Thursday, October 10, 2013

#RexsSeafood #OrinSwift #BurgessCellars #AmiciCellars #GaineyVineyard #MessengerWines1 #ConsilienceWine

After returning from Rhode Island, I began to think about seafood continuously, which also reminded me of a favorite place to eat not too far from where we live. If you crave seafood such as I do, you have to check out Rex's Seafood on Lovers Lane. It's casual dining, no stuffiness, and the best seafood market in my opinion. You name it, they have it with just about any letter of the alphabet. Fish, shellfish, lobster scallops, crabmeat, crawfish, sauces and marinades, soups and stocks, and dips and salads! Whew!

 I especially love the way they display the specials of the day or what they are featuring in the way of vegetable sides, oysters, and wines on a colorful chalkboard.

We eat there pretty often, so much that one of the owners always comes by the table to visit. They especially love Cullum, Don's son, who loves the oysters! And he even scores free desserts sometimes!

Speaking of wines, we have had several that we love. I've never had the same wine while dining there and I like that because it gives me a chance to try several kinds of wines that I've never heard of. 

This is a 2011 Mannequin ($30) by Orin Swift from Rutherford, CA. It is a white blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, Semilon, Muscat and Marsanne. The label is very unique as is the wine. With so many grapes from so many locations, they strive to blend with perfection. Nice job guys!

The next wine is a 2008 Vintage Burgess Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($38). It is supposedly the best Napa Cab some people have tasted. Why the low price? The owners have priced their wine according to the time they bought they land back in 1972. This wine is bold, aromatic, and deeply flavored. One you'll enjoy!

 Another Cabernet Sauvignon we've had at Rex's is a 2010 Olema ($23) from Sonoma bottled by Amici Cellars. This is a blend of 93% Cab and 7% Merlot, which gives it a velvety touch. Very nice wine!

The next wine is a white wine from Napa called The Messenger White Wine Number One ($16) produced and bottled by Art+Farm Wine in Ukiah, CA. It is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, and Reisling. "If you have the confidence to taste something original, you will be rewarded with each sip." I certainly was!

Another Chardonnay I tried one evening was a 2009 Gainey Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills($22) from Santa Ynez, CA. This wine is dry, crisp and refreshing. It opens with a lemon curd and vanilla oak aroma, with flavors of pineapple, creme brûlée, and pear. Very good!

One wine I've had there is a 2011 Borgo Conventi Pinot Grigio  ($11) from Italy. "This is a medium-bodied, dry, juicy, white wine with white pear, honeysuckle, green melon and minerality"-winemaker's notes. I loved it!

The last wine I'll share is a 2011 Consilience Grenache Blanc ($28) from Santa Barbara, CA. They named it after the wine dog, Mambo. It opens up beautifully in the glass. Loved this!

 Well, that's all from Rex's Seafood! Looks like we need to head out the door for more seafood soon! Enjoy!