Chatt Wine News Feb 27th

Chattanooga Wine Shop Tastings ~

  • Check out the Saturday tasting at Riverside Wine. 3-5pm

Chattanooga Wine Events ~

  • Chatt Wine and Riverside Wine Event – Get to know Riverside Wines Hidden Gems.  Alison Matera, Riverside’s Sommelier, and Chris Bratcher, owner, will lead our group through some of their favorite hidden gems. This is a great opportunity to buy wines to enjoy now as well as wines to add to your collection and enjoy in years to come. Thursday March 5th at 6pm. Cost is $35 which includes tasting and $35 in store credit to be used for purchase of wines tasted. Call Riverside at 423-267-4305 to make your reservation.
  • Panoram Imports will be doing a tasting at Brix Nouveau on Tueday March 3rd (7-8:30pm). Cost is $35. Call for reservations 423-708-3281

Wine Reviews ~

  • We have re worked our wine review page for easier browsing.  Look for more wine reviews and recommendations coming soon.

Wine News and Articles ~

  • Wine under $10 sucks….It is extremely tough to find quality under $10, I feel $13-$15 is the new “$10”.
  • Here are two articles on from Decanter on the Jura and Rioja wine regions. These are two regions I would really like to visit.

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Ridge Three Valleys

Wines from Ridge Vineyards were some of the first I had over a decade ago that made me fall in love with wine and start to understand just what the good stuff is.  I have been fortunate to visit Ridge Vineyards in Sonoma and taste through many of their wines. I was excited to try this wine, which looked to be a unique and exciting blend, and work my way through an entire bottle seeing what it had to offer.  The Three Valleys is Ridge’s only multi-vineyard wine coming from three of the finest appellations in Sonoma County.

In the glass, the wine is a dark plum color with a concentrated darker core and some translucency. The initial nose on the wine is of dark fruits, blackberry, dark cherry, some vanilla, and the earth notes of pepper, spice, light cloves, and leather.  On the palate, the wine coats your mouth with the heavier Zin giving you dark fruits, some nice spice notes, and medium-plus tannins.  The wine also has a long finish that stays in your mouth a while. In short this is a big, bold, but smooth wine with great complexity of the multiple varietals.

As usual – a Ridge wine does not disappoint. Anytime you’re looking for a great California Zin or Zin heavy blend you simply can’t go wrong with a bottle from this vineyard.


Chatt Wine Rating (1-10) – 7

Average Price – $25

Region – California, Sonoma

Varietal – 65% Zinfandel, 20% Petite Sirah, 9% Carignane, 3% Mataro, 2% Alicante Bouschet, 1% Grenache

Importer –

Vineyard/Producer – Ridge Vineyards

Purchase From – Hamilton Liquors

Bodega Iaccarinni Bonarda

I picked this bottle up at one of the Saturday afternoon tastings at Riverside Wine.  After tasting through 5 or 6 wines I really settled on this one and knew I wanted to get a bottle and enjoy it over the course of an evening.  I was pleasantly surprised when this wine had a price tag of only $13.99.  This wine comes from Chattanooga based importer Panoram Imports, who specialize in wines from Argentina.

In the glass the wine is dark and inky, you can barely see through it. On the nose I get notes of spice, leather, tobacco, pepper and dark fruits. On the palate I get more spice and dark fruits with a med plus tannins and fairly long finish as the wine definitely lingers in your mouth.  I really enjoyed this wine, it has a very expressive nose and bold yet smooth palate, lots of spicy notes, a great wine for winter.


Chatt Wine Rating (1-10) – 7

Average Price – $14

Region – Argentina, Mendoza

Varietal – Bonarda

Importer – Panoram Imports

Vineyard/Producer – Bodega Iaccarini

Purchase From – Riverside Wine, Chattanooga TN