I was in Cost/Plus World Market looking for some spices for a recipe I wanted to try. Of course, I couldn’t help but wander through the wine section. I met up with a wine buyer who was so excited and couldn’t wait to tell me about a great, inexpensive Pinot Noir. She was almost giddy. As you can guess, I had to have a bottle of La Merika Pinot Noir 2010.
After having tasted this wine, I absolutely agreed with her and understood her excitement. It was divine. I went back and bought a few more bottles.
Then I started my research on this wine and vineyard for an article. First of all, I loved their website. When you have a moment, check it out. Second, I learned that La Merika is owned my Delicato Family Vineyards. I happen to also love the Delicato Merlot. The Delicato Family Vineyards owns the nations, and perhaps the world’s, largest most diverse single vineyard property, located in southern Monterey County. They have an extensive list of labels that are all part of the DVW’s family of produced wines.
So not to confuse their information and story, I will let La Merika Winery speak for themselves.
“The story of La Merika is based around an alleged voyage that Henry Sinclair made from Scotland to the now present day
America in the early 1400s, almost 100 years before Columbus made his voyage in 1492. Theorists speculate that Sinclair discovered a royal archive under the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, stating that Phoenicians from Tyre, voyaged to a western continent following a star called La Merika. According to some, the Knights of the Templars learned that in order to reach present-day America, they had to follow a star by the same name, which became the origin of the name America.”
The winery is located in the California Central Valley, in the town of Manteca. Manteca is about an hour south of Sacramento. Their wine grapes are grown in Central Coast Wine Region of California, an ideal place to grow wine grapes for their award winning wines.
In addition to this amazing Pinot Noir they also produce a Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. You can be sure I will also be checking out their Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
This is what the winemaker has to say about this wine:
“This Pinot Noir exhibits aromas of cloves, vanilla and red berries that are united by well-balanced flavors of cherries and jam. Enjoy this Pinot Noir with a lamb chili, spicy sausage penne pasta and Serra da Estrela cheese.”
If you love a great Pinot Noir, then this is a wine you should definitely try, and soon. I really got into this wine and enjoyed it with a simple cheese and crackers plate. As it was with the adventurers when they happened upon America, so it was for me in the discovery of this fabulous wine.
You can find this treasure at; wine.com, totalwine.com, amazon.com, BevMo.com, CostPlus/World market, and many other grocery stores or wine markets. Enjoy.
PS: What are some of your favorite wines? I would love to hear and showcase your suggestions
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