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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Speed tasting 11: Going back back back to Cali Cali

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Ok normally i would NEVER ever ever say Cali. But, Biggie Big is calling my name, and since we’re in Virginia sweating our asses off, I thought it was appropriate as we taste the 2010 Sivas Sonoma Sav Blanc. This is a VERY grassy and green pepper wine.  It is 68% Sonoma Valley and the […]

Speed tasting 2! Decibel New Zealand

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Hawkes Bay New Zealand Decibel Cellears 2009 Sav Blanc winemaker started in the music industry. 100% sustainable vineyards. All wine exported out of NZ by 2012 will have to be sustainable vineyards and winemaking practices!  That’s pretty cool. Grassy classic NZ savvy.  But the flavors belie – it’s much calmer than a normal NZ sav […]

D is for Dry!

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  Ok so Dry Creek is a region, but I wanted to be sure that everyone knew about passport.  Technically, it’s also a wine, so I’ll also tell you about Dry Lands Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. First, the Passport to Dry Creek is coming up in April.  46 wineries open their doors wide, and showcase their […]

The Benziger Blogger Follies!

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Benziger Family Vineyards sits inside an eruption cauldron, part of Sonoma Mountain, in Glen Ellen.  One beautiful early fall day, they took on a group of bloggers and showed us the VIP treatment and gave us a nice education and tasting lesson behind the scenes. Here at Benziger, the practice of biodynamics builds up the […]

Playing with balls…

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  Second labels are hot right now.  They are one way for a winery, who might be struggling with the economy, to use some of their juice and develop a lower price point wine.  or they might just be a way for the winemakers to have a little fun with their wine. Pétanque wines are […]