Celebrate Pedroncelli 90th Anniversary with Sauvignon Blanc Pairing!

Looking for an easy summer pairing to wow guests? Try Pedroncelli 2016 Dry Creek Valley East Side Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc with Mediterranean style Kalamata, Lemon and Feta Chicken for a fabulous flavorful earth and sunshine combination. Celebrating its 90th Anniversary, multi-generational family-owned Pedroncelli Winery is hosting on-site and virtual tastings with family owners sharing their latest releases. History of Pedroncelli Winery It was 1927 and the midst of the dark days of Prohibition, when Giovanni and Julia […]

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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 because it represented things in his life he had taken for granted, and then lost. We often forget just how exquisite a Merlot can be, and then an awe-inspiring one comes along and reminds us. […]

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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 calf of the leg inside the boot, and you’ll find the land of Umbria. With Tuscany to her west, Le Marche to the east and Lazio to the South, Umbria is il cuor verde d’Italia […]

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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 with some other Handwritten Wines releases in their lovely Saint Helena Tasting room on a recent trip to Napa for the 2014 Harvest. We liked this and their other wines so much we had […]

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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 why shouldn’t it work for wine? Those wineries making mediocre wines claim any ‘perceived’ flaws can be attributed to the terroir (a French word that refers to the set of special characteristics of geography, geology […]

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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 day in and day out, online learning is the perfect answer to the prolonged drudgery of life. For those with a genuine interest in California wine study without the time to sit inside a class, […]

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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 by itself and even better with a juicy rib-eye and green beans topped with bacon and vinegar-drenched onions. Subtle tannins. A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec and 1% […]

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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 an across-the-board indictment, because we know lots of warm, friendly people from Napa. But many of them we met and got to know before we knew their winery. Just hearing “Napa” takes me […]

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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 skeptical. I had not read the books. I was avoiding all the hype. From the title alone, I surmised that the book was about a 50-plus dame who suddenly sheds inhibitions at the hands […]

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