Orange County Wine

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  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Norton

    Norton was first created in the experimental garden of the eccentric Dr. Daniel Norton in 1820s Richmond, VA. His int...

  • 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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  • Thoma Coyne made wine in the LV and seemed like the best prospect, but they ... ... a lifestyle more like Orange County than SF.  That area also includes areas of Contra Costa County from, say, Walnut Creek to San Ramon.  when I was a kid, there was wine out there, and lots of cattle, but we would never have gone there for the wineries, since... Read More

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  • The writer for the first example writes a lot about CA and the West and the ... is even centered in southern Orange County, JD. Stephen King is *not* cool SoCal hip.  ; Read More

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  • Ok, I'm sitting in on the VT.  No $100 Santa Barbara County Syrah for me. No arty label.No autographs.And no personalized delivery by the owner.This is the third of these that I have opened, and it keeps getting better.  Some flowers on the nose—orange blossom.  That’s a first for this wine.  Gentle hit of red fruit on introduction—hints of red ... Read More

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  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to his roots and old school production methods for these small lot wines.    The EssentialsFor this first release, Once & Future wines will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We have no idea what the demand might be for these wines, but the volumes are small tha... Read More

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  • Agreed it was foolish of me to drive back up to Orange County that night, wouldn't do it again (fatigue was an issue). If that Riscal had been one of the good bottles I wouldn't have stood a chance! Read More

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  • Crush from New York. Though it was the email from Envoyer (small efficient ... ... ... retailer out of South Orange County) that has me thinkin Read More

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  • I'm not sure that the L.A. Times' standards are quite as bad as you ... newspapers is plummeting.The Orange County Register is the oher big newspar in the area.  A couple years ago, some entrepreneur bought it from the Hoiles family (Infighting, what a surprise), poured a lot of money into it and spectacularly increased its news staff.  Unfort... Read More

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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's amore."As we ate our breakfast on Sunday morning at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City, the soundtrack subtly changed.  Last night at dinner and halfway through breakfast, the soundtrack was from the same era, but Sam Cooke sent us, and Ray Charles warned us about women.  This morning, with... Read More

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  • What is Charles Shaw Ceres Cabernet Sauvignon? Don't call it Napa Cab ... ... a triple gold medal at the Orange County Fair and we all know what wonderful palates those folks have in the OC. I'm 94 points on that! Interesting enough some of our grapes may come from areas just to the south of the official border where real Napa Valley Cabernet ... Read More

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  • Last week I met Jon to trade some bottles.  We met at Hi Time Liquor in Costa Mesa--a store with a very excellent inventory of wines.  I might have surprised Jon a bit when I declined to do any shopping.  There have been numerous hits to my credit cards, lately, and I thought that I should tone it down a bit.Well, that lasted until today.I'd bee... Read More

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