Same Sex Meritage 2011
Bordeaux Red Blends from California
- red wine
- Smooth & Supple
- boutique wine
United States citizens should have two irrevocable freedoms--to marry the person they love and to purchase an awesome wine at a reasonable price. With every bottle of Same Sex Meritage you purchase and enjoy, you support those who are currently forbidden from marrying the people they love and want to spend their lives with. This prohibition is unquestionably a violation of civil rights, and we will dispute it until same sex marriage is both legal and acknowledged everywhere in the USA. Same Sex Meritage supports the progressive movement on this issue by pledging a portion of revenue to Freedom to Marry, the advocacy group admirably and effectively leading the campaign to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act on numerous fronts.
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
Same Sex Meritage Winery
Stein Family Wines makes great wines: all of their brands have won plenty of awards, received great scores, and been given good mention in the media, but that is not what makes Stein Family Wines different from all of your other wine options. Stein Family Wines donates five percent of every sale they make, and those donations go directly to the children of vineyard workers in the form of college scholarships and support funding. Yes, others give a percentage of their profits, but Stein Family Wines guarantees the kids see the money whether the winery is profitable or not.
Same Sex Meritage believes United States citizens should have two irrevocable freedoms -- to marry the person they love and to purchase an awesome wine at a reasonable price. Same Sex Meritage is a new red wine that accomplishes both. With every bottle you purchase, Same Sex Meritage gives $1 to Freedom To Marry - an effective and noble advocacy group for equal marriage rights.
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About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.