Archive for November, 2005

Meadowood in Napa Valley

A unique event at Meadowood in Napa Valley will celebrate the twelve days of Christmas in style. The event, which runs from December 11 through 22, 2005 celebrates wine and food. Twelve chefs will collaborate with twelve vinters to create holiday feasts. Pricing for The Twelve Days of Christmas starts at $500 per person, which includes one night’s lodging at Meadowood and dinner, with 20% of each reservation going to Share Our Strength. Meadowood will donate $2,000 in each of the twelve chefs’ names to Share Our Strength in addition to 20% of the lodging and dinner price. The feasts will celebrate various cultural traditions and will consist of five courses paired with wines. Featured chefs include Michael Schlow of Radius in Boston and Nancy Silverton of La Brea Bakeries.

Savanna Samson
Sogno Uno

The lady shown here has an unusual pair of careers: porn star and winemaker. Savanna Samson, famous for her long career in the adult film industry, will be releasing a wine called Sogno Uno (Dream One) in February. We have seen this sort of stunt casting when it comes to celeb wines before but what is intriguing is that the wine has already been given 91 points by Robert Parker and will be available in restaurants in New York including the posh Restaurant Daniel. The new wine is a blend of 70% Cesanese, 20% Sangiovese and 10% Montepulciano and Samson did the tasting herself. The wine is expected to sell for $35-$40 and only 400 cases of the 2004 have been produced. There are plans to make a white Sogno Due (Dream Two) and a champagne in the future.

Sogno Uno Bottle

The release of the wine – at New York’s La Masseria restaurant – was initially due to coincide with the New Year but the launch has been put back due to problems with the label, which features an airbrushed picture of Samson posing in a see-through dress (similar to the image above).

The holdup is due to concern over whether or not she will be able to call the wine Vino de Tavola or simply Italian Red Wine as the grapes are sourced from different regions.

The actress, whose husband is a New York wine merchant, plans to make a white Sogno Due, or Dream Two, in the near future and is considering adding Champagne to the range.

Update(27th Feb 2006):
Sogno Uno will be available soon at a pice of $38/bottle.
“Sogno Uno will be introduced this week in Manhattan.”

If anyone is intrested in this wine, please leave a comment here and I shall followup when there is an update.

Update(6th April 2006):
We are expecting Sogno Uno in our store in may-june months.
I shall keep you all informed about its availability once we have it in our online wine store.

Update(18th Sep 2006):
Hi everyone, got some good news for you people waiting for this wine.
We have recieved this wine and is in store now.
Check this post for more details.

NOTE: If you want to pick up any images or news from here and display it in your blog/website, you are welcome, but please refer to our site by linking back.

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002
Top Rated Wine

Wine Legend is selling out Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 for just $109.01 which is the #1 top rated wine for 2005.

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 is rated as #1 by wine spectator top 100 wines for year 2005.
Wine Spectator Rating: 96/100

Market Price: $150
WineLegend Price: $109
(grab it before its out of stock)

Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 wine is available in 3 options:
375ml: $59 (market price: $83)
750ml: $109 (market price: $150)
1500ml: $199 (market price: $305)

You can buy this wine at our online wine store.
Product page: Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002


Joseph Phelps Winemaker’s note:
“The 2002 Insignia is full of black cherry jam and allspice aromas, with luscious notes of boysenberry, ripe plums, toasted oak and tobacco. The exceptionally elegant mouthfeel coats the palate with layer after layer of tannin, followed by a lengthy, textured finish containing sweet oak notes and a hint of blackberry.”

You might also want to look at Joseph Phelps Backus 2002 which is from the same winery and the same year.

We hope you will enjoy this wine :)
Have a Nice Day!

Wine Spectator

WineLegend Presents some of the most wanted wines among the Top 100 Wines of 2005 rated by Wine Spectator.

We hope you will enjoy these great wines at lowest prices from our online wine store WineLegend.

You can have a look at these top 100 wines of 2005 here:
Wine Spectator Top 100 wines of 2005

Holiday Wines

“With so many different wine preferences at any holiday table, the idea of picking wine can be a daunting experience. But if you keep the wine fun and easy it will be one less thing to worry about as you baste, bake, mash, and whisk.

One of the easiest ways to handle the wine for the meal is to get a bunch of different wines and make it a wine tasting for all that attend. Here are some of my favorites that work well with all the flavors in this holiday meal.”

Read the article here… Recommends these wines:

White wine with turkey, Gewurztraminer
You can find many Gewurztraminer wines here: French Alsace wines

Hugel and Fils ($17) from the Alsace region of France, packed full of clean fresh fruit and spice; it is a true winner for Thanksgiving.

We have an alternative for a lower price:
Hugel Gentil 2003 for $8.79

If your guests want a fuller bodied wine and demand a chardonnay, one that will work well is 2003 William Hill Chardonnay Reserve ($20), layered with ripe creamy apple and pear flavor, all packed without too much oak.
William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 for $17.99
William Hill Cabernet Pnv Auction 2001 for $103.99
William Hill Chardonnay Napa 2001 for $11.99

For the reds, try a wine from France called Beaujolais Nouveau. It is a light fresh and fruit packed wine that will keep everyone happy. It is often called a red wine for people who do not like red wine. There are many different ones on the market, but the one that always delivers great quality to price ratio is George Duboeuf ($12).

For a great dessert wine, Bonny Doon 2004 Muscat Vin de Glaciere ($21) is a winner that everyone will love.

Bonny Doon Muscat Vin Glaciere 2001
for $14.99

We hope you will enjoy the wines.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving.


Which wine for what food?

“There are no hard and fast rules about which wine we should drink with what food, but centuries of experience have resulted in a few tried-and-tested guidelines.

According to an age-old code, sherry is drunk before a meal as an aperitif to stimulate the tastebuds for the food to follow – especially the dry or off-dry sherries. Sweet sherry is best enjoyed with dessert or fruit at the end of the meal.”

read more…

Wine Exports

I found from NoBullGrape that Just Drinks reports about rise in Italian Wine Exports to the US:

Wine exports from Italy to the US rose considerably in the first eight months of this year, according to recent figures. Italian farmers’ union Coldiretti said yesterday (27 October) that exports to the country were up by 16.2% year-on-year between January and August.

Coldiretti added that the US market absorbs about a quarter of Italy’s wine exports in value terms.


Tom Wark of Fermentation(previously Fermentations) has a writeup about his experience with blogging vs trademarks.
This is his post :
The Responsibility of the Wine Blogger

May be you have to look at it of you have the idea of starting a wine blog. For that matter any blog…

Wine Appreciation Event

Date: Dec 09, 2005 (Fri)
Time: 7:00-9:00PM
Email: Jackiegreene87 at
Cost: $15 Women for Winesense members,
$30 non-members and companions

Venue: Make Wine With Us
926-930 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

The New Jersey Chapter of Women for WineSense presents their first wine event at Make Wine With Us in Jersey City. This national non-profit wine group is dedicated to bringing the positive aspects of wine to all its members. We are excited to be able to bring the experience of winemaking to you firsthand.

There will be a tour of the facility (crusher, barrels etc.) and a talk about the process of winemaking from growing of the grapes to the bottling and labelling. Make Wine With Us is open to all for creating their own special wines.

We will be tasting several of the wines made on the premises and have a chance to ask questions and find out more of what they do.

We will have some light refreshments (cheese, fruit, crackers) to enjoy with the wine.

Please join us for this wonderful opportunity.

Our Chapter has just begun so we are looking for new members. All members will be able to attend for the reduced rate of $15. The cost for non-members is $30.

Membership and event sign up are all done online at Women for WineSense When joining sign in to the Hoboken, NJ Chapter.

Women in Wine dinner

Women in Wine Dinner; November 29, 2005 in Berkeley, CA.
Katrina Fetzer of biodynamic innovator, Ceago Winegarden will be discussing her experiences in the wine industry while pouring Ceago wines at a dinner to be held on Tuesday November 29th at the acclaimed Venus Restaurant.
Call (510) 540-5950 for reservations.