Have you ever bought a bottle of wine and taken it home to drink, just to be disappointed? I had that experience recently after picking up a bottle of Malbec that looked “interesting” – it was downright awful and I ended up pouring most of it down the drain.
I never have that issue with wines I received from my California Wine Club Premier Membership. Sure there are wines that I like betters than others, but I’ve never been disappointed. That’s how I felt with this month’s selections from the Fess Parker Winery.
Who’s Fess Parker?
You’re probably wondering why I have a picture Davy Crockett in this post instead of something wine related. Well, it was Fess Parker, the founder of the Fess Parker Winery, who played Davy Crockett in the Walt Disney 1955–56 TV mini-series. To this day I remember the theme song, “Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier!” Fess also played Daniel Boone in a TV show that aired in the ‘60s.
Fess passed away in 2010, but his family still runs the winery along with the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa.
Falling in love with California Rieslings
I’ve never liked Riesling because it’s too sweet. However, after a trip to Honolulu where I had an amazing California Riesling at BLT Steak, I’ve changed my mind. So when I received a bottle of Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards 2010 Santa Barbara County Riesling I was hoping that lighting would strike twice. It did and now I’m hooked.
Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards 2010 Santa Barbara County Riesling features exotic aromas and flavors of white flowers, lychee nut, lemon rind, yellow peach, passion fruit and honeydew melon. It’s extremely food-friendly and goes well with fish, chicken and lighter fare. (I had it with fish one night and an omelet the other.) It received 89 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (August 2011) and 88 points and Editor’s Choice from Wine Enthusiast (April 2012).
This is a wine to chill and sip on the back deck on a warm evening with friends or family. It retails for $17.99 and California Wine Club offers it for $10.99. It’s a wine I’d stock up on since it keeps up to three years. Maybe I’ll order a case when we move to Georgia. With two decks and a front porch, I’m planning to do a lot of my wine drinking outdoors!
All aboard Parker Station
After that nasty Malbec, I was looking forward to trying a wine that would restore my faith in reds. This month’s Calfornia Wine Club selection was a Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards 2010 Parker Station Pinot Noir didn’t disappoint. Parker Station Pinot Noir features fragrances of cherry, strawberry, earth, forest floor, cinnamon and vanilla dance with cherry, cranberry, strawberry and vanilla flavors. I had pizza one night and seared tuna with it the next. It’s a lovely, basic Pinot Noir that’s great with food. It retails for $26 and California Wine Club offers it for $12.99.
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Disclosure: I received wine from California Wine Club to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.