Category Archives: California

Blue Rock Vineyards: New Releases from Sonoma County

Blue Rock Vineyard is a small artisanal winery in Alexander Valley that produces high quality, hand-crafted Bordeaux-inspired wines and Pinot Noir from Sonoma County grapes.

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Good Value, Quality Sparkling Wines from Alsace to the Russian River Valley

Sparkling wines from around the world are better than ever. They may not have the cachet of Champagne, but they’re priced lower, and the best ones are very good indeed. In this article, we review a selection of quality sparkling … Continue reading

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Flaunt: New Releases from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast

Flaunt Wine Company is a new winemaking project of Dianna Novy, former co-owner and winemaker of the highly successful Siduri Wines and Novy Family Winery.  It is the reallization of her long-held dream of making a mark on the wine … Continue reading

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Champagnes and Sparkling Wines for the Holidays

Champagnes and sparkling wines are especially popular during the winter Holidays. Families and friends toast their friendship and welcome the New Year with the bubbles that convey a sense of celebration and joy.  To help guide your purchases of Champagne and … Continue reading

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Verdad: Spanish Varieties from the SLO Coast

Verdad Wine Cellars is the brainchild of winemaker Louisa Sawyer Lindquist.  Verdad is a small (<3 thousand cases) winery focused on Spanish varieties like Albariño, Garnacha, Graciano and Tempranillo.  Louisa got her start in wine on New York’s Long Island, … Continue reading

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New Releases from Pellegrini-Olivet Lane of the Russian River Valley

The Pellegrini family emigrated from Lucca, Italy, to Santa Rosa, California, in 1915 and soon began growing grapes and making wine. Sixty years later Robert Pellegrini established the 60 acre Olivet Lane Vineyard in the Santa Rosa Plains, planting two-thirds … Continue reading

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2021 Clarice Pinot Noirs from the Santa Lucia Highlands

Adam Lee’s Clarice bottlings are ripe and lush expressions of Pinot Noir.   They reveal purity of dark red berry fruit with savory and spicy notes and firm tannic grip.  The 2021 vintage is perhaps riper and earthier than last year … Continue reading

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Beau Marchais 2021 Pinot Noir: The Unexpected Ending of a Beautiful Collaboration

These three bottlings of Pinot Noir recently released by Beau Marchais are of a project launched  in 2019 by two seasoned winemakers, Adam Lee of California and Philippe Cambie of France.  Their joint venture brought together the talents of one … Continue reading

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West Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir: Not Just for Summer

The rosés of Pinot Noir being made in California and Oregon are substantial wines suitable for drinking the year-round.  In this article, we review some of our favorites from the 2021 vintage.  Most of them are cultivated and fermented specifically … Continue reading

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Pelliegrini’s Three Shades of Pinot Noir

The Pellegrini family emigrated from Lucca, Italy, to Santa Rosa, California, in 1915 and soon began growing grapes and making wine. Sixty years later the family established the Olivet Lane Vineyard in the Santa Rosa Plains. Today, Alexia Pellegrini, the … Continue reading

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