WITS: On changing technology in wine

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Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to attend my first WITS – the Wine Industry Technology Symposium.  While i have often wanted to attend, my work obligations prevented it.  Until now. Why was I so excited about this event?  Primarily because, and if you’ve been reading this blog for some time you know, at – read full article –

East Bay Vintners Alliance – Urban Wine Xperience

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What are you up to this weekend?  If you’re in or around the San Francisco Bay Area, Saturday is your opportunity to check out the bustling East Bay urban wine scene at Jack London Square. The East Bay Vintners Alliance hosts the 9th annual Urban Wine Xperience at Jack London Square Ferry Lawn, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, – read full article –

Rosés of Summer – Tribute to Grace Grenache Rosé

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Angela Osbourne is a special woman, with a long history obsession with Grenache.  A native of New Zealand, she now makes her home in the Santa Barbara Wine Country, where she sources unique vineyards for her variations on the beauty that is, Grenache. You can read more about her story here, and I highly recommend – read full article –

Rosés of Summer: Casey Flat Ranch, past and present

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In land far away, on a hill steeply above the valley, lies a secret place in Capay Valley called  Casey Flat Ranch.  Located at 2000 feet above sea level in the Vaca Mountains, between Napa Valley and the Central Valley, the area was originally settled in the late 1850s during the Gold Rush.  Now, a new rush – read full article –

HALL Wines: An Art Treasure steeped in Cabernet

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It was a bright and warm late spring day when I ventured up to St. Helena to see the new Hall Wines facility and tasting room.  While I had visited before, in 2009, it was shortly after the LEED Certified production facility had opened, and what a difference 4 years can make! With a focus on – read full article –

Viva Espana!

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Summer is in full swing, and so is Spain!  Do you like paella?  Dancing?  Wine? Join Gloria Ferrer at the Catalan Festival on Saturday & Sunday, July 19th & 20th for a party benefiting Sonoma Valley Education Foundation. Honoring the spirit of the Ferrer family, each day guests can stroll Las Ramblas, recreating Barcelona’s popular main – read full article –

Live Blogging: RIOS de Chile Carmenere

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After tasting the value priced Sav Blanc yesterday, I’m excited to try the Carmenere today.   The vineyard is just at the foot of the Andes, and the vines struggle.  The nose on the wine is very spicy and green, which is different than the palate.  The palate has black pepper, earthy and spicy, and would – read full article –

Live Blogging: Vineyard 511 Diamond Mountain Cabernet

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The 2010 Vineyard 511 Cab is distinctly Diamond Mountain.  I love hillside fruit, and this is no exception. Rich and lush, but with a beautiful bright note hiding under the blackberry, this cab has dusty notes of coffee and chocolate. The tiny production of 160 cases will not last long, so go get this lush – read full article –

Live Blogging: Garnet Vineyards Monterey Pinot Noir

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I happen to be very lucky and I know Alison Crowe well.  She is a vibrant, energetic and influential winemaker as well as blogger.  I am happy to call her a friend. This $15 pinot, is a fun, fresh and youthful wine made from Central Coast fruit.  As a Santa Barbara County native, Alison was – read full article –

Live Blogging: Consilience Syrah

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I have been exposed to Consilience for over 10 years, and it’s been so wonderful to be able to taste the development of these wines.   This 2011 Santa Barbara County Syrah is under $30, and is a blend of Tierra Alta and Estelle Syrah, as well as a touch of this and that. This – read full article –

Live Blogging:

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Wines with a accent!  The Brecon Estate tasting room is only 3 months old and we are tasting the Cab Franc, which is also brand new. Classic Cab Franc flavor profie, full of green leafy vegetables and hard spices.  Black pepper, green pepper corn, and mouthwatering lavendar.  You don’t typically see Cab Franc from Paso – read full article –

Live Blogging: Labyrinth

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Based in Santa Maria Valley, Labyrinth Presqu’ile Clone 667 Pinot noir is a Santa Maria classic. The winemaker from Australia, has been making wine here since 1997.  His wife was the original winemaker for Hitching Post. The clone 667 is from the south side of Santa Maria Valley, which is the cool zone and you – read full article –

Live Blogging: Taken Wine Co Red Wine

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Taken Wine Company is based in Napa and has 3 blends. This one is Taken Napa Valley Red Wine, a Bordeaux style blend, made from Cab and Merlot. This is a rich cab based wine, with deep purple fruit, blackberry, and smokey dried blueberry. The budget friendly $30 makes this an everyday enjoyable wine from – read full article –

Live Blogging: Trione Red Wine

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The 2009 Trione Red Wine is a Bordeaux style wine, from Alexander Valley in northern Sonoma County. 69% Cabernet 12% Merlot 7% Petite Verdot 6% Malbec   This elegant and velvety wine was fermented separately and then blended after vinification.  Classic flavors of cassis, blueberries and deep blue and red fruits this is a great – read full article –

Live Blogging: Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay

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Wente was one of the first vineyards in Livermore California, and is the oldest continuously operating winery in the state of California.  It is still family owned, and the Wente Family is the first family of Chardonny.  many of the clones that are in California today are Wente or derivatives of Wente Clones.   The – read full article –