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J Lohr Vineyards New Releases from Paso Robles, Napa & Arroyo Seco

Jerry Lohr is one of the California Central Coast’s wine pioneers. He started planting vines in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County in 1972 and now has 900 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and other varieties planted there.  In … Continue reading

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Failla Spring Releases: 2016 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah

These 2016 spring releases are a welcome collection of new California and Oregon bottlings from the talented winemaker Ehren Jordan and wife Anne-Marie Failla.  The 2016 vintage in California was a welcome relief from drought with a mild spring followed … Continue reading

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Dutton-Goldfield Chardonnay and Pinot Noir: 2015-16 Releases from Russian River’s Cool Green Valley

 Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield have collaborated in making some of the Russian River’s finest wines since 1998. Steve does the farming, and today he manages over 1100 acres of vines spread over 80 vineyards , mostly in Green Valley … Continue reading

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Napa’s August Briggs Wines: New Releases 2014

   Located in downtown Calistoga, Napa Valley, August Briggs Winery produces small quantities of handcrafted premium wines.  Founded in 1995 by August “Joe”  Briggs,  a consulting winemaker, and wife Sally, the winery is managed today by their nephew Jess Inman … Continue reading

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New Releases from Francis Coppola, Bee’s Box and Virginia Dare

We have been reviewing Francis Coppola’s wines for several years now and are pleased to report steady improvements in the quality of winemaking under Corey Beck.  The improvements have been the result of better sourcing of grapes from Russian River … Continue reading

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Smith-Madrone: Current Releases from Spring Mountain District Napa Valley

Smith-Madrone is a small winery located in the Spring Mountain District of Napa Valley.  Founded in 1971 by Stuart Smith, managing partner and enologist, the winery’s vineyards, which are part of a 200-acre ranch sit at between 1,300 and 2,000 … Continue reading

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Outstanding Selections from Robert Mondavi’s To Kalon Vineyard

To Kalon is Napa Valley’s most famous, historical vineyard, and it produces some of California’s most outstanding wines, including several Robert Mondavi wines and Opus One. In this article, we review a selection of wines from Mondavi’s To Kalon vineyard. … Continue reading

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Vertical Tasting of Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon: 1973-1983

We recently had the opportunity to taste a vertical of the Cabernet Sauvignons produced by Napa Valley’s Diamond Creek Winery from the 1973 to 1983 vintages. Thanks to Roy Wagner, who purchased and cellared these wines for almost 40 years, … Continue reading

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California’s Miner Family Winery New Releases

Dave Miner started up his eponymous winery in 1996 with Gary Brookman, formerly with Phelps, joining as winemaker. He sources fruit from California’s premier vineyards. His  wines are good and expensively  presented with fine labels and impressive bottles.  See our … Continue reading

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Progeny: A Stellar Introduction to Mt. Veeder

Later this year we’ll be publishing a new report on the wines of Mt. Veeder. In preparation, we’ve already tasted the current releases of many of the region’s major producers, including Progeny. These tastings already reveal that Cabernet Sauvignon from … Continue reading

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