berry preserves


Food Preservation: Making Raspberry Fruit Leather

I miss the flavors of summer berries already. Around August this year, me and the Hubs picked a couple pounds of local raspberries. I turned them into fruit leather (berries + raw honey + flax seed >>> blitz into a paste) with aid of the dehydrator, no special preservatives added. It’s been at least 4 months since I made the leathers; their soft sweetness and tangy berries are still holding up fantastically. They make such a happy reminder of the greener seasons.

2013 Tank Garage Winery “All or Nothing” Red

It’s Super Bowl LI, people! All or nothing! Macerated black cherries, blueberries, boysenberries, cassis, Bonne Maman  mixed berry preserves, vanilla extract, and a hint of coconut crème on the nose. Fresher on the palate with loads of blackberries, boysenberries, blueberries, and a dusting of cinnamon. Well-balanced so you don’t feel the alcohol. Just put your paws up ‘cause you were born this way, baby!

4/5 bones


Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petit Sirah, Carignan

14.7% abv

Napa, California, USA

2013 Ben Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz-Grenache

FREEEEDOM!!! This wine is named after the maiden name of the winemaker’s wife but it’s a pretty big, bold, bada$$ wine for $20 so I’m going to associate it with Braveheart as well, given the Scottish thistles on the label. Rich, sweet blackberries, black cherries, dried cherries, dark chocolate, green olives, cinnamon, and leather on the nose. Both savory and fruity on the palate - plums, blackberries, and cherries with olives, pastrami rind, clove, sweetspice. Almost like the fruit that’s left and slightly dried on the top of a jar of mixed berry preserves. The alcohol feels like sweetness on the palate. Pretty fierce stuff!

5/5 bones


Shiraz, Grenache

15% abv

Barossa Valley, AUSTRALIA

2013 LangeTwins Estate Grown Zinfandel

This is some lovely value Zin to keep you warm. Dark fruit, mixed berry preserves, fruit leather, and cinnamon on the nose. Macerated dark berries, mixed berry preserves, and a whiff of bacony fat on the palate. Pretty good acidity and gentle tannins. Prunes on the finish with a lovely tartness. A very nice Zin for the price. 

4/5 bones



15.5% abv

Lodi, California, USA

2012 Domaine Grande Bellane Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas

Loving this organic baby Côtes du Rhône - especially at this price! Blackberry preserves, macerated red fruit, and a touch of twig on the nose. Bursting with plums and berry preserves, cinnamon, pepper, and bramble on the palate with zingy acidity. 

4/5 bones


Syrah, Grenache

13.5% abv

Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas, FRANCE

Cult Cab

This is a fun non-vintage Napa Cab from my friends at Cult Wines! Juicy, jammy, and slightly syrupy blackberries, cassis, and raspberries. Molasses and dark brown sugar on the nose as well. Very fruit forward and ripe on the palate - mixed berry preserves with molasses and brown baking spices. Acidity is higher than expected to keep the wine in check. Finish trails off initially then comes back with some alcohol warmth. 

3/5 bones


Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah

14.2% abv

Napa, California, USA

2013 Venus “La Universal” Dido Tinto

Feeling fierce like the first queen of Carthage. Dusty Grenache notes of peppery strawberries, cherries, and red berry preserves on the nose with barnyard, tobacco, cinnamon, cracked black pepper, and twigs. High acidity on the palate from bright red cherries and strawberries. Tobacco, clove, and dark spices mid-palate and on the finish. Present tannins on the finish. 

4/5 bones


Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Syrah

14.5% abv

Montsant, SPAIN

2012 Pecchenino Siri d'Jermu Dolcetto di Dogliani Superiore DOCG

A little DOGE-liani Superiore, amirite? Fresh black and red berries, sweet preserves, and a hint of licorice on the nose. Very ripe, small blackberries and cherries o the palate with a hint of fruit roll-up. Fun, simple, and nice. 

4/5 bones



14% abv

Dolcetto di Dogliani (Piedmont), ITALY

2008 Flowers DZ Vineyard Pinot Noir

Flowers in my face, flowers in my wine (name)! Sweet fruit on the nose - strawberry preserves, mixed berry jam - cinnamon, sweet BBQ sauce, and fresh blackberries. Loads of sweet blackberries, raspberries, and sweet baking spices on the palate. Quite the full-bodied Pinot from California!

3/5 bones


Pinot Noir

14.1% abv

Sonoma Coast, California, USA