It’s Wine O’Clock: Napa Valley Vi – on – YEAH!!!

It's Wine O'Clock: Napa Valley Vi - on - YEAH!!! Anna Johnston -

Each Wednesday afternoon the NPCA Events team, our awesome Chefs and the Food & Beverage guys catch up to sample the goodies our suppliers send our way. You never know what will end up featuring on our wine lists or inspiring our Chefs to pair with some great food. I’m sure you can imagine my distress at having to drink amazing, sometimes unheard of, or up and coming wines from all over the world.

Yes folks… Total bummer right?! LOL

It's Wine O'Clock: Napa Valley Vi - on - YEAH!!! Anna Johnston -

Anna Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra – A perfect Autumn Day

When a glass of this little lovely landed on my desk, I was pretty pumped to have a taste. The bottle is really cool, it is similar to a champagne or sparkly bottle, and the label features a Stag. I eagerly asked the gang, ‘Who’s got my reindeer ears? I’m so dressing up as a red deer and getting my leap on’. Most would think this pretty strange, but not one of my colleagues even blinked an eye at my odd question, in fact, all have been on the hunt all week to help me find them.

For many years Stags’ Leap Winery only produced a tiny amount of the Viognier, the wine makers would only make it for their family and friends, and it was unavailable to the wine-a-sphere at large until now.

Stags' Leap 2011 Napa Valley Viognier - It's Wine O'Clock: Napa Valley Vi - on - YEAH!!! Anna Johnston -

Stags’ Leap 2011 Napa Valley Viognier

The tasting notes on the Stags’ Leap 2011 Napa Valley Viognier said it featured spring blossom, fresh flowers, chalk and stone fruit on the snout. For me, it was like taking a relaxing stroll through my favourite park. The taste however, now this is when things got hilarious, I jotted down everyone’s initial thoughts… ‘Shaaaa-wing, wowza, she’s a beauty, complex yet rounded, she’s got a lot of guts, lush and yarm!’

There was peach, grapefruit & melon with a fruity core and a refreshing acidity with hints of minerality… What’s minerality? I hear you ask, well imagine the smell of fresh wet concrete; now imagine that flavour in your mouth. I personally don’t find that thought appetising, but picturing someone licking concrete is pretty funny.

It's Wine O'Clock: Napa Valley Vi - on - YEAH!!! Anna Johnston -

Anna jumping (full Stag/deer style) Stags’ Leap 2011 Napa Valley Viognier

This is a delightful wine, its elegant, balanced and vibrant, and gets better with every sip. I haven’t been able to easily source this drop, but some Dan Murphy’s stock other vintages for about $25.00 per bottle.

So tell me dear reader, are you a red or white wine drinker? If yes, what’s your favourite wine region?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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ally - July 8, 2014 Reply

Such beautiful scenary you lucky thing!

    Anna - July 8, 2014 Reply

    Hey Ally, yeah, Canberra in Autumn is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for stopping by, appreciate it muchly.

Dionne Baldwin - June 15, 2014 Reply

Minerality is a new term and that mental picture made me giggle. I cannot think of a favorite region at the moment, I have tasted what I consider to be quite a few but most experienced wine drinkers would say I have hardly begun! I do enjoy red wines and I have been partial to French wines and also a local merlot here.

    Anna - June 15, 2014 Reply

    Hahaha…. I know right! A lot of the wine terminology is pretty funny. AND…. Oh yeah, partial to a french red, absolutely delightful actually. πŸ™‚ Ohhhh, I’d be keen to try the merlot from your neck of the woods, New England USA right?

Sriprae - June 14, 2014 Reply

Oh boy, that sounds like a good bottle of wine. The things they make you do at work, eh? πŸ˜‰ Love your pictures, too!

Red or white? Love them both. We’re about to reach the summer season here in Texas. The heat can soar like a space shuttle rocketing into outer space. But…for now, when it’s teetering between the lush, cool breezes of spring and the occassional heat waves, I’m loving chilled bottles of rosΓ©.

P.S. I’ve fantasized about opening an art gallery with a wine bar. πŸ™‚ xoxo

    Anna - June 14, 2014 Reply

    Teehee… My friend and I couldn’t stop laughing as we were setting up me jumping from behind trees, who needs booze when you’ve got reindeer ears right?! πŸ™‚ Oh boy, I’m not wrong to think a Texas summer is hot then, especially with your description. Mmmmm… a chilled Rose, I always forget about Rose, will need to do some investigating and do a review. Can you recommend a good drop?
    YEAH… Your dream of an art gallery with a wine bar sounds wonderful. I’m in… You look after the art, Ill source the wine. xxx

      Sriprae - June 17, 2014 Reply

      LOL! Love it. DEAL!–I’ll source the art and you source the wine.

      RosΓ© recommendations. I just bought a bottle a couple weeks ago. Most lovely this one: Zestos Garnacha RosΓ© from Madrid.

      Another one I’ve enjoyed a couple of times: Les Jamelles Cinsault from the Pays d’Orc region of France

      Hope you get to sample these (or better yet, enjoy the entire bottle!). πŸ˜‰


        Anna - June 17, 2014 Reply

        WOWZA… These drops sound super amazing and fancy too. πŸ™‚ Madrid, don’t think Ive ever had vino from there before. Thank you lovely one for the recommendations, thats fantastic. I’ll email you when I do the review, we should do selfies with our wine, drinking at the same day & time on opposite sides of the world. πŸ™‚ Hope you are enjoying your week sweets. xxx

          Sriprae - June 19, 2014 Reply

          That’s a brilliant idea! I’m game! πŸ™‚

          A terrific week to you, darling! xoxo

          Anna - June 19, 2014 Reply

          πŸ™‚ It’s on like Donkey Kong… Thanks my love. xx

Alice - May 14, 2014 Reply

Looks like a heck of a lot of fun. I totally agree with Uru, the tree shots add a lot of fun. As do those beautiful colours amongst the tress too πŸ™‚

The Napa Valley is on my bucket list by the way, I’m totally Jelly now!

    Anna - May 14, 2014 Reply

    Haha… yep, was fun playing out amongst the Autumn trees, the Berra is gorgeous this time of year. πŸ™‚ And that’s awesome, let me know your thoughts if you can get your hands on bottle. Its good! πŸ™‚

      Alice - May 17, 2014 Reply

      I’d definitely prefer to get my hands on a bottle, in person (at the Napa,) but for now it’ll just have to go on the foodie import bucket list! I could drink some with my fancy sandwich toasties πŸ™‚

        Anna - May 18, 2014 Reply

        Awh yeah, that’d be fantastic Alice. If you get to Napa, grab me a bottle too. πŸ™‚

Ananda Rajashekar - May 13, 2014 Reply

what a lovely pictures, you look adorable there. The wine you mentioned sounds wonder will have look if i could find it here. Oh i’m a red wine girl, love the wines from Italy. I got to know few weeks there are some good wines from central India. have a great week Anna πŸ™‚

    Anna - May 13, 2014 Reply

    Oh I’d be so keen to check out some of the wines you speak of from central India. I’ll shoot you an email to get some deats. X

Choc Chip Uru - May 8, 2014 Reply

I love me some wine now that I can legally drink them πŸ˜›
Red all the way, no goon thanks, to celebrate the classiness of autumn!

Choc Chip Uru

    Choc Chip Uru - May 8, 2014 Reply

    BTW I love your cute popping out of trees pics πŸ˜€

      Anna - May 8, 2014 Reply

      It was sooooo much fun, especially seeing the looks on the faces of the peeps as they walked past. Ha!

    Anna - May 8, 2014 Reply

    Hahaha… Goon, that’s too funny. I don’t think I’ve ever had wine from a bag before?! Pretty good to keep it that way too.

Hotly Spiced - May 8, 2014 Reply

It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it. I love the scenery! I’ll have to see if that wine is available here xx

    Anna - May 8, 2014 Reply

    Yep Charlie, and Im happy to take one for the team. LOL! Let me know how you go with sourcing the vino in your neck of the woods too. xxx

Erin | The Law Student's Wife - May 8, 2014 Reply

This is what I call a job perk! Love Stag’s Leap.

    Anna - May 8, 2014 Reply

    I know right Erin! πŸ™‚ And how lucky are you being able to source Stags’ Leap so readily.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - May 8, 2014 Reply

Hehe you look so adorable and happy there Anna! And no wonder tasting all of these lovely wines too! πŸ˜€

    Anna - May 8, 2014 Reply

    Thanks lovely Lorraine! πŸ™‚

Susan - May 7, 2014 Reply

Great blog, fun pics – I can just imagine you charging out from behind the trees frightening the tourists !

    Anna - May 7, 2014 Reply

    Yep, was pretty hilarious. My photographer was mushing them along saying, ‘nothing to see here’. LOL! πŸ™‚

Mandy - The Complete Book - May 7, 2014 Reply

Anna, you are the best! Love the photos. The wine does sounds lovely.
I am a red wine girl and we (South Africa) have some of the worlds best wines. Think you should come and visit and we can go from estate to estate. πŸ˜€ Yes, that is a brilliant plan.
Have a beautiful day darling A!
πŸ™‚ Mandy xo

    Anna - May 7, 2014 Reply

    YESSSSS!!!! Mandy this is right up top of my bucket list, meeting you would be brilliant, and drinking our way across South Africa, boom diggity – Its a date girl! πŸ™‚ Wishing you a wonderful rest of week too. Hugs from Oz. xx

Kris - May 7, 2014 Reply

I havent had a straight viognier for some time. Pretty keen to try this out. Great read.

    Anna - May 7, 2014 Reply

    YEAH Nizz, it was a stella drop, haven’t had a good wine like this in ages. Was pretty darn tasty.

Fran - May 7, 2014 Reply

What a corker of a post!
To answer your questions “So tell me dear reader, are you a red or white wine drinker? If yes, what’s your favourite wine region?” Yes. Them all.

I think your job sounds terrible. You should swap with me, my public service job is MUCH better…

    Anna - May 7, 2014 Reply

    Hahaha! Fran you made me LOL! I can’t even imagine me working in the Public Service, nope, no swapsees of jobs, but, what about if you come on down for a bevie on me instead? That way you can hang with the gang and drink your (perhaps this an assumption & I very well could be wrong….) PS boredom away.:)

      Fran - May 7, 2014 Reply

      What’s this you say? Boredom in the PS? Nay, we’re all too busy running the country to be bored. Lol. But, the drink is on!

      I miss those days in hospitality, though. I’m far too old and tired to be doing any of that exciting event management stuff these days

        Anna - May 7, 2014 Reply

        Snap… The PS has spoken! Bless, how did I let that minor deat slip, you lot do such a fab job running the country too, thank you! Haha! Great… I look forward to sharing a bevie with you. πŸ™‚ No way, the hospitality industry is in your blood, never too old or tired to enjoy I say.

Lizzy (Good Things) - May 7, 2014 Reply

Well now this sounds very nice indeed! Loving the frolic in the autumn leaves! I don’t drink as much wine as I used to… love wines from all around Australia.

    Anna - May 7, 2014 Reply

    It was fun Liz, the looks on the faces of the folk exercising by the lake watching me fly out from behind a tree was priceless. Isn’t Canberra just gorgeous at the moment, lovely Autumn colours. πŸ™‚

Hannah - May 7, 2014 Reply

I’m a red girl most days, however i love sparkling and some times you need a drink that is cool and refreshing rather than hearty and warm.

As far as region… I’d have to go with Mudgee. They have some wonderful wines but the best part of the region has to be the town! Fantastic hospitality and good region for up and coming rap music!

    Anna - May 7, 2014 Reply

    Yeah… Whats that Canberra rap group called again? They sure were belting out a beat or two on the streets of Mudgee. Yo Yo Yoooo…. It’s the Bandy Cat Crew – Comin at you! #goodtimes
    Im with you on the red, mostly drink a hearty & warming Shiraz myself.

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