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2018 GERMAN ROSÉS

Germany does not produce as much rosé as some other countries but what it does produce is very special and not to be missed. I have tasted some German Rosés in previous years and really liked them (to read about some of those click here). This year I had an opportunity to taste many more […]

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GREAT NEW WINES – RIDGE & TABLAS CREEK

      This fall there are several really delicious new red and white wines that have just been released from Ridge Vineyards and Tablas Creek Vineyard. They are really special. Don’t miss them! RIDGE VINEYARDS – FALL 2019 RELEASES New releases from Ridge Vineyards are always a treat. Year after year Ridge Vineyards produces […]

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TOAD HOLLOW VINEYARDS

  Toad Hollow Vineyards makes consistently fine food friendly and value priced wines sourced from Northern California vineyards (to read an article on other wines released earlier this year click here). Their mission statement is to produce quality wines that are delicious, interesting and accessible. They also say they are an amusing and friendly bunch and […]

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CHANIN WINE COMPANY

It was in 2011 when I first visited Gavin Chanin who had just launched his own winery after an apprenticeship at Au Bon Climat and Qupé with Jim Clendenin and Bob Lindquist (to read that article click here). Gavin could not have had better mentors. I have known Jim since before he launched Au Bon […]

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2018 ROSÉS – PART 3

  The 2018 Rosés keep rolling in and it is clear that carefully selected there are many stunning wines. I have written 2 earlier articles on 2018 rosés and I would urge you to read them for more suggestions and background (to read my first 2018 rosé article click here and to read part 2 […]

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BONNY DOON VINEYARD LAUNCHES A NEW LE CIGARE VOLANT & LE CIGARE BLANC

  THE WINES ARE STUNNING & REPRESENT SOARING VALUE!   Randall Grahm is the Bonny Doon Vineyard founder and winemaker. My long time good friend, wine buddy and Underground Associate Editor, Ed Lazarus, introduced me to Randall in the 1970s. Randall was searching for property to plant Pinot Noir in the Santa Cruz Mountains and we went […]

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2018 ROSÉ – Part 2

    Earlier this year I wrote about the high expectations I had for the 2018 Rosé vintage based on tasting only a few wines (to read that article click here). And, now a few months later I have tasted nearly 100 2018 Rosés and I can say that without question there are many great […]

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GREAT WINE WITH GREAT FOOD TO CELEBRATE A MILESTONE BIRTHDAY AT CANYON VILLA

    The Event & The Venue   I was born in 1944 and this last March 27 was my 75th birthday.  I had always planned to have one of my birthday wines on this milestone birthday. My wife Laurie and I invited a few friends and chose The Canyon Villa for the event. The […]

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RIDGE VINEYARDS – SPRING 2019 RELEASES

   The Ridge Vineyards Spring 2019 releases are out. They feature 4 red wines and 1 white wine. And, true to form, they are all delicious wines with the typical Ridge character, balance, and appeal (to read a recent Ridge Vineyards article with notes on some of the wines released last year as well as […]

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TABLAS CREEK VINEYARD – SPRING 2019 RELEASES

  The Tablas Creek Vineyard spring 2019 releases are here and, as usual, they are not to be missed. This year there are six wines including two delicious white wines, two beautiful rosés, and two lovely red wines. These are wines not to miss. They represent the perfect trifecta! My notes on these six wines […]

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