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  • Secret Santa 2015 is now in process with 10 forum members participating.  The bottles were all shipped and have been delivered.  We started opening our gifts / tasting the wine on Black Friday, 27 November 2015.  Current guesses as to the senders:JONDERRY - received giftOUTTHERE - received bottle from NAPAGIRL?REALLY BIG AL - He knows the real m... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015

  • Grape growers and vintners are anxious to farm the arable land surrounding Los Angeles, specifically the Santa Monica Mountains. A recent vote has temporarily squelched their desire. The Associated Press reports that the L.A. County Board of Supervisors passed a temporary ban on all new vineyards in the Northern Santa Monica Mountains. The motiv... Read More

    From the article L.A. County Puts the Kibosh on Grapevines

  • I'm a long-time lurker (and appreciator) of this forum, but this is my first post.  Thanks, in advance, for your help, and for all of the other good advice I've found here in the past.LAST WEEKI got a fantastic deal on a 1995 bottle from what I believed (and still believe, I hope) to be a reputable online seller.  Here are the photos that accomp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bottle Damage - need some...

  • I once, a few years back, almost pulled the trigger on a real estate purchase in the hills back behind the Big Sur coastline. Was reminiscing on that today, and wondered why I never hear about wine from that area. Is it because I'm so far away and out of touch and there actually are barrels and barrels of wine being made there, or because the cu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...

  • This is my first post. I'm not sure this is for me but I'm giving it a go. on first blush this looks like it could be fun and educational.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Enophiles!

  • It always seemed odd to us that in Piemonte, the land of Barolo, the King of Wines and the Wine of Kings, we would always find a bottle of Barbera in front of us on the table. The answer was and is simple: Barbera is bountiful, versatile, delicious and moderate in price. The Piemontesi drink more reds than whites and almost 50% of the reds that ... Read More

    From the article The Rising Tide of Barbera

  • No mystery I love Syrah and got turned onto it some years ago by a N. Rhone that I had at a restaurant in Sonoma.  But here it goes again, latest estimates for the auction price at HartDavisHart:1983 Côte Rôtie, Côte Brune, Cuvée Reservée, Marius Gentaz-Dervieux (12 bs) $15000-22000Now I grant you that's not exactly DRC or Latour level pricing ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Did I mention that Northern...

  • Due to popular demand (don't ask where that demand came from or you'll spoil my fun), we appear to need some new wine discussion topics.  This topic was only relevant to Thursday as a test case but was subsequently expanded to cover the weekend too.  What ever you bring up in this topic should either occur on a Thursday - Sunday, or it could be ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...

  • We're doing a long weekend in Russian River and Napa this weekend. Flew into San Francisco yesterday with no problems. Friend picked us up at the airport, definitely beats the heck out of fighting the huge crowd at the rental car counters. Why don't they have a contiguous highway from the airport to hwy 101.So what's the first thing to do in win... Read More

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  • I began my wine journey mining for hidden gems in little known regions along the east coast of the United States. A common response to many of the wines I shared and wrote about back then went something like this; “What, they make wine there?” In fact, wine is produced in all 50 states, but many people can count on one hand the wines they have t... Read More

    From the article The United States of Wine

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