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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
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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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10 September, 2019

The 2017 Vintage Port Preview Tasting

The 2017 Vintage Port Preview Tasting
Posted in : Dessert Wine, Port, Wine on by : becca
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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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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
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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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13 May, 2019

USA Cabernet: “Rumored to Be Made by American Exceptionalism”

USA Cabernet: “Rumored to Be Made by American Exceptionalism”
Posted in : Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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A few months ago, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Peter Wood, president of the Hucksters advertising agency and his new wine brand, USA Cabernet, made in partnership with Lodi’s Scotto Cellars. Obligatory disclaimer: By introduced, I mean that the dinner and wine I enjoyed with Peter and a few fellow wine bloggers
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8 May, 2019

Quinta De La Rosa Extra Dry Non-Vintage White Port

Quinta De La Rosa Extra Dry Non-Vintage White Port
Posted in : Dessert Wine, Port, Wine on by : becca
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Quinta De La Rosa Extra Dry Non-Vintage White Port Douro, Portugal ABV 19.5% One of my surprises at last year’s Vintage 2016 Porto Tasting was being handed a tasting glass of Fonseca Extra Dry “Siroco” White Port. Readers, I am unashamed to admit that I did not know white port existed until that moment. As
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17 April, 2019

Légende Wines

Légende Wines
Posted in : Bordeaux - Red, Red Wine, Wine on by : becca
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The Légende line of wines comes from the same lineage as the highly esteemed Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Grand Vins of the French Bordeaux region. While the latter can fetch prices in the thousands, the Légende wines are meant “to offer classic Bordeaux wines with immediate charm,” per the Rothschild website.  You can pick
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26 March, 2019

Absinthia Blanche

Absinthia Blanche
Posted in : Absinthe, Spirits on by : becca
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Absinthia Blanche Organic Absinthe Supérieure San Carlos, CA ABV 55% I have been keeping this elegant bottle of absinthe by my side for about a year now. Just look at that wormwood sketch on the glass! Exquisite. I bought Absinthia from Alchemy down the block, a high-end purveyor of quality alcoholic beverages. They were doing
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6 March, 2019

Harney Lane Wines

Harney Lane Wines
Posted in : Chardonnay, Primitivo / Zinfandel, Red Wine, White Wine on by : becca
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Harney Lane Wines Wine Region: Lodi, CA Obligatory disclaimer: All wines mentioned in this blog were free to me for review. The Winery: Harney Lane Winery and Vineyards stands on farmland owned by the Mettler family since 1900. Currently, its proprietors are Jorja and Kyle Lerner and Jorja’s mother, Kathy Mettler. The Mettler’s history with
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27 February, 2019

Bravante Vineyards Wines

Bravante Vineyards Wines
Comments : 2 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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23 February, 2019

Dow’s 2012 Late Bottled Vintage Porto

Dow’s 2012 Late Bottled Vintage Porto
Posted in : Port, Wine on by : becca
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Dow’s 2012 Late Bottled Vintage Porto Douro, Portugal The Review Obligatory disclaimer: This bottle was free to me for review. Ports like the Dow’s 2012 Late Bottled Vintage Porto are why I know I must take a tour of the Douro Valley someday. Rosy floral notes wind through the labyrinth of a cut open fig—you
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