Getting ready to celebrate the Kentucky Derby this weekend? If you are (or even if you’re not) this is a perfect weekend to indulge your senses in a bit of some Cabernet bourbon…

Cherries Jubilee, waiting for the gate to open and showtime… Crushed cherries – as noted – and very complex. The wine just blew my palate’s mind (in a good way). As I looked at the Kentucky Derby starting gate, I noted #22 Cherry Wine has odds of 30-1. If I was a gambler, you know what I’d be betting on.

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon

Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon from Robert Mondavi Private Selection would be a fun way to go, do you agree?

I may be partial, given that I’m what Robert Mondavi himself considered one of his “alumni.” More than a few of us have worked at the Robert Mondavi Winery, and even moved on… most of us getting that important “Mondavi Bump.” Within our industry, it’s widely considered that if you worked for the Robert Mondavi Winery, you have already jumped through some very impressive hoops. (I may have thrown the bell curve a bit, but I’m not really so sure, knowing some of my colleagues. That’s to say, we were a very eclectic group of people, so – perhaps – I may have fit in perfectly.) I went from Mondavi to a director of PR position with a winery that allowed me to jump from there right into starting Diaz Communications.


So, I have every reason to celebrate this weekend with Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Cab… Bring on the best of the best in racing and Bourbon.

The deep, cherry red Cabernet in this Bourbon underwent additional aging in Kentucky Bourbon barrels, making it a great addition to your Kentucky Derby watching party, too. The wine has complex, rich fruit flavor of dark, juicy ripe cherries, and screams, “Where are the ribs!” The aromas of toasty vanilla and brown sugar come from it being one of the first Bourbon barrel aged wines produced in the U.S., and make it so succulent in aromas. (Mmmmm.. Throw a bit into your BBQ sauce, as if I have to remind you, right?)

Go make your own history with this one!


This special Bourbon barrel aged wine originates in the coastal vineyards of Monterey County, CA, where the region’s dynamic, geologic past brings forth fruit with an unmistakable sense of place. Grapes are picked at the peak of ripeness, after which the wine is aged and blended to deliver exceptional fruit flavors and complexity. Unique to this wine, a portion of the blend is aged for an additional three months, using a combination of new and used Kentucky Bourbon barrels, creating one of the first Bourbon barrel aged wines produced in the United States.

Bourbon barrels are 100 percent American oak barrels that have been charred to help impart deep toasty flavors and hints of vanilla and brown sugar. Cabernet Sauvignon is particularly suited for Bourbon barrel aging because its intensely rich fruit character isn’t overwhelmed by the flavors of the charred casks. The wine is rich, weighty, and full bodied on the palette, and the 2014 vintage delivers robust flavors of black cherry and blackberry.

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon is available nationwide and retails for $13.99.  What could be more fun for you and more appropriate for me, this weekend? Yeah… Robert Mondavi Private Selection is my wine for the weekend…