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  • The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within one to five years. This is a natural law. Producing wines that can sit in the cellar for decades is time-consuming and expensive. There is a time and place for wines that age and adventurous palates are required. Most all age-worthy wines will have high acid, tannin, ... Read More

    From the article Your Guide to Aged Wines


  • Every wine producing country has strengths and weaknesses, some more than others. Chile has many high points that make it a go-to country when looking for outstanding wine. The number of unique regions that feature diverse soil types and microclimates is simply astounding. Chile has three thousand miles of coastline north to south as well as mou... Read More

    From the article Think Beyond Chilean Cabernet


  • Columbia Valley, Columbia Gorge, and Walla Walla Valley: a triumvirate of outstanding wine producing regions with a fascinating twist. While there are numerous ways in which these three areas are vastly different from each other, they have one key similarity. Their acreage spans across both Washington and Oregon states. I spent a week traveling ... Read More

    From the article Washington & Oregon Wines Tread the Line


  • This book looks enticing but was looking for feedback from anyone who may have read it. Thanks Read More

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  • So...going back to the good and bad wine.I've heard it said it's very difficult to separate the end wine with the ground the grapes (vines) came from. But this is assuming that care was given to the process...Of course, the above can be circumvented by how many large "commercial" producers operate, from spraying chemicals in the fields, cropping... Read More

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


  • EM - You are so right about adding bread to the plate.  I love a sourdough with olive oil, which in fact we had tonight at Jaleos in Crystal City.  This is a tapas restaurant where we have dined many times.MJ - The St. Francis Zins are some of our favorites.  We have drunk that one along with several other Zinfandels from other vineyards.  They ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Ok, new year and time for a new topic of discussion.  Just yesterday I opened this Pinot Noir from California that initially sounded promising.  First  - it was given to Sandra as a retirement gift so it was free.  Second - a Pinot Noir bottled in St. Helena CA, so it has to be decent, right? and Third - a nice looking label.  Well, this 2014 Me... Read More

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  • I mentioned this a while ago, but didn't get around to the post.  We stayed from September to end of December at a condominium in a complex built in the '70s. They've renovated and rebuilt since then (there were several major lawsuits for construction defects--built on fill!), but the architecture and the vibe is still very of that period. Our u... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Taste of California Wine...


  • Anyone care to play a little sleuthing game? Why are these labels different for the same wine?With all the fake wine out there these days, especially in Burgundy and Bordeaux, folks are a little anxious about Rudy era bottles.   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Same Wine, Different Labels


  • Had a great first full day here in south central California. Started off with a very good breakfast at the ForFriends B&B in Santa Ynez. Too early for any of the tasting rooms to be open so we headed down to Jalama beach for some salt air and scenery. Beautiful beach with some interesting campsites and about a half dozen surfers enjoying some mo... Read More

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