Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Fans Will Want to Keep Sweetzer Cellars on Their Radar as They Shop for and Stock Up on Wines This Holiday Season (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

One of the perks of living in the Quiet Corner of CT where I live are the wine trails that run through the scenic back roads.  Usually my husband and I will go with friends in the summer and then again the fall for wine tastings and lunch in the neighboring vineyards.  It is a nice day out without the kids, and a great way to support local businesses, who are turning out wonderful wines, hard cider, ales, etc.  I have on my bucket list to visit CA one day and do a few winery tours in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys, as I have found through sampling wines picked up at the stores favorite vineyards, that really tantalize the palate and bring the taste in dishes I make.  With the holidays fast approaching, I can not just head out to nearby vineyards as many are either closed or have limited product this year due to Covid.  So, I will head to nearby liquor stores to stock up on wines and spirits to get my husband and I through the holidays and cold winter months, as well as pick up seasonal offering from local vineyards, to gift to family and friends.  

This year, I will be adding a new winery to the mix of wine gifts I will be giving family and friends - Sweetzer Cellars Thanks to a recent sampling from their 2016 collection, which the folks at Sweetzer Cellars kindly sent my way, I am hooked on their wines.  After sampling the two wines they sent my way, I had to visit their website to learn more about this CA based winery, which I was happy to learn was originally started in a small West Hollywood apartment of all places, located on Sweetzer Avenue -- hence the name of the wine, Sweetzer Cellars.

Here is more about Sweetzer Cellars: 

"Sweetzer Cellars winemakers and owners, Lisa and Michael, began their wine journey in their small West Hollywood apartment on Sweetzer Avenue.  From the beautiful grapes of Sonoma and Napa, crushed in their carport, fermented in their dining room and pressed in their kitchen, they were able to bring the grapes to life to create wines their friends and family loved. It started with a homemade wine with a handwritten label given to friends, and has now grown into a boutique winery with a philosophy that hasn’t changed since their days on Sweetzer Avenue -- “Source the best available fruit grown by the best vineyard managers. Minimize intervention to let the grapes and terroir speak for themselves. Seek the perfect balance between fruit and earth…”

The winery bottles many different varietals, but they are best known for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Ranging from fresh and lush notes to floral and earthy notes, their flavors are perfect for any occasion. The “hand-written” label is the perfect touch to make an amazing holiday gift."


As I mentioned above, I was sent two of their 2016 wines to sample - their popular Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.   

I am not a big fan of white wine, but found this Chardonnay to be very appealing. My husband and enjoyed this wine with a pasta dish last night, and loved the buttery taste of the wine, that comes with oak aged wines.  It has a touch of sweetness, but was not overly sweet.  This dry wine was crisp and fresh, and paired well with our meal, making for a great way to unwind after a long day at the home office. 

This fresh Pinor Noir is complex enough that it lingers on your tongue, but will have you wanting to take another sip. Out of the two wines sent by Sweetzer Cellars, I have to say that their 2016 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir was my favorite.  It was a like a party in my mouth as sipped this amazing Pinot Noir.  And, come the end of the night when my husband and I finished off the last glass of this wine, we both looked at each other and agreed that we needed to buy more.  I am hoping that I can find this wine online as there were only 300 cases produced. But, if I can't find this particular year, at least I know will know that Sweetzer Cellars Pinot Noir is a personal favorite of mine, followed by their popular Chardonnay.

With the holidays fast approaching, why not ask Santa to bring you some Sweetzer Cellars wine, or stop your fridge like we plan to do, so you are never without a great tasting bottle of wine, to open and enjoy at dinner or just because...and we know there have been a lot of just because moments later that rendered the need for a glass (or two) of wine. :-)  So, don't go skimpy on watered down wine, and splurge on Sweetzer Cellars wines.  They are affordable, but don't lack taste and quality.

You can learn more about Sweetzer Cellars and browse their online store, which ships nationwide (Note: Some states don't allow alcohol to be shipped to you, so be sure you check before placing an order).

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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