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    Wine Reviews: California Chardonnay

    Since our last review of California Chardonnay, more goodies have found their way to my glass. This batch includes some impressive value-driven wines and a wide range of stylistic interpretations. All wines were received as trade samples and tasted single-blind. Review: 2012 Ripe Life Wines Chardonnay “The Clambake”- California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands SRP: $17 ...

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

    Wine & Spirits Inaugural Sommelier Scavenger Hunt Tasting

    Wine & Spirits Sommelier Scavenger Hunt Joshua Greene and 15 sommeliers from around the country fielding questions about domestic wines at the end of their Wine & Spirits Sommelier Scavenger Hunt presentations To open their Top-100 festivities this year, Wine & Spirits hosted their inaugural Sommelier Scavenger Hunt on Monday of this week.

    4 readers - By Hawk Wakawaka/ Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews

      Celebration Continues on Sunday

      Food and Wine Safari - - 3 readers - On Sunday the celebration continued. With the passport visa, or by special invitation, attendees were able to visit wineries they may have missed or would like to revisit. Saturday, during the Grand Tasting, we met Tom Stolpman. He is a partner with his wife, Marilyn and son, Peter, in Stolpman Vineyards.

      A Summer Central Coast Wine Pictorial

      The Wine Write - - 3 readers - The Wine Write visited Paso Robles and Santa Barbara County in July. It's the first time I've visited in the summer; our usual trips are during Mardi Gras week, when the vines are dormant and leafless. The landscapes this time around were much more plush and colorful, so I thought I'd share. Enjoy the eye candy.

      Travel Tuesday: Paso Robles Uncorked

      Cuvée Corner Wine Blog - - 2 readers - “Traveling; first it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller” ~ Ibn Battuta Many folks are starting to think about a late fall vacations and or weekend getaway plans, and who can blame you, especially if you plan to be in California next weekend? So if your travel plans happen to involve visiting wine country, may heartily suggest to a trip to one of my favorite wine destinat.

      Murder Mystery Dinner Showcases Killer Wines

      Toledo Wines and Vines - - 2 readers - As long-time winemaker at the Underwood Estates at Napa, I was shocked to discover a murder had been committed in the wine cellar. At least Papa Vito, who I was playing during a murder mystery dinner last weekend, was shocked. Green Dragon and I attended a charity event last winter for the area Red Cross. During an auction we bid on and won a murder mystery dinner for eight.

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      Travel Tuesday: Paso Robles Uncorked

      … Paso Robles [downtown tasting room] Some very good Spanish wines, I highly recommend giving a swirl, don't doubt this tip. Lone Madrone: Their Tannat is among my favorite wines being offered, along with their outstanding 2006 Bolla, a 100% Nebbiolo. Tablas Creek and LM share the same winemaker. Calcareous: Driving up [the long and winding road…

      2 readers - By Bill Eyer/ Cuvée Corner Wine Blog

      Murder Mystery Dinner Showcases Killer Wines

      … in the wine. Green Dragon played the role of Heddy Shablee, a rival winery owner, Glorious T was Marilyn Merlot, a beauty queen with a tarnished crown, and the Cabinator played FBI investigator Bud Wizer. Our friends Larry and Donna, and John and Maria rounded out the cast of characters (Otto Von Schnapps, Tiny Bubbles, Bonnie Lass and Ralph…

      2 readers - By Toledo Wines and Vines

      Sanford Winery ~ Sta. Rita Hills’ First Pinot Pioneers!

      … ~ deep red in color bursting with raspberry and bing cherry with hints of spice orange rind, white pepper and sage on the nose. Sanford‘s crowing jewel, is the 2012 La Rinconada Vineyard Pinot Noir ~ a sumptuous blend of the 114, 115, 667, 777 and Mt. Eden clones. Explosions of spicy black cherry cola, cola, bacon fat and anise meet the palate…

      1 readers - By Deborah Mines/ Uncorked Wine Travels!

      Wine & Spirits Inaugural Sommelier Scavenger Hunt Tasting

      … to be able to taste these, to see the selections chosen to represent each region, and to be included in seeing the work each group had done together. Sommelier Scavenger Hunt Somms getting ready for a group portrait TEAM FINGER LAKES: RIESLING Matthew Kaner of Covell in Los Angeles, Pascaline Lepeltier MS of Rouge Tomate in NYC, Steven Morgan…

      4 readers - By Hawk Wakawaka/ Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews

      A Summer Central Coast Wine Pictorial

      …. The gnarly head-trained vines there serve as my Facebook and Twitter cover photo(s). Here's what they look like in growing season: Down in Santa Barbara County, I finally made it out to Cambria Estate Winery. They make excellent estate grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. I picked up a few to enjoy at home. Cambria is definitely off the beaten path…

      3 readers - By Randy Smith/ The Wine Write

      Celebration Continues on Sunday

      …, but used throughout the home. Just take a look at the site they selected for their home! As Tom had told us, there is a spectacular view from every direction. We are in total agreement! We thanked Tom for the time he had spent giving us a mini education in viticulture and the terroir of Stolpman Vineyard. All of these images will come to mind as I…

      3 readers - By Food and Wine Safari

      Wine of the Day October 15, 2014

      … 2012 Piedrasassi, Syrah, Santa Barbara County. Sashi Moorman’s Piedrasassi label is home to some of California’s most exciting Syrah, and this new vintage, 2012 Santa Barbara County is wonderful and extremely northern Rhone in style, dare I say very Cornas, with deep complexity, stem inclusion and spicy character. While the Syrah is the main…

      1 readers - By grapelive.com

      Wine Reviews: California Chardonnay

      …, candied lemon, nougat, peanut skins. Big, bold, but complex and interesting. Includes a bit of barrel-fermented Viognier. (88 points IJB) Review: 2012 Isabel Mondavi Chardonnay Carneros – California, Napa/Sonoma, Carneros SRP: $30 Nose of bright white peach, honeysuckle, green pear and sea salt, Tangy and bright with lemon verbena, orange peel…

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

      The CCWP Wine Week: Alma Rosa, Whitcraft Winery and BUBBLYFEST

      ….” Whitcraft has worked with new vineyards in recent years, including Presqu’ile and Pence in Santa Barbara County, and Morning Dew in Anderson Valley. He is also sources from the same vineyards his father utilized, including Melville in Sta. Rita Hills. “It’s refreshing to see a young winemaker like Drake Whitcraft making great wine while still…

      5 readers - By Central Coast Wine Press

      Cliffs Wine Picks – Sep 22, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014

      … Picks mentions or other posts Here are posts, newsletters, blogs or other articles that either mention this site or that I have written: Click here or on the “Cliff’s Wine Picks On Other Sites” link in the top right corner to see links to other sites that either have my reviews, my thoughts or other posts I have written. Remember to support…

      5 readers - By Cliff's Wine Picks

      Santa Barbara Vintners 24rd annual Celebration of Harvest Festival!

      … Santa Barbara Vintners La Paulée dinner on Friday, October 10 Santa Barbara Wine Seminar on Saturday morning moderated by Matt Kettmann of the Wine Enthusiast and Santa Barbara Independent with six Santa Barbara County wine industry panelists New, convenient Festival Grand Tasting location - the Old Mission Santa Inés, Solvang Saturday night concert…

      1 readers - By Goddess of Wine

      A Conversation with Steve Beckmen of Beckmen Vineyards

      … and vines at specific times in the year. Third, all of our fertilization comes from compost we make at the ranch, without using any mineral fertilizers. The philosophy is all about building healthy, enlivened soils, as well as creating a balanced ecosystem on our farm, including plant and animal diversity. It's the impact on the wines…

      3 readers - By Randy Smith/ The Wine Write

      A day in the life: My trip to Santa Maria Valley

      …, a restaurant considerably “more approachable” (Fred’s words) than its predecessor, The Dining Room, which always got high marks from the critics but is no longer in tune with the weltanschauung. I personally don’t like it when a waiter puts a napkin in my lap. “Thank you, but I can do that by myself.” The overly-formal clearly is on the way out in favor…

      3 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

      Exploring the wines of Santa Barbara County

      … Junipero Serra arrived in 1782, prior to establishing the mission in 1786. Santa Barbara became the center of the mission winemaking culture, with 45 vineyards, 260 acres and 17 winemakers, but of cousre all of that died when Prohibition came in to place. Wine stayed dead in Santa Barbara until well in to the 1960s, when the Amerine Winkler Scale…

      6 readers - By Luscious Lushes

      6 Intriguing Wines To Drink This Fall

      … Nicolas, Côtes Catalanes, Languedoc-Roussillon, France 2012 Bernabeleva “Camino de Navaherreros” Garnacha Vinos de Madrid, Spain 2012 Espelt “Old Vines” Garnacha Emporda, Spain 2011 4 Monos Garnacha/Syrah Vinos de Madrid, Spain 2011 4 Monos “La Danza del Viento” Garnacha Vinos de Madrid, Spain 2010 Pierre Usseglio “Cuvée de Mon Aïeul” Châteauneuf…

      4 readers - By Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly