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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

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

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  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine Institute:"Chardonnay, with 95,000 acres, is the wine type variety with the most acreage planted in California."Cabernet Sauvignon was the second most planted winegrape in California with 76,800 total acres."The red wine category for the second year in recent history edged out white wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabernet v. Pinot and most...


  • Big Basin Vineyards Coastview Chardonnay 2013

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Its hard  to please three people with different tastes.Agree.  It's harder than hard.Thanks for the report, Red.  I have to compliment you on your ability to analyze and report your experiences.  Excellent.The fact of the matter is that Americans like a bit of sugar in their wine.  One of the reasons that I have, pretty much, given up on Califor... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Greg is certainly a very knowledgeable contributor on multiple boards.  I don't know if anybody has noticed, though, but he is also a bit opinionated.  ;-)Personally, I am OK with Blue (Bleu. Roquefort, Stilton, Gorgonzola, Humboldt Fog) Cheese with most full-bodied red wines. However, you just cannot beat any of those with Sauternes -- or, I as... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • First, I recommend renting a luxury car, rather than just a standard sedan.  I mean, how often do you do this, so why not do it in style?  I don't mean a big Cadillac or limo, just a nice BMW or Mercedes or Lexus.  Second, the time spent at a winery will vary + or - 30 minutes due to potential crowds, but the tasting itself is about 15 minutes. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa and Sonoma


  • Hey thanks NG.  I'm going to search that out.  Victoria is a haven for environmentalists and I'd be surprised if I couldn't find a copy of that.  EDUCATION would be extremely effective and the best place for all levels of government in California to start the conservation effort.  I'm willing to bet though, that changing so many mentalities will... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • The photos are all from three separate plots of private land that I looked at.Agreed, JD, and I hesitated before posting my query.But wondered if anyone knew of any winemakers doing things there, interesting or not. Certainly there is wine down towards Cambria and Cayucos. If the Hearst family had held onto San Simeon, there'd likely be hundreds... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • I once, a few years back, almost pulled the trigger on a real estate purchase in the hills back behind the Big Sur coastline. Was reminiscing on that today, and wondered why I never hear about wine from that area. Is it because I'm so far away and out of touch and there actually are barrels and barrels of wine being made there, or because the cu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • Al, we all know LA is a hellhole, even if there are pockets of paradise around the place, up canyons or along the shoreline. That doesn't really make up all that much of California, though, at all.I think you'll be hard pressed to find too many biking routes better than a Santa Monica start, up PCH, on 101 from Oxnard to Santa Barbara, then San ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need advice for sparkling...


  • Used to be a pretty well regarded "competition."  Both the paper and the competition have sunk, the competition more so because the paper was never better than mediocre.  The Chron lost its chance to be good when the Examiner folded.  Instead of picking up the good staff from the Ex, they fired their best reporters in a cost cutting move and pre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Competition 2015


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