2014 was another great year for The Weekly Wine Journal. Traveled to Napa for the Taste of Howell Mountain again this year. Also attended the Arizona Wine Grower’s Association Festival on the Farm at South Mountain. Dined at a lot of nice restaurants with great wine lists and also met a lot of wonderful people in the wine industry. It was very difficult to choose the best of the best, but after much consideration, here it is, the list
Best Red Wine
TIE: CHATEAU NENIN 2005, POMEROL / ALTAMURA 2007 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY
This year for the first time there is a tie. Both of these wines were exceptional. Beyond exceptional, truly great. And for completely different reasons. If you can find either of these wines prepare to have your mind blown.
Best White Wine
PAUL DOLAN 2013 SAUVIGNON BLANC POTTER VALLEY, MENDOCINO COUNTY
This is an interesting one. Paul Dolan underwent some big changes recently, but the quality still remained. This wine shows that California can produce Sauvignon Blanc that people who don’t like Californian Sauvignon Blancs might like!
Best Wine Restaurant
EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD & STEAK, SCOTTSDALE ARIZONA
This restaurant has an extensive wine list, with a good range of wines from affordable to “Hey let’s buy a few $3000 bottles of wine!” Known for their seafood, it turns out their NY Strip and Rib Eye are easily the best I have ever tasted. And that’s saying something considering how much steak I eat.
Best Wine Tasting
TASTE OF HOWELL MOUNTAIN, ST HELENA, CALIFORNIA
Year after year The Taste of Howell Mountain wins best wine tasting. There is just simply not a better collection of high end wines for such an affordable price, AND a friendly laid back atmosphere
Best Winery Experience
RED CAP VINEYARDS, ANGWIN, CALIFORNIA
Red Cap Vineyards does not have a tasting room and is not open to the public. I was invited there as a friend and guest and really had a blast hanging out with husband & wife owners Tom & Desire Altemus. Also present was social media/marketing manager Michael. I spent the afternoon sipping wine chatting listening to stories, telling stories and getting ridiculous with some Grappa made by Rebekah Wineburg.