Category Archives: California

The Wines of Lawer Estates of Knights Valley

Lawer Estates is a Calistoga-based winery owned and operated by David and Betsy Lawer.   Originally from Alaska, the Lawers launched their operation in 2003.   With their extended family and the help of an experienced team of vineyard managers and winemakers,  … Continue reading

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Hawk and Horse Selections from Lake County

Hawk and Horse is a family-owned and operated, certified biodynamic vineyard located in the Mayacamas Mountain range of the Red Hills AVA of Lake County.  Red Hills is one of the six sub-appellations of Lake County. The 18 acre, mostly … Continue reading

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Spann Vineyards Wines: New Releases from Sonoma County

These new releases from Peter and Betsy Spann are wonderful examples of the authentic and artisanal wines being crafted in Sonoma Valley today. They are ripe and juicy wines, mainly red Bordeaux blends and single varietal reds. They include a … Continue reading

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The Wines of Santa Barbara’s Happy Canyon Vineyard

Happy Canyon Vineyard is a family owned and operated estate vineyard and boutique winery in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County.  It was purchased in the early 1990s by Tom Barrack, a polo enthusiast who also has a … Continue reading

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Tongue Dancer Wines: New Releases from Sonoma County

James Mac Phail, one of California’s most accomplished winemakers, is crafting some superb wines under a new project called Tongue Dancer. The unusual name was chosen to reflect his special interest in wines that have texture and mouth feel. Under … Continue reading

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Francis Ford Coppola: New Releases from Napa Valley and Sonoma County

The four wines reviewed here are exemplary of the depth and breadth of Francis Ford Coppola’s wine portfolio. This foursome offers excellent Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at an affordable price and two delicious proprietary red blends. The 2016 Eleanor … Continue reading

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Rosés of Pinot Noir from Around the World: The 2018 Vintage

Rosés made of Pinot Noir are the stars of this year’s rosé tasting. They’re typically light red in color, fragrant with red cherry and pomegranate scents, medium bodied with good fullness in the mouth, and flavorful with flavors that mirror … Continue reading

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New Sparkling Rosés from North America, Europe and South Africa

Sparkling rosé is made all over the world.  In this article, we review new releases from North America [California, New York, Oregon, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia] and Europe [Austria, France] and South Africa. Sparkling rosés come from numerous grapes—almost … Continue reading

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Morgan: 2017 Releases from Monterey and the Santa Lucia Highlands

Morgan is one of the Santa Lucia Highlands’ finest wineries. Year in and year out, it produces high quality wines at fair prices. The winery is owned and operated by veteran winemaker Dan Lee who has been crafting wine at … Continue reading

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Dutton Goldfield Spring 2019 Portfolio Review

Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield have collaborated in making some of the Russian River’s finest wines from Dutton Ranch vineyards since 1998. The source of most of their fruit is the Dutton Ranch, owned by the Dutton Family and comprised … Continue reading

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