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5 December, 2018

50 Years of Cabernet: The Chateau Montelena Dream Tasting

50 Years of Cabernet: The Chateau Montelena Dream Tasting
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Red Wine, Tasting Rooms in Napa Valley - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

Last January, I was delighted to visit Chateau Montelena for the first time on the invitation of Calhoun & Company. Obligatory disclaimer: That means the Chateau Montelena Dream Tasting was entirely free to me. Indeed, it was a media and industry event, and I was thrilled, and a bit intimidated, to be included among the
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19 October, 2018

KickAss Britchen Red

KickAss Britchen Red
Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Other Red Blends, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca

KickAss Britchen Red Paso Robles, CA Non-vintage $29 The KickAss label invokes the lighter side of winemaking for AronHill Vineyard’s owner, Judy Aron. The back label declares its inspirations proudly: “Life is all about ASS. You are either covering your ASS, laughing your ASS off, kicking ASS, kissing ASS, busting ASS, trying to get a
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27 August, 2018

Caviar & Cabernet Sauvignon: Jordan Winery’s elegant pairing experiences

Caviar & Cabernet Sauvignon: Jordan Winery’s elegant pairing experiences
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne / Champenoise Style, Chardonnay, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, Tasting Rooms in Napa Valley - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

For my last post on the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), I want to highlight the caviar tasting experience Jordan Winery has developed with Tsar Nicoulai Farms. I tried both during a WBC Friday night excursion dinner, which means the food and drink enjoyed was offered at a very steep discount to me <—  Yes,
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3 May, 2018

Tasting along Northern Sonoma County’s Wine Road

Tasting along Northern Sonoma County’s Wine Road
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Dessert Wine, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, Shiraz / Syrah, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

The Wine Road is a professional association of over 250 wineries and lodgings based in northern Sonoma County. At 40 years and counting, it’s rather long-lived for a California wine country organization! The Wine Road is also a Taste Award-winning, biweekly podcast from hosts Marcy Gordon and Beth Costa. Beth has been the executive director
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16 January, 2018

Cabernet Sauvignons from the Andes: Montes and Kaiken

Cabernet Sauvignons from the Andes: Montes and Kaiken
Comments : 1 Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca

My first experience with Montes and Kaiken wines came from the 2015 Wine Bloggers Conference in the Finger Lakes. That’s quite a long way from the Andes Mountains; the wineries’ extensive vineyards can be found the greater Andean regions of both Chile and Argentina, and both were founded by Aurelio Montes, Sr. At the conference,
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15 September, 2017

On the Go with Anywhere Cellars and Heavyweight Wines!

On the Go with Anywhere Cellars and Heavyweight Wines!
Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Red Wine, Rose Wine, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

A few months back, I received a unique shipment of wine samples from the Scotto Cellars portfolio. Disclaimer: Samples means these wines were free for me to review. This fifth-generation winemaking family based in Lodi, California, has impressed me with their range of offerings, from the Scotto Family Cellars’ delicious, soft 2013 Malbec to the
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30 May, 2017

A Vintner’s Village Vacation in Prosser Wine Country

A Vintner’s Village Vacation in Prosser Wine Country
Comments : 5 Posted in : Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dining in Prosser - WA, Other White Blends, Red Wine, Rose Wine, Tasting Rooms in Prosser - WA, Travel Guide for Prosser - WA, Travel Sponsored Stays and Tours, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

Disclaimer: My experiences at the Vintner’s Village in Prosser were free to me as a member of a media trip sponsored by the Prosser Wine Network. A surefire way to enjoy a visit to Prosser Wine Country, the central Washington region I’ve been writing about since visiting last fall, is to make the Vintner’s Village
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28 February, 2017

Chateau Montelena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau Montelena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Comments : 2 Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca

Chateau Montelena 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, CA Obligatory disclaimer: This wine was provided as a sample for my review. The legend of Chateau Montelena is mighty, being as it took the highest white wine ranking for its 1973 Chardonnay in the 1976 Judgement of Paris, the famed wine competition responsible for California’s rise to
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29 December, 2016

Prosser Wine Part 2: Best Wines in the Area

Prosser Wine Part 2: Best Wines in the Area
Comments : 2 Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne / Champenoise Style, Dessert Wine, Durif, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, Tasting Rooms in Prosser - WA, Tempranillo, Travel Guide for Prosser - WA, Travel Sponsored Stays and Tours, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

I don’t know a lot about Washington wine. I’m aware Yakima Valley is a wine destination, because my mother lives in little Tieton to the north of Yakima itself. But my family doesn’t drink, so I’ve only gone tasting out there once. As much as I know I need to visit more wineries local to
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29 February, 2016

Scotto Cellars Heavyweight Wine

Scotto Cellars Heavyweight Wine
Comments : 5 Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Red Wine on by : becca

Scotto Cellars is a family-owned winemaking company based in California with vineyards in Amador County, Lodi, and Napa Valley. I received sample bottles of two wines in their Heavyweight line: the petite sirah and the cabernet sauvignon, both sourced from the greater Central Valley. Obligatory disclaimer: Sample means these wines were free to me, but
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