Carignan (also known as Mazuelo, Bovale Grande, Cariñena, Samsó, and Carignane) is a red Spanish/French wine grape variety that is widely planted throughout the western Mediterranean and across the globe. Along with Aramon, it was once considered one of the main grapes responsible for France's wine lake and was a substantial producer in jug wine production in California's Central Valley.Ampelographers believe that the grape likely originated in Cariñena, Aragon and was later transplanted to Sardinia, elsewhere in Italy, France, Algeria, and much of the New World. The varietal was historically a component of Rioja's red wine blend.
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    • Update on saving a historic California vineyard: the news is good

      If you already know what I’m talking about, the good news is that the California DWR plans to preserve the Jose vineyard when it renovates the surrounding marshland. If that didn’t make sense to you, keep reading. This past March, a small hullaballoo arose in response to a California Department of Water Resources plan to reconstruct a tidal marsh in Eastern Contra Costa Coun ...

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    • 6 Budget Friendly Wines for Thanksgiving

      Thanksgiving is less than a week away! That means we all need some wine to serve our guests or ourselves, preferably both. Spending top dollar to get good wines is fairly simple. Finding value driven offerings that get the job done is a bit more challenging. Here are some delicious selections that will work well for your Thanksgiving meal. With one exception they all clock in under $25.

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    • Cliffs Wine Picks – Nov 3, 2014 to Nov 9, 2014

      2007 Ridge Geyserville 2011 Lange Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2010 Margarethenhof Ayler Kupp Riesling Spätlese 2011 Loring Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2008 Big Basin Vineyards Odeon 2007 Novy Family Wines Syrah Garys’ Vineyard 2009 Turley Zinfandel Tofanelli Vineyard Due to a fast approaching move from Wisconsin to South Carolina, some of the wines have minimal information other t.

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  • The Other Bordeaux Variety for Thanksgiving

    … Many people drink what they like all the time while some people do not mind experimenting. For those that like Bordeaux reds, have you tried a Carmenére? There is very little of this varietal grape now planted in France, however this Bordeaux variety thrives in Chile. We received a 2011 Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenére Apalata Vineyard and wanted…

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  • Wines of the Week: November 15, 2014

    … it into shallow furrows. I planted thirty feet of cloves in double rows, spacing them perhaps too close, but thinking forward to spring. It has become the season for warmth and fires, for comfort, for red wine. I’m reaching now for lean, structured reds that share a sensibility with the foods on my autumn table: local pork sausages, legs of lamb, squashes…

    Meg Houston Maker/ Maker's Tablein Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 2 readers -
  • Monster Chiller Thriller Wine V – Episode #313

    Author: Mark Fusco (1337 Wine)+ • 10/27/2014 San Antonio, TX Bwahahahaha. Happy Halloween everyone! In this special episode of 1337 Wine TV, Mark pulls out all the stops and reviews 3 Halloween-themed wines. First is a wine everyone has probably seen on the store shelves, the 2012 Mosselland Riesling Cat Bottle – Black. Second is the 2013 Besieged Red Wine from Ravenswood.

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  • 2008 Ridge Lytton Springs – Bottle Notes

    … Ridge Vineyards was founded in 1959 when three Stanford Research Institute engineers bought an abandoned winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyards had been planted in the late 19th century by a San Francisco physician who produced his first vintage in the original winery, called Monte Bello, in 1892. The first Ridge vintage was in 1962…

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  • Halloween party wines

    … of smuggling at night. The miners cursed the moon when it was bright enough to reveal them to the authorities. The Tolleys have had fun with this history, with labels such as Afraid of the Dark, Nothing to Declare, Contraband and Dead of Night. The latter, arguably their flagship wine at $38, is a blend of equal percentages of Tannat and Syrah…

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  • Ravenswood Besieged by Nature this Halloween

    …, Carignane, Zinfandel, Syrah, Barbera, Alicante Bouschet, and Mourvedre with precision and care. Would the grapes from these old vines produce a bewitching blend? With time and age, Joel thought we shall know. Joel Peterson, better known for his full-bodied Ravenswood Zinfandel wines, has decided to try his fortune at making a blend from old vine…

    Karl Mywinepal/ MyWinePalin Syrah- 1 readers -
  • Spotlight Winery: Cesar Toxqui Cellars

    … The only constant is change, and owners Cesar and Ruth Toxqui have changed addresses, moving their Cesar Toxqui Cellars tasting room to a new location in the Hopland Schoolhouse Plaza complex, in the building next to Brutocao Cellars, at 13500 South Highway 101, Hopland, CA 95449. With about 1,000 folks descending on Hopland this weekend…

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  • 2009 Kramer Vineyards Carmine Big Red Oregon

    … you will encounter with each savory sip. The nose is still intense with blackberry and plum followed by an herbal/white pepper spice. As you swirl the herbs dissipate leaving this beautiful soft aroma of dark and red fruit. Blows me away. The label says "Big Red" but the mouth says silky smooth. Red raspberry, cherry and plum with a slight hint…

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  • Jim Olsen Fair Angel 2012

    … of a fair holiday pudding. Rich, stewed fruits and warming spices but more smoky than a dessert should be. I could imagine a chef making it that way because she hates preparing desserts and just has to experiment with the savory side of cuisine. In other words, the balance was not as smooth as it might have been, but it was still an enjoyable wine…

    Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrellin Pinot Noir Syrah- 2 readers -
  • Saved Red Wine 2012 - Full Throttle

    … Campbell and winemaker Clay Brock. 15.2% Alcohol" The 2012 Saved Red Wine begins with a powerful, full-throttle aroma of blackberry, plum, blueberry, spice, vanilla and lots of oak. The wine tastes big, rich, juicy and spicy with tons of jammy ripe fruit, vanilla and oak. Slightly sweet at 5.8 g/L of residual sugar and incredibly smooth to drink…

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  • Pick My Next Bottle – 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel

    …% mixed blacks, the dense purple-hued 2009 Zinfandel Montafi Ranch (a vineyard planted in 1926) is phenomenal. Dark, jammy black raspberry notes intermixed with sweet black cherries, blackberries, licorice, charcoal and underbrush are present in this complex, full-bodied, massive yet impressively well-balanced offering. It will drink exceptionally well…

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