Horizontal Tasting: Mariah Vineyards Pinot Noir from Cartograph and Waits Mast

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I love it when a plan comes together!  One of my favorite things about wine, is tasting the expression of the winemaker in the bottle.  Every touch, every decision, every nuance in his or her mind ends up in your glass.  Pinot Noir particularly responds to a gentle hand, and there is no better way […]

A little sun in the city

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Ah, Sonoma.  That illustrious wine growing region to the north.  Oh the delicious pinot, zinfandel, and other wines created there!  Well, here in San Francisco, sometimes it’s hard to get up there.  Traffic, time, gas, etc. Fortunately for us city dwellers, Sonoma is coming to the city!  This week, through a series of tastings and events, […]

It’s a well kept secret!

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Recently, the good PR folks from The Wines of Chile (@RobBralow) sent me a surprise box of wine samples. In this box, held a treat for the sense, and an 89 pointer. Ok fine, really it was 88 points by the Spectator but it was voted a Best Buy. The 2006 Viu Secreto Malbec hails […]

Around the World in 80 sips!

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Can you really go around the world in only 80 sips of wine?  My friends at Bottlenotes think so and I’m going to try to find out! Around the World in 80 Sips is inspired by Bottlenotes’ mastermind Alyssa Rapp’s tasting guide of the same name. On Thursday, February 19, the first companion tasting event […]