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2009 Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon

  Production Notes: Our Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from diverse, premium fruits thoughtfully cultivated by a variety of small vineyards spanning the Napa Valley. Low yields and great clonal pedigree, combined with metic...
 
 
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From Gravs to Grapes

By: Jeff Cox Throughout the 20th Century, the rolling hills that lay northwest of the Sonoma County town of Sebastopol, California, achieved a few days of absolute grandeur each April as hundreds of thousands of Gravenstein app...

 
 
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2010 Kramer Vineyards Brut Sparkling Wine

  Production Notes: The grapes were harvested by hand and whole-cluster pressed. The juice settled overnight then was transferred to a stainless steel tank for primary fermentation. The base wine aged in bulk for 8 months ...
 
 
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2009 Sinclair Estate Vineyards Sangiovese

  Production Notes: Lewis Vineyard, Sangiovese 40% Desert Hills, Sangiovese 36% Lewis Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Les Collines, Malbec 12% Alcohol: 14.1% pH: 3.66 TA: 0.68g/100mL Barrel Aged: 24 months Bottled: Octobe...

 
 
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Quality of Wine Series: Introduction to Wine Quality

Is wine quality subjective? As a professional wine taster it’s about discovering the objective side of your palate.
 
 
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Love Makes the World Go Round

Love completely baffles me at times. It’s kind of like wine. It takes trial and error to find that perfect match that makes you want to sing on top of a hill a la Sound of Music style. I’m a true romantic. That’s why I lo...

 
 
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Great Wines Come From Eggs?!

By: Jeff Cox    Yes, great wines are coming from eggs—concrete eggs to be exact. Here’s the story. Back before Prohibition, many California wineries fermented their grapes in big, rectangular concrete tanks. Concrete wor...
 
 
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2009 Foppiano Vineyards Petite Sirah

  Production Notes: While many winemakers treat Petite Sirah like Cabernet, Winemaker Natalie West prefers gentle handling of her Estate Petite Sirah and even treats it like Pinot Noir. Once in the cellar, the grapes exper...

 
 
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2010 Ghost Hill Cellars Pinot Noir Blanc

  Production Notes: Made from 100 percent Pinot Noir grapes, this wine is a “Blanc de Noir” made in the same fashion as Champagne minus the bubbles. The fruit was whole cluster pressed right after picking and t...
 
 
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A Vineyard in the Clouds

By: Jeff Cox Ridge Vineyards’ Monte Bello (beautiful mountain) vineyard covers 100 acres high in the Santa Cruz Mountain appellation about 60 miles south of San Francisco. Very high, indeed. “The elevation runs from 1,400 u...