The last printed issue of the Danville Weekly. It broke my heart when I got the news. This paper allowed me to open my thoughts of what an everyday wine should be, learn a little bit about vineyards, and share my wine drinking experiences with you.
Many of you have been kind enough to e-mail me about the articles suggesting different wines to try and even inviting me into your lives for different wine-tasting events. This is exactly what I had thought the everyday wine guy would be. For this, I thank you.
After the news came out concerning the Danville Weekly, I had a number of readers ask me to continue writing, perhaps for a different paper or even online. To that end, I have created a blog where you can follow my ridiculous wine stories and share yours with me. I will update it as frequently as I drink - which should be fairly often. Take a peek at www.nosetoglass.com to see what wine is keeping me busy each weekend.
I was trying to figure out which wine to highlight in my last column for the Danville Weekly when it hit me. My favorite wine of all time. Perhaps it is the story around the winery, perhaps it is the people at the winery who make me feel at home or perhaps it is their wine, their unbelievable wine.
Silverado Vineyards is one of the most picturesque wineries I have every seen, with views overlooking the entire Napa valley. It is owned by Ron and Diane Miller. Ron played professional football (my favorite sport) and Diane is Walt Disney's only daughter (and his land is my favorite place in the world). They purchased the vineyard in the 1970s and sold grapes to other vintners for the next decade. In 1981, they decided to stop selling their grapes and start producing their own wine.
Rest assured, when you buy any wine from Silverado, you are getting a top quality wine that could be priced well higher than at what it is. My favorite is the 2005 Silverado Cabernet Sauvignon, available everywhere for approximately $46. It has a deep color and beautiful nose. Lots of plum fruit with wood and herbs wafting out of the glass. Its taste is exceptional, with just enough sweetness to offset the acidic feel and plenty of chewy tannins. The best part about this wine is the complexity. The longer it breathes, the more robust the flavors and sensatory the wine becomes. A perfect wine to pair with fuller meats and heavier pastas.
At $46, this is above the everyday wine price for many readers. I warn you though, after tasting the wine you will find yourself making excuses to open it for any occasion, special or everyday. That, to me, is the sign of a truly spectacular wine.
I have loved sharing my stories with you and look forward to continuing that when the time is right. Until then, take a peak at www.nosetoglass.com or keep in touch through firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time, Cheers!
Don Colman, the Everyday Wine Guy lives in Danville and can be reached at email@example.com