California Wines

  • Wine Review: Lyeth Meritage Sonoma County 2011

    It is ordinary people who make the world go ‘round. A jack-of-all-trades who can competently handle anything you throw her way is a valuable person to have around even though she may not do anything particularly well. So it is with wine. Wines that perform well on any occasion—pair well with a variety of foods, can be enjoyed as a sipper, on hot days or cool days, etc.

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  • Budget Wine: Challis Lane Merlot California 2012

    We are all familiar with the type: reliable, competent, pleasant, polished, not a hair out of place, but unremarkable, with little to say, unoriginal, exceedingly ordinary in every way. There is much to be said in favor of such a person—they make a reliable co-worker, a good neighbor, an affable acquaintance. This Challis Lane Merlot reminds me of such a person.

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  • Budget Wine: Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel Vintner’s Cuvee XXXV

    … This wine is like a waitperson who gives you a hearty greeting but can’t get anything right the rest of the evening. Once you get by the alcohol on the nose, it gives rich blackberry with lots of sweet oak and spice. Complex for the price. On the palate, it is very vibrant and juicy up front creating expectations that are quickly dashed…

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  • The Zin of Dusi Vineyards, Paso Robles

    …: McPrice Myers, Winemaker for Paydirt & Barrel 27 Wines © Spaswinefood Tasting Paydirt & Barrel 27 Wines, Dusi Vineyards © Spaswinefood 1. Paydirt Wines & Barrel 27: Paydirt Wines is partnership between McPrice ‘Mac’ Myers and Patrick McNeil. We also tasted Barrel 27 wines. Barrel 27, winemaker-owner, McPrice Myers was on hand to pour…

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  • September Wine Round Up: Three Affordable Wines Made the Grade

    In the spirit of another Thirsty Thursday #thristythursday, I grabbed a group of co-workers and we tried a variety of sample wines — eight in total. The following were my favorite three sampled: White: 2013 Kendall Jackson Avant Sauvignon Blanc – lime, lemongrass, green pepper, citrus and mi ...

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  • Besieged Ravenswood Winery Old Vine Blend Sonoma County 2012

    … scary wine. Who knows what the wine-marketing gods had in mind. But I’m not feeling besieged only bewitched by this well put together offering from Ravenswood. They are known for their Zinfandel but this is one of those odd blends in which the whole is better than the sum of its parts–35% Carignane, 20% Petite Sirah, 18% Zinfandel, 13% Mourvedre…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts- 5 readers -
  • A wine affair to remember: An evening with Santa Barbara County winemakers

    … was also a welcoming glass of Sunstone Viognier 2013. Welcoming Wine at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery © SpaswinefoodSunstone Vineyards &Winery Viognier 2013 © SpaswinefoodAfter a welcoming glass of Sunstone Viognier 2013 we toured the beautiful Sunstone Villa. By the time Bion Rice, our host and the other winemakers arrived we were settling…

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  • Blue Ox in Lynn: Excellent Neighborhood Spot

    … others to do the same. What did I finally do? I dined at The Blue Ox in Lynn, which describes itself as "an upscale casual neighborhood restaurant" that "offers an approachable American menu." The Blue Ox, which opened in 2009, is owned by Chef Matt O'Neil, a Swampscott native, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New…

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