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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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Sonoma’s Spann Vineyards: New Releases from the 2013-14 Vintages

Spann Vineyards is a small artisanal winery owned and operated by Peter and Betsy Spann.  Their vineyards are located in the Mayacamas Mountains on a steeply terraced mountainside in Glen Ellen. They dry farm their vineyards and strive for low … Continue reading

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Schug Winery: New Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon Releases from Los Carneros

In our Report #48 The Wines of Los Carneros we identified several  wineries crafting  outstanding Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and other varieties   One of these wineries was the Schug Carneros Estate Winery, the family operation of Walter and Gertrud Schug, originally … Continue reading

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New Releases from California’s Blue Rock Vineyard 2015-2016

These three new releases from Blue Rock Vineyard include their Baby Blue White, a delicious Bordeaux blend, a  barrel fermented Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast, and  Baby Blue, a delicious and easy drinking red blend, one of Blue Rock’ s … Continue reading

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Sonoma County’s Patz & Hall: New Releases from the 2015 Vintage

This winery, founded in 1988, is the product of a successful partnership of Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz. Over the past 25 years Patz & Hall has produced small lot and single vineyard wines focusing on … Continue reading

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Dutton Goldfield New Releases from the 2014-2016 Vintages

The Spring 2017 new releases from Sonoma County’s Dutton Goldfield winery include a sumptuous Pinot Blanc, vibrant Riesling, and spicy, very appealing Gewürztraminer from the 2016 vintage; a classic Green Valley Chardonnay and Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from the … Continue reading

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2012 Sonoma County Releases from Willowbrook Cellars

Started in 2001 by winemaker Joe Otos and two partners, Willowbrook Cellars in Sebastopol produces small quantities of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah.  The other partners include retired technology executive John Tracy and retired sales executive Ed Sillari.  While … Continue reading

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Sonoma County Winegrowers & Vintners Release IWR Report on The Wines of Sonoma County

The Sonoma County Winegrowers and Sonoma County Vintners have made our Report #44 The Wines of Sonoma County available free of charge on its web site along with the following press release: Last summer, the International Wine Review spent two … Continue reading

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Carlisle Winery’s Exceptional Old Vine Zinfandels and Rhone Wines from Sonoma

Mike and Kendall Officer launched their Carlisle Winery and Vineyards in 1998 with the goal of creating small lots of distinctive, world-class wines from some of California’s most special and unique vineyards—the old vine Zinfandel and field blends found throughout … Continue reading

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Jackson Estate and Highland Estate Wines: Reviews of New Releases

Three New Releases: 2012 Chardonnay Camelot Highlands,  2012 Pinot Noir Outland Ridge,  2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Hawkeye Mountain. These three new releases are part of Kendall-Jackson’s  Jackson Estate and Highland Estate wines which show case their different outstanding vineyard properties located … Continue reading

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