Category Archives: Red Wine

Titus Vineyards: Impressive New Releases from Napa Valley

The Titus family recently celebrated their 50th anniversary growing grapes and making wine in the Napa Valley.  Lee Titus purchased what is now the 50 acre Titus Ranch Estate in the heart of the St. Helena Appellation in 1968 and … Continue reading

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New Releases of BARRA and Girasole Wines from Mendocino County

The Barra family farms over 300 acres of organically cultivated wine grapes on the benchlands above the headwaters of the Russian River. Winemaker Randy Meyer follows strict guidelines in producing the winery’s certified organic wines, including low sulfite content (45-65 … Continue reading

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Tongue Dancer: Exciting New Releases from Sonoma & Mendocino

James Mac Phail, one of California’s most accomplished winemakers, is with his wife and partner Kerry crafting some superb wines under his Tongue Dancer label.  The wines are reasonably priced in view of their high quality and the small volume … Continue reading

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Alma Rosa: Small is Beautiful in the Sta Rita Hills

This small winery was started in 2005 by Richard Sanford and his wife Thekla to produce high quality wines following organic and sustainable agricultural methods. In 2014, the estate and winery were sold to Bob and Barb Zorich, both graduates … Continue reading

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More Interesting Grapes and Wines from Italy

Italy has a mind-boggling number of indigenous and international grape varieties and wine appellations. In this article, we review some of the more interesting ones recently sent to us for review.  They include well-known indigenous varieties like Grillo and Nero … Continue reading

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Tyler Winery: Growing Fast in the Sta Rita Hills

Justin Tyler Willett began the Tyler Winery in 2005 at age 24 after working with winemaker Joe Davis at Arcadian.  His wine trajectory since that time has been steep.  In 2011 He established the Lieu Dit label with sommelier Eric … Continue reading

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Flora Springs of Napa Valley: New Releases of Soliloquy and Trilogy

Flora Spring is a family-owned and operated winery in Napa Valley producing superior quality, handcrafted wines.   The two wines reviewed here are their flagship white wine Soliloquy and red blend Trilogy.  In our review of the previous vintages of these … Continue reading

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Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile: Quality and Value

Chile produces more Cabernet Sauvignon than any other varietal. With extensive plantings, Cabernet can be found in a variety of sites and terroirs from the foothills of the Andes through the central valley and further west.  Some of the wine … Continue reading

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The Hilt: Cool Climate Wines from the Radian and Bentrock Vineyards

In 1844, the Mexican governor of California granted Rancho Cañada de Salsipuedes (“leave if you can”) to Pedro Regalado Cordero.  Fast forward 178 years, and Rancho Salsipuedes is home to two of California’s top vineyards for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir … Continue reading

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Dutton Goldfield New Releases: Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from the 2019 Vintage

This article reviews the new, 2019 releases of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Dutton Goldfield winery near Sebastopol. The 2019 vintage in Northern California was cool, reminiscent of vintages two or three decades ago.  At least until the Kincade … Continue reading

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