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 –

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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: 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 –

Live Blogging: J Vineyards PInot Gris

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J Vineyards is a women owned and operated winery in the Russian River area of Sonoma, specializing in sparkling wine but also Pinot Gris and Pinot noir. The 2013 Gris is stainless steel fermented, with no malo, and is sourced from all over the state of California.  Retailing for $14, this is a wonderful example – read full article –

Live Blogging: Grassini Wines Sauvignon Blanc

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Grassini Winery is located in downtown Santa Barbara, and is a family owned winery with very limited production of 2500 cases, of entirely estate owned and produced wines.  It is a family owned and operated winery, that is running sustainably, and are using solar power as well as reclaiming all waste water.  Keeping in mind – read full article –

Live Blogging: Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc

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Ferrari Carano is a bastion of Sonoma County, and king of Dry Creek Valley.  With a focus on white wines, this Fume Blanc is the driest style of Sauvignon Blanc, that was “invented” or coined, by Robert Mondavi in the 70s.   Aged in 35% older French oak and neutral oak for the remainder, this – read full article –

Live Blogging: Danza del Sol Vermentino

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Vermentino comes from Sardinia, and is also grown in other places in Italy and is one of my favorite white varietals from outside the US. Bright and fresh, with grilled peaches, and also a taste of the seaside.  You really can’t compare this with any other varietal because it’s so unique but it’s delicious.  I’m – read full article –

Live Blogging: Aridus Malvasia Blanca

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Aridus Wine Company is a custom crush facility.  Today, he is pouring an unusual Malvasia Blanca, made from New Mexico grapes. Malvasia is typically grown in Croatia, parts of Italy, and western Europe but is unusual to see it here.   Intensely aromatic, there is a huge amount of perfume on this wine that almost – read full article –

Live Blogging: Buttonwood Farm Sauvignon Blanc

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Buttonwood Farm is located on 39 acres, about 7 miles from Buellton in the Santa Ynez Valley.  The 2013 Zingy Sauvignon Blanc is meant to be a fun, zippy wine. Full of grapefruit, green apple, and tropical fruits, this $20 bottle is sure to be a crowd pleaser, especially with oysters.

Live Blogging: Rios de Chile Sauvignon Blanc

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From Chile, located in the Central Valley, this Sauvignon Blanc is Distinctly Chile.  With a rich stone fruit aroma, it is a combination of flavor profiles from New Zealand and the riper areas of California. Lime zest, nectarines, lemons, with an almost candied finish.  There is a touch of brineness from the coastal influence, which – read full article –