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WINE REVIEW: THIS IS THE UPSHOT!

by Andrew Chalk



Venerated California winery Rodney Strong release the ‘Upshot’ brand of blended wines.


Upshot is the end result of our winemaker’s passion for blending flavorful, deeply nuanced and unique wines. Exclusively from vineyards in California’s best growing and winemaking process.

  • UPSHOT 2019 White Blend California ($19.00)

  • Upshot White is a blend of Grenache Blanc, “White” Pinot Noir (with no skin contact), Gewurztraminer, Viognier, and splash of Sauvignon Blanc. Upshot White is blended to be a complex, nuanced and serious wine styled for today’s new, emerging wine consumer.

  • Winemaker’s tasting notes…

This bright wine bursts with aromas of white peach, apricot and jasmine blossom with flavors of melon, peach and a wet stone minerality followed by a crisp yet full finish.


  • UPSHOT 2018 Red Blend Sonoma County ($19.00)

  • Upshot Red is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Riesling, made from 100% Sonoma County fruit, predominantly from Alexander Valley and Knights Valley.

  • Winemaker’s tasting notes…

This rich, supple wine bursts with blackberry and dark cherries with hints of spice followed by lush, rounded tannins and a lingering finish


The winery says “We favor throwing out the rulebook and make time for the unexpected, allowing nature to take its course. Relying on intuition, we practice our craft with passion in celebration of a life well lived. We make wines that enhance the simple yet profoundly meaningful everyday enjoyment of a life in a fun and inviting way.”


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