Island Wine Fest Focuses On Fun, Fine Wine At Put-In-Bay

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    Looking Beyond Local #MWWC12 Troon, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Applegate Valley, Oregon 2008

    We in the West with more money than sense have made religion out of things local. Like buying indulgences, that carrot at your farmer’s market or grandma’s un-labeled jam make us feel like we have done our part. Delicious or dangerous, buying local frees us of our carbon-footprint guilt. Yes, directing money back into the native economy slices out the middle-person.

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      Riesling wins 2014 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

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      Drink Local Wine Week: The Importance of Vintage. Or Not.

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      Sonoma Valley CRUSH at St Francis Winery

      Sip on this Juice - - 6 readers - Each year, the changing colors of the leaves in the vineyards signal a start to harvest. Not only is this a great chance to taste through the wines of last season, it is also a time for many winery guests to sample fresh pressed juice or tour a “crush” pad. I learned to use a refractor for the 1st time on a Sonoma County CRUSH tour.

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      … a very American twist on classic French wine blends. Like French blends, the Spur is elegant and balanced and like California Red wine it has loads of delicious flavor, making the Spur a best of both worlds Red blend. this wine was recieved as a sample …

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      … Margarita. Just a few weeks ago the Tobacco & Alcohol Bureau approved the Santa Margarita area as a full- fledged AVA. As far as I know, Ancient Peaks winery owns all the vineyards in the AVA. The 2011 Renegade is a blend of Syrah 62%, Petit Verdot 28% & Malbec 10%. 91 Points. At the Ancient Peaks online wine shop the Renegade is $23. Here…

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