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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • OK, let's make it interesting and either more fantastic or real, ... a ... a table overlooking the Big Sur coast, or b) at Nepenthe out on the terrace for late lunch and a different angle on that same coast. Wine and food?You're cycling from Ojai up into the Sespe, and maybe all the way to Cuyama and back, though you also might make it an over... Read More

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  • I opened a nice lightly oaked Chardonnay that we picked up from Muse Vineyards ... relatively rare examples of sur lie Chablis.) Medium acidity, notes of honey and pear underlie hints of French oak and butter. All of this combines in a delicate and expressive example of Virginia Chardonnay.&quo Read More

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  • Hi Lefty,OK, calling GREGT!!!  He would be just the guy to get into the ... ... he'll even get into sur lie aging!   But basically, some Chards start fermentation in SS, and then are finished in oak barrels.  Several factors figure in to how much "oakiness" will impart to the wine- time, type of oak (French, American, etc, etc), age of barrel... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Unoaked vs Oaked Chardonnay

  • If you want wine, then Santa Barbara wins out, hands down. If you want romantic ... Post Ranch or Ventana in Big Sur no. 1, San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara also tied for first, El Encanto in Santa Barbara and a number of Carmel places tied for 3rd, and anywhere in Monterey 5th. Santa Read More

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  • An update on that Maryland wine.  I drank the whole bottle rather than ... and while we could read the sur-titles, I doubt the girl could.  I don't think our grand daughter is quite ready for this yet.Dinner was prior to the performance, and we first parked at The Kennedy Center and then walked to the nearby Dish restaurant.  Good thing we bro... Read More

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  • Viña Cono Sur Chardonnay 2007


    Love the crisp taste! Read More

    Wine review by angelitaher

  • Don’t call it Champagne. You’ll get us in trouble.But it’s ... Interestingly (but maybe not surprisingly) there is a vibrant production of AOC Cremant de Bourgogne just south of the border with ‘official’ Champagne in the area north of Chatillon sur Seine.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What is Cremant de Bourgogne?

  • Okay, getting back to the topic at hand, in effect the Santa Lucia Highlands ... is basically due east of Big Sur.  And there's San Antonio Valley a little further south.  (Pierce Family, whom I have touted on the "Completely Different" thread, are down there.)  Here's a nice map: SLH... Read More

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  • At what point does reverse osmosis become economically viable--or perhaps from ... ... in the back hills of Big Sur around the area of those top photographs might be interesting. As a point of perspective, when Dick Graff started growing Burgundy varietals up on that hill in the Pinnacles everybody thought he was crazy because it was so remote... Read More

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  • The Coastal Commission has had large chunks of power since the '80s when ... with it as their bloodpressure rose too high, and I thus saw them as an old guard not able to engage effectively with an evolving world. Would be interesting to look at successful development examples of varying sorts since then.Turning it into a national park certain... Read More

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