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  • Ortega

    Ortega’s winter-hardy character has allowed this grape to be successfully grown in British Columbia, and with limited...

  • Pinot Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • 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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  • Our friend, Outthere, has made us aware of the Historic Vineyard Society, and I, personally, have enjoyed reading about his experiences with the society, and his interactions with some of the producers who source from these vineyards.  Yesterday, Mrs. Emark handed me an article entitled "The Battle for America's Oldest Vines" that she had clippe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old California Vines


  • It's not often that I have a plan. Well, a detailed plan at least.. Some sort of a plan not being a requirement for those in this business. But a detailed plan, and over-arching theme for a visit to wine country can certainly come in handy.  This month’s, or rather last month’s theme was, surprisingly enough: Zinfandel. I say surprisingly becaus... Read More

    From the article The Best of Zinfandel


  • So we have some interest in having a West Coast meet-up (or you can call it a throw-down) for Pinot.  Here's my opening proposal:  We'll do it very close to the Oakland Airport, to save those who are traveling in from out of town (like Emark and JonDerry) from having extra travel if they want to fly.  This would give LuchaVino a chance to attend... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Throw Down for West...


  • Rocky Creek Winery Pinot Gris 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I never would have guessed this is a pinot gris - it isn't so clean and austere, but rather has much more going on. (I guessed it was a gewurtzraminer). Plus it's pink, like a rose! According to the winemakers website, the contact with the skins imparts weight/mouth feel along with the salmon color. It is a very aromatic wine - the nose smells l... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Pinot has been a much celebrated topic here on Snooth over the years I've participated, and it's obviously one of the more celebrated grapes in the wine world. It'll no doubt be a story line I plan on focusing on in years to come so I thought I'd start a thread, logging experiences. Sorry in advance, Greg T.Having said that, I've been mostly dis... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir Thread - Domestics...


  • Elsewhere you can read about the offline I attended with OT and GdP and a bunch of winemakers, winelovers, and the like.  But on the way there, I think I solved a major problem with California wine; over conversation with GdP and an assistant winemaker from Napa, my belief was confirmed.I read in an obituary of Aldo Conterno that he had come to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's wrong with California...


  • The boards' favorite California Cabernet Sauvignon producer has recently released their 2008 Howell Mountain and Napa Valley wines. Randy Dunn is one of the most respected winemakers in California by those "in the know". Though he keeps a low profile and his wines aren't known for being hyped, I get the impression that his wines are slowly incre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2008 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon...


  • Paso Robles Trip Notes: West of PasoThis was a trip my wife and I had planned with another couple months in advance. None of us had spent any time in Paso before, and the anticipation was very high indeed. It seemed the more I read about the area and its wine scene, the more I gained the impression that the West side of town (from just north of ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Paso Robles Trip Notes: West...


  • Zinfandel is an American treasure. There are great old-vine vineyards around the globe that range from Nero d’Avola in Italy to Grenache in Spain and Malbec in Argentina, but only in California can we find the finest examples of Zinfandel. And when the discussion comes around to Zinfandel and experiencing all it has to offer, one is inevitably d... Read More

    From the article A Sneak Peek at ZAP Festival Zinfandels


  • Yes, I am native SF bay area Californian... 2nd gen.  Yes, I love and drink CA wines.  Yes, I have started to go outside my comfort zone and drink wine from other regions, many of which I really like.However, my hands down fav. wines are California wines.. unless it is a grape done more commonly in another area and not CA- examples are Torrontes... Read More

    Forum post in the topic California Prejudice.. can...


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