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  • Sequoia Grove produces a nice Cab
    Sequoia Grove produces a nice Cab in the 2012 Napa Valley version
    Napa Valley produces classy Cabernet Sauvignon wines. A fact and the competition to be among the best is always a challenge for the winemakers in the area. One of the best available is the Sequoia Grove 2012 Napa Valley Cab.The wine is classic...
  • Lindeman's saves the party
    Lindeman's saves the party
    If the list for your Fourth of July party is getting larger but your bank account is getting smaller. Relax.Lindeman’s Bin Series wines have you covered.Three 2015 Australian vintages have earned a reputation for consistent quality at an...
  • Great domestic wines.
    The rise of American trophy wines shouldn't give value seekers the U.S. Blues
    Only a few decades ago, California vintners began to seriously cultivate the red wine grapes of Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, etc.) to compete on even footing with the French. Ultimately, it created both a successful business model, plus...
  • Imre Csongradi
    The perfect sip is alive and well aboard Viking River Cruises
    I wondered where all the good cruising had gone. I’ve long ago tired of large floating ships where every move I make, every step I take, resulted in an exorbitant up charge. Then I made my maiden voyage on a Viking Cruise and the world was...
  • Livermore Valley winners in California State Fair commercial wine competition
    Livermore Valley winners in California State Fair commercial wine competition
    Livermore Valley brought home the gold at the 2016 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.Dating back to 1854, the California State Fair Wine Competition is America’s oldest and most prestigious wine event. Only wines made with...
  • California State Fair commercial wine competition winners
    California State Fair commercial wine competition winners
    Winners have been announced for the 2016 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. With the help of 175 volunteers,55 judges had just three days to taste 2,854 wines from more than 750 California wineries. In the end, 115 Double Golds and...
  • Barbadillo Palomino Fina 2015
    A Grape Summer Find
    Trader Joe's never stops surprising me with their affordable and tasty wines. Walking in to the Clarendon location at the end of the day, most of the time you are greeted with a wine tasting. It is difficult to not stop there and see what they...
  • Left Coast Cellars wines
    A couple summer soothers from Oregon's Left Coast Vineyards
    With apologies to Tennyson, in summer an oenophile's fancies lightly turn to thoughts of lust. Mine do anyway. When the heat comes I crave something lusty and invigorating, imbued with fruit but balanced by enough acid to keep it fresh and...
  • Discover California royalty today
    Discover California royalty today
    After just one sip of just one chardonnay from Wente Vineyards will explain why this Livermore Valley ionic wine house is called “California’s First Family of Chardonnay.”The lush 2014 Morning Fog chardonnay ($14) spotlights this...
  • Beso Del Sol Sangria
    Beso Del Sol Sangria
    It is summer party season and what says summer drink more than punch? The problem is most people make terrible punch. A pitcher filled with sangria is more of a crowd pleaser. Many people can make a decent sangria, but it takes a lot of work to...
  • Traverse City, MI
    Does Detroit's wine have a chance in the international market?
    Since Eminem's song, "Detroit vs. Everybody" was released on November 11 of 2014, it's been copied by practically everybody, and other cities have taken and ran with Detroit's "Detroit vs. Everybody" brand (...
  • What is behind the funny name?
    What is behind the funny name?
    There is science and surprise connected with the name of an outstanding cabernet sauvignon from Lodi called “Concrete.”The name conjures up muscular grapes, rough-hewed wine cases and no-nonsense wine in the glass. Good mental pictures...
  • Maison Marcel
    Celebrate the weekend with a bottle of Maison Marcel
    With the weekend finally here, there is no better way to celebrate a long week behind us than with a bottle of Maison Marcel.We love this premiere rosé that is a deliciously new take on French rosé produced near Aix-en-Provence in a small town...
  • Tormaresca Neprica 2013
    Tormaresca Neprica 2013
    If there is one name closely associated with Italian wine it is Antinori and from the heel of Italy’s “boot” they bring us the Tormaresca Neprica red blend. The 2013 vintage is an easy to find wine composed of 40% Negroamaro, 30%...
  • Rombauer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
    Rombauer Vineyards: Sharing the joy of making wine
    For many in the Napa wine industry life began in the 1970’s. You had the Judgment of Paris, which essentially put Napa Valley on the map in the world’s perspective but at the same time you had many lesser-known pioneers who were...
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