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Stopping in Sonoma (Cline Vineyards)

Stopping in Sonoma (Cline Vineyards)

| September 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Andy Abernathy – winecounty.abcfws.com This trip to California took us to Sonoma Valley and Carneros, where we visited Cline Vineyards.  Charlie Tsegletos, previously at Benziger, has been the wine maker here for 8 years. Our host was Larry Holman, VP of marketing and sales. (Pictured, left, between ABC Exec. VP Jess Bailes and COO Andy Abernathy) […]

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Another Victory for Wellington Vineyards

Another Victory for Wellington Vineyards

| September 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

By SAHMmelier – sahmmelier.wordpress.com My Brother-in-law is in town this weekend, which always means that we will be eating well.  Since we were celebrating his birthday, we chose to open something fabulous: a 2005 Wellington Victory Reserve.  This is a super special bottle of wine.  Wellington Vineyards has only done six Reserves in the last […]

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Markham Vineyards – Napa Valley

Markham Vineyards – Napa Valley

| September 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Ben Bodenstein – www.articlesonwine.com Markham Vineyards has an old and not very interesting history, it was founded in 1854 by Jean Laurent, a Frenchman who came to California in search of his fortune as part of the gold rush. It was not very long before he found some land in the then totally unknown […]

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Andrew Murray Syrah 2010 Watch Hill Vineyard

Andrew Murray Syrah 2010 Watch Hill Vineyard

| August 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Cyrus Limón – solosyrah.wordpress.com The story of Andrew Murray Vineyards is a fascinating one. In the early nineties, as an assistant winemaker, Andrew made his first bottle of wine in Australia before he was even legally able to drink. His parents bought some vineyard land in Santa Barbara and started a Rhone variety based […]

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Gary Farrell Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Sonoma County

Gary Farrell Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Sonoma County

| August 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

By SAHMmelier – sahmmelier.wordpress.com I have to admit.  I was very excited when I received this 2010 Gary Farrell Sauvignon Blanc 2010 from Redwood Ranch in Sonoma County($25)*.   I have heard great things about their wine, in general, and I am a sucker for a good Sauvignon Blanc.  I have been looking forward to opening it and […]

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The Big Green Box Wine

The Big Green Box Wine

| August 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Ben Bodenstein – www.articlesonwine.com In the “way back when;” you know, the past that historians love and school children hate, wine came in assorted sizes of bottles. The 750 milliliter bottle became the most common here because that was the size the French used and at that time our wine industry was doing everything […]

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From “ABC” to Chappellet Chardonnay

From “ABC” to Chappellet Chardonnay

| August 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Cortney Roudebush – sipswirlsavor.com About two years ago, the Chappellet Chardonnay was the wine that converted me to a Chardonnay drinker (albeit a particular one). Until then, I had been adamant about proclaiming my drinking habits as “ABC” (anything but Chardonnay). When I started working at Chappellet Vineyards in 2010, I quickly became a […]

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Bodega Rancho Que Syrah 2009

Bodega Rancho Que Syrah 2009

| August 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Cyrus Limón – solosyrah.wordpress.com Bodega Rancho is one of those precious little California wine labels that you just want to squeeze and cradle in your hands and hold on to for your own.  From its bucolic little tasting room in Occidental, arguably the cutest little town in Northern California, to its beautiful rustically-designed label, […]

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Climate Effects on Wine

Climate Effects on Wine

| August 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Marie Griffin – winecounty.abcfws.com The requirements for Vitis vinifera grapes are long, warm to hot, dry summers and mild winters.  The optimum amount of rainfall is 22 inches annually.  Irrigation is also desirable and often essential from spring continuing until harvest.  One reason California produces such great grapes is the state generally has dry […]

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Wine Myths and Fallacies

Wine Myths and Fallacies

| August 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Ben Bodenstein – www.articlesofwine.com There are enough wine myths, fallacies and misinformation to intimidate or scare off the average buyer and we think it is about time to blow the top off of them. Most of these wine bloopers have been around for decades, some for centuries. Let’s start with wine temperature. The old […]

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