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    Same Old Song (Ridge Lytton Springs Recent Releases)

    “We sing the same old song Just like a vintage car, You can look, but you won’t ever drive it. We drink the same old wine From a brand new jar, We get hung-over, but we always survive it.” - “New Song” by The Who Some tasks are just… unenviable. Take, for example, trying to say something new about iconic California producer Ridge that’s not already been said.

    17 readers - By 1 Wine Dude

    Cuckoo And Cocka-doodle-doo (Coquerel And Toquade Recent Sauvignon Blanc Releases)

    At this point, I think that we’ve established that Bordeaux native Christine Barbe is at least a little bit crazy. Very talented, but a little crazy. Crazy enough to justify the namesake of her personal brand, Toquade, anyway.

    9 readers - By 1 Wine Dude

      Best LCBO Wines: Vintages Release August 2

      Natalie MacLean - - 11 readers - You can access the 71 wines that I reviewed for August 2 as a text wine list with my complete tasting notes, scores, food matches and the stock for each bottle in their closest LCBO stores. You can also see my wine reviews for July 19. You can add my wine picks to their custom shopping list with one click and access that list on their smartphone.

      Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Route Revealed

      Wine Oh TV - - 6 readers - Santa Clara Valley’s 20-plus wineries will soon benefit from the visibility of a new signage program directing visitors throughout one of the state’s oldest viticultural regions. Earlier this year, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Route.

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

      The Wine Curmudgeon - - 4 readers - Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month. • Da Vinci Chianti 2011 ($12. sample, 13.5%): Much, much better than the past couple of vintages of this Italian red, with an effort made to make it taste more like Chianti and less like merlot from California.

      Mumm: Bubbly from France and Napa

      Wine Peeps - - 4 readers - The Mumm family founded the G.H. Mumm champagne house in 1827. In 1876, as a tribute to some of their most prestigious clients, G.H. Mumm decorated a few of their bottles with a crossed red silk ribbon as a reference to the Legion of Honour. Today, G.H. Mumm is the leading champagne brand in France and the third best-selling champagne in the world. The Cordon Rouge Brut is their signature cuvee.

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      Mumm: Bubbly from France and Napa

      … a terroir where he could create wine from traditional Champagne grapes using the method champenoise process. He chose the Napa Valley in California and established the Mumm Napa winery there in 1986. The Brut Prestige is their signature sparkling wine. Recently, we had the opportunity to taste the NV G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut Champagne and the NV Mumm…

      4 readers - By Wine Peeps

      Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Route Revealed

      … Santa Clara Valley’s 20-plus wineries will soon benefit from the visibility of a new signage program directing visitors throughout one of the state’s oldest viticultural regions. Earlier this year, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Route. It will feature 70-plus directional…

      6 readers - By Wine Oh TV

      Cuckoo And Cocka-doodle-doo (Coquerel And Toquade Recent Sauvignon Blanc Releases)

      … Eagles of the wine world, only without the awesome fight song (seriously, it’s the best one in the NFL; yeah, the San Diego Super Chargers song has an awesome bassline, but otherwise it’s waaaay too disco for football). NV SB is also the primary focus of Barbe’s other winemaking job, helming the juice at Clay and Brenda Cockerell’s Coquerel brand…

      9 readers - By 1 Wine Dude

      La Crema Winery Launches Virtual Vintner Experience

      …La Crema Winery launched Virtual Vintner™, a digital experience that engages consumers in an interactive program resulting in a unique, crowd-created La Crema wine. Affording participants an intimate and hands-on invitation behind the scenes of an artisan winery, Virtual Vintner™ provides an opportunity to embark on a “choose your own adventure…

      4 readers - By Wine Oh TV

      Mendocino Wine: A Dragon with Two Tails

      … Mendocino: A Dragon With Two Tails by Laura Ness The Mendocino AVA is huge, more for its climactic variation than its total land area: Wine Institute figures indicate it spans 275,200 acres, encompassing ten distinct sub AVAs, with two more pending. The total area planted to vineyards is currently 17,000 acres: compare that to 40,000 acres…

      1 readers - By Wine Oh TV

      Santa Barbara: Pinot Perfection

      …Pinot Noir Lovers & Haters: Read This Do you like Pinot? I thought I DIDN’T- but I DO! All it took was a weekend trip to Santa Barbara Wine Country to open my eyes to Pinot Noir. And by ‘open my eyes’ I mean a hard knock upside the head … Related posts: No related posts. …

      2 readers - By Jenna & Wine | Jenna & Wine

      A Trio of Rosés: MacPhail Family Wines, Mcpherson Cellars, and B Cellars

      …. Region: Sonoma Coast, California. (Other info: ABV 14.5%, native and inoculated ML, cork enclosure.) 89 Points. Click here to find this wine.  Mcpherson Cellars 2013 Les Copains Dry Rosé  Review: Mcpherson Cellars 2013 Les Copains Dry Rosé (SRP $12): A medium watermelon color, this pleasing dry rosé is composed of 55% Cinsault, 30% Mourvedre, and 15…

      2 readers - By My Vine Spot

      Best LCBO Wines: Vintages Release August 2

      …. This is one of the benefits of becoming a Paid Member. Inventory stock numbers are usually posted online a day or two before the release based on the LCBO doing so. Here are all 71 wine reviews and ratings for this release at the LCBO: Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Paso Robles, California, United States Innisfree Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Napa…

      11 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      Same Old Song (Ridge Lytton Springs Recent Releases)

      … “We sing the same old song Just like a vintage car, You can look, but you won’t ever drive it. We drink the same old wine From a brand new jar, We get hung-over, but we always survive it.” - “New Song” by The Who Some tasks are just… unenviable. Take, for example, trying to say something new about iconic California producer Ridge…

      17 readers - By 1 Wine Dude

      2012 Gnarly Head Pinot Noir

      … 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 to worry…

      3 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…

      7 readers - By Natalie MacLean