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Synopsis, Our Opinion: Robust, captivating and sophisticated Tempranillo that was simply FANTASTIC.

Producer/Winery: Abadia Retuerta SA; Sardón de Duero – Valladolid, Spain.

Grape Variety: Tempranillo Blend – 75% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah.

Geographic Appellation: Castilla y Leon; Sardón de Duero, Spain.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $24,95 [click to continue…]

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Book Review: The New California Wine

If you have been drinking California wines over the last several decades you might have noticed that they are constantly changing. These changes are the focus of Jon Bonné’s book, The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines behind a Revolution in Taste. With a palate trained by Old World wines and experience being the wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, Bonné surveys the wine making industry of California, explains the changes, and provides an intimate look at the land and winemakers responsible for those changes. [click to continue…]

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Synopsis, Our Opinion: We called it a MEMORABLE Pinot Noir that doesn’t empty your wallet.

Producer/Winery: Drew Family Cellars; Elk, California.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Appellation: Fruit for this wine cames from four vineyards (Valenti, Fashauer, Perli and the Drew Estate) in Mendocino Ridge and one in Anderson Valley (Wendling); all of which are planted at “mid-elevation” between 1200-1400 feet; North Coast, California.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $29.95 [click to continue…]

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Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay 2015

Synopsis, Our Opinion: An EXCELLENT buy and we ENJOYED it with the fish dinner.

Producer/Winery: Santa Barbara Winery; Santa Barbara, California.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Appellation: Santa Barbara County; Central Coast, California.

Vintage: 2015

Price: $12.99 (with a 30% mixed 6-pack discount) [click to continue…]

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Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014

Synopsis, Our Opinion: At this price point it’s a good buy for such an easy drinking California Pinot Noir.

Producer/Winery: Sanford Winery; Lompoc, California; Marketed by Terlato Wines; Lake Bluff, Illinois.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills; Central Coast California.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $27.99 (with a 30% mixed 6-pack discount) [click to continue…]

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Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir 2014

Synopsis, Our Opinion: Disappointing Pinot Noir

Producer/Winery: Landmark Vineyards; Paso Robles, California.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Appellation: 53% Sonoma County, 39% Monterey County and 8% from San Benito County, California

Vintage: 2014

Price: $19.99 (with a 30% mixed 6-pack discount) [click to continue…]

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Tablas Creek Vineyard Roussanne 2014

Synopsis, Our Opinion: We called it EXQUISITE Roussanne.

Producer/Winery: Tablas Creek Vineyard; Paso Robles, California.

Grape Variety: Roussanne.

Geographic Appellation: Central Coast California.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $35.00 [click to continue…]

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Synopsis, Our Opinion: Remarkable wine that had distinctive and sumptuous tastes from start to finish.

Producer/Winery: Turley Wine Cellars; St. Helena, California.

Grape Variety: Petite Syrah.

Geographic Appellation: Napa Valley, California.

Vintage: 2015

Price: $75 [click to continue…]

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Ferrando La Torrazza Canavese Rosso 2014

Synopsis, Our Opinion: This wine had a unique assured and scrumptious character that was simply intoxicating. We both loved it and it’s a no-brainer buy again wine!!!

Producer/Winery: Ferrando Azienda Vitivinicola; Torino, Italy.

Grape Variety: Blend – Nebbiolo and Barbera.

Geographic Appellation: Canavese; Piedmont, Italy.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $19.80 (with a 10% mixed case discount) [click to continue…]

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Synopsis, Our Opinion: Another FANTASTIC Tablas Creek Rhone red that includes all the virtues of the Southern California sunshine.

Producer/Winery: Tablas Creek vineyard; Paso Robles, California.

Grape Variety: Southern Rhone blend – 40% Mourvedre, 40% Syrah, 27% Grenache and 5% Counoise.

Geographic Appellation: Paso Robles; Central Coast California.

Vintage: 2009

Price: $48 [click to continue…]

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