Bordeaux; drinking for the now…


I’m not going to be too detailed on this, because there are 60 appellations or different areas with kind of distinct wine styles in Bordeaux. Bordeaux’s name actually originates from the French phrase “au bord de l’eau”, which means “along the water”. Its not just some romantic name–the area does actually lie along the banks of three rivers, the Dordogne in the north, the Garonne in the south, and the Gironde, into which both flow and which flows into the Atlantic Ocean.  Information provided by Wine Warehouse.

Now that I have that out of the way.  I’ll be going into last nights wine tasting of Bordeaux. Although appreciated worldwide; I personally have a love hate relationship with Bordeaux. Some are amazing, some I’d use to put in my beef stew-maybe.

bacOBp2%Reu2lzCQG24OhQYou’ll notice there’s plates of hors d’oeuvres on the table for guests. I typically don’t eat ANYTHING while tasting wines. I’m not saying you shouldn’t, I just don’t want my olfactory glands to be compromised (my sniffer to be jacked by oils). So do what works for you. If you’re having friends over; always best to go with some snacks! 

-2014 Chateau Bois Pertuis, Appellation Bordeaux.  I used to carry this at my wine bar, but begrudgingly. I didn’t like it when it was sold to me before, and I still don’t like it. On a point system, I’d give it 75 points. I know people will hate on me for this, but its not something to drink with everyday foods or by itself, for me.


-2014 Chateau St. Ahon, Cru Bourgeois; 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. This was a good drinker, I’d like this one with a filet mignon, not too dry and would do well to lend its flavours the steak.


-2014  Chateau Pimorin, Haut Medoc; These guys have it down with the leaf thinning to the green harvesting to hands on pressing. This Pimorin is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon 26% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc. For the price, it couldn’t be beat. A 2014 not having to wait til 2024 to enjoy and wasn’t going to rip your face off with tannins.


2016 Chateau Quattre, Cahors; Although the label states when it was blended is 2016, the fruit was sourced and matured in oak barrels for over 11 years. 80% Malbec, 15% Merlot, 5% Tannat. I concur with Decanter, easily 95 points and one of my fav’s for the night. I’ll continue with a few more tomorrow. Get your paws on this one. Great with steak or a stand alone, or even with a strong cheese. This Malbec will hold up. I think this will steal back the idea of Malbec from Argentina.

Until the next blog. Enjoy some wine with family and friends. Cheers!

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New Zealand and Australian Wines

My typical Monday evening consists of gathering with close friends and trying some affordable drinkers, as in wine. Yes, I think you can drink wine daily. Modern times and commercialism haven’t made this quite possible, but a glass or two an evening, and you’re only looking at a couple bottles a week. It’s not obscene to enjoy your evening and possibly extend some health benefits that other beverages might not at all.

-2016 Matua Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, NZ. Has the typical citrus on the nose and mouthfeel you would normally get. It definitely has a nose and mouthfeel of a clean grapefruit.

-2014 Criterion Pinot Noir from Central Otago, NZ. A clear different taste than your typical Santa Barbara Pinot.

-2013 d’Arenberg “The Custodian” from Mclaren Vale, AUS. An interesting Grenache that should be tried at least once. I thought it was good with the food that accompanied, light fare fried fare, like the fried oysters I had, went very well and neither overpowered the other.

-2013 “The Strapper” by Yalumba GSM Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro from Barossa Valley, AUS. A good drink, although the name got a ton of laughs from the ladies attending!

-2013 Radis Estates’ “Mama Goat” Merlot from Coonawar, South AUS. Still had the typical chocolate note and dark berries I find consistent in many Merlots, without the price tag of Napa or French styles. A good buy.

-2013 Yalumba Shiraz 95%/Viognier 5% from Eden Valley-Triangle Block South AUS. Different and must be tried. Shiraz always a pleasant wine and goes very well with a baked or grilled chicken. I personally like this one with a bowl of navy bean and ham.

-2011 Thorne Clark “Shotfire” “Barossa Quartage” from Angaston, South AUS. A very good wine and a very good price as well.

-2015 Bleasdale “Bremerview” Shiraz from Longhorns Creek, South AUS. One of the young wines of the night, but WOW! This was my favorite! Not the most expensive, but drank like a Bordeaux without waiting for the years to pass before enjoying.

-2014 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, West AUS.

-2014 “Criterion” Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra-Victoria, South AUS.

Both of these Cabernets were great. Cab is still truly a prince when it comes to wine. Both great buys if you want to buy and have with a good red meat, unfortunately, They don’t quite compare with a Napa Valley C/S. Frankly, I think Napa has passed France with Cabernet as well. But that’s just the soil and sun that does what it does. Not all wine can be equal, but I haven’t had a wine I don’t like from any region. Except Temecula… I haven’t found one from there I like yet!

All these wines mentioned can be found in Southern California and were sourced from Total Wine & Spirits in Redondo Beach, CA. You don’t have to go to some amazing hidden space to find gems. They’re in plain sight. Just find some friends to do a small tasting together and enjoy. Cheers!

Knowing when to hold’m, knowing when to fold’m

Hey guys and gals, it’s been a little while since I’ve posted last. I deleted quite a bit of content. I was going to open a wine location in the city of Torrance, but as I kept doing more and more to open business; and I was being asked to do other social media for other companies.. It has been fun and I realized, I actually had some talent! lol. So it was the beginning of Carter Reserve Marketing (Instagram #JayCarterMedia). I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve started a company and lucky to already have customers. I’m still drinking wine and rating them for the day to day drinker. I’m all for the big stuff once and awhile. But I absolutely love finding those gems out there that go with our everyday foods in Los Angeles. I just got a little occupied getting everything together, and really should enhance the wine side of things.

So, back to the theme… As things seem to fall apart with my wine venture – I started to notice how many people actually enjoyed seeing my failures. I was literally privy to listening to a conversation the back room boys had about me at Bo’s cigar lounge. In front of me, they’d never talk to me the way I heard them talk. I also am going to go off script here and say; “I’D LOVE FOR ANY OF YOU BO’S GUYS TO SAY WHAT YOU’VE SAID TO MY FACE”. Okay, now that’s, out of the way.. lol. Knowing when to hold’m: When you’re going through tough times, a lot of people are around. Try to see past the white noise of “things will get better” and see the ones, who still treat you like a person. Those are your friends and business relationships you want to hold onto. Knowing when to fold’m The guy or girl who used to hug you and treat you as a friend and brother, but now can’t seem to respond to your text message or your calls go straight to voicemail regardless of time of day. That’s the one you dump. Obviously, people have arguments and have “non talking spats” but when you know deep inside, there’s no positivity there… Dump’m! Do it quick.. The quicker you can shuttle a person like that, the faster you can work on positively and move forward with… well.. EVERYTHING! Best thing I ever did was not go back to Bo’s Cigar Lounge in Torrance. I used to be there daily, and I did nothing. Literally saw the same people, listened to the same complaints about their lives and how they would’ve and could’ve, but didn’t.

Thus is life. We move on. I’m sure some of the guys will read this and have more colorful things to say.. My answer… I don’t care. I’m about making things happen for myself and for my clients. I’ll review some wines on Monday night and have something out soon!

Oh yeah, sometimes the Negative Nancy is related to you. It might be your dad, mom, son or daughter. Communicate that you love them, but they need to stay in their lane. Your life is yours to live, we only have one. Stop dreaming of heaven and what might happen, start learning to deal with this gift called life itself. #MakeItHappen

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Wine tasting at Chez Melange

I had a wonderful evening of enjoying wines of the world at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach. It was a night of class Old World vs. New World wines; We don’t always win, but when “New World” wins, its a hands down achievement. I’m just happy to see California at some of the forefront of winemaking.

Chez Melange has brought under its umbrella, besides BOUZY GASTROPUB (which kind of has the look and feel of the TV hit series show of yesteryear “Cheers”) has brought SEA CHANGE and OYSTER BAR online. Last night, I was in the private room for wine tasting and no surprise was a great night of good appetizers, and delicious wines. I like that the Host brought in facts about the wine and we could deduce our own ideas of taste and smells. A great place to go and enjoy some wine and different facets of food. I spoke very briefly with Michael, one of the owners of Chez and hopefully I’ll be working some Somm events in the future. It keeps my brain sharp, and if I want to keep ongoing to my Master Sommelier goal, I must work the floor at a restaurant, or I’m done! Check the place out regardless, I’ve been going for years and never disappointed.



An interview I did with VoyageLA Magazine last month. Went in print today! 

The magazine itself is I think $6, but free online. A lot to do in greater Los Angeles.  Click the link below to go straight to the article! http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-jay-carter-carter-luxury-winetorrance-wine-cellars-torrance/