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Bottled Passion – Bodega de Edgar

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Bodega de Edgar

What makes a good wine great and a great wine unforgettable? Passion. It might not be heading the tasting notes, but you taste it on the palate and you feel it on finish. It’s the culmination of every decision – from soil selection to aging – being driven by the winemaker’s unyielding commitment to pour every ounce of themselves, their experience, and their journey into bottled perfection. It’s both undeniable and unexplainable, but it’s present in the best. And there are few that it’s more present than in local winemaker Edgar Torres’ Bodega de Edgar wines.

Edgar Torres’ wines are handcrafted masterpieces. No surprise really, as Edgar started his journey surrounded by amazing wines as a waiter at the famous Villa Creek Restaurant, and developed from cellar rat to winemaker under the tutelage of McPrice Myers (McPrice Myers Wines) and Russell From (Herman Story Wines), two outstanding winemakers in their own rite. What Edgar pours into every vintage is his love of the art and of the land culminating in a passion for and commitment to small production, natural wines. Sourcing the same grapes as Meyers and From, Bodega de Edgar’s wines undergo natural fermentation (no yeast added), where the natural heat of Paso Robles and the yeast within the grape skin initiate fermentation, allowing the varietal and vineyard designate to pronounce itself from nose to finish.

Bodega de Edgar - BottlingAs with most masterpieces, they’re few in number and hard to come by. Bodega de Edgar’s lots are small and purposely so focusing on quality over quantity. Edgar’s Grenache/Syrah blend, E2, for example, has only 45 cases produced. His Garnacha? A select 100 cases. And his Albarino? 310 cases. But we’ve got all three, and we’re the only shop in the area that does.

This Thursday night (4/7) we’re pouring all three (E2, Garnacha, and Albarino) limited releases plus Bodega de Edgar’s newly bottled ’09 Tempranillo and ’07 Syrah. Come by and taste the passion!


Davina DaVino

08 Melville Chardonnay & 08 Melville Pinot

Monday, September 20th, 2010

’08 Melville Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills – $25.50
’08 Melville Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills – $33.00
’08 Melville Carries Vineyard – $48.00
’07 Stolpman Hillops Syrah – $48.00
’07 Villa Creek Avenger – $36.00
’08 Herman Story Nuts & Bolts – $36.00

Also, the Wine Closet is offering special pricing on McPrice Myers Cuvee Kristina -$43.50. Check it out!!!

2007 Villa Creek Avenger & 2009 Alban Viognier

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Linda and I had a great dinner last night with some friends. They made some fantastic Indian food. We started with a nice chilled Viognier from Alban. Went really well with the potato samosas as an appitizer.  Of course we got the wine from The Wine Closet (!/product_info.html?osCsid=aefaffe88643e9926d4a9593e7a0df4f

Next we moved onto the Villa Creek Avenger.  This was a big wine with lots of fruit.  It paired nicely with the spicy chicken and spinich dish.
2007 AVENGER $35
75% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache
Elevage: 100% de-stemmed fruit from Booker Vineyard, basket pressed and racked once off gross lees. Aged 18 months in 50% new French Barriques.
Color: Burgundy
Aromatics: Incredibly sexy with upfront notes of cocoa, blueberries, black licorice and violets.
Palate: The mouth fills out with more chocolate, cherry cola and just a hint of black pepper and tar. The finish is both velvety and lush.

Chronic Tasting & New Wines

Friday, September 10th, 2010

We had a big turn out last night for the Chronic tasting. The wine was really good. Did some small appetizers, pulled pork sandwiches, taquitos, cheese, nuts, etc. Really a fun time. We gave out some cool Chronic swag, posters & postcards.

The Wine Closet ( is getting new wines daily. Here’s the list (again):

’08 Melville Chardonay Santa Rita Hills – $25.50
’08 Melville Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills – $33.00
’08 Melville Carries Vineyard – $48.00
’07 Stolpman Hillops Syrah – $48.00
’07 Villa Creek Avenger – $36.00
’08 Herman Story Nuts & Bolts – $36.00

Also, the Wine Closet is offering special pricing on McPrice Myers Cuvee Kristina -$43.50. Check it out!!!

My Memories of Mammoth

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Rob, Jerry, Donna and myself took a week off from work and headed out the 395 towards Mammoth Lakes for some fun in the snow. We left on Saturday the 6th at the beginning of a big storm front – it rained about half the time we were driving and snowed lightly once above Bishop. Roads were clear of hazards (including other cars), so it was a quick trip. We checked into our little condo around 4:00ish, settled in and then hit the Vons for a weeks worth of groceries.

Our in-home menu for the week consisted of chicken tortilla soup, chicken parmasan over linguini pasta, Mexican sopas and spicy sausage stuffed portabella mushrooms.  All were delicious.

Our meals out were not as exciting…

First outing was to Burgers Burgers located across from Mammoth Village on Minaret. I’ve come here every time I’ve visited Mammoth in the past as they make good, large burgers perfect following a day on the slopes. This visit was hohum for the most part. Rob and I split the buffalo burger which was overdone and dry –  it was only saved by the grilled onions and mushrooms piled on which were quite tasty. French fries are okay, not the best – but overall, prices at Burgers is reasonable and they’re filling. They also have milk shakes (Rob had vanilla which tasted good, but was runny), and Mammoth Lakes beer on tap…which I thought was all blah except for the nut brown ale

Our 2nd outing was up the ski lift at June Lake – WOW, this is a steep climb up to the top and take about 15 minutes. Luckily it was an incredibly clear day, not a cloud in the sky. Once at the top you could see for miles, absolutely incredible. Their food at the mountain top lodge was quite good too. I had a grilled chicken sandwich with swiss cheese which came on a soft ciabatta-type roll and crispy fries. The soup special was a corn and sausage chowder and was delicious.  Not being a fan of heights, I thought the ride down the ski lift would be difficult, but it was actually easier then the climb up – could have been due to the spicy bloody mary’s I consumed during lunch, which were also very good.

Wines we enjoyed during our stay included Herman Story Grenache, Roessler Pinot Noir, Terry Hoage ‘The Hedge’ Syrah, Venge Champ de Fleurs white blend, Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon, Chronic Cellars Sofa King Bueno, Villa Creek Willow Creek Cuvee and Barrel 27 Rhight Hand Man, Dubost Homestead Red and a lovely 20 year Tawny Port from Ferreira.

All wines were great, especially after a day playing in the snow.

Laura’s Birthday Bash

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Diane planned a surprise birthday dinner at Elements in Santa Barbara for Laura’s BIG 4-0 – she probably would have been surprised had she not actually recognized several of the vehicles parked out front – oh well – fun was had by all either way.  An unseasonably scorching hot day in SB yesterday (damn global warmng!) so the restaurant was quite stuffy – even though there were few bodies around except for our group of 12.  It was difficult to get comfortable and make food and drink decisions until the sun was well set and a cool breeze began to blow.  We selected a white, Jaffurs Roussanne and a red, Kunin Pape Star and asked the bar to chill both for several minutes before pouring.  There’s nothing worse then warm wine.  Rob ordered the sesame crusted ahi with mashed potatoes and a sauce of wasabi intermixed with some other sweet sauce that was a delicious combo with the ahi.  I ordered the corn pancakes with avocado and the Japanese white tuna tartare served with seaweed salad and taro chips – the pancakes had mild flavor and were overcooked and a bit rubbery, but the tartare was fresh and tasty with a light ponzu marinade drizzled over.  The chips made nice fish scoopers and were lightly salted and crispy.

When the wine was finally at a temperature to be enjoyed, we poured both – the Roussanne had nice citrus flavors and a creamy mouthfeel, good acidity and not overly sweet.  The Pape Star is a Chateau neuf du Pape Grenache blend that is a simple wine, yet has bright fruit flavors and light spice with a soft tannin – not overly concentrated, but an easy drinking red and quite enjoyable. We then opened up the gift we gave Laura, the Villa Creek ’05 High Road from the James Berry Vineyard  rated 92 points from ebob and was immediately floored by the deep purple color and dark fruit flavors, a very concentrated and complex wine – the quality outshined the previous red blend – no contest.