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In some ways, Marin County is more like Burgundy than California! This coastal area, just north of San Francisco, is perhaps known more for its recreational and residential development and is not your typical wine making region. However, in this challenging cold climate viticultural area, there are a devout few committed to its success, especially with the finicky Pinot Noir grape.

Marin County is bordered on three sides by the moderating waters of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, resulting in winters that are actually warmer than neighboring North Coast winegrowing regions, while allowing for an earlier budbreak, followed by a very long, very cool growing season. Because of this long and gentle growing season, Marin growers get good flavor development before sugars start to soar, allowing them to pick at their leisure without resorting to the extended “hang times” that have become prevalent in other California regions. The resulting wines are marked by their bright flavors, superb acidity Read more »

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  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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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  • Oh dear, how can I say it?  Get a Mac! Windows is such a house of ... winemaker over in Marin called Sean Thackrey, whose winery is surrounded by groves of the trees. Heitz is very much oldskool still, and quite different from the Silver Oak you also like. Early in my drinking career I thought Silver Oak tasty, but that was theirs from the '80s... Read More

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  • "Must suck to live in SoCal"So let me live in the Marin or Sonoma redwoods all winter, in the rain, dark, listening to Enya most of the time. Then I hope I have a couple of friends who'll pull an intervention on me!Unfortunately true story, though I was one of them doing the intervention.Bay Area is foodie paradise. Yet when it comes to food Lat... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching challenge 1: what...

  • Okay, I don't know about cheese delivery, unless it involves relief pitcher ... whey big. Sure, Cali, esp Marin County and north, makes it, but the price of, say, a Point Reyes Toma, is pretty high compared to that Euro cheese (like real Piemontese Toma, and the ones you can't get here, like Trappe Echourgnac), so you have to look at the import... Read More

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  • So I'm a day late, sue me. Wednesday night a few of us got together in Napa ... ... rolling hills near the Marin/Sonoma County line, which are mainly used for dairy farming. The vineyard struggles to ripen most years. This wine really showed it's roots in that savory nose. The palate was lean with smoky blueberry, iron, olive and tangy acidity... Read More

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  • Deloach Vineyards Marin County Pinot Noir 2009


    Cherry, raspberry, nice light body, great flavors. Fruit forward but not overripe. Read More

    Wine review by Pyrifera

  • Deloach Vineyards Marin County Stubbs Vineyard Chardonnay 2009


    Subtle to near non-existent nose. Not overoaked, but there was really no fruit flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Pyrifera

  • Sean Thackrey Pinot Noir Marin County Andromeda Devil's Gulch Ranch 2009


    Cally Pinot Noir with a real point of view. Bright, ripe cherries on the nose, but instead of the usual, heavy Cally vanilla oak, this is rounded out with herbal notes of pine needle and eucalyptus, with some earth and sweet pipe tobacco. Kept coming back to it. This might age wonderfully too. Read More

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster

  • Marin Wines Pinot Noir Trois Filles Pey-Marin Vineyards Marin County 2005


    Elegant, balanced, bright cherry Read More

    Wine review by nan181

  • Quail Creek Cellars Merlot Marin County Quail Creek 2007


    2006Has the requisite characteristics of Merlot, yet a slightly bitter, "cheap" aftertaste. Aerating did help it open up a bit, and a couple squares of dark chocolate brought out some more interesting notes of cocoa and plum, but I would much rather have Barefoot as my "everyday Merlot." Read More

    Wine review by WineFueled

  • Vergari Marin County Pinot Noir 2007


    This starts out with some funky aromas, very herbal and autumnal with a menthol edge to the tarry, leathery fruit. Not fruit-driven but nicely complex. In the mouth this is almost weightless with plenty of acid up front and subtle fruit flavors wrapped in light carob, herb and lightly gamy tones. The finish is zesty and vibrant with good length ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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