What kind of coffee do you order? What kind of wine do you like? The answers to these questions might be more related than you think.
Everyone has different taste preferences, and your affinity for a certain coffee style can many times predict the wines you’ll love. This information can be extremely useful when purchasing wine for yourself or others. Through my years as a winemaker and by paying attention to the preferences of wine consumers, here is what I’ve noticed:
Black Coffee: If you order your coffee black, you likely prefer roasty/caramelized flavors, some tannins, and flavorful acidity. Our 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will fit that preference wonderfully. Mid-level tannins frame a palette of beautiful dark fruit flavors mixed with warm spice notes.
Espresso: If you’re the type that orders straight up espresso, you probably like intensely flavored beverages and find enjoyment in the fine balance of roast/sweet/dry. Of course you’ll love our 2013 Beckstoffer Georges III vineyard F block Cabernet, but I’d also suggest you try our 2016 Pinot Noir from the Big Pig vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Why would I suggest a pinot noir (typically lighter) for someone who likes espresso (typically darker)? It’s all about the intensity of flavor and high-level balance between fruit, spice, and acid. Give it a try – you’ll be glad you did!
Coffee with cream and sugar: Do you like cream and sugar in your coffee? If you do, you it’s likely you prefer balance on the softer side (less tannins and acid), and enjoy big mouthfeel and palate richness. If you’re looking for a red wine you’ll love, go straight for the 2016 Redline blend. Complex, rich, and approachable -- it has all the right flavors in all the right places.
Your coffee choice can really say a lot about what wines you might enjoy. As always, explore the vast world of wine around you and let your palate be the guide.
We make our Adobe Road Winery Rosé from almost all our our red wine lots (left to right in the photo above: petite sirah, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, syrah, zinfandel and pinot noir). We take just a little bit of juice out of each lot early in the winemaking process. This leaves us with a more concentrated red wine for fermentation and a very cool rosé.
Each of these wine lots gets fermented separately. See all of the different colors? Each grape has a different amount of pigment we can extract at any given time. It all comes down to skin contact and the maturity of those grape skins.
So, petite sirah rosé is very dark, as you can see -- it looks like what you might expect to see in a mature pinot noir wine. But pinot noir rosé? It can be really light, like a salmon or even an almost chardonnay color through the light, as you can see in our photo.
What we get during and after fermentation is a very interesting color palette and in January the mixing really begins. We start blending these finished wines together to make the rich flavor and color profiles our Adobe Road Winery Rosé is known for year after year.
Getting those colors and flavors right is very important -- it’s an art, really -- and we want our rosé to be very expressive of each vintage. It means our winemaker, Garrett Martin spends a lot of time getting the blend just the way he wants it.
So, this amazing palette of color will continue to develop through the winter months, coming together in a kind of alchemy in spring when we release our next vintage of Adobe Road Rosé.
Deep, jammy black fruit, spices, hints of chocolate and fine grained tannins all come together to make Zinfandel a wonderfully versatile and accessible wine. Our Adobe Road Winery 2015 Zinfandel from Famighetti Vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley AVA is a terrific wine that amplifies the taste of autumn spices like clove, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon, as well as poultry (especially dark meat). It’s a perfect choice for your Thanksgiving table.
But that’s not all -- Zinfandel is a wine you can enjoy again and again and not just at special occasions, but all year ‘round -- from easy meals with family and friends to elegant dinner parties, this wine will fit right in.
So go ahead, pop open a bottle of Adobe Road Zinfandel. Come on by our downtown Petaluma tasting room or order our 2015 Zinfandel online and give this versatile wine that pairs well with so many foods a try. You’ll love it.
Quick Zinfandel fact: Over 90 percent of the world’s Zinfandel is grown and produced in California
Brunch: Quiche Lorraine
Lunch: Duck Breast Salad or Roasted Beet Salad (go ahead and add some goat cheese)
Dinner: Braised Lamb Shank or Coq au Vin
Cheese: Try some Maytag Bleu Cheese or Dry Sonoma Jack
Dessert: A wonderfully decadent Chocolate Mousse (add some raspberries to really take advantage of this pairing)
A little glitz, a little glamor and a lot of bubbles. What a way to start your Thanksgiving celebration! Our very limited 2016 Adobe Road Winery Sparkling Rosé is bursting with luscious red fruit, texture and acidity. But don’t put it away after the appetizers have disappeared -- this is a wine that will be great throughout the meal.
For the white wine drinkers, our new 2015 vintage Adobe Road Winery Chardonnay from Sangiacomo’s south vineyard in the Petaluma Gap is a surprisingly good match for the Thanksgiving table. This wine pairs nicely with the bold flavors of the day, adding the crisp acidity that teams up so well with turkey, potatoes and stuffing, as well as with those sweeter foods like candied yams.
Wine lovers adore pinot noir’s bright red berry notes and hints of spice. This wine is the classic pick to pair with all of the traditional Thanksgiving favorites, from the ever popular creamy mashed potatoes and casseroles, to white and dark meat turkey. And cranberries? Perfection. The pinot noir grape really sings in our 2016 Adobe Road Winery Green Valley of the Russian River Valley Big Pig Vineyard Pinot Noir and that’s what makes it so special -- and good. Fresh raspberry and cherry pie flavors play a central role.
The Bavarian Lion Vineyard in Sonoma’s Knights Valley is special. Its raised elevation and warm growing region makes it perfect for growing cabernet sauvignon.
The 2014 Adobe Road Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a rich core of blackberry jam and is surrounded by dusty, rich tannins accented by a hint of mocha and anise. This is truly a mouthful of beautiful cabernet, but don’t take our word for it. “A big, expressive style, with layers of blackberry, red berry, licorice, anise, cedar and mocha flavors. Despite the richness and power the tannins are trim on the finish.” – 92 points, James Laube, Wine Spectator
This wine has scored 92 points from Robert Parker and was confirmed with a follow up 92 points from Wine Spectator.
Suggested Pairing: Our Adobe Road Winery Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon will be perfect with your Christmas prime rib and Yorkshire pudding. Want to try a bottle this weekend? Pair it with a nice, juicy rib-eye or porterhouse steak.
The vast majority of our grapes — 80 to 85 percent — had already been harvested by the time the Sonoma and Napa fires started, and so they escaped fire and smoke damage. And, we’re extremely happy with the high quality of that fruit, from whites like Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay to signature reds such as Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and more.
Despite the fact that Cabernet Sauvignon tends to be one of the last grapes left on the vine each season, we’ve got some extremely good news — Adobe Road will add two exciting new premier single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons to our collection of wines with the 2017 vintage.
We just finished pressing some amazing grapes from Lichau Hill Vineyards in Sonoma County’s Petaluma Gap. Lichau is a small, hand-tended vineyard growing 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, and it’s located not far from the Sangiacomo Family’s Roberts Road Vineyard, where we source some of the most prestigious Pinot Noir grapes available. Many wineries sought this delicious, small-lot Cabernet Sauvignon fruit and we’re excited to bring it to Adobe Road.
Adobe Road Winery is also thrilled to be adding Cabernet Sauvignon from a fantastic pedigree in Napa’s Sage Canyon. This vineyard is adjacent to the original Charles Pritchard homestead, high above Napa’s Lake Hennessey, home to Bryant Family Vineyard, Chappellet, Colgin, Continuum and David Arthur. The vineyard escaped the fires and smoke, just like Petaluma’s Lichau Hill, and the mountain fruit is very expressive of the terroir.
We’re excited about 2017 and the great quality wines that will result from a fantastic harvest.