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“And we’re off…”

Quiet time is over for the Estate as we get ready for an event laden upcoming period ahead.  Dobbins Creek will be participating in three events that are always very popular with our wine friends.  Check our “Events” page for information on the next three events that are coming up in the next few weeks.

These events help to jump start our spring season and we look forward to them since it doesn’t take long for us to miss the excitement of the busy months ahead.  Come join us for an event or catch us in between.  We’ll be looking forward to seeing our friends and making new ones also!

Frenchy

 

 

By |February 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on “And we’re off…”

” A quiet time…”

January is a very quiet time for Dobbins Creek.  The busy and stressful time of harvesting and crushing are behind us as our 2016 grapes are now quietly residing in the barrels.  The holidays are also behind us which allows us to sit back and relax a bit in January.  This is the quiet time on the estate when everything slows down a bit allowing us to catch our breath and to get ready for another busy year ahead.

It’s also a great time to visit the estate as traffic is typically light in January.  If you are suffering from either (or both) post holiday or winter blues and perhaps already starting to feel some cabin fever then we would like to invite you to come spend some time with us here on the estate and enjoy a leisurely tasting .  Bring your picnic lunch and snacks, pull up a chair and join us fireside for our “Dobbins Creek Roundtable” chats with subjects ranging from the zany to the serious and see why the Dobbins Creek experience is so unique.

We’ll keep the fire burning!  Look forward to seeing you. Check our “Events” page for our upcoming February and March events.

Frenchy

By |January 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on ” A quiet time…”

Dobbins Creek Vineyards 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

A fine wine deserves its time in solitude.  A time to age, to build character and to develop deep rounded flavors.   A near perfect growing season coupled with exemplary vineyard management produced one of our finest harvests in 2013 at Dobbins Creek.  And now, almost 3 years later, we are proud to release the last wine of that special year, the 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the wine responsible for the phenomenal success of our 2013 “Ram Cat Red” Bordeaux style blend that sold out in only eight weeks. That time spent in solitude quietly aging has created a smooth and elegant wine enhanced by the robust structure and depth from the supple tannins. Rich, vibrant aromas and tastes of dark berries and spices abound on the palate. And the finish enjoys the classic Dobbins Creek smoothness that all of our Red wines have.  Experience this wine with grilled steaks, hearty dishes, rich cheeses and dark chocolates!

We invite you to stop by our tasting room June 11 and 12, 2016 to try a complimentary tasting of this exceptional wine.  Special discounts on ALL wine purchases will be offered only for these two days in honor of the new release.  We look forward to seeing you at the tasting room.

Frenchy

 

By |June 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Dobbins Creek Vineyards 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Dobbins Creek Vineyards New Release 2015 Rosé

Just in time for your Memorial Day weekend celebrations!  We will be featuring our new 2015 Rosé this weekend, May 28 and 29.  A New World interpretation of an Old World Rosé  but with an attitude.  Made with estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and for the first time, we added 15% of our 2015 Dry Riesling to give it the attitude!   Completely dry on the palate with flavors of over-ripe Plums and under-ripe wild Strawberries.  Start your Memorial Day weekend by stopping by our tasting room to try a free sample of our new 2015 Rosé and let the weekend festivities begin!

Frenchy

By |May 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Dobbins Creek Vineyards New Release 2015 Rosé

May, 2016 Let the good times roll….

May has always marked the beginning of the warm summer season for us at Dobbins Creek.  The threat of spring freezes and frosts are now behind us suffering only minimal loss to the 2016 crop so we can breathe a sigh of relief  and move on to our warmer months.  Sitting outside on the tasting room deck sipping fantastic Dobbins Creek wines  while checking out the natural settings of the vineyard  here on Hemric Mountain is one of our favorite pastimes.  Take a break from the big city urban scene and come spend some relaxing times with us at our rural estate.  It’s a good way to tone down the stress levels!  Bring your family and friends with a picnic lunch and pair it up with our wines.  We promise to keep the wine chilled and the breezes blowing!  Let the good times roll….

Frenchy

 

By |May 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on May, 2016 Let the good times roll….

April, 2016. Welcome back spring!

Amazing how quickly it happens.  You go from the dreariness and dull colors of winter right into the vibrant colors of new growth seemingly overnight.  And so it goes here on the Estate as our trees, shrubs and grass have all greened up considerably in just a short time.  The long range views from our perch up on Hemric Mountain are a tapestry of colors that can easily rival the fall color season. It’s quite the sight to behold and worth a trip to the vineyard to check it out.  Best of all…we’ve had bud break on our vines and that signals the beginning of the 2016 growing season.  Have to admit to still being a bit nervous as April has been known to deliver late frost and freezes so we’re still keeping the fingers crossed until about mid-April.

April also brings two popular wine events that we’ll be participating in.  Both events are sponsored by the Vineyards of Swan Creek  of which Dobbins Creek is a member of.  The first event is the Spring Wine Release, April 9 & 10, where each of the member vineyards will be releasing a new wine.  For our legions of fans of our Dry Riesling, this event is for you as Dobbins Creek will be releasing its new 2014 Dry Riesling on this weekend.

The second event is the Spring Herb Festival which is a 3 day event starting April 29 and running thru May 1st.  This is a ticketed event and tickets are now being sold at each of the six participating vineyards.  If you have thoughts about having a spring herb garden this year and like fine wines then this event is tailor made for you!  There will […]

By |March 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on April, 2016. Welcome back spring!

March, 2016

Beware the Ides of March!  Although this is usually associated historically with Julius Caesar and Rome, it also pertains to March 15 which was the mid -point of the old Roman calendar.  So how does all this relate to us here at Dobbins Creek?   The answer is Bud Break.  March is usually when the buds on our vines pop open signaling the start of a new growing season.  We would prefer not to have this happen on March 15 as this would be considered on the early side and the buds would be susceptible to potential killing frost and freezes.   Optimally, we would prefer bud break in the latter part of March which would give us a shorter exposure period to the killer duo!  We know that the weather in March is very transitory.  We enter March while still in winter but will exit in the spring and will probably experience a wide range of weather conditions for this month.  I know everyone would like to see seasonally warm weather as soon as possible in March especially after a dreary winter but we would like it to stay on the cool side.  Warm weather will raise the soil temperature above 50 degrees and this will get the sap in the vines flowing sending energy to the buds and eventually leading to bud break.

We would like warm weather just like everyone else but recognize the need to keep things cool for most of March for the sake of our crop.  However, Mother Nature has her own ideas and we can only go along with them since we cannot really control them.  So if we appear to be a bit on the nervous side in the tasting […]

By |March 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on March, 2016

“Drink Wine” Day!

Happy National “Drink Wine” Day! (Yep, you read that right). Whether you’re celebrating this incredibly important holiday accidentally or intentionally, here are a few excellent reasons to keep that corkscrew nearby! Drinking a glass or two of wine every day is not only a ton of fun, it can also be an excellent part of a healthy lifestyle and diet. Pop open a bottle tonight, and enjoy.

Wine Glasses

It decreases your risk of heart disease
In a 12-year study of 38,000 males between the ages of 40 and 75, it was shown that moderate consumption of alcohol (20 to 30 grams several days of the week), such as wine, reduced the risk of coronary heart disease in men by up to 35%!
See: PubMed

It decreases your risk of a stroke
A nurses’s health study that took place over the course of 12 years with over 85,000 participants between the ages of 35 – 59 indicated that drinking about 18mL of wine several times a week could reduce the risk of stroke by up to 70%!
See: PubMed

It decreases your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes
In a 10 year study involving over 35,000 adults living a healthy lifestyle, it was shown that people enjoying a moderate consumption of alcohol (defined as 1 glass a day for women, and 2 glasses for men) had a 40% lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes than those who abstained from alcohol entirely.
See: Reuters

It slows cognitive decline over time
A Columbia University study in 2006 indicates that people who are drinking anywhere from 1 glass of wine a week, to 2 glasses daily, are able to maintain higher cognitive abilities for a longer period than those who never consumed alcohol. As such, the study suggests that […]

By |February 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Wine for Beginners

This section is designed to help you kick-start your ongoing exploration of wine. Through these simple and smart guidelines, you’ll discover your own palate.

Getting Started with Wine Tasting
Learning to taste wine is no different than learning to really appreciate music or art in that the pleasure you receive is proportionate to the effort you make. The more you fine-tune your sensory abilities, the better you’re able to understand and enjoy the nuances and details that great wines express. The time and effort invested in palate training is very rewarding—and a whole lot of fun!

How to Taste Wine
The ability to sniff out and untangle the subtle threads that weave into complex wine aromas is essential for tasting. Try holding your nose while you swallow a mouthful of wine; you will find that most of the flavor is muted. Your nose is the key to your palate. Once you learn how to give wine a good sniff, you’ll begin to develop the ability to isolate flavors—to notice the way they unfold and interact—and, to some degree, assign language to describe them.

This is exactly what wine professionals—those who make, sell, buy, and write about wine—are able to do. For any wine enthusiast, it’s the pay-off for all the effort.

While there is no one right or wrong way to learn how to taste, some “rules” do apply.

First and foremost, you need to be methodical and focused. Find your own approach and consistently follow it. Not every single glass or bottle of wine must be analyzed in this way, of course. But if you really want to learn about wine, a certain amount of dedication is required. Whenever you have a glass of wine in your hand, make it a […]

By |September 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|5 Comments

The 9 Things You Need to Know About Wine

10 quick tips to help you get the best flavor out of your wine, store it properly, and try new wines
1. Do not sniff the cork. It’s not an indicator for the taste of the wine; rather feel the cork with your fingers to make sure it is moist. A dry cork can mean the bottle was not stored properly or was subjected to heat.

2. Be sure to pour the glass only one third full so there is enough room to give it a good swirl. The swirling aerates the wine and allows the aromatics to reveal themselves quicker.

3. Hold the wineglass by the stem instead of the bowl. The body heat from your hand can warm the wine and warm wine will always taste “hot” ( too much alcohol) Also, with your hand on the bowl you won’t be able to see the color or clarity of the wine.

4. Two reasons to decant. Decanting young wines gives them air and lets them develop, which will integrate the flavors and aromatics. You decant older wines in order to eliminate any sediment that may have developed over the maturation of the wine. The sediment will impart unwanted flavors to the wine – not to mention it is not fun when you get a mouth full of it!

5. Find a good retailer. Try several and find one that recommends bottles that fit your wine profile. Ask them questions and get advice as they are on the front lines of new wineries and wine regions.

6. Taste, Taste, Taste. The best way to learn is to taste as much as you can. Attend tasting events, join a tasting group or just open a bottle with a good book in […]

By |September 1st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments