Wino’s Picks of the Week for February 8-15

Wino’s Picks of the Week

Your tasting list for Feb 8th-15th

E.C. Wino

They call it stormy Monday, but its sunny with a 100 percent chance of wine here at ApCal. As per our top of the week tradition, here is a fresh set of Wino’s Picks.

Red Wines

• Engelmann Cellars (Gravel Pit) Syrah (2012) – Boasting a name that implies grating teeth and truck tire slips over a country road, this Fresno-vinted, full-bodied Syrah boasts a surprisingly smooth and complex palate. A soft and sweet berry finish close off what begins as bright and smoky, with a subtle hint of cocoa. For the geography buffs, “The Gravel Pit” sits on the banks of the San Joaquin River, and are home to the Syrah grapes that make this wine.

• Big Guy Blended Red Wine (2013) – Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot make up the bulk of this blended red wine. Rich with dark fruit characteristics and a subtle, oaky sweetness – complex enough for even the most discerning palate, but gentle enough for weekend wino’s. Pair with a Santa Maria seasoned tri-tip or George Thoroughgood the situation and drink it alone.

•Solitary Cellars Syrah (2013) – Born in the Santa Lucia Highlands, this garnet-hued wine boasts a delicate berry nose and a velveteen finish. Pleasantly dry with a lingering minerality – pairs best with Korean BBQ.

White Wine

• William Hill Chardonnay (2014) – This Central Coast Chardonnay boasts a hints of citrus and tropical fruit. Hints of toasted oak and vanilla add depth and body, leading this crowd-favorite to a balanced, creamy finish.

Sweet Wine

• Allure Bubbly Moscato – Ceres, California born. This lively, floral and fruit-forward carbonated Muscato is a clinical study in “crowd pleasing.” Hints of apricots and pears dominate the front – the sparkling texture and subtle sweetness close out the back. Food-friendly, party-approved.

Yosemite View El Capitan

Yosemite View El Capitan available at ApCal


Yosemite’s grandest attraction, the magnificent El Capitan lends its name to this crowd pleasing blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, and Carignane. Like it’s famous namesake, this wine is gorgeous no matter where you’re standing, your friends will be impressed, and everyone likes it.

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Apothic Red Winemaker’s Blend


Inspired by the “Apothecia”, a mysterious place where wine was blended and stored in 13th century Europe, Apothic Red offers a truly unique wine experience. This is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, and Merlot. It’s hardy and strong through the mid-palette with a smooth fruity finish.

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Fasi Crest Organic Syrah

Fasi Crest Syrah from Fasi Winery


Fasi Crest is owned by a Swiss family, making wine under the heraldic crest of their European forebears. This tiny estate maintains crop yields under 5 tons an acre, creating a rich and powerful wines with a nose of berries and hints of plum, and flavors of black cherry, plum, spice, and white pepper in the mid palate. This is a certified organic wine and is also a vegan wine.

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Birdstone Tempranillo

Birdstone Tempranillo from Birdstone WInery


Tony Kirk, a local Madera winemaker, has taken Tempranillo, a lesser-known European varietal (also called Valdepeñas) and produced a full-bodied red wine with lower acidity and a fruity, earthy flavor. Serve this favorite with Spanish food such as paella.

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Agajanian Vineyards Zinfandel

Agajanian Vineyards Zin


Gary Agajanian’s grandfather came to America from the village of Moush, Armenia (hence the name). He planted their family’s first vineyards in 1922. Their family has committed to growing traditional European varieties so they can produce wines of the finest quality.

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Engelmann Cellars Gravel Pit Syrah

Engelmann Syrah


The Gravel Pit Vineyard is located on the banks of the San Joaquin River. The soil in this abandoned gravel pit lends itself to the terrain of this unique growing location. The stress of these growing conditions results in a grape with concentrated Syrah characters.

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Fattoria Cardella – 2008 Barbera

Cardella Barbera


This Barbera is handpicked an promptly crushed and fermented in temperature controlled vessels. It is then aged underground in imported oak for 12 months. The owner and wine maker is a fourth generation grape grower and wine maker. With this wines mild acidity and smooth tanin this wine goes with most any meal.

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