Yearly Archives: 2016

Wente: New Chardonnay Releases from Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco

Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated family-owned winery in the country. Founded in 1883, the winery is now owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. The winery produces premium wines sourced from nearly 3,000 … Continue reading

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Schug Carneros Estate Winery: New Releases of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon

The Schug Carneros Estate Winery was founded by Walter and Gertrud Schug, originally from Germany.  Prior to establishing their family winery in the early 1980s, Walter worked for E&J Gallo and Joseph Phelps. During his tenure at Phelps, Walter made … Continue reading

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Morgan: New Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Releases 2014

These wines are among Morgan’s finest.  They are also from a very fine 2014 vintage which offered a relatively long growing season for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  The wines are beautifully crafted and reveal the  purity of fruit and elegant … Continue reading

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New Releases from Santa Clara Valley: Sarah’s Vineyard and Jason Stephens

The Santa Clara Valley  is  located in northern California at the south eastern end of  San Francisco Bay.  It is  famous for its electronics research and manufacturing  area,  Silicon Valley.   However, it is also known as the Valley of … Continue reading

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Ruca Malen’s Extraordinary Wine Dinner at Rural Society in Washington, DC

Over the years we have attended many outstanding wine pairing dinners.  But few have compared to the Argentine Ruca Malen wine pairing dinner recently held at Rural Society in Washington, DC.   The six course dinner was jointly planned and flawlessly … Continue reading

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Blair Estate: 2013 Pinot Noirs from Arroyo Seco

This is our first opportunity to review the Pinot Noirs of Blair Estate.  Owner, Jeffrey Blair, established this micro- winery a few years ago in Arroyo Seco and began producing excellent premium Chardonnays and Pinot Gris.  The Pinot Noirs are … Continue reading

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Francis Ford Coppola: New Releases and Virginia Dare’s The Lost Colony

The Francis Ford Coppola Winery is among the few wineries in California that offer a wide variety of high quality wines at affordable prices. Maintaining quality year after year is not an easy task, but Coppola manages to do so with … Continue reading

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Wollersheim Wines of Wisconsin: Links to Haraszthy & Beaujolais

Agoston Haraszthy, a 19th century Hungarian immigrant who created Wisconsin’s first winery and later became the father of California wine, and Philippe Coquard (shown here), a 20th century French immigrant from a Beaujolais winemaking family with four centuries of winemaking … Continue reading

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More Value Wines from Bulgaria

Last year we had the opportunity to taste a selection of fine Bulgarian wines imported to the U.S. by Parallel 43 of Alexandria, VA. Impressed by the quality of the wines and their modest prices, we agreed to taste a … Continue reading

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Gary Farrell Winery: New 2014 Releases of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

This year we have the pleasure to once again review the new releases of the Gary Farrell Winery for our readers.  Gary Farrell is one of California’s preeminent producers of distinctive vineyard designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  Although Gary Farrell … Continue reading

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