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Cornerstone Cellars 2012 Napa Valley Merlot, Oakville Station Vineyard

The "Sideways" effect came about because so many people just did not understand the movie. The common misconception is that Miles disdained Merlot -- when in truth he revered it. But the very thought of Merlot caused Miles incredible pain ...

Montefalco: Vino Magnifico

When I was a school girl learning world geography, Italy was by far the easiest to remember. The fancy high-heeled boot of a lady whose ruffled skirts were France, Switzerland and Austria. Take a closer look, at the seductively rounded ...

Handwritten 2011 Stags Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Decadently dark and sultry with aromas of black currant, cassis, tobacco and leather, the 2011 Handwritten Stags Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon boasts seductive flavors of blackberry, smoked cherries, and offers virile tannins that suggests an executive boardroom tryst. We tasted this one along ...

Good Texas wines honor Terroir

Many Texas wineries exhibit the hubris Texas has become known for all over the world -- with a swagger and a determination, they attempt to bend Mother Nature over and whip her into submission. If it works for oil, then ...

I’m looking California, and feeling Minnesota…

There is an image in Soundgarden's video for "Outshined" with a guy walking in a life-sized hamster wheel. For those of us not passionate about our jobs, or those who feel like every day is just the same rat race ...

2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This 2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon sports a big berry jam, cocoa powder and a barely discernible hint of green pepper on the nose. This is a BIG, BOLD -- but not over-powering -- Cabernet Sauvignon that works well ...

Family Focus: Jericho Canyon Vineyard in Napa Valley, California

Our Jericho Canyon Vineyard wine dinner was not exactly what I had first expected. Jericho Canyon Vineyard and winery is in Calistoga. That's in the Napa Valley of California. Some Napa Valley wineries have a reputation for snobbery. We know it is not ...

HOT Valentine Gifts for the Wine Lover

It is the day before Valentine's Day and you haven't a clue what to give your wine lover. Perhaps we can help. When someone contacted us about tasting the Fifty Shades of Grey "White Silk" and "Red Satin" blends I was ...

OMG! I Love Texas Wine!

Messing With Texas One Texas Wine, at least. After all of the years that we have lived in Texas, and all of the years of tasting and writing about wine we finally found a really good bottle of local juice. There ...

Hand of God 2010 Fingerprint Series Red Wine

This luscious blend of 55% Malbec, 35% Syrah and 10% Petit Verdot draws you in with its deep purple hue and jammy blackberry aroma. Almost like a Bordeaux in its balanced appeal, this will have those of faith and ...