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  • 2008 Sonoma Zinfandel

    I’m kicking off 2012’s first Global Tasting Initiative with Zinfandel, one of my favorite domestic wines and one that seems to be too easily dismissed by...


  • Paso Robles Cabernet

    While assembling wines to taste for my recent look at $20 Cabernet, I was struck by a number of familiar brands from Paso Robles at or below this price...


  • California Pinot Noir $35-$45

    This is a packed field in California, and it could be argued that there is not a lot of value at this price point. In truth, I sometimes wonder how...


  • 2011 Harvest

    It’s finally over, for the most part. Why is that a big deal you ask? Well, primarily because harvest is typically over several weeks ago, that's why. The...


  • California ABC Industry Advisory

    With little fanfare, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control clarified its position on third party marketing programs as they pertain to...


  • California's Best Grapes

    Want to know what I really drink when it comes to domestic wines? The truth is a little bit of everything, but I really do love my Zins and Petite Sirahs....


  • Great California Cabernet

    Here’s a big pit of disaster if you ask me. Yes, there are plenty of compelling Cabernets being produced these days, but there is also far too much...


  • 6 Outstanding Domestic Reds

    While prices for premium Cabernet are really getting crazy, it is not to say that there aren’t any values out there. I found three great wines worth trying...


  • 11 Great Reds from a Historic Napa District

    We've had a great month of tasting Cabernet here at Snooth, and we've saved the best for last. Napa Valley has a reputation for producing some of the best...


  • A Look at Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon

    Once upon a time, and it wasn’t that long ago, you only needed to know about Napa Valley. Being a long valley opening virtually directly onto the San Pablo...


  • Sunset Wine of the Year Awards $61 and Over

    We're moving up the ladder with our countdown of the nominees for this year's Sunset Western Wine Awards, winners of which will be determined this coming...


  • Sunset Wine of the Year Awards $41-$60

    We're moving up the ladder with our countdown of the nominees for this year's Sunset Western Wine Awards, winners of which will be determined this coming...


  • Top 6 High-Scoring Red Wines

    Almost every great wine region that is currently producing Cabernet Sauvignon makes wines in a full blown, opulent, so-called "modern" style. Sonoma is no...


  • A Trip to Sonoma County

    I recently visited Sonoma. I spent the better part of a week there, rushing around from winery visit to winery visit. I have to admit that doing all that...


  • The Most in California

    California is packed with impressive, historic and important wineries, though there is not necessarily much overlap among the three. Many of the historic...


  • Solar-Powered Wineries

    Last week, Google announced a $280 million dollar deal with SolarCity, a solar paneling company that will build and lease solar power systems to between...


  • Laurel Glen Vertical Tasting

    1981: Autumnal on the nose with a leafy, earthy character and a light green streak, but this is perfumed and quite attractive with a Bordelaise complexity. A...


  • Sonoma Mountain Cabs

    When talk turns to the great California Cabernet producers of the 1980s and 1990s, the topic of conversation invariably turns to Napa Valley, with a geek...


  • Cool-Climate Wines from California

    Greg La Follette. It’s a name you might know and if you’re a fan of California wine, it’s a name you should know. Greg has spent time developing and...


  • 7 Great Wines from La Follette

    2008 Lorenzo Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay: Smoky and nutty on the nose with a rather assertive vanilla bean overlay and lots of acid-driven,...


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