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  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Verdelho

    History of the grape: Verdelho has existed on the island of Madeira in Portugal at least as far back as the 15th cent...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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  • Carménère is an old grape variety from the Gironde. DNA analysis suggests that it’s a cross between Cabernet Franc and Gros Cabernet (which is itself a distant relative of Cabernet Franc). Fortunately for our collective palates, when it comes to wine grape parentage, breeding with a relative can be a very good thing. Carménère is a highly refine... Read More

    From the article Carmenere Wine Master Class: Lessons Learned


  • Many wineries are distinctly associated with a single appellation or growing region. Martin Ray Winery unlike most can claim to real roots in two distinct California counties, Santa Cruz and Sonoma. When you consider the fact that they also source grapes in some of Napa Valley’s most prime AVA’s the picture that comes in to focus shows a brand t... Read More

    From the article Winery Spotlight: Martin Ray


  • This is not your first Thanksgiving rodeo. It's not ours, either. We've brought you a panoply of Thanksgiving table wine suggestions over the past ten years. There was the time we assured you that Thanksgiving wines wouldn't break your bank. In fact, we've discussed Thanksgiving value wines time and time again. We've been here for you during Tha... Read More

    From the article The Ultimate Thanksgiving Wine List


  • Santa was generous this year wasn't he? You guys are better at this than I expected. 2/3 of you already know who your Santa was. That should make the guessing easier for the 4 still left guessing.What did you get?JD -  2011 Damilano Barolo Brunate - from FoxalllRBA - 2008 Spring Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - from vinOvinOVV ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2016 Snooth Secret Santa -...


  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an event filled with terrific wine and food from Sonoma County -- for a cause. Over two hundred wineries and sixty local chefs come together to raise funds for local non-profits in the environment, health, and literacy fields. Top chefs and winemakers band together to create a gustatory tour of what Sonoma County h... Read More

    From the article Put These Sonoma Wines on Your Radar


  • 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


  • As near as I can recall, I said something about having a particular fondness for Argentine Malbecs along with Chilean Carmineres and Cabs.  The problem I have is that I suffered a head injury about 30 years ago that took away a good bit of my olfactory sense, so many of the nuances of a fine wine are totally lost on me.  Reading a description of... Read More

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  • Okay, I have no idea how to do this.  I posted what I thought was an intro a week or two ago and I cannot find either my post or any of whatever replies there might have been.  Computers and the arcane rituals one has to perform in order to make sense of any of this crap are an absolute mystery to me.  I am a MENSA member so I know perfectly wel... Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Sonoma Zinfandel 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Boy was this good. Dry Creek has mastered zins over the years and Heritage Vineyards has some of the best zin stock ever. Dense, black and brooding this exudes varietal excitement. Blackberry, damson plum, oak, pepper, spice and briary notes lead to a palate that follows the nose well. This leads to a medium to full bodied tannic structure that ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Once & Future Wines - The...


  • An excessively cheap, bland drop of poorly fermentened imitation grapes; suitable only for gifting or re-gifting to people you would rather were dead.

    Comment by 691379Cliff Scridloe 691379 Cliff Scridloe


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