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Trinchero Napa Vally Single Vineyard Program

So during Master Napa Valley program for sommeliers and Master of Wine students I had the opportunity to explore the new focus on single vineyards in the Napa Valley – quite a key trend. Recently winemaker Mario Monticelli visited New York to showcase Trinchero’s new single vineyard wines. He was brought in by the Trinchero […]



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Enjoying Gloria Ferrer Sparking Wine for the Holidays

Sparkling wine is synonymous with the holidays … impossible to resist the good cheer those bubbles bring. And more than ever before, choices abound! Champagne from France, Prosecco from Italy, Cava from Spain, and of course, sparkling wine from California. Visit Carneros or other sparkling wine regions in northern California and you can find many […]



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Visiting Saintsbury in Carneros

Very excited to spend Sunday morning in Napa with David Graves, co-founder of Saintsbury in Carneros along with his partner, co-founder Richard Ward. David tells me the story of his winery (you can read it here) which was established in 1981. Their idea was to create quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and from the international […]



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The St. Supery Experience: Day 2

…. So the Saturday St. Supery experience is all about the special programs the team has developed at St. Supery to give guests the total “St. Supery Experience” The most important thing you should know is that the winery recently remodeled their kitchen and added several exciting new entertaining areas so they will be able […]



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Visiting St. Supery: Day 1, Part 1

“Here’s your 4:30 am wake up call!” says an impossibly cheerful voice, rousing me from a melatonin-induced sleep. In the darkness of my hotel room I quickly dress … and think of the pickers who have been cutting Semillon grapes from their vines since 2am. I am in the Napa Valley this weekend to  take […]



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Meeting up with Joel Peterson

  So a very interesting conversation today with Joel Peterson of Ravenswood. In case you missed Ravenswood History 101, Joel started his winery in 1976 … and achieved huge recognition in 1979 after his wines came in first and second at a prestigious San Francisco tasting. I have had the pleasure of lunch with him […]



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Finger Lakes Riesling Rocks

So for whatever reason, this labor day weekend I am breaking out my samples of Finger Lakes Riesling and really enjoying them! Initially – when first received – I had been apprehensive. Would they be too sweet (even though the labels on most of the samples clearly say dry). And then what of the labels […]



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Lunch (and Pinot Noir) with Mark McWilliams, Co-Owner Arista Winery

  Very interesting lunch today with Mark McWilliams, co-owner with his brother Ben of Arista Winery, which his parents bought in 2002. Perhaps the story best begins with his parents Al and Janis McWilliams of Texarkana, who loved the French culture and visited Sonoma so often they decided they’d like to start a winery and […]



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Tasting Clones at Erath Winery Oregon #wbc2012

What a great session hosted by Erath (‘the art of Pinot’) here at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2012. We arrived in the room to find four Pinots from Erath Winery 2009 Prince Hill  (all in elegant and expensive Pinot glasses) with the first being the 115 Clone (softer, floral) and the second Clone 777 (spicier). […]



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Visiting the Willamette Valley (Damn It!)

… so one of the best things about going to #WBC in Portland, Oregon (wine blogger conference) is the pre-trips. You read yesterday about my opening day trip to the Yamhill Valley and the Evergreen Aviation Museum followed by a tasting at Johan vineyards and Left Coast Cellars. So on Thursday we had a dynamic […]



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Exploring Salem Wine Country

So here I am in Salem for the Wine Blogger’s Conference #WBC12 and yesterday saw all the usual suspects, many of whom I also saw in Italy last year. The weather is sunny and very nice. The plane ride was long – five hours from NYC – and soon after arrival we divided into groups […]



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Tasting wild Horse Vineyards Wine with Director of Winemaking Clay Brock

    What fun having dinner (and wine!) at NYT’s Bottino restaurant with Wild Horse Vineyard’s  Director of Winemaking Clay Brock, who has been making wine at Wild Horse since 2008. The winery was named for the wild mustangs that roamed the hills east of the vineyard site. Descendents of the first Spanish horses brought […]



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New WInemaker at Gary Farrell Winery

 Now it’s not typical of me to comment on new winemakers, yet I recently enjoyed recent vintages of Gary Farrell Winery so much I am taking note of Theresa Heredia as the new Winemaker on the Gary Farrell Winery team. The 2009 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir I experienced were so perfect I am curious what […]



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Food & wine Pairing at Cakebread Cellars during Symposium for Professional Wine Writers

Very interesting seminar at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers — a “bean tasting” with various wines from Cakebread! It is based on Cakebread’s American Harvest Workshop which features five innovative chefs and eight small purveyors … a mini version for journalists visiting the symposium. Curious that the Chardonnay Reserve 09 has natural acidity, even […]



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2010 Finger Lake Rieslings

The 2010 Finger Lakes harvest was the warmest growing season in nearly forty years and the wettest since 1973, resulting in a good vintage overall yet a varied style with a general slant toward lower acid, intense fruit, and ripeness. Riesling grows well in the cool climate and varied soils of the Finger Lakes as […]



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Visiting the Hudson Valley

Matt Spaccarelli of Benmarl Do you live in NYC? … and do you know that just an hour away you can enjoy a NY wine experience with Hudson Valley wines? Today some lucky members of Manhattan’s Wine Media Guild visited the region and met the following winemakers   Michael Migliore – Whitecliff Vineyard Cesar Baeza […]



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Lunch with Winemaker David Forsyth of Mercer Estates

    “This Gone Fishin wine label is great!” said a guest at a recent lunch at Tribeca Grill in Manhattan, organized to showcase the wines — and the savvy winemaker – of Mercer Estates in Washington, David Forsyth. I had first heard of Mercer Estates a few years back, when Washington State wines were […]



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Conversation with Michael Richmond of Bouchaine Vineyards, Carneros

  “Roasting a barrel is like roasting coffee,” says colorfully-spoken winemaker and GM of Bouchaine Vineyards, Michael Richmond. We are talking about the influence of French oak on the 2008 Pinot Noir, and as is the case when wine geeks get together, the conversation turns to toast (not the kind you have at breakfast) and […]



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Update on Marston Family Vineyard Wine Dinner at Park Avenue Spring

Elizabeth Marston and Husband Jamie of Marston Family Winery at Park Avenue Spring   Last Thursday it was very exciting to meet Elizabeth Marston and her husband Jamie, who with Elizabeth’s parents run Marston Family Vineyard in the Napa Valley. Of course, with Auction Napa Valley 2011 (# ANV11) beginning this coming June 2, 2011 […]



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Auction Napa Valley: Focus on Erna Schein Boutique Winery

“All I wanted was an almond croissant,” says winemaker and co-woner Les Behrens of Erna Schein winery (formerly known as Behrens & Hitchcock). Les is talking about the fateful day in 1996 when he and wife and winery co-owner Lisa Drinkward drove to Los Angeles and had the fortuitous idea of dropping a bottle of […]