Ziggy “The Wine Gal” Eschliman — whose award-winning wine radio shows are broadcast on both coasts — has the brightest, most refreshing voice in wine and spirits today. This groovy guru of libation locks formal pretense in the cellar and embraces the pure fun and pleasures essential to enjoying wine.
“Most wine lovers value quality and like good wine but dislike the stuffiness and ritual often associated with it; that’s where I come in!” beams Ziggy. Whether it’s bubbly, Bordeaux or Zinfandel, vodka or tequila, Ziggy knows the dirt: the who, the what, the where and the why in every bottle.
Ziggy is a seasoned journalist, a highly sought-after guest speaker, a dynamic lecturer and an advocate for the good life. As an educator and a wine judge, she earns high marks and seamlessly weaves her diverse knowledge with a sense of whimsy and spontaneity.
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Ziggy's 2016 Holiday Hot List
Wine Country Botanicals
Gorgeous, pure, essential oil based expressions of wine country in candles, body/hand wash and lotion. They have a holiday discount going on now!
Dragonfly offers complete floral services, ranging from single stems to gala affairs! Have an arrangement delivered to someone special this holiday season, or even once a month for a year!
This is an amazing cookbook with more than 150 recipes for eating close to nature from Chef John Ash and James Fraioli.
Black Pig Bacon
Bacon delivery? Could there be anything better? Have great bacon delivered and/or give the gift of a Bacon Club Membership! Black Pig Meat Co. is the brainchild of chefs Duskie Estes and John Stewart from Zazu Kitchen + Farm. The pigs are sustainably raised on family farms that respect the lands and the animals in their care.
Check out my website to see my recipes on awesome handmade gifts like Spiced Persimmon Syrup, Beet Shrub, and Lemon Verbena Simple Syrup!
Ziggy's 2016 Holiday Picks Wine Picks
WINES UNDER $16
2015 Toad Hollow "Unoaked" Chardonnay, Francine's Selection, Mendocino County
Description: pears, lemon tart, delicious, ocean air, white peaches, oyster shell, zip-a-dee-doo-dah
2013 Ottimino, "Zinfinity", Zinfandel, Sonoma County
Description: spiced plums, dark & delicious, crowd pleaser, blackberry, cassis, heaven
Barefoot Brut Cuvee, California
Description: citrusy, easy, honey-laced, crisp apples, melons, floral, white mushrooms, brioche, pretty
WINES $35 AND BEYOND
2015 Trattore, Viognier, Dry Creek Valley $35
Description: bright & beautiful, honeysuckle, meyer lemon rind, dried apricots, lengthy mouthfeel, scintillating, wet sea shell, impressive
2014 Sedition, Pinot Noir, Chenoworth Vineyards, Green Valley of Russian River Valley $75
Description: elegant, bing cherry parade, balanced, cola, seductive acidity, baking spices, party in your mouth, stunning, rich, tantalizing
2011 Woodenhead, Brut Rose, Russian River Valley $46
Description: world class, lengthy & luscious, dried rose petals, young watermelon, fresh, rockin', wild strawberry, hints of rhubarb, amazing
Ziggy's 2016 Thanksgiving Wine Picks
Claypool Cellars, Cuvée Select, Brut Cormoyeax $55
Description: complex, beautiful mouthfeel, asian pear, apples, macadamia nuts, rich, delicious, bliss
2015 J. Rickards, Semillion, Herrick Vineyard, Russian River Valley $22
Description: melon, nice mouthfeel, tropical gorgeousness, citrus meets spice, tantalizing
2015 La Pitchoune, Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $28
Description: young watermelon, vibrant, amazing, pretty in pink, rockstar, sexy, great
2014 Martin Ray, Pinot Noir, Green Valley of the Russian River Valley $40
Description: complex, tart cranberry, baking spices, silky tannins, earthy, land of wonderful, dark cherry
Bite Hard, Semi Sweet Apple Coder, Boonville, Anderson Valley $7 (22oz) $12 (4 pack)
Description: lively, fun, sweet-tart, refreshing, apple-y, wow
2013 Davis Family Vineyards, Gratitude, Late Harvest Viognier, Saralee's Vineyard, Russian River Valley $35
Description: air of wildflowers, white honey, mandarin zest, so sexy, light and complex, walking through a field of daffodils