Justin 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

This wine offers a slight vegetal aroma acccompanied by musk and clove while offering balanced flavors of Bing cherry, bright tart raspberry, vanilla cream and cinnamon with smooth lingering tannin.  If this wine was priced between $15-$17,  i would have been alot more satisfied than the $25 dollar price point i paid for it.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Indigene Cellars 2007 Philanthropist

Raymond Smith, Winemaking Extraordinaire from Indigene Cellars strikes again with this hefty Central Coast Blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Petite Verdot. Big, juicy and with precise spice, this scrumptious Red Blend is all business and is the gift that keeps giving. Perfect for pairing with Standing Rib Roast, a Boneless NY Sirloin or Lamb Chops.  Keep Believing and Keep Drinking.

2004 Indigene Cellars Santa Maria Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend and drank plenty of great vino!   This Summer has been absolutely amazing and have to tell everyone about the Cabernet from Indigene Cellars i had that was absolutely massive!

Full bodied and elegantly refined this Cabernet has a contemplative, rustic bouquet of rich plum, course ground black pepper and green pepper that is so seductive it makes you want to fall right into the glass, as wonderfully layered flavors of black cherry, vanilla extract and a zest of peppery spice suck you in deeper and deeper with every sip.  Definitely one of the best wines i have ever had from this area, and the perfectly executed toasted oak finish with smooth lingering tannin seals the deal!   Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.  

Cameron Hughes Lot 254

Just picked up this 2008 Santa Ynez Valley Meritage blend and this wine is stellar for the $12 price point. With refined bouquet of blackberries, incense and a dash of mild dill, this medium bodied 5 grape Bordeaux style blend has beautifully rounded flavors of dark cherry, plum, soil and cassis. Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

What an absolutely awesome time spending last week in Ventura and probably one of the highlights was having my dear friend Tiffiany taking me to Santa Barbara and visiting  the “Santa Barbara Shellfish Company” for lunch at the end of Sterns Wharf.

From the get go, I knew it was going to be a spectacular afternoon as Lady T and I were the first to enter Santa Barbara Shellfish Company’s  tiny but “Full of Life” space, being graced by “Led Zeppelin I”  pleasantly blaring and greated by Captain Diego; who is of Brazilian descent but talks like a Bostonian that lives to watch the Boston Red Sox and kick some wicked ass.

Such a positive energy Captain Diego exuded, making you smile from the  inside out as Captain D, sharing info about Santa Barbara Shellfish Company’s outstanding menu, his colorful Life and some of the local wines;  Nursing a frosty Anchor Steam at S.B.S.C’s Old School wooden bar, I decided to go with The New England Clam Chowder Sourdough bowl and Lady T the Crab legs.

Born and raised outside of Boston, I have to say that Santa Barbara Shellfish Company’s own special recipe New England Clam Chowder is some of the best chowder I have ever had and after a bite of  Lady T’s delectable Crab leg lunch laced with butter and a perfect amount of sweetness; it truly seals the deal that i am living a perfect moment and everyone that get’s to Santa Barbara, AKA Heaven on Earth,  must treat themselves and experience Santa Barbara Shellfish Company.

” We were here last night and are back again.”    Exclaims two patrons happily aimed Captain Diego’s way, as Lady T and I wave our farewell on our way out into the glorious day to explore things further.  Cheers

Smooth Sailing and Sunny California.

   Beautiful weather here in Ventura, California and went thrifting and checking out some vintage, timeless commission shops downtown on Main St yesterday.  Great vibe, great diversity of people and the only thing that wasn’t perfect was the wine shop was closed.  😦      Cheers to all and hope everyone had an outstanding Memorial Day Weekend and please support Independent Music and download my new album “Greatest and Otherwise” at ITunes.

Cameron Hughes Lot 211

Just got a new shipment of Cameron Hughes wine yesterday and cracked a bottle of the new Lot 211 Cabernet Sauvignon. With a captivating nose of red raspberries, black cherries and cassis, I took my first sip of my new found love, experiencing wonderful medium bodied concentrated red and dark fruit, mild smooth tannin and a smooth, moderate lengthened finish.   This wine has stellar balance and paired quite nicely with my late night dinner of boneless pork sirloin chops and eggplant Parmesan.  Definitely one the better Cameron Hughes wines I have had over the past several months.  Keep Drinking and Keep Believing.

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