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27 February, 2019

Bravante Vineyards Wines

Bravante Vineyards Wines
Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Other Red Blends, Red Wine on by : becca
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Obligatory disclaimer: These wines from Bravante Vineyards were free for my review. The Winery Bravante Vineyards has been producing wine for nearing twenty years on Howell Mountain, in the eastern Napa Valley. Their small selection of wines is all estate-grown, from either the Stone Ridge or Black Oak vineyards. Duane Dappen, who owns D-Cubed Cellars
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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
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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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6 June, 2018

Stags’ Leap and Etude Wineries: Two Treasury Wine Estate Jewels

Stags’ Leap and Etude Wineries: Two Treasury Wine Estate Jewels
Posted in : Bars and Tasting Rooms, Brandy, Chardonnay, Dining in Sonoma - CA, Other Red Blends, Petite Sirah, Red Wine, Restaurants, Spirits, Tasting Rooms in Napa Valley - CA, White Wine, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2017 on by : becca
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On a pre-excursion to the 2017 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC), I had the pleasure of touring and tasting at two estate wineries in the Napa Valley. As they were part of the WBC, these experiences were steeply discounted, so consider that my obligatory disclaimer prior to diving in to this blog. Or driving in, as
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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
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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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2 November, 2016

“A Perfect Score” Book Review

“A Perfect Score” Book Review
Comments : 1 Posted in : Food, Product Reviews, Red Wine, Writing on by : becca
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Obligatory disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of A Perfect Score to read for this post. Released in September by Center Street, A Perfect Score ($26; 207 pgs.) tells the story of the founding and growth of the HALL and WALT wineries from the intertwined perspectives of its two founders, Craig and Kathryn Hall.
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6 May, 2015

Casa Nuestra Tinto St. Helena 2011

Casa Nuestra Tinto St. Helena 2011
Posted in : Other Red Blends, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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Casa Nuestra Tinto St. Helena 2011 Oakville, Napa Valley, CA Open up this wine, and you’ll be with your sweetie in your private cabana on the beach, stomachs full of sticky rice and pork steamed in banana leaves. You pick up your glass and share one more smile before wandering over to the bonfire where
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18 July, 2014

WBC 14: Best Wines

WBC 14: Best Wines
Comments : 3 Posted in : Chardonnay, Events, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz / Syrah, Teroldego, Touriga Nacional, Wine, Wine Bloggers Conference 2014 on by : becca
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This is the first of several posts covering my experience at the Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC14) held in Buellton, CA, last weekend. I’ll feature one per week, likely through August, and why not start with what’s most important to me? Naturally, that’s the wines themselves. Over the course of the conference, I tasted around 70
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