Kingston Vineyards On The Tasting Room With Wine Guy Mike

Wine Guy Mike

Wine Guy Mike

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Courtney Kingston

Courtney Kingston

Today on The Tasting Room with Wine Guy Mike, my special guest is Courtney Kingston, owner of Kingston Vineyards located in the Casablanca Valley of Chile. Kingston Vineyards is situated in the Western Hills of the Casablanca Valley in Chile.

Chile is a very narrow country that is 2600 miles in length from North to South. At its widest point though it is only 100 miles wide. The moderate Mediterranean climate is not only ideal for growing world-class grapes it has significant European influence stemming from the large number French, German, Spanish, and English that have relocated there.

There are three very distinct climate influences from the East to the West in Chile. Likewise, there are also three main grape growing regions that run from North to South in Chile. The Coastal Region is cool and moist from the Maritime influence, the Central Valley’s can be very warm, while the Andes Mountain region can be warm or very cool depending on the season and location.

Kingston Vineyards Casablanca Valley, Chile

Kingston Vineyards Casablanca Valley, Chile

The three major grape growing regions of Chile are the Casablanca Valley where they grow Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot noir, this area is located within the Coastal region. The Maipo Valley produces Cabernet Sauvignon and is located in the Central Valley region while the Rapel and Colchagua Valley’s grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, and Merlot grape varietals. These valleys are situated from North to South.

The migration of Europeans over time has influenced the arts, culture, styles of food, and certainly winemaking. Argentina and Chile both are considered New World winemaking countries, yet due to the outside influence of Europeans who have migrated to Chile, there can be an Old World winemaking influence. For Kingston Vineyards Old World winemaking methodologies are definitely present in their handling, fermenting and aging of their wines.

For instance, the majority use of Native yeast rather than commercial inoculated strains of yeast is an example of Old World winemaking technique. Another example is their winemakers use of older barrels for fermenting and aging Kingston wines, imparting far less tannin, aroma, and flavor to the wines. The Kingston Vineyard Chardonnay is partially fermented and aged in cement vats which are a technique used to have a neutral effect on the wine as opposed to wooden barrels that impart texture, aroma, and flavor or steel tanks that can impart a tart crispness, almost metallic style effect on a wine.

Interview with Courtney Kingston 

The three Kingston Vineyard Wines we are featuring today on The Tasting Room are the Tobiano Pinot noir, the Lucero Syrah, and the Cariblanco Sauvignon blanc.

The Tobiano Pinot noir is cold soaked for at least 5 days, this extracts the right amount of color and mellow’s the tannins. It is fermented utilizing mainly Native yeast allowing the grape to speak for itself. This wine was named for a Paint horse residing on the vineyard that looks as if it had a couple cans of paint throw on it.

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Tobiano Pinot noir

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Tobiano Pinot noir

The Lucero Syrah grapes are grown highest upon the hillsides at Kingston Vineyards where they receive the greatest amount of sunshine. The Syrah grapes from various blocks of the vineyard are cold soak fermented separately after being de-stemmed, although some of the grapes are fermented together as a whole cluster. The grapes are then put into older neutral wine barrels for a second native fermentation imparting a subtle smoothness into the final product, the wine.

Kingston Vineyards Horses

Kingston Vineyards Horses

Lucero is a horse from the farm that the vineyard is also located on. The horse was named for the bright white flash on his forehead!

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Lucero Syrah

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Lucero Syrah

The Kingston Vineyards Sabino Chardonnay has been fermented in French Oak Barrels and concrete tanks. Native yeast natural fermentation allows this wine to have a particular sense of place. It needs a bit of age so I recommend laying it down for at least one year.

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Sabino Chardonnay

Kingston Vineyards 2015 Sabino Chardonnay

The Kingston Vineyards Cariblanco Sauvignon blanc has a combination of Native and inoculated yeast used in the fermentation process. The wine is finished in steel tanks where it undergoes partial malolactic fermentation, helping to settle the acidity. Cariblanco is a horse that resides at the vineyard too, his face is a stunning white!

Kingston Vineyards 2016 Cariblanco Sauvignon blanc

Kingston Vineyards 2016 Cariblanco Sauvignon blanc

The wines I have selected today are of exceptional quality and value. I recommend the Kingston Vineyards wines to you.

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Hand Of God Wines on The Tasting Room

Hand of God Wines on The Tasting Room with WineGuyMike. The Tasting Room is a weekly live broadcast on KFGM 105.5 FM radio and live stream online from 12:00 – 1:00MST.  Today I will be sharing two very special wines from the Uco Valley wine appellation in Argentina.

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ABC Montana TV Feature with Hand of God Wines;

The term Hand of God Moment is so profound and endearing that every Argentinean is intimately familiar with it.  This term is not used lightly, in fact, it is a term that is sacred for this South American culture. In 1986 during the finals of the World Cup Soccer Tournament Argentina was competing against England and the game was tied at 1-1, that was a teammate of Diego Maradona who was at that time revered just as David Beckham is today, kicked the soccer ball to Maradona who lunged with his head and couldn’t reach the ball except with his fist.

Maradona thrust his fist toward the ball guiding it past the goalie and into the goal and winning the game for Argentina.  This play is known as “The Hand of God Moment” is forever ingrained in the minds of the Argentineans as the thrill of victory and for England the agony of defeat.

For two Stanford alums enjoying a glass of wine or two together, it became the.ir personal Hand of God moment.  Jon Staenberg, a.k.a “El Jefe”, and Santiago Achával, a.k.a “Master of Malbec” dubbed by The Wine Spectator magazine, this was their special moment, the moment when inspiration, friendship, and passion intersected as one.  This was there Hand of God moment, it was also the beginning of Hand of God Wines in the Mendoza appellation of Argentina.

These two Stanford alums met as they studied business at Stanford University.  After school both of these men went their own ways, Santiago as an entrepreneur who enjoyed success in the cement business in Argentina and Jon who is also an interesting entrepreneur in the field of technology, spending the bulk of his career with a little company called Microsoft.

It was on a trip to visit Argentina that Jon decided to look up Santiago and have a glass of wine together.  It was this Hand of God reunion that over a glass of wine or two that the passion and love for wine resulted in a winery in Argentina which produces the Hand of God Wines.

Staenberg is the owner and proprietor and Achával is the winemaker.  This is a partnership made in heaven hence the name Hand of God Wines.  When anything happens that is special and perhaps other worldly this is when the Argentineans look to the heavens and make reference to a Hand of God moment.

Thankfully for you and I, the wine drinker, this divine intervention came to be in the form of Hand of God Wines.  Vineyard land in Mendoza is 150 times less to purchase than land in the Napa Valley of California and it is also land that is in Achával’s soul.  This is where he is from, this is what he loves and calls home, and for WineGuyMike this is also a component of terroir, a true sense of place.

South American vineyard land can be very special, just look at Chile and Argentina, very different yet both produce very good wine in the hands of a skilled winemaker such as Santiago Achával.  The location is everything and after an exhaustive search, Staenberg and Achával found two perfect vineyards in which they now produce world-class wines.  A third white wine that I know will be equally as impressive is on its way very soon.

 

 

Hand of God Wines is a boutique winery that produces hand crafted wines that of exceptional quality.  When Wine Spectator magazine referred to Achával as “The Master of Malbec” they were not exaggerating.  The wines he is making at Hand of God Wines are so important to the world because it is an acknowledgment of the quality of land and soil composition, elevation of land, climate, prevailing wind patterns, and pristine alpine water that bless this land.  This is what Achával brings to the world as a gift in the form of a bottle of wine that exemplifies terroir of two very special vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina.

Valle de Uco, Appellation Mendoza, Argentina

The Hand of God vineyards is located a little over sixty miles from one another.  The Stolen Horse Vineyard is an old vine Malbec property with vines nearing 100 years of age.  This vineyard produces fruit with a complexity and quality that that only aged vines are able.  The fruit in this vineyard is intense, concentrated, with, layers of flavor and aroma, that which only can be produced from old vine fruit.

The 2010 vintage of Old Vine Malbec from Stolen Horse Vineyard is extremely well made featuring structure, balance, and restraint which is difficult in a wine this powerful.  This wine can be enjoyed now if decanted for an hour giving it a twirl in the decanter a couple times during that time.

2010 Old Vine Malbec

This wine like a great Bordeaux or a Beckstoffer To Kalon wine from California will be best in 5 years but is so well made can be laid down for 15-25 years.  I hope I live that long because I do want to taste this very special wine then.

Stolen Horse Vineyard

Stolen Horse Vineyard

This bottle of wine is perfectly balanced with fruit, acid, and tannin.  The minerality and earthen quality are terrific but for me, I love what the French refer to as anime, a meat like quality that makes this wine particularly special.  This wine is so good that honestly should only be paired with quality dry aged beef or Elk, it is just that good.

The second wine that Achával has crafted for the Hand of God Wines is a red blend wine that is so uncommon to Argentina that I dare call it a rarity.  The 2010 Fingerprint Series Red Wine is a French Style Rhone blend that is ready to go now.

2011 Fingerprint Series Red Wine

2011 Fingerprint Series Red Wine

This wine is fluid and elegant, honestly better than most Rhone wine available in the United States.  This blend is 55% Malbec, 35% Syrah, and 10% Petit Verdot and is beautiful on the nose and the palate.  The finish leaves you in thought, wondering just what this vineyard looks like as it is still horse plowed and fruit that is hand harvested.  This is why both of these treasures from Achával are so individual and thought to provoke.  This is not common wine, this is special and it is important to share wines that in a world of so much commonality amongst wines that there are some that are so distinct that they stand alone.  This is the wine that Santiago Achával makes and I thank him for that.

Sobremesa Vineyard

This wine is so synonymous when paired with Wild Game, Wild Fowl, Grilled Chicken, and just perfect with well-marbled meats.  Well-made sauces for any of these entrees would also complement perfectly.  This wine is concentrated with fruit yet is so delicate, delicious aroma and layer upon layer of flavor are revealed with an understated dusting of fine white pepper.  A finish that begs for more.

Hand of God Wines are not only lovely they are provoking and I have been so fortunate to taste the nectar of God, this was my Hand of God moment.  Thank you, Jon Staenberg and Santiago Achával for your passion and commitment to do something very special.

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CELEBRATE SPRING WINE EVENT WITH WINEGUYMIKE

Hope Springs Eternal, “Winter Is Dead.” Celebrate Spring Wine Event With WineGuyMike

Wine Guy Mike Event

Join WineGuyMike for a Spring celebration wine tasting. Scratch Catering will be presenting delicious Charcuterie and cheese selections.

Celebrate with a flight of 5 distinct wines of character and world class cured meats and organic cheese selections.


Wine Guy Mike Event

March 23rd, 2017 6:30pm-9:00pm  Katie O’Keefe’s 2100 Stephens Ave, Missoula, Montana 59801

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Tickets are available by contacting WineGuyMike at 406.370.7162 or email mike@wineguymike.com – tickets are $25.00 each, space is limited and must be reserved no later than 03/22/2016

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Valentine Serendipity From Our Friends At TRIbella

There is a lot more than just #ThePerfectPour as you will learn in this story of Valentine Serendipity From Our Friends At TRIbella. TRIbella is a company born out of much more than the innovation of inventor Skip Lei and long-time friend and business partner Tom Beehler.

Happy Valentines's Day

Happy Valentines’s Day

Valentine’s Day is not just a celebration of romantic partnership but also an acknowledgment of great friendship, an example that Skip and Tom have lived. Friends first, careers at Nike, and then as entrepreneurs, now friends and business partners at TRIbella. Both of these men are examples to live by in how we exist and respect one another, certainly deserving of a Happy Valentine’s Day shout out.

But this story is not just about them, this story is about true Valentine Serendipity. Over the last few years that I have been doing business with TRIbella I have developed a friendly relationship with Tom Beehler whom I order all of the TRIbella products that I use, recommend, and sell on my website. After conducting business Tom and I usually have a personal conversation making both of our work fun. As Tom and I are quick to acknowledge it’s not the work it is all about the people and relationships.

TRIbella Aerator and Case

TRIbella Aerator and Case

My youngest daughter, one of my three children that I am so proud of, was a student-athlete at Arizona State University. She is now a CPA living and working for one of the “Big Four” accounting firms in Portland Oregon. Oregon is also the world headquarters of TRIbella and the home to both Skip and Tom and their respective families.

Last June I mentioned to Tom that my daughter would be moving to Portland in August and he immediately mentioned his son’s roommate throughout college was a young man he thought very highly of and had known for a very long time. Tom suggested he would like to introduce my daughter to this young man who is also a CPA. so she would know someone when she made the move to Portland. As an over protective dad, I thought this sounded like a great idea.

Well in August my daughter embarked on her new life as an adult and career professional. She was so busy getting situated and learning her new job as an auditor that she never had time to connect with Tom and the young man he so kindly wanted to introduce her to. By this time Tom had mentioned introducing this highly regarded young man 2 or 3 times to me but my daughter was just so busy getting settled she barely had time to call home.

Moving forward six months and my daughter well settled into life and career I could tell from our conversations she was ready to meet someone nice in her life and begin dating. As her dad, I thought within in a large office of 400 people she would meet someone nice with whom she would have something in common. Unfortunately though as an auditor she is rarely in an office as she commutes to her firm’s clients offices.

Two months ago my daughter lets me and her mother know she had met someone and was going out to dinner with him. She has now been dating him for a few months and on Martin Luther King’s Birthday, she was going to her boyfriends’ parents house to meet them and have dinner. So late that Monday evening she began texting my wife and then myself. She was in their kitchen and saw a wine bottle with a TRIbella aerator on it and she of course immediately asked where they had gotten their aerator?

The young man’s mother responded by saying her next door neighbor Tom and his friend Skip retired from Nike and started this company called TRIbella and that they made these wine aerator products. My daughter exclaimed that my dad is friends with those gentlemen and sells their TRIbella wine products on his website. In my daughters’ text message she asks if I knew Tom and I responded well yes I do and I have a phone conference with him tomorrow morning.

The next day Tom and I have our phone call and when finished Tom comments and now on a personal note….Tom lets me know his next door neighbor is texting him messages asking if he knows this WineGuyMike fellow. Tom then filled his neighbor in on our relationship and then lets his neighbor know all about my daughter.

Yes, that’s right the very young man Tom Beehler wanted to introduce my daughter to is the man that she met on the job out auditing at her firm’s clients office. It turns out that this nice young man also works for the very same firm. In all of Portland, Oregon and in an office of 400 people she met the young man that Tom wanted her to.

Wine lovers everywhere I offer up to you this story of true Valentine Serendipity. It is with a loving heart I salute Tom, Skip, Carilyn (my TRIbella friends) and all of you the happiest of Valentine’s Day!

From my table to yours,

 

 

 

Sparkling Wine For The Valentine Wine Event

Sparkling Wine For The Valentine Wine Event

Sparkling Wine For The Valentine! A Sparkling Wine Event With WineGuyMike.
Join WineGuyMike for an evening of fun tasting new Sparkling wines. Delicious dessert appetizers presented by Scratch Catering LLC. Mike will feature dessert appetizers with a flight of 5 incredible Sparkling Wines.

Tonights Sparkling Wine For The Valentine Wine Flight

LOUISE DE GRENELLE CUVÉE IVOIRE

LOUISE DE GRENELLE CUVÉE IVOIRE

LA MASCHERA PROSECCO EXTRA DRY

LA MASCHERA PROSECCO EXTRA DRY

JEAN CHARLES CREMANT BRUT

JEAN CHARLES CREMANT BRUT

GRUET BRUT ROSÉ

GRUET BRUT ROSÉ

GRAN GESTA CAVA BRUT RESERVA

GRAN GESTA CAVA BRUT RESERVA

Don’t miss the best Valentine Event in Missoula!

Sparkling Wine For The Valentine

February 09, 2017 6:30 pm-9:00 pm at Katie O’Keefe’s 2100 Stephens Ave, Missoula, Montana 59801

Tickets for this popular event are $25.00 and will be sold in advance. Space is limited and must be reserved no later than 02/06/2017.  

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Wine For Christmas

Merry Christmas to all and to all may your glasses be full of delicious wine for Christmas. The WineGuyMike Wine Club has great wines available at great prices. All you need to do is fill out the form below and click submit and Wine Guy Mike will receive your order that will then be fulfilled. The WineGuyMike Wine Club is available for those living in Missoula and its surrounding areas. 

*All wine selections are available on a limited basis at special wine club prices. Order soon as these selections will sell out.

LUCIEN ALBRECHT CRÉMANT D' ALSACE Brut

LUCIEN ALBRECHT CRÉMANT D’ ALSACE Brut

Gran Gesta Cava Brut Reserva

Gran Gesta Cava Brut Reserva

Qupé Marsanne

Qupé Marsanne

Arcadian Gold Coast Pinot Noir

Arcadian Gold Coast Pinot Noir

Puramun 2013 Reserva Malbec

Puramun 2013 Reserva Malbec

Cougar Crest Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon

Cougar Crest Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon

These are just a few great wines of much more that are available through the WineGuyMike Wine Club.

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