2017 Wine Country Guide: NorCal

It’s official!! I’ve finally finished my 2017 NorCal Wine Country Guide. Take a look at some of my favorite wineries, restaurants, and things to do in Suisun Valley, Napa, and Sonoma. Cheers wine lovers!

Download the Printable Version Here –> threadsandvino wine country guide 2017

2016 Rkatsitelli Wine Spotlight from Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery

Still can’t wrap my head around how awesome this wine grape variety is! The Rkatsitelli grape was widely planted in Eastern Europe and is considered one of the oldest known grape varieties in the world. Planted in the country of Georgia in 300 B.C. The name means “red horn” in Georgian. This wine from Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery is super delicious! The vines were planted in the 60’s, the wine was fermented in stainless steel, with partial MLF. It was very bright with complex acidity, crisp mouth feel, and pleasant minerality. If you are ever in the finger lakes or see this in the package store, seriously suggest picking it up! #sorryformywinenerdrant #ithadtobedone

A Little History About the Winery:

4th generation owned, Meaghan Frank is taking over her family’s winery. Wooohoo for more ladies in wine! The Winery was established in 1962 by Dr. Konstantin Frank – a refugee from Ukrain who came to NY during World War II. His father was from Germany and managed a small winery in Ukrain, so he grew up working in the wine industry. When he came to America he spoke 9 languages but no English. However, he was eventually able to learn enough English to communicate his wine desires. He planted his first grape vines in 1958 on Keuka Lake and never looked back!

Why Are The Wines so great?

Well there are 11 total lakes in the Finger Lakes Region and they have many different soil types due to the glacial impact of the last Ice Age. For example the Shale Acidic Soil creates a good mineralogy in a Dry Rieslings and lends itself to the cool climate hearty grape varieties. This is a big reason why Riesling really excels in the region. Then they have Limestone where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are often planted. These grapes truly excel there, especially with the lake effect combination. The lakes cool the region and in winter and warm it up in the summer which allows them to produce top quality Vinifera.

Visiting The Winery:

At Dr. Konstantin Frank they always offer free tastings for their guests. This is because they are off the beaten path on Cayuga Lake and think that since you’ve journeyed that far, you deserve some free wine 🙂 They have an International Winemaking Team
consisting of winemakers from South Africa, Australia, Germany, and California. This gives them the ability to create 30 wines for their portfolio including a line of sparkling wines. When you visit, sit back, relax, and enjoy your wine with a side of awesome East Coast history.

Location:  9749 Middle Rd, Hammondsport, NY 14840

Schedule A Tasting: Advance Reservations and booking payment are required for all groups of 12 or more. Groups of 12 or more will be charged with a non-refundable fee of $5 per person and will get to keep their Dr. Frank logo glass. Please call 800-320-0735 for a reservation. Cancellations must be made up to a week in advance otherwise reservations are non refundable.

Make sure you make the trip to the Finger Lakes and Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery!

Rainy Days Call For Delicious Rose´

I was a little skeptical to try wine from a can but this is super tasty. It reminds me of a dry rose´ bubbles but without the bubbles. Very well balanced. Notes of citrus, strawberry, and peaches. The perfect summer rose´!

Wine Via: Union Wine Company

#pinkiesdown #imbuyingacase #yeswayrose #drinkpink

Fortune 2014 Pinot Noir: Great Wine for Under $20!

Enjoying some Soldiers of Fortune 2014 Pinot Noir made by winemaker Alison Crowe aka the Winemaker Magazine’s Wine Wizard! 🍷

Fruit sourced from Monterey County. This Pinot is layered with flavors of cherry, raspberry, and vanilla. A crisp, balanced, and complex Pinot. A great wine for under $20!
Thank you to the Women Winemakers of CT and Total Wine of Manchester, CT for introducing me to this awesome wine!🍇 #girlsmakewinetoo

PS- How CUTE is this cork?! 💗

Girls Night Out at The Rustic Barn #ThisIsMyHappyPlace

I’m still obsessing over the amazing aesthetics and offerings at The Rustic Barn in Killingworth, CT. My friend Amanda and I attended a “Girls Night Out” party hosted by Lauren McBride and it was so much fun! We shopped, drank lemonade, and met some super nice people.

I went home with a few items for my new apartment. The one I’m most excited about is the Egyptian Amber candle. The smell is incredible and I love it even more because it is locally made by one of the owners of the shop.

The next time you are in Killingworth make sure to stop by The Rustic Barn. They have the perfect items to bring into your home, offer custom furniture, and fun private parties! Cheers to adding some gorgeous new items to your home! 🙂

Location: 157 Route 81 Killingworth, CT

Hours: Thursday – Friday: 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm – 4pm

Contact: therusticbarnct@gmail.com / 860-452-4145 / www.therusticbarnct.com

{best candles ever!!}

“Women Winemakers of Connecticut Collaborate to Create a New Culture” – The American Wine Society Journal

Thank you to the American Wine Society for featuring my article about the Women Winemakers of Connecticut! We truly appreciate your support and look forward to collaborating more in the future ❤ #GirlsMakeWineToo #GirlPower

Read more below on how you can join the American Wine Society! 🙂

 

What is the American Wine Society?

A non-profit, educational, consumer-oriented organization for those interested in learning more about all aspects of wine.

What are the benefits of joining the AWS?

The AWS is all about making wine knowledge exciting and fun!

Members explore wine together, through relaxed chapter tastings, a magazine, national tasting events and much more. The AWS has a great rep in the wine industry, with remarkable relationships with winemakers, wineries and wine-related businesses around the globe that give members access to incredible wines and experiences.

When you join get excited for…

How can you join the American Wine Society?  

Click HERE for Membership info

Personally, I can’t wait for the Riedel – The Wine Glass Company Tasting this weekend with the American Wine Society, Hartford, CT Chapter!! If you are in the Connecticut area and would like more information about the AWS and how to join feel free to email me at threadsandvino@gmail.com. I hope you join this great organization and look forward to seeing you at the next event. Cheers! 🙂