This blog is not called MomUncorked for nothing! I’m known to uncork a bottle of wine several times a week. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not a wine snob or a wine connoisseur by any means. I do love hearty, old, robust-let-them-decant wines, but also tend to buy wines based on the label.
I recently received a couple of bottles of Josh Cellars Wines, a Merlot and a Chardonnay, to try in advance of a new product launch. Being a relatively new winery started in 2005, I was a bit skeptical, but I’ll say that the history and description live up to their hype.
I opened the Merlot first, which just happened to arrive on a day when my wine closet was bare of daily drinking selections. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this wine, again, not knowing anything about the vineyard.It was light enough to drink with my selection of olives and cheese, yet had enough boldness to carry over into our pasta course. Needless to say, the bottle was empty that evening and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
I have to be in the right mood for white wines in the evening. So on that first overly warm Spring day, I decided it would be a great time to open the Chardonnay. Again, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this wine. It was complex enough that you do that “pause” after the first sip when your palate says, “that was actually pretty good.”
Oddly enough, within days of being introduced to these new wines, a friend showed up at a party with a bottle of Josh Cellars Cabernet. She said the label caught her attention!
Here’s the story behind Josh Cellars wines:
Joseph Carr spent 30 years of his life working with Napa wineries and in 2005, decided to open his own company, the Joseph Carr Winery in California. His wines were created as a tribute to his father, Josh, also a vintner. Josh Cellars works with small growers, coopers, and winemakers in Napa Valley, Sonoma, Mendocino and the Central Coast region to produce what they refer to as “sophisticated, yet approachable wines”.
Next time you’re at the wine store, look for a bottle of Josh Cellars. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I’m starting to see Josh Cellars in my local grocery store and my husband even picked up a bottle while waiting on a prescription at Walgreens!
I did receive free samples of these wines to taste from Josh Cellars.