What I’m Drinking

Following along with the wines that I’m drinking from my sponsors the Wine Spies

A bottle of 2016 Boatique Winery Petite Sirah from Lake County

Boatique Petite Sirah 2016, Lake County

If I’m going to be honest (and I am at least 31% of the time), I’ve only been a moderate fan of Petite Sirah in the past. Typically, the massive tannins, which are a signature of the varietal, overwhelm the fruit. Now, if I’m sitting down for a dinner consisting of a can of lard and a spoon, Petite Sirah is the perfect pairing.

A bottle of 2016 DRNK Pinot Noir, Cavers Cuvée, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

DRNK Pinot Noir, Cavers Cuvée, Russian River Valley

DRNK is a small family-run operation started by winemaker Ryan Kunde with his wife Katie and her parents. Together their initials spell DRNK – hence the name. Ryan is a die-hard RRV guy who tends to each block in his vineyards with insane detail.

DRNK Russian River chardonnay

DRNK Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

DRNK Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley is an everyday chardonnay that doesn’t assault the mouth with butter and oak, forcing you to call the Malo Police.

Nouveau Ridge Zinfandel, Chateau Diana, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

Nouveau Rouge Zinfandel, Chateau Diana, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

When the good folks at The Wine Spies sent this wine for me to try, I was hesitant at first. As you probably surmised from my glowing review of the Beekeeper Zinfandel, I like my zins spicy, not syrupy. So when they told me, “this is not an intellectual wine,” I took it as code for, “this is not a good wine.”