Chinon: The Lady of the Lake

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Chinon might well be best known for it’s Chateau, and it’s central role in Joan of Arc’s story.  But in this case, Chinon is known for it’s Cabernet Franc, and it’s other wines.   Chinon is located in the region of Touraine, which is located in the central Loire Valley, in northwestern France.  Chinon is – read full article –

School Daze – Further Adventures in Wine

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As you may have read, here on le blog, last fall I was studying for my CSW certification (Certified Specialist of Wine) through SF Wine School.  Recently, I learned that I didn’t make the cut; unsurprisingly, with only 65% of first time test takers passing, I narrowly missed my pass rate.  After my initial fury at myself – read full article –

Change is in the air – Stepping Stone by Cornerstone

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When Cornerstone Cellars burst on the scene with their sister label, Stepping Stone, it was an existing time for wine lovers.  The quiet powerhouse of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon had the opportunity to move in to some fun and interesting varietals, such as Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and a beautiful rose of Syrah. Recently, with the – read full article –

Putting the pieces together

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Brick by brick, Stone by stone. That’s how you build a castle, and also a successful winery. Tonight, the weather is crisp, and the rain has cleared up.  Butternut squash soup is cooking and I’m sipping on Cornerstone Cellars’ sister label Stepping Stone 2009 Syrah from Napa Valley.  I’m a huge syrah fan, and this – read full article –

Howell at the moon

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Recently, I was invited to participate in a tasting of all Howell Mountain wines here in San Francisco.  This rare opportunity to taste such a selection was presented by Howell Mountain Vintners & Growers, and featured over 25 producers from this gem in Napa Valley, pouring primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, with a few other – read full article –