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California Wine Club: Month 1

I was recently asked to participate in a 3-month Premier Club gift membership (a $150.00 value) from the California Wine Club and write about my experience. Having not previously belonged to any Wine Clubs, I am eager to see what wine surprises the next 3 months will bring!

The wines for Month 1 featured the Fess Parker Winery. Fess was a successful actor back in the day, best known for his roles as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. The Premier Club shipment came with 2 bottles, the 2010 Parker Station Pinot Noir (retail ~$12) and the 2010 Fess Parker Riesling Santa Barbara (~$14).

The Parker Station Pinot Noir is meant to be “the best wine that you can drink daily.” At 13.8% alcohol, this Pinot is very drinkable and food friendly. The fruit comes through with a hint of sweetness.

I really enjoyed this wine, although over time the sweetness seemed to intensify a bit more than my liking. Would I get it again? Sure – the price point and wide availability of this wine makes it great for an inexpensive, crowd friendly choice.

If you like peaches, you’re going to like the Fess Parker Riesling. As I was sipping it, I just couldn’t get this song out of my head. I wish they had put the International Riesling Foundation Scale on the back so I wasn’t surprised by the level of sweetness which seemed more than “off-dry.” Another crowd pleaser, although too sweet for my personal preference.

Uncorked, the California Wine Club magazine, was filled with information on Fess Parker Winery and remembrances of Parker who passed away in 2010. Fess-isms included quotes from Parker, such as “Enjoy the warm company of family and friends, as much as possible around a table with good food, drink, stories and song.” Good advice indeed!

A recipe for Bacon and Mushroom Risotto to pair with the Pinot and fun wine facts were also included. My favorite fun wine fact: Who has more appellations  – Sonoma or Napa? Answer: Napa barely edges out Sonoma 16 to 15.

Overall, this was a well put together package leaving the recipient with a good overview of this winery. The price seems a little high but does include shipping for only 2 bottles which can be costly. I’m very interested to see what Month 2 and 3 bring!

California Wine Club is offering readers 4 bottles for the price of 2 when you sign up. Use the code life12 at checkout if you are interested in this offer.

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