Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Born in Malta but in Canada since age 5. Has written three books and presently does several columns about wine and food for various magazines.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

These California Wines Have Quality PLUS Great Value!

Trinchero Family Estate Wines
Trinchero Family Estate Wines is a NAPA wine producer with a large number of wine brands made by various successful wine makers. Two of these wine brands have proved excellent in both price and quality.  
Three Thieves 
From select vineyards in California under the guidance of three individuals who decided to make wine according to their own drum beat. The result was magnificent wine that is made with grapes from select vineyards that brings excellent price quality ratio. The "Thieves", Joel Gott, Charles Bieler and Roger Scommegna have a lot to be proud of. 

Three Thieves Pinot Noir   Central Coast California  LCBO #10424  $17.95  88/100 points
Grape: 76% Pinot Noir,  18% Syrah, 6% Petite Verdot
Colour: Red
Nose:  Floral, plum, black cherry, some mushroom, with light vanilla wood
Palate: Dry, medium to full Body, smooth tannins,  dark fruit. pleasant persistent finish
Comment: Excellent quality/price ratio and definitely worth purchasing for that special meal. I truly liked this wine and it comes at a price that can make it a frequent visitor in your household! French/American Oak.
Pairing: Turkey, pork/ham dishes, would be great with Mushroom Swiss Burger!  

Joel Gott
Joel Gott is fast becoming a demand winemaker and legend in California. His persistence in making quality wines his own way has paid off with some great value wine that is equal in quality to wine that is much higher in price. 
Joel Gott 815 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  California   Vintages # 444059  $24.95    89/100 points
Grape: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from select California Vineyards.
Colour: Red
Nose: Dark fruit, herbal flavours, vanilla wood, chocolate nuances with anise
Palate: Full body, savory fruit, smooth tannins and balanced acidity. long pleasant finish
Comments: At $24.95 an excellent choice. It is $25.60 at the SAQ in Quebec and cost about $20 American in the U.S.A.  There is a 375 ml bottle at $14.95 (Vintages #20717) in some stores. New French Oak. 
Pairings: Moroccan Lamb, Slow cooked Roast Beef and Lamb Burgers. Also terrific with Steak on a Kaiser and Chopped Steak Burger. Even good with a medium rare Porter House of Filet Mignon.