

Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, 2015 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast. $21.95

4PM - 6PM Late Afternoon. Sparkling. Sparkling wines without an occasion feels very relaxing and special. With an occasion makes it all the more special. Shop Sparkling California wines or consider:

Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley NV. 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast. $21.95.

Mumm Napa Brut Rose NV 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast. $19.95.

6PM - 8PM Dinner. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. If possible, its nice to have a choice at dinner. A lot of amazing options from Napa Valley and many other parts of California.

Mount Eden Chardonnay, Edna Valley, 2014. 92 Points, Vinous. $21.95.

DAOU Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2015. 92 Points, Robert Parker. $22.95.

8PM - 10PM Evening. Red Blends/Merlot. Red Blends. 

Ridge Lytton Springs Red Blend 2014. 94 Points, Vinous. $34.95.

Orin Swift Abstract 2015. 90 Points, Wine Spectator. $33.95

10 PM to 12 Midnight. Late Evening. Try something a little unusual or or put it on cruise control with a great go to bottle.

Decoy Merlot by Duckhorn, Sonoma County, 2014 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast. $20.95.

Saldo Zinfandel 2015 from The Prisoner Wine Company. $24.90.

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