Rosé Colored Glasses: Sidebar Cellars

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  When I first tasted the Sidebar Cellars Kerner, from the Mokelumne Glen vineyard in Lodi, I thought to myself, “wow this is a fun little white”, as I sat in the heat of Lodi in April.  At that time, we were exploring the Mokelumne River AVA, and I didn’t make the connection to David Ramey of – read full article –

Rodney Strong Rosé

Rodney Strong Rosé of Pinot Noir – Looking through Rosé Colored Glasses

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There is something about this time of year that is magical; cool foggy mornings and evenings are tempered with the mild warmth of daylight.  The days are a touch longer, and we can be languid in the sunshine of the late afternoon. This is rosé season.  Frankly, it’s always rosé season, but right now, in – read full article –

Riesling Scale

Winesense, nonsense, Riesling sense!

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When I was studying for my Certified Specialist of Wine credential, one of the most challenging regions for me was Germany, and it’s Riesling wines.  Not because of the wines specifically, as while there are some unusual varietals, most German wines are fairly well known, but for the simple reason that deciphering a German wine – read full article –

Bella Grace

Bella Grace Vineyards: A star rises in Amador County

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This past summer, after the mayhem that is the Wine Bloggers Conference, I was delighted to be invited to visit Bella Grace Vineyards in Amador County. Just under an hour from Lodi, Amador wineries, including Bella Grace Vineyards and their tasting cave, are a hidden gem in wine country.  Tucked away in a hidden cave – read full article –