In 2006, Charles Smith created Charles Smith Wines which centers around the trend that most people generally consume wine without delay. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity of variety (Merlot that tastes like Merlot) and true to the place of origin. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and approachable.
A self-taught winemaker, Charles is a true artisan and a pioneer in the wine world. In 2008, his winery was recognized by Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the “Best New Wineries of the Last Ten Years,” and as “Winery of the Year” in their annual buying guide. In 2009, Food & Wine magazine awarded Charles “Winemaker of the Year”, in 2010 Seattle Magazine recognized Charles as their “Winemaker of the Year”, and in 2014, Wine Enthusiast also named him “Winemaker of the Year”.
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I got this offer last woot. I had a bottle at a Christmas party. Cesare noted tropical tastes. I thought it tasted like pineapples with maybe some vanilla. It was fun to drink a wine so unlike anything I had tried before. I still have a few bottles left for another day.
@billmort One of my all-time favorite songs by Cream. I knew George Harrison was a guest artist on that tune, but I’m not sure I realized Felix Pappalardi (of Mountain fame) was on there as well. And I have no idea how any of this is pertinent to the current offer.
@Winedavid49 Oh yeah? Did you remember this little nugget: "When it came to designing the label, it had to be a badge-like shape, of course. Uncle Charles chose the original shape of the pocket on a Levi’s pocket tee…his favorite…to represent a badge. Total Americana. "
I enjoy the “otherwise” white varietals - Viognier, Roussane, Marsanne, these 3 blended, and so many others. I’ve ordered and can’t wait to taste it. Viognier is often a very sensually aromatic wine - I don’t see any aroma notes in the description. @Smithwinefamily would you please chime in?
We drank a bottle of this last night and it was amazing - not like any wine I’ve had before. Really rich tasting with good minerality. It was fabulous with humus - we finished the bottle before we even started dinner…
For posterity…I just received this today, and holy guacamole are the bottles heavy. The glass is double-thick. The bottles will only fit in the top rack of my wine fridge. There’s nothing bad about this…just an interesting observation (I think the bottles are even thicker than champagne bottles).
@NightGhost Ha! These bottles could definitely be used for hand to hand combat! They’re not breaking on someone’s head like in the movies. The wine is pretty great, too. Definitely a red wine drinker’s white wine.
@NightGhost I am not a white wine drinker. I’ll have a dry reisling or a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with Thai, spicy Indian, or fish. You’ll never find me drinking a white wine by itself, and never a chardonnay or pinot grigio. This Viognier, though, I actually drank with molé street tacos, and it actually paired OK. (I couldn’t wait to try it, and that’s what we were having for supper). Not like any Viognier I’ve had (I’ve not had a ton of Viogniers, but I’ve had a few). I definitely prefer a good red over this, but I can drink this white (and that’s a compliment from me).
@rjquillin I was wondering about the Styrofoam. So that’s just a summer wine shipping thing? I thought maybe because the bottles are so much more hefty that they needed heftier packing material that wouldn’t “squish” under the weight.
@TimW@winedavid49 Recently, the past 5+ years or so at least, styro has been what we see for summer shipping containers. At one time we also saw small frozen “catsup” pouches enclosed, but their affect was likely minimal on keeping bottles chilled due to their small mass. A year or so ago it was hinted we may see additional enhancements in shipping; perhaps in cold truck routing…
About the best packaging I’ve seen from a vendor was a couple good sized frozen packs in the styro which was then enclosed in a thermal insulated bag and boxed. I’ve received some of those where the bottles were actually cool in our mid summer SoCal environment that generally gets cases delivered from NorCal in one or two days.
Still hoping we’ll have an option during the hottest months to delay ship to when things cool back off…
Generally WD does very well, but there can be shipping glitches even his crew can’t anticipate that can leave shipments stranded over hot weekends.
@rjquillin Summer shipping never started until late May/early June on wine.woot. Is it possible that Charles Smith shipped the wine to WCC in styro and they just paid it forward? Because I find it hard to believe that summer shipping is in effect in early April…