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  • Counoise

    Counoise is primarily known as one of the 13 varieties allowed in Chateaneuf du Pape. It adds to the aromatics of the...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Terra d'Oro wines are the more expensive, but their wines are generally really reasonable. The story behind the winery is that Walter Field's daughter married Cary Gott (the father of Joel Gott and the son of a winemaker himself), so Walter Field moved to the mountains to be near his daughter.  He bought the land, and Cary Gott started making th... Read More

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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's amore."As we ate our breakfast on Sunday morning at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City, the soundtrack subtly changed.  Last night at dinner and halfway through breakfast, the soundtrack was from the same era, but Sam Cooke sent us, and Ray Charles warned us about women.  This morning, with... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101

  • Still in the Completely Different realm--well, at least, different enough.  Another gift from b-i-l.  This one was from one of his semi-regular fishing trips down to Baja.  Sad to report, I did not get any fish, this time. Vena Cava 2012 "Big Blend."For afficionados of labels, I think ths is one of the coolest I've ever seen.  The name"Vena Cava... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • Which brings up the old line about Cali Syrah, "What's the difference between a case of Syrah and a case of Pneumonia? You can get rid of the Pneumonia!"I think the punchline is, You can give someone a case of pneumonia.I don't agree that you never see Syrah in Safeway in Cali.  The token bottle is the generic Qupe, but it's usually there.  Othe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...

  • I definitely cannot post this one under v v's "completely different" thread. Alesia is Rhys' second label.  I ordered the 2011 Alder Springs Chardonnay last year and loved it.  So, when the offer came last fall, the 2012 was a no brainer.  Interestingly enough Mrs. EMark and I have enjoyed the Halcon white Rhone blend also sourced from Alder Spr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Zuf, I do drink S. Rhones, had a CdP this week that was comparatively reasonable--2010 Domaine La Roquete.  Third vintage of the wine I've had.  It was fine, but not at the level of the N. Rhones that I like. Dunc, I can find St. Jo and Croze and they are fine, but not, generally, as breathtaking. That said, last night we opened the second of th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Did I mention that Northern...

  • Wow, a '10 Pets that's already open? Good to hear.Probably because the makers are wired into some deity.Check out that label:  The Abbey of New Clairvaux Trappist Made ProductOnce again I am scurrying off to the Internet to learn about this.  Sure enough the New Clairvaux vineyard is located at an abbey in Vina, CA (Tehama County).  They have tw... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • My family moved to California when I was 3 1/2.  The wine industry was nascent, or the fine wine business was.  We drank small glasses of beer with tacos, burgers and pizza on weekends, even as kids.  My mother cannot remember a time when I did not like beer.  On Sundays, we had wine with our dinner (eaten in the traditional afternoon slot, foll... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How did your wine interest...

  • Hey Snooth community. I've visited this site a few times over the years and ... pinot grigio, pinot noir, California Rhone-style (GSM) blends, spanish rose's and blends, Mosel region whites, and big-bodied cabs. Looking forward to chatting with you all! -DNa Read More

    Forum post in the topic Greetings from DTLA

  • I probably would've chosen this image instead.  ;-)   Your image of a Hass avocado represents the Guigal Cotes du Rhone of the avocado world. It's good, and fatty and grows all year around on lower, plump, easy-to-harvest trees. The Nabal above is like a 1989 Beaucastel or better yet an '89 Chaves Hermitage. The best tasting avocado I've ever en... Read More

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