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The South Coast AVA is southern California’s alternative to the marketing appeal of the Golden State’s other mega coastal appellations. The AVA includes all of Orange County and western portions of Riverside and San Diego counties, where coastal influences moderate the warmth of the southern California sun. There are more than 3,000 acres under vine in the appellation, much within the borders of the appellation’s sub-regions, the Temecula and San Pasqual Valley AVAs. Traditionally, Chardonnay dominated the acreage, but the area’s recent battle with Pierce’s disease has forced local wineries and vineyards to focus on more pest-resistant varietals. This is fostering an exciting new age of hardy Rhone, Italian and Iberian grape production. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Stewarts' Vineyard

    Stewarts’ Vineyard’s climate is ideal for growing classic Mediterranean red grape varieties. Wh...

  • Twin Oaks Valley

    Sunfresh Vineyards LLC is owned and operated by Frank Bons. Bons also owns and operates San Marco...

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  • Penley "Phoenix" Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Well done with plenty of dark berry fruits complimented by cherries. Spice and peppery notes accompany the Coonawarra minerality as does the slight nuances of smoky oak. Well put together this could sit for another 2-3 years if properly stored. A refreshing, lingering finish is your reward, as is another sip. Drink or hold - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Weird thread to revive. Twice no less!Anyhow, I suppose the OP and the other poster won't be around again. Too bad. Tokaj is the region, Tokaji means roughly "from the region of Tokaj". Pronunciation is the same. Tokay is a British bastardization of the word and Tocai an Italian one, which they are no longer allowed to use under the EU rules, ju... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dry or sweet???


  • 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...


  • Luke Tocaciu Ltd Wines Coonawarra Cabernet 2012

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    Another Naked Wines selection. Dark opaque purple in the Glass. Opens with roasted Plum, Vanilla, and over-ripe Cherry; then on to 5 Spice and Cedar; then more Spices, Anise, & Licorice. Most of these carry over to the palate, but with a long smooth finish of Cedar, Cream, Spice, and Plum. Very soft and full in the mouth. Smooth Tannins and medi... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Sorry DMCKER...didn't mean to get you messed up in direction. Yes, Castro Cellars, on the Central Coast, Paso Robles, west of 101. on the south side of 46 and just down the road from Peachy Canyon Winery! As for the Tom Myers info you noted, (Nowadays, for Tom Myers, I mean, as opposed to back at the beginning of the decade), I have no idea on h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine you would not drink...


  • OK, let's make it interesting and either more fantastic or real, considering possible venues and circumstances. I'll posit the circumstances, and ask for candidate recommendations for a couple dozen examples. Will give one example of a solution to start with, then leave the remaining two-dozen wine and food solutions as questions.Brown bagging w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic wine and food combination


  • If you can include French, you can get your distributor's rep to bring some Cotes du Rhone and some Bordeaux and somewhere in there, you can find something good for under $15, definitely under $20--maybe even a village-level Cotes du Rhone like a Cairanne or Seguret; you can also get some Languedocs and other things, but you need to taste them a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • Growing up fishing from boats off the coast of Santa Barbara/Ventura/Oxnard/Port Hueneme used to catch lots of what we called red snapper, rock cod, barracuda, sharks and sometimes ling cod and sea bass. If we were going deeper, groupers and rockfish and scorpion fish. Off the pier was perch and seasonal fish like bonito and sometimes more bass.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Lingcod and Cooking Fresh Fish


  • Going back to the Lingcod story I hinted at in the other thread, here's how that went...I just remember trying Lingcod years ago at some place like King's fish house, and then never seeing it again. I'd even read fish reports in the newspaper and hardly see any caught except sometimes a few in Oxnard, etc. Seems like they are mostly caught off o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Lingcod and Cooking Fresh Fish


  • Parsons Flat Cabernet-Shiraz Blend Padthaway Shiraz Cabernet 2007

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    The 2007 Parsons Flat is by far the favorite wine for both me and my wife. I am down to my last 3 bottles and that makes me sad. I hope I can find something else as good as I no longer see Parsons Flat anywhere. Read More

    Wine review by Keherke


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