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13 November, 2019

Bodegas LAN Winery: Rioja in Three Letters … and Seven Wines!

Bodegas LAN Winery: Rioja in Three Letters … and Seven Wines!
Posted in : Alvarinho / Albarino, Dining in San Francisco - CA, Red Wine, Tempranillo, Wine on by : becca

My introduction to the Bodegas LAN winery came over churros and chuleton. I was invited to meet the winery’s CEO, Enrique Abiega, and USA export director, Trinidad Villegas, at Bellota, a Spanish restaurant that’s part of San Francisco’s Absinthe Group. Obligatory disclaimer: This was a new media lunch, so the food and drink I’m about
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4 October, 2019

A Picnic Lunch and Overnight Stay at Jordan Winery

A Picnic Lunch and Overnight Stay at Jordan Winery
Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Champagne / Champenoise Style, Dining in Healdsburg - CA, Events, Food, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA, Wine on by : becca

This past summer, Jordan Winery added a new slate of activities for guests to enjoy at their estate in Healdsburg, CA. And why not? They just remodeled the estate’s formal dining room, and winery chef, Todd Knoll, has been perfecting his culinary artistry at Jordan for over a decade and a half. My first taste
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23 September, 2019

Sosie Wines Rosé of Syrah 2017

Sosie Wines Rosé of Syrah 2017
Posted in : Rose Wine, Wine on by : becca

Sosie Wines Rosé of Syrah 2017 Vivio Vineyard, Bennett Valley Sonoma, CA ABV 13.7% Winery Website The spiders may have begun their crooks and crannies invasion, but the thermostat still reads high enough to conjure up summer’s last hurrah. So why not do it with one more glass of rosé for the season? Here are
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17 September, 2019

Chalk Hill Chardonnay – A tasting

Chalk Hill Chardonnay – A tasting
Posted in : Chardonnay, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

Obligatory disclaimer: These Chalk Hill chardonnays were free to me for my review. They are Chalk Hill’s two commercially available chardonnays; the winery produces two others that are only available at the estate or at their website.The 2016 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay comes completely from grapes within the estate’s Chalk Hill AVA vineyards. It’s all
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10 September, 2019

The 2017 Vintage Port Preview Tasting

The 2017 Vintage Port Preview Tasting
Posted in : Dessert Wine, Port, Wine on by : becca

Little did I know that when we convened for the 2016 Vintage Port tasting, another Vintage Port declaration would follow in 2017. I was surprised to find an invitation to attend this year’s preview tasting in my inbox, and I can safely say that the pre-eminent Port producers represented — Symington, Fladgate, and Quinta do
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6 August, 2019

Sonoma County Small-Lot Wineries with Big-Time Backgrounds

Sonoma County Small-Lot Wineries with Big-Time Backgrounds
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Other Red Blends, Other Sparkling Wine Types, Other White Blends, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Sparkling Wine, Tasting Rooms in Sonoma - CA, Travel Guide for Sonoma - CA, Travel Sponsored Stays and Tours, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

Last fall, via a press trip sponsored and hosted by the Wine Road of northern Sonoma County, I was introduced to some absolutely wonderful Sonoma wineries that are well worth your visit. Obligatory disclaimer: Being on a press trip means that these visits and tastings were free to me. Each of the wineries I’m profiling
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25 June, 2019

2017 White Wines from Sera Fina Cellars

2017 White Wines from Sera Fina Cellars
Posted in : Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, White Wine, Wine on by : becca

Obligatory disclaimer: These wines were free samples for my review. Sera Fina Cellars, founded in 2010, is an Amador County winery owned by Paul Scotto, the chief winemaker behind the Scotto family’s growing portfolio of wines and ciders (my previous reviews). Sera Fina Cellars focuses on Italian and Rhône winemaking styles and varietals. I tasted
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