Wine Wednesday – KUKKULA

Wine Wednesday and I decided to continue my Kukkula trend.  I love Kukkula’s wines and really love that the vineyard is an easy drive from Los Angeles.

In honor of Twitter’s IPO, presenting Kukkula’s I.P.O. wine.  Such a simple drinking wine with subtle complexity.  71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Zinfandel and 11% Syrah.

Kukkula I.P.O
Kukkula I.P.O

C’mon, of course I was going to love it!  Deep rich purple, not quite inky.  I tasted cherries with an earthiness I like.   Hmmm, dirt!

Kukkula I.P.O.
Kukkula I.P.O.


It wasn’t as seductive as Lothario but I wasn’t looking to be seduced tonight.  I wanted to be quietly entertained.  Some times we want a Lothario; some times we want Homer Simpson.  Kukkula’s I.P.O. satisfied all my low-key needs.

Wine Wednesday – KUKKULA winery in Paso Robles

Have you been to Paso Robles in California?  Have you been to Kukkula winery in Paso Robles?  If your answer is no to either of these, you need to head to Kukkula winery in Paso Robles!

It’s a small, family-owned winery honoring the owner’s Finnish heritage.  My first visit was a surprise — the wines tasty and fun-loving — and I joined the wine club.

Tonight’s wine is Kukkula’s Lothario.  Isn’t that seductive and sexy?  It tastes sexy, too!


Kukkula Lothario

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What can I say.  It was easy to drink, tasted delicious, especially as I watch the Boston Red Sox win the World Series.

Is it the wine or the Boston Red Sox?  Both are damn good.


Wine Wednesday – I’m in love!

Such a joy to find a wine that makes my heart sing!   After sharing a mediocre merlot with a friend, I poured it out and, on impulse, opened a bottle of Toby Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.From their website:

Toby Lane Vineyards

Our family motto is fine wine begins with superb soil and exceptional grapes. We focus on being attentive farmers in the meticulous care of our vineyards, and believe the fruit should be nurtured with passion and care throughout the journey from vine to wine. We use only the best hand-picked fruit from our teroir in the Alexander Valley – one of the finest appellations in Sonoma County. Our family hopes you enjoy this wine as much as we do.

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Toby Lane Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is complex and elegant with the expression of fruity and savory elements. The wine has rich and full flavors of plum and blackberry. The finish is long and smooth with well integrated tannins. This wine has been aged in both French and American Oak for two full years before bottling.

Toby Lane Cabernet Sauvignon


What can I say — I opened this wine for Wine Wednesday as a whim.  After the 1st delicious glass, I cooked dinner!  I wanted to enjoy this wine with food to fully enjoy and appreciate its mild tannins and fruit.  The plums really stood out, giving the wine a slightly sweet sense.

Toby Lane Cab is the 3rd or 4th Alexander Valley Cab I’ve loved.   I’m thinking I need a series on Alexander Valley wine to better understand what about this area I gravitate towards.

Can’t wait to find more of this!  This wine is like a boyfriend I want to see every week, not just on an ‘as-needed’ basis.


Tonight’s Wine


Poker night!  I’m drinking La Marca Prosecco.  It’s an inexpensive, easy-to-drink sparkling wine that goes very well with cheese and crackers, light seafood dishes.

I enjoy sparkling wine in all forms — Champagne, prosecco, cava, other sparkling wines — and this one is one of my favorites.  It doesn’t pretend to have the gravitas of champagne — it’s fun, it’s bubbly, its unpretentious!  It’s the friend you call when you want a fun time or when you’re introducing a new ‘friend’ not when you’re announcing the huge promotion or engagement.

Great start to poker night — wish me luck!

Please share your favorite sparkling wines.  I’ll talk more about some of my all-time favorite champagnes in later posts.