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    10 Best Zinfandel Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Zinfandel

    Zinfandel is a vitis vinifera red wine grape that produces deep robust wines, most famously from California. You’ll find my most recent Zinfandel reviews and ratings here. Surprising Facts about Zinfandel: 1. Zinfandel’s high sugar content means it can be fermented into...

    6 readers - By Natalie MacLean

    10 Best Petite Sirah Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Petite Sirah

    There’s nothing petite about Petite Sirah. The robust red grape is also known as Durif and is mostly grown in Australia and California to produce full-bodied red wines. You’ll find my Top 10 Petite Sirah reviews and ratings here. 5 Surprising Facts about Petite Sirah: 1...

    6 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      2012 Gnarly Head Pinot Noir

      The Good Wine Guru - - 2 readers - Varietal: Pinot Noir Region: Californica Cost: $14 (SRP) Winemaker’s Notes: Gnarly Head 2012 Pinot Noir takes “the heartbreak grape” for a walk on the wild side. This powerful pinot touts voluptuous aromas of red cherry...

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      2012 Gnarly Head Pinot Noir

      …, and cigar box on the palate. Supple, sleek tannins and lush fruit make this wine a perfect pair for salami and arugula pizza, slow roasted pork loin, or dry brined chicken stuffed with sausage and peppers. My Review: It should by this point be no surprise that I’m a big fan of Pinot Noir, especially budget wines that I can enjoy regularly without having…

      2 readers - By The Good Wine Guru

      Budget Wine Review: Guenoc Chardonnay 2013 California

      … Guenoc is Langtry Estates entry level wine which is now part of the Foley Family stable of wineries. It’s a widely available supermarket wine produced at their Lake County winery using less than 15% estate grapes with the rest coming from various vineyards in California. This is a straightforward, modern-style, warm-climate Chardonnay, not too…

      2 readers - By Edible Arts

      Mini-reviews 63: Da Vinci, Fetzer, Villa Maria, Santa Cristina

      … California. This means less soft fruitiness and more earthiness, plus sangiovese’s tell-tale sour cherry. • Fetzer Gewurztraminer Shaly Loam 2012 ($8, purchased, 12%): This white wine won a platinum at the 2014 Critic’s Challenge, and  if that seems to be a bit of a stretch, it’s still an excellent example of an off-dry gewurtzraminer (though…

      4 readers - By The Wine Curmudgeon

      10 Best Zinfandel Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Zinfandel

      … Zinfandel is a vitis vinifera red wine grape that produces deep robust wines, most famously from California. You’ll find my most recent Zinfandel reviews and ratings here. Surprising Facts about Zinfandel: 1. Zinfandel’s high sugar content means it can be fermented into highly alcoholic wines sometimes in excess of 15%.  Zinfandel…

      6 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      10 Best Carignan Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Carignan

      … and then was later transplanted to Sardinia, Italy. Carignan is also known as Carignane in California, and in other wine regions, Carignan also goes by the name Mazuelo, Carinena and Bovale Grande. 5. Carignan is not the easiest grape to grow. It ripens late in the season that it can only be grown in warmer regions, which is why it’s usually grown…

      5 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      10 Best Petite Sirah Wines to Buy Now + 5 Surprising Facts about Petite Sirah

      … There’s nothing petite about Petite Sirah. The robust red grape is also known as Durif and is mostly grown in Australia and California to produce full-bodied red wines. You’ll find my Top 10 Petite Sirah reviews and ratings here. 5 Surprising Facts about Petite Sirah: 1. Petite Sirah it should not be mistakenly spelled as Petite Syrah…

      6 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      Rainy Night Wine, 2012 Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir

      … Thunder grumbles old man curses as the rain spits half-heartedly on the black streets. The July heat gives itself up to the rain, but just a little bit. Heat’s oppressive sister, humidity, fills the space between the raindrops with breath-sucking glee. Nights like this call for a chilled glass of wine. Typically sultry summer nights push my…

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      Quick Sip: Borra Vineyards 2013 Artist Series Nuvola

      … with better known grapes like Riesling – none of which would you expect to find planted in Lodi, California. Markus employs a non-interventionist approach to winemaking and is crafting some of the most interesting, pleasing, and exceptionally bright, white wines I have tasted from Lodi. I recommend visiting their website and getting to know them…

      1 readers - By My Vine Spot

      Choose Your Own Wine Adventure at The Winemakers Studio

      …Are you interested in being a winemaker for a day? Does the thought of playing with beakers and graduated cylinders make you want to get your wine nerd on? I know, me too! Now you can indulge that passion at The Winemakers Studio, located at the HQ of my podcast sponsor, Wente Vineyards, in California’s Livermore [...]…

      By Jameson Fink

      A Smooth Tale of Two California Cabernets

      …Are you looking for a duo of California Cabernets, though from different producers, parts, and vineyards, united by one thing? And is that thing you desire…SMOOTHNESS? Well you’ve come to the right blog. Now, don’t take smooth like these wines are devoid of edge or interest. They just aren’t going to clobber you over the [...]…

      By Jameson Fink

      Drinking Now: 2013 Corallina Rosé of Syrah by Cornerstone Napa

      …Every now and then, I have the amazing luck of being a blogger that gets wine sent to them. While you aren’t required to write about it, there is this unspoken rule in the wine world that if you receive a bottle of wine and like it, you should write about it. Simple enough but […]…

      1 readers - By Sacred Drop Channel

      A Wine for Tonight: 2011 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

      … Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to try the 2011 Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County in California. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out…

      1 readers - By Wine Peeps

      Texas talent shines at the 2014 Austin Food & Wine Festival

      … for garnish Directions: Gently muddle three of the mint springs and the watermelon with the simple syrup. Add the rum and lime juice, and shake the hell out of it. Strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with carbonated water and garnish with mint and watermelon. CALIFORNIA DREAMING The final wine seminar of the Austin Food & Wine Festival…

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      A Wine for Tonight: 2013 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Riesling

      … Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to check out the 2013 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Riesling from the Central Coast of California. Our selection criteria include: A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars…

      1 readers - By Wine Peeps