Friday, December 7, 2012

California Wine Club Review

Well, it's official! I really do not like my camera anymore! No matter where I put the bottle of wine, it would not pick it up and they all came out blurry. But what surprised me even more was that neither California Wine Club nor Daniel Gehrs websites had any pictures of the bottles of wine on them! I wonder, are they not allowed to show it on the internet? Surely they would, everything else gets shown on a daily basis?
This bottle that we got to try was a Merlot from the Central Coast and made by Daniel Gehrs in 2009. It actually has a Gold Medal, Double Gold Medal and a Silver Medal.  Quite impressive, huh?
I went on Daniel Gehrs site to see what I could find and they are the same there, too. So, maybe there is some sort of liquor law on the internet that you can't show what they all look like?

 I did find this info that is absolutely astonishing about the wine:
2009 Merlot, Central Coast, 87% Merlot, 9% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc. $20.00  
After three back-to-back small vintages due to drought, frost and assorted fits of weather 2009 arrived with a strong, successful bloom, a warm but mild summer and a dry sunny autumn which was perfect for ripening a full crop of Merlot.  
Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel, gentle pressing followed by patient aging in a cool, cellar environment reveal here a lovely and fragrant wine. The in-blending of Malbec and Cabernet Franc in the above percentages adds the complexity of cranberry and blueberry respectively to the ripe, black cherry and tanned leather fragrance typical of Merlot.
Now, the last review I did we had a really dry red wine that I could not drink but was able to make a wine spritzer out of it which I know is how you would normally drink a wine but that one was really dray.  This particular wine was a little easier to drink and not quite so dry.

This would make an excellent holiday wine to drink with just about anything that you fix from your appetizers to the dessert. It is smooth and has an almost cherry like flavor with a hint of earthines in each bottle so you can  make anything taste pretty good. Remember I mentioned the Medals earlier? Well, here is how they stacked up:

Double Gold Medal, Tasters Guild Int’l. Wine Judging
Gold Medal, Dallas Morning News Wine Comp.
Silver Medal, San Diego Int’l. Wine Comp.
Silver Medal, Pacific Rim Int’l. Wine Comp.
Silver Medal, West Coast Wine Comp.
Silver Medal, New World Int’l. Wine Comp.

86 points, Very Good “Strong Recommendation,” Ultimate Wine Challenge, NYC

And this one can be held up to 3 years! And I think I mentioned this in the previous post, but red wines are great with steaks! I keep telling myself to try them together but see, the thing is, am not that crazy about steaks either.  I can take a bite or two then I am pretty much done with steak! I am more a seafood type girl and I do love a good mean pork chop!

If you are  a Merlot wine drinker, then this one will surely be one to keep for yourself for a special occasion like a birthday, anniversary, retirement or even a new grandchild coming into this old world!

I did take a few sips of this wine just like I did the previous red wine and while it was alot better than the other one, I still let my hubby finish it off for me. There is just something about dark red wines that just doesn't agree with me. If I don't get heartburn or I feel like I need to drink several bottles of water.

I applaud those of you who can drink red wines and really enjoy them.  I am envious of the women and some men that I will see out at restaurants drinking a glass while waiting for dinner.  And I wonder, why can't I be like them and like the fuller more rich and thick wine that is so good for your heart? I guess that is because it is good for me and I just get this mental block to the red wine telling me you hate it, I know you do, stop fighting it and just pour it down the drain!

Course, I don't do that! I am not that crazy! I give my neighbor and best friend the bottle because she likes to drink a small glass of it sometimes at night to help her relax and go to sleep.  She says it's the best slipping pill out there but I really don't think I could drink enough to make me sleepy!

Now, I had much better luck with the Daniel Gejrs Chenin Blanc and I was pretty confident that I would love it when it first came in but I had had a minor outpatient procedure done that day and I was still out of it so hubby just put it away and the next day I was a little woozy and had some pain pills to take so I stayed clear of all the wines for a few days.

When I did get to taste it I thought finally, I can talk a bout a wine that I thought was pretty good.

Now, the reason I could drink this one was because it has a fruity like taste that reminded me of honey and pears.  Later when I looked online it said that it had a plum taste mixed with Bartlett pears which is why it tasted so crisp and clean. So, this was the one for me! I knew that there had to be one that I would enjoy and I was right. I just needed to wait my turn!

This one also had some impressive medals:

Double Gold Medal, Tasters Guild Int’l. Wine Judging
Gold Medal, Dallas Morning News Wine Comp.
Silver Medal, San Diego Int’l. Wine Comp.
Silver Medal, Pacific Rim Int’l. Wine Comp.
Silver Medal, West Coast Wine Comp.
Silver Medal, New World Int’l. Wine Comp.

Impressive Pedigree: The 2010 earned a “Top 10 White Wine” Award from the World Wine Championship Competition.

What I also liked about this brand was that it said I could either drink right away or I could hold for up to 5 years!  This is a good wine to have with light appetizers and seafood and I have been known to add a few drops of white wine into my shrimp scampi or seafood chowder. It is really awesome!

A Fun and Unique Holiday Gift (if you are looking for something to give to someone who has it all and they do love to drink wine, then this would be an awesome gift that lasts far past Christmas!)

As recommended by Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Town & Country, Redbook, Inc. Magazine and many more! This holiday season, give a California Wine Adventure and introduce your gift recipients to handcrafted wines that can’t be found in local stores.

Every wine they feature comes from a real working artisan winery and is backed by their 100% guarantee!
Send as many months as you wish. 1, 2, 3 Day Air available.
There are alot of reasons why you should join the California Wine Club but I am going to try and break it down in simple terms and then you can go and read more about it on your own:
With four wine of the month clubs to choose from, we have a wine adventure to suit all tastes and all budgets. To learn more click any of the following links:
  • Premier Club - Their most popular club!
  • Signature Series - For collectors and connoisseurs!
  • International Selections - From small "mom & pop" wineries around the world.
  • Aged Cabernet Series - Napa's most prestigious Cabernets aged 8 - 12 years.
The California Wine Club is a different kind of wine of the month club. They only feature handcrafted award-winning wines from real working, artisan wineries. It is a difference you'll taste with your first shipment! Click on the below Holiday Banner to check out all the Holiday Specials that they have going on right now!

Shipping Alert! Ground Shipping Deadline is December 12th. Any orders placed after Dec 12 incur expedited air charges for Christmas deliveries.

Connect with California Club Wine several ways:
Mailing Address:
600 Via Alondra
Camarillo, CA 93012
Phone: 1-800-777-4443
Fax; 1-800-700-1599

Pam and Bruce Boring have been gracious enough to offer one winner their own (2) bottles of wine for this Holiday Season! Thanks so much! You are really gonna enjoy these awesome wines! Open to the U.S. only. Good Luck!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


Kirsten! said...

I like Pinot Grigio best :)


RealtorSD said...

Love anything from clos du bois
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Gala said...

i love sweet wines -- red or white

Kylie Carlson said...

I love red wines- especially Syrah. Dark and spicy! kylie Carlson

Jessica Robinson said...

I like moscato.

Marthalynn said...

It depends on the season, but I love a good Pinot Noir! marthalynn rodriguez

KMichelleC87 said...

i dont drink wine but my sister and boyfriend do. thanks for the giveaway


monicaandrew said...

i like a fruity wine

Colleen M said...

My favorite wine is Chardonnay.

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deb c said...

Clos du Papillon Savennieres
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Ashley Morrow said...

I like Cabernet sauvignon or Merlot.

lag123 said...


Lisa Garrett
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Di said...

I like a medium-sweet white wine or a sparking wine.
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Di said...

commented on FB as Diane Sallans

Meryl said...

My favorite is Sauvignon Blanc

Belinda said...

I like a fruity sweet wine

Paul T / Pauline T said...

merlot ----- Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran ..... emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

Deal Bunny said...



Noelle said...

My hubby the wine drinker loves anything red. =)

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Chrissy said...

I've never actually had wine before, but am interested in trying some or giving to my brother. (

Chrissy said...

I've never actually had wine before, but am interested in trying some or giving to my brother. (

Megan Parsons said...

I have drank wine before but I only pick the fruit flavors!!! makeighleekyleigh at

MomLovesDeals said...

I love Riesling. momlovesdeals at gmail dot com
Vanessa Vazquez

Belinda said...

commented on your FB page Belinda B

Mrs. Lindner said...

I'm a wine rookie. We like Riesling or Pinot...or a dark dessert wine.

fee roberts said...
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fee roberts said...

I like sipping on Cabernet Sauvignon =D

Denise McGee said...

I prefer the fruity wines.


Christine Jessamine said...

i love merlot

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