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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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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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  • Stewarts' Vineyard

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

  • Twin Oaks Valley

    Nestled in a quiet corner of San Marcos is Twin Oaks Valley Winery, owned and operated by Malco...

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  • I am not sure if they actually source their grapes for dry wine from the north east coast, maybe they source from California or maybe South Carolina or something because the only wines that I know are for sure grown in Ohio are sweet wines with lots of grape musk. Like Concord and Catawba. I have asked the same question about where they source t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for some reason...


  • Katnook Estate Chardonnay Coonawarra Founder's Block 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • After a relatively stressful couple of weeks which included a car accident with a Kangaroo [fortunately no major injuries] we decided that Saturday we would head down to the COast to our place at Middleton just south of AdelaideSaturday morning started with some shopping and getting prepared and then I had my usual duties helping oldest son out ... Read More

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  •  I put in "California" and it gave me exactly one restaurant in Glen Ellen.I've been there.  That is where I first met Outthere and Foxall.  And, I have to add, it's a darned good restaurant.I am not a fan of "Apps," but I went to the website on my PC, entered "California" and it gave me 10 "matching records" ranging from Glen Ellen in the north... Read More

    Forum post in the topic CorkageOnline.com--anybody...


  • "the southernmost extremes of Ontario are actually further south than Bordeaux"I love shit like this.  As if the only thing that mattered was latitude.  (Or soil, or mean daily temperature, or... take your pick.) Has this writer ever been to either place?  I haven't been to Bordeaux, but I know that area in Ontario and Western NY pretty well.  L... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10 Up and Coming Wine Regions


  • EM - Nope, I've never heard of that 'Three Bears' label.  I wonder what 'extra rich' means in terms of a wine?  I have heard of Torrance CA though, as I used to live there.  I attended South High School in Torrance, and prior to that it was Redondo Beach Union High School (one year there before we relocated to a house after coming out from the e... Read More

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  • Angoves Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra 2013

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    too cloying... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Tempus Two Blanc de Blanc 2012

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    light, sight sweet. fine beads Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Jacob's Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Coloration that is rich, opaque, and burgundy/brown in color. Aromas that are leafy, yet of sweet jammy preserves and slightly pungent....there are also hints of cranberry, black currant and some alcoholic tendencies. Flavors follow suit, with tart cranberry, currant, woody oak and some tart, leaning towards not quite ripe berry......mouthfeel... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Pillar Box Red 2012

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    A robust wine that emits blackberry, slight oak, pepper and spice, anise and blueberry on the nose. The palate follows nicely with the blackberry and dark cherry turning slightly sweetish when then tannins push through. Good acidity lends to a full aftertaste that sails. Great wine at a modest price. Built for short term aging this bottling w... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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