Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bye Bye Bakersfield! Hello St. Louis! #SilverOak #foxenwinery #kanzler #rusackwines

Now that my oldest daughter and her family are living in Missouri, I must post the next to the last blog about Bakersfield. The last time I went to CA, (in May) was a very busy trip. We watched the packers pack the house, choosing what would go in the cars for the long trip to St. Louis and what would be packed in the moving van for the new apartment and finally what would be stored in the storage rental. I was there ten days and we ate out three meals a day except for the first day I arrived. It was cray cray! We did manage to get some good wine time in though. 

I stopped in at CRU Wine Bar at Dallas Love Field on my way out to CA! What a cool bar to put in the airport! It's about time!

It was early morning, so I opted for a mimosa at the bar. So refreshing! J. Roget American Champagne ($5). CRU Wine Bar is also located in West Village, (Plano and Allen also) and we love to go there. Their small plates are delicious!
Back to Bakersfield! We hit the local Italian food market when I got into town and picked up lasagna, bread, and of course wine! Here's what we chose!

2012 Foxen Pinot Noir ($35) from Santa Maria Valley in CA. Foxen's fruit-forward Pinot with bright red summer fruits of cherries and strawberries with a long velvety finish.

2012 Les Domaniers "Selection Ott" Cotes de Provence ($19). This rose' was absolutely wonderful! A fresh and glanced rose' with exotic fruit and white peach flavors.

And of course, our favorite rose', a must-have from Provence with a beautifully shaped bottle. 2013 Chateau D'Esclans, Cotes de Provence Whispering Angel 
($20) Very pale, fragrant and mellow, with a lovely texture and a hint of toast.

We opened this lovely 2008 Silver Oak, Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($75) and enjoyed this dar, rich full-bodied wine! It's always a crowd pleaser.

We stopped by the Padre Hotel in downtown Bakersfield twice while there to get a bite to eat. One of the luncheons we had a 2012 Rusack Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County ($24). Rusack is a boutique winery we visited in January 2013. There isn't anything made at Rusack Winery that I don't love! This Chardonnay is delicious! It's a crisp white wine with flavors of honeydew melon, Asian pear, orange blossom, as well as citrus notes.

Pic via the Internet

Another day at the Padre Hotel, we had a 2012 Cachette Cotes du Rhone Rose' ($13) from the right bank of the Rhone River in France. This wine displays light strawberry and watermelon notes with sweet spices. It's a shiny luminous pink and is light and refreshing.

Next post will be the rest of this trip to Bakersfield and then that's all from there! Stay with me!