Explore New Wines!

We all try new things from time to time. I have a “standard” set of “go to” wines for various occasions, but I’m fortunate to get a chance to try new wines pretty regularly. I want to devote this column to three worth trying.

Fisher Vineyards Coach Insignia

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Folks of a certain age may remember the “Body by Fisher” logo on    many GM cars. The founding family for Fisher Body, now a  division of GM, has a branch that opened up a Napa vineyard.    Their premium estate-grown flagship is called “Coach Insignia.” I  am a big fan of fruity wines and this is a beautifully smooth and  medium-bodied wine. It’s a little hard to find at retail and costs  about $60. I have seen it priced as high as $225 in finer  restaurants, but it compares nicely to competitors like Caymus.

Girard Sauvignon Blanc

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Girard’s Sauvignon Blanc is a zesty white with plenty of citrus and a little bit of apple to it. It’s great on a summer day, great with fish—and is becoming my go-to wine for sushi. At a retail price of $18, you can enjoy it regularly.

Renwood Timberline Zinfandel

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Renwood is a winery in Amador County, California, the home to some of the California Gold Rush communities. This winery has an amazingly fruit-forward yet silky smooth offering in Timberline. It’s a blend from two estate vineyards and is really nice—especially at a $40 per bottle retail price.

Wine Tip

I have a lot of old (mid ’90s) reds, and the corks are beginning to crumble on opening. The wine is fine, but it’s messy to get to. I just bought a CO2 powered opener from Cork Pops, and it does a great job of removing the cork with no fuss. If you have old wines, get one.

  • Jay Carter

    Jay Carter is Senior VP and Director of Strategy Services for AbelsonTaylor. Jay has worked for 31 years in the medical advertising industry, the last 28 at AbelsonTaylor. He’s had the pleasure of working with some of the finest minds (and hearts) in pharma. Along the way, he’s developed a passion for championing health brands to clinicians and consumers, and championing the medical advertising industry as a worthwhile career.


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