Only On Sunday
It was a great weekend all around in the realm of pre-summer imbibing. Saturday featured stops at the Syrah and Sausages fest at Solis winery along with a stop in at Kirigin, both in the south bay (we stayed over after a great night of B.B. King at Mountain Winery in Saratoga.
Sunday was a play day with friends in Dry Creek, and as usual on Sundays, this meant a stop in for a taste and a jug of Preston Guadagni Jug wine.
This remarkably inexpensive field blend (3 liters for $32, or $8/bottle if you play it out like that) is NEVER a disappointment. Largely a blend of Zinfandel and the Rhone varietals Mourvedre and Carignane, 2008 Guadagni is a bright, bold delightfully drinkable wine that takes its broad base from the abundance of rich edgy Zin sparked with a sharp perkiness derived from the Rhones. It's the perfect wine for summer barbecue or grilled steak (which we of course paired it with on Monday). It's crisp, full of flavor and balance, but light enough to be a great summer red. It's bold and crisp and fun.
Gaudagni is only available at the winery on Sundays (often poured into the bottle by Lou Preston and his wife, Susan). you buy it by the jug (they sell the jugs for two bucks) and get it refilled when you come back. The last time we were at Preston we were there with a big group of folks that all hung out on the lawn for a picnic with Preston's home baked bread, olives and various cheeses, meats, etc. On that afternoon we dispatched a couple of jugs between us in short order. However, if you want to hold onto the wine a little while, the Preston's suggest decanting to other bottles. Our friends Rich and Janet were even able to score some left over Preston wine bottles to take along with them for decanting at home (the Prestons are BIG on the reuse/recycle mindset). There's a two jug limit per person.
While you're there... be sure to try the wide range of wonderful organic wines on the Preston list. It's a winery with Rhone tendancies, an Italian soul, and a Green World philosophy that could be a peek into the true future of California wine making.