“Life is a Cabernet”


For those of you who are familiar with this saying, you will be very excited about our events coming up this week!

The staff at Amazing Grapes would like to extend an invitation for you to come in and be a part of our semi-annual tasting of the ever-popular Silver Oak from 5pm to 10pm this Thursday February 7th and Saturday February 9th. For $35, we will have samples of the following delectable wines:


–  Silver Oak 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet

– Silver Oak 2008 AlexanderValley Cabernet

– Twomey 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

– Twomey 2007 NapaValley Merlot


I’d like to get your taste buds ready for this event so I’ll give you the scoop on what you’re in for.

Let’s start with the Silver Oak 2008 Napa Valley cab. This lovely blend consists of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It has a dark garnet color and has a nose of cassis, violets, licorice, allspice and roasting coffee. As if that wouldn’t give your taste buds a nice treat, it has an extraordinarily rich attack, a satin texture and an exuberant expression of fruit on the mid-palate that comes from picking grapes at the peak of their ripeness. The wine then finishes with notions of savory umami and fruit with a medium tannic grip.

**Suggested food pairings would be: camembert cheese, blue cheese, cheese pizza, pasta with tomato marinara sauce and bittersweet chocolate. When you come in, try our “Fromage and Salumi” plate with this cab.

Our next sampler is the Silver Oak 2008 Alexander Valley cab, which is another treat for your taste buds. This dark, rich full-bodied wine has a great tannic structure. It is also a garnet color with a nose of ripe boysenberries, cherry liqueur, dark chocolate, sandalwood and a hint of roasting meat. Is your mouth watering yet? On the palate, it is mouth-coating and incredibly rich in umami. It also has a very long, savory finish with a slight grip of fine-grained tannins.

**Wonderful suggestions for food would be: roasted spiced sweet potatoes, cheese pizza, beef fillet with cognac-onion sauce and rosemary and garlic lamb chops. I would also recommend our “Popeye’s Pizza” with this cab.

Up next, we have the Twomey (you can pronounce it “to-me” because quite frankly, it has an unusual spelling to it) 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. This wine has a vibrant blood-red rose color and a deep, brooding nose of boysenberries, potpourri, black truffle and violets. On the palate there’s the attack that’s fruit-sweet, broad and it immediately evolves into a silky expression of huckleberry fruit and dried flowers. This finish is elegant, long and classically Pinot Noir. Now take that taste buds!

**We’d recommend the following foods: broccoli and rice casserole, pea and mint couscous, saffron risotto and sea bass. But if you are looking for something even more delicious, you should indulge in our “Sesame-Crusted Seared Ahi”…..oh what a perfect match!

And last, but certainly not least, is the Twomey 2007 Napa Valley Merlot. This is a beautiful example of what this noble variety can achieve in an excellent vintage: suppleness, complexity, and great expression of berry fruit. It has a dark ruby color and a wonderful nose of fresh, ripe black cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate and what the French call “torifaction”, the alluring smell of roasting coffee. On the palate we get an explosion of fruit and violets prolonged by plenty of umami, the savory fifth taste. It has a long finish echoing berry fruit, chocolate and grainy well-integrated tannins that promise excellent cellaring potential.

**But were not here to crypt it, were here to drink it! So what should you pair this lovely wine with? Hmm…how about: parmesan cheese, brick cheese, pasta with alfredo sauce and grilled chicken. Or, you can try our “Pasta Romano”.

Well, I hope this lovely introduction to these fine wines has your taste buds waiting in anticipation and your calendars marked to come in! I’d recommend making a reservation though, because this is definitely the place to be this week.


Until then, take with you the wise words of Michael Broadbent. “Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures”.