Upcoming Wine Club Release: April 1st                                          

2015 Mision 1853 & 2013 Tempranillo

 

We are so pleased to announce our newest scores from Wine Spectator! Keep an eye out for upcoming releases of these wines!

2013 SYRAH, 91 PTS.

2013 PETITE SIRAH, 90 PTS.

2014 ZINFANDEL, 92 PTS.

2013 YELLOW BLOCK ZINFANDEL, 93 PTS.-NOT RELEASED YET

2014 PETITE SIRAH, 92 PTS. -NOT RELEASED YET

2014 CLONE, 91 PTS.-NOT RELEASED YET

2014 SYRAH, 91 PTS.-NOT RELEASED YET

2014 MOURVEDRE, 90 PTS.-NOT RELEASED YET

 

 

 

 

2017 ZAP GRAND TASTING, FEB. 25TH, IN SAN FRANCISCO: We had such a great time pouring again at ZAP this year! We loved seeing familiar faces and hope you enjoyed our new release Zins that we poured!

Keeping Up With Ashlee

Follow Ashlee Cuneo, the General Manager & Sommelier of Miraflores, as she writes articles, all relating to wine, for the bi-monthly, Reno-based magazine, Bliss Babe

Say “I Do” to Wonderful Wine”

March 2017 Bliss Babe Article

Ahh weddings: a time of love, joy, and laughter. And I’m sure, if you are anything like me, you know the chances of increasing love, joy, and laughter at your wedding will include lots of delicious wine continuously flowing into glasses.

It might seem slightly overwhelming deciding which wines would best accommodate your guests’ palettes. Well, have no fear because it’s actually a lot simpler than it sounds. Just need gear up with a few of these key tools and I promise that your family and friends will love what’s in their glasses!

First, before determining what kind of wine you would like to have, approximate how much wine you will need. The worst scenario is running out of vino before the night is over. Typically, the general rule of thumb is to have one bottle per guest plus a little extra to be safe. For example if you have 100 guests, I would recommend purchasing 120 bottles and depending on your budget and palette, staying well below $20 per bottle is ideal.

As far as the type of wine is concerned, there are many ways to go about determining what kind to pick. Choosing wine based on order of events at your wedding is a great way to keep the beverage list organized. As guests are first arriving, offer two options of either white or red wine. Keep these wines light and fresh as to not overwhelm your guests at the beginning of the evening. You want the party to last all night! I would recommend a crisp, unoaked wine, such as an Italian Pinot Grigio or even a Spanish Albarino for something fun and unique. Typically, these two varietals are also lower in price point so you can stay within your budget and they are pleasing to both the novice wine drinker’s palette and for the more seasoned wine drinker as well. For light reds, Grenache and French Cote du Rhones (blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre) are great options for price and crowd pleasing flavor profiles.

If you are having a sit down dinner, offer one additional type of wine to the two styles that are already being poured. This next wine would be one that is specifically meant to pair with the menu you have chosen. If you are having beef option, offer a heavier red such as an Australian Shiraz (Syrah) or a Spanish Rioja (Tempranillo) are great wallet-friendly options. Chicken and fish will pair great with the lighter whites and reds you have already been pouring earlier in the evening.
Finally, one of the most important wines of a wedding: The Bubbles. It’s truly not necessary to blow your budget on expensive Champagne. There are plenty of beautiful sparkling wines out there that will knock your guest’s socks off. Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco, French Cremant de Bourgogne, and California sparklings are all unique wines that will enhance the festivities!

Cheers & Happy Wedding Day to you!!

Article by Ashlee Cuneo, “The Sierra Foothills Somm”
Sommelier, & General Manager of Miraflores Winery, transplanted from Sonoma County and exploring all the hidden gems the Sierras have to offer!