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    46 readers - By Texas Wine and Trail Magazine

    Messina Hof Winery Wins Gold At People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic

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    13 readers - By Texas Wine and Trail Magazine

      #MerlotMe all month long

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      Native Sun, Purple Star wines find home near Red Mountain

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      Wine of the Week 19 – a superior Bordeaux Supérieur

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      3 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine

      Your Sexy Ancestor

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      1 readers - By Debbie Gioquindo/ Hudson Valley Wine Goddess

      Matching Cheese and Wine

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      4 readers - By Andrew Barrow/ Spittoon

      Oct. 25 LCBO Wine Picks: Tuscany + Chile

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      4 readers - By Jason Solanki/ Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews

      Budget Friendly Wines for Budget Friendly #SundaySupper

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      4 readers - By Martin Redmond/ ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

      Woodinville Wineries: Des Voigne Cellars

      … to stay around for too long. Drinkability: 7+ The 2010 Des Voigne Cellars The Groove Red Columbia Valley (43% Syrah, 36% Sangiovese, 17% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot) had a very welcoming nose with touch of spice, more spices weer present on the palate with some roasted notes. Another excellent effort, and again a great QPR at $20 (your chances…

      3 readers - By Talk-A-Vino

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

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      6 readers - By Dave Mcintyre/ Dave McIntyre's WineLine

      A Grant Eddie Retrospective

      …; very dry, dusty, notes of loam and limestone; lovely texture, almost lush but cut by tremendous acidity; super attractive for drinking through 2015 or ’16. Excellent. About $22. White Pearl 2010, a blend of 60 percent semillon and 40 percent sauvignon blanc that spent seven or eight months in two-to-four-year-old barrels. Medium gold color; very…

      3 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

      Wine Reviews: Rosé Grab Bag

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      3 readers - By Isaac Baker/ Terroirist: A Daily Wine Blog

      Review of Landon Winery’s Reserve Meritage 2006

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      8 readers - By Jeremy Wilson/ Texas Wine Lover

      Saved Red Wine 2012 - Full Throttle

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      4 readers - By Jon Thorsen/ The Reverse Wine Snob

      Westport Winery NV Skookumchuck Sweet Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $25

      … with very fruit-forward aromas of black cherry, boysenberry, peach and green apple candy, backed by cardamom and nutmeg. The drink is indeed sweet at 7 percent residual sugar, and it carries a bit of viscosity amid the flavors of raspberry jam, cherry pie filling and blueberry. Yet, there’s some balance in the ample acidity and rewarding tannins…

      7 readers - By Great Northwest Wine

      Woodinville Wineries: Pondera Winery

      … and round, with a good balance. Drinkability: 7+ 2011 Pondera Entwined Columbia Valley (57% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec) showed as a classic Bordeaux blend – if I would sniff the glass without knowing what is inside, I would definitely think of classic Bordeaux, made in a bit more of a fruit-forward style, but still…

      6 readers - By Talk-A-Vino
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