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Synopsis, Our Opinion: An exceptional lean California Chardonnay that’s both unique and refreshing.

Producer/Winery: Jim Clendenen, Au Bon Climat; Santa Maria, California.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills AVA1; Santa Ynez Valley; Central Coast California.

Vintage: 2015

Price: $35.00 [click to continue…]

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Wine Tasting: Au Bon Climat


Winery/Producer: Jim Clendenen, winemaker; Au Bon Climat; Clendenen Family Vineyards.

Appellation: Central Coast, California

Location:
813 Anacapa Street, #5B
Santa Barbara, California
Tel. 805 963-7999
tastingroom@aubonclimat,com
www.aubonclimat.com [click to continue…]

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Synopsis, Our Opinion: A truly MEMORABLE wine.

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

Grape Variety: Zinfandel.

Geographic Appellation: Napa Valley, California.

Vintage: 2015

Price: $75.00 [click to continue…]

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Denner Vineyards Dirt Worshipper 2014

Synopsis, Our Opinion: Simply MARVELOUS!!!

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

Grape Variety: Syrah blend – 95% Syrah, 3% Roussanne and 2% Viognier.

Geographic Appellation: Paso Robles; Central Coast, California.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $64.95 [click to continue…]

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Wine Tasting: Denner Vineyards

Winery/Producer: Anthony Yount, winemaker; Denner Vineyards.

Appellation: Paso Robles; Central Coast, California

Location:
5414 Vineyard Drive
Paso Robles, California.
Tel. 805 239-4287 [click to continue…]

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Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2014

Synopsis, Our Opinion: Not bad inexpensive Syrah.

Producer/Winery: Bob Lindquist; Qupé Wine Cellars; Santa Maria, California.

Grape Variety: Syrah blend – 88% Syrah, 7% Tempranillo, 4% Grenache and 1% Mourvedre.

Geographic Appellation: Central Coast, California.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $15.95 [click to continue…]

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Wine Tasting: Sandhi Wines

Winery/Producer: Rajat Parr & Sashi Moorman; Sandhi Wines.

Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills; Central Coast, California

Location:
1712 Industrial Way
Lompoc, California
Tel. 805 618-2707 [click to continue…]

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Synopsis, Our Opinion: Eloquent, rich and savory white Burgundy that’s an INCREDIBLE BARGAIN.

Producer/Winery: La Chablisienne; Chablis, France.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Appellation: Chablis; Burgundy, France.

Vintage: 2014

Price: $28.95 [click to continue…]

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Synopsis, Our Opinion: Excellent lean “New World” California Chardonnay that has distinguishing Burgundian traits.

Producer/Winery: Liquid Farm; Buellton, California.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

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

Vintage: 2014

Price: $49.95 [click to continue…]

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Book Review: The Flavor Bible

The Flavor Bible Although this book might not appear appropriate for our wine blog, “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. The Flavor Bible offers a new look at combining tastes and seasonings and is written by the same authors as What to Drink with What you Eat, a book we use daily to evaluate wine pairings. So if your interested in fine tuning your food with wine read on…

Cooking can be a very creative process if you have an understanding of the aesthetic of flavor. The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dorneburg presents a guide to flavor affinities that makes recipes less important and frees a cook to create unique dishes. Based on the experiences of many of the top and innovative chefs in America, the authors provide tables that show how flavors of hundreds of ingredients relate to one another so that cooks can create new and delicious flavor combinations using the vast number of new ingredients that are quickly becoming available. [click to continue…]

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