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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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • If 2010 was cold and things couldn't ripen, then how to explain 2011 tasting like the kind of merlot that's popular?  '11 was really lean and cool. I think '10 was moving along as a cool vintage and had been, in many cases, raised accordingly, but then the heat spikes burned a lot of fruit.  The key was selection--surprisingly, a lot of the reds... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Clos du Bois North Coast...


  • I should have used an emoticon rather than rely on other posters who have read hundreds of my posts realizing that I didn't agree with the opinion expressed by a new poster. So I'll make it clear:  MACHINE HARVESTING < HAND HARVESTING. (For those rusty on math symbols, or fans of Orwell, Machine Harvesting bad, hand harvesting good, even double ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Glimpse Of Sonoma County...


  • I think even you, Fox, are thinking too much within CA. There are more-than-well-drinkable cab blends for less than $25, just not that many from CA or even WA.Go here for five pages of cab blends between $10 and $25 from as good an online vendor as you are likely to find (I prefer them *greatly* to Total): K&L Wines. I'll cull through a few of t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • I don't know that I have a "favorite" <$20 CS, but as an exercise I visited the Total Wines web site and qureied for California Cabernet Sauvignons.  They have 277 entries for less than $20.   Among this group, I would have no problem enjoying:Newton ClaretCourtney Benham NapaMerryvale StarmontFolie a Deux AlexanderSterling NapaChateau St. Jean ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • I just had a bottle of 2012 Encantado Cabernet (made by Pine Ridge Vineyards) last night that I thought was really excellent at $19.  Louis Martini is always a great choice but the price has been increasing the last few years, I remember in 2010 you could get the Napa Cab for about $17, now the Sonoma is a little higher than that and the Napa is... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • In Sonoma, as well as in Napa, they drop fruit during the course of the growing year to control crop size and quality. The pictured fruit above came from Beckstoffer To Kalon so you know it was farmed impeccably. Flavor was there so it wasn't watered down at all. This particular winemaker likes to let fruit hang a bit longer so the result of the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Santa Lucia California...


  • Historically, agricultural pickers of any product are paid by volume (boxes of lemons and avocados, bags of walnuts, boxes of greenbeans and artichokes, etc., etc., etc.) rather than an hourly. Different, of course, for people back processing at the plant (winery). And I'm not talking about different areas of agriculture like combine harvesting ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Santa Lucia California...


  • Mud in the vineyards, transportation delays elsewhere because of the rain, (in some cases) more mechanically difficult harvests, etc. can cause headaches. But those aren't the main concern for most growers and winemakers.The two major categories of concern are rotting and splitting (contributory factors include both cluster tightness and skin th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Santa Lucia California...


  • Crane Lake Sangiovese 2011

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    I like this wine because for the price it tastes well when I'm realizing that a good wine does not have to be expensive, although it may not win any awards, than again maybe it should. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Mira Winery Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch 2011

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    An impressive Pinot Noir that is easy to drink and has a lovely finish. You can taste all the notes that compliment each other perfectly. Read More

    Wine review by Mira Winery


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