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Matt Mills
January 29, 2014 | Matt Mills

5 Wine Pairings for the Super Bowl

I couldn't argue that beer, brats, chips and pizza have not been the tried and true approach to Super Bowl Sunday since the era of Lombardi.  Overindulgence pairs beautifully with the emotional highs and lows of America's favorite sporting event. But I might argue that maybe just once... just forthis Sunday... you can turn your all day eat and drink fest into a five course event with wine pairing that could earn your home its own Michelin star.

So call an audible and raid the wine rack. Omaha! Omaha! Omaha!

First Quarter: Sauvignon Blanc and Spinach Dip

Oft overlooked by even the most ardent vinophiles, starting with a glass of white wine is a great primer for your palate.  A great Napa Valley Sauv Blanc (or perhaps a Spanish Verdejo or Burgundy Chablis) can exhibit limited dryness, moderate to high acid content and crispness to help cut thru the creaminess and richness of your spinach dip.

Second Quarter: Pinot Noir and Lamb Kebabs

Old World or New World, Pinot Noir is a wine grape that still favors a higher acid profile thus making it a perfect match-up for lighter cuisine. Nothing like the taste of terroir and lighter red fruit with the dry spices and smokiness of kebabs.

Third Quarter: Syrah and Buffalo Wings

The heat on the glaze coupled with blue cheese and the chicken make a dream pairing for Syrah.  While not always possessing the body, dryness and power of a Cabernet, Syrah (and Zins for that matter) have always been a favorite pairing for the grill for how they exhibit supple tannin, rich fruit, and spices like pepper.

Fourth Quarter: Cabernet and Burgers

And now finally you can pop that Cab you've been sitting on... The classic pairing of Cabernet (and Cab-based blends) and red meat.  If you followed the gameplan then your palate should have no problem enjoying the tannin, fruit and oak of your bottle against the sweetness of the grilled onions, texture of the lettuce, coolness of the tomato and juiciness of the patty.

Post Game Wrap-Up: Champagne

Your team wins or loses. You win or lose your office squares game.  You're still upset your team didn't make it to the Big Game (even though it was obvious the refs should have called intentional grounding, roughing the kicker and a turnover... all in the same game).  As Napoleon observed: "In victory, you deserve Champagne, in defeat, you need it."

Time Posted: Jan 29, 2014 at 8:37 AM
Michael Baldacci
January 22, 2014 | Michael Baldacci

Baldacci Family Vineyards: Winner of Overall White Wines in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!

San Francisco Chronicle Winners

The results are in!

The 2014 SFCWC judging is over with a record number of 5,825 entries from over 1,500 wineries from over 25 states across the country - the largest competition of wines in America! Of the thousands of entries, seven were chosen amongst the best of class, including our very own 2012 Sorelle Chardonnay, taking home the grand prize of Best Overall White Wine!

This is a monumental time for Baldacci Family Vineyards with nothing but a brighter future ahead. If you wish to be the first to hear about our Spring 2014 Release, sign up for our email list in the box at the top.

Check out some of the other medalists from our winery below:

2012 Sorelle Chardonnay - BEST OVERALL WHITE WINE 

“The Achievement of Balance”

It is rare to experience a chardonnay that so delicately blends Old vs. New. Respecting the old world origins of the grape to the new world palette. 2014 SF Chronicle sweepstakes winner, earning best Chardonnay in class and best overall white wine, we believe this is a true expression of the pursuit of balance.

Reserve a shipment of this wine - Join our Reunion Wine Club!

2010 Black Label - GOLD MEDAL

“The Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove”

The 11th release of our Cabernet showcases our vineyard and production practices being single estate married to the distinctiveness of the Stags Leap District.

Reserve a shipment of this wine - Join our Reunion Wine Club!

2011 Elizabeth Pinot Noir - SILVER MEDAL

“Sophisticated and graceful… yet willful”

A grape born in the tradition of full body napa valley wines but attended finishing school in Burgundy, this wine is a Cab lovers Pinot, and will stand its ground against even the wildest of game.

Purchase this wine now!

2010 Fraternity - SILVER MEDAL

“Multiple personalities blended into one”

South, central and north meet in this one bottle. Carneros Merlot and Syrah, Stags Leap Cab, meet Malbec from Pope Valley and create a complex red wine.

Reserve a shipment of this wine - Join our Reunion Wine Club!

2012 Gewürztraminer - BRONZE MEDAL

“Rediscover Germany in Napa”

Versatile and food friendly, a bouquet of lemon rind and green apple this wine is a tremendous experience of what a true dry Gewürztraminer should be. Experience a uniquely German varietal here in the Napa Valley, right from our estate in Carneros.

Reserve a shipment of this wine - Join our Reunion Wine Club!

Visit to buy tickets and visit our table or check out the rest of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition winners!

Kevin Baldacci
January 20, 2014 | Kevin Baldacci

James "the Wine Guy" Melendez Reviews our 2009 Syrah, Allwin

Check out James "the Wine Guy" Melendez as he reviews our 2009 Syrah and grades it a 94 out of 100!

Some of the notes:

  • Beautiful full body
  • Scents of jasmine, juniper
  • Notes of blueberry, blackberry, violet, caramel, nutmeg, 
  • Rich and beautifully balanced

Check out his website and YouTube Channel for more!

Time Posted: Jan 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Kevin Baldacci
January 6, 2014 | Kevin Baldacci

Top Wine Trends for 2014

Rising consumption

We love wine: We drank more last year for the 19th year in a row -- up 2 percent to 360 million 12-bottle cases, according to wine consultants Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates.

Wine consumption in the United States has been on a steady rise for the 14th consecutive year in 2007. Each wine drinker in America consumes around 2.77 gallons of wine per year according to data collected by the Wine Market Council, a wine analyst group from California.

Late in 2013, a report from Morgan Stanley analysts in Australia made a bold claim: the world is running short on wine. Although wine industry experts and insiders around the world disputed the claim, the meme gathered steam in the media, and, for a few weeks at least, lots of people who wouldn't normally talk about wine were discussing the shortage and picking up bottles. That may have played a part in pushing wine sales higher in the U.S., the world’s largest wine market. If figures show that wine sales increased in 2013, it would be the twentieth consecutive year of increasing per-capita consumption. Indeed, interest in wine remains high, and growing – even economic downturns haven’t derailed the wine train in America. But threats loom, foremost among them craft beer and cocktails. The rising quality of craft beer, often at a lower price than wine, and the rising interest in mixology and flavored vodkas (cinnabon flavor, anyone?) could peel off marginal wine drinkers. Younger drinkers, though, are ecumenical and often like to sample a variety of drinks.

Meet the Super-Somms!

A decade ago, critics bestrode the wine world, swirling wines, spitting out points, and moving markets. Today, a placement on a top wine list can be a bigger boost for sales. Sommeliers, particularly in America, are the new influencers. 

Check out Wine Enthusiast's article: "40 Under 40: America's Tastemakers"

The Rise of Social Media

Wineries have, on the whole, been reluctant and late adoptors of social media. But 2013 has demonstrated that Twitter sells. Take, for example, Richard Betts’ "scratch and sniff" wine book, which skyrocketed to number 10 on the New York Times bestseller list thanks to promotion on Twitter. Or Beyoncé’s surprise year-end album. The album's launch was announced via social media on the day it was released and shot to the top of the charts within hours.

Many producers have been all thumbs when it comes to social media but will start putting their digits to better use on their smartphones. Some of that will involve better tracking and engagement on social media; others could implement geolocation such as “geofencing” from VinTank, which helps wineries track the locations of mailing list customers visiting wineries nearby (with their consent).

Time Posted: Jan 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM
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