There’s gold in that furrow!

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Driving up a dusty dirt road, at the edge of a vineyard in Lodi, you could see the history in the vines.  These gnarled old beasts were baking in the late spring heat, and you could just feel the struggle as they worked to survive the turbulent weather. This was Rauser Vineyard, planted with old […]

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 […]

Live Blogging: Consilience Wine Viognier

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At the Wine Bloggers Conference, we blog live twice:  For whites and for reds. This is the first wine of the day:   Consilience 2012 Viognier is minerally, and a dry style of Viognier.  10% Grenache Blanc adds acid and a touch of roussanne and Sav Blanc, with Albarino to boot. Beautiful bright white floral […]

Ranchero Cellars

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Ranchero Cellars is a small winery, based in Paso Robles.  When visiting for Hospice du Rhone this year, I made it a point to visit with Amy Butler, owner and winemaker for Ranchero on the recommendation of some local friends.

Speed tasting 9: More VA Viognier!

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2008 Michael Shaps Viognier is made just outside of Charlottesville, at Virginia Wine Works.  VWW is the first custom crush in Virginia!  YAY custom crush! This wine is a blend of 2 vineyards, and Michael has been making it since 2000 here in Virginia.  Creamy and rich, it’s got a lot of stone fruit and grapefruit […]

Speed tasting 6: VA Viognier!

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Another Virginia winery, Barboursville, was started in 1976 as the first commercial winery in VA.  I enjoyed some of the reds earlier, and now we are on the 2009 Viognier. This is, for me, the reason that I keep trying to live VA wines.  The crispness of the wine is followed by honey notes, and lots of […]

Rhône – The Next Generation

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Where no WineBrat has gone before…I am the first one to admit that I am uneducated about most wines outside my sphere of influence; yes I drink them, yes I occasionally enjoy them, but I don’t know much about them.  When I was invited to attend Hospice du Rhône this year as a media guest, […]