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  • Big Red Tasting

    Big Red Tasting

    Christy Frank from Frankly Wines (top) Hana Muniz from Mari Vanna (bottom) At yesterday's Big Red Tasting in Studio 206, all the city's players came out to taste.  With older vintages secured from Il Colle Brunello di Montalcino, Mauro Veglio Barolo and Milziade Antano Sagrantino di Montefalc...

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  • The United Front of Forlorn Hope

    The United Front of Forlorn Hope

    On a recent visit to Matthew Rorick’s winery, we tasted a Verdelho that had been picked from Dewitt Vineyard in Amador City on August 15th, a week earlier than last year, when the grapes had been picked a week earlier than the year before that.  Tasting a Verdelho that had been picked at 19 brix...

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  • Picasso Black and White, & The Noble Chardonnay

    Picasso Black and White, & The Noble Chardonnay

    Pablo Picasso, Accordionist (L’accordéoniste), Céret, summer 1911 At the Guggenheim until Wednesday, "Picasso Black and White" is a brilliant exhibit that demonstrates the artist's capacity for expression when limited to these two ends of the color spectrum.  Like the noble grape Chardonnay, ...

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  • Twenty Five Reasons

    Twenty Five Reasons

    Image from Kevin Kelley's Natural Process Alliance After years of playing around with base wines and trial fermentation, Kevin Kelley of Salinia Wine Company has just released Twenty Five Reasons, a skin-fermented, organic Petillant Naturel.  "It comes from a love of the wine," said Kevin, "I...

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  • Red Car Wine & the West Sonoma Coast

    Red Car Wine & the West Sonoma Coast

    "Going back five, seven or eight years ago, there was a feeling of a gold rush on the West Coast, a search for a Grand Cru site," said Carroll Kemp of Red Car Wine.  "The golden era of Napa had waned."  As a part of the second generation of vintners and winemakers to join the ranks of the true Wes...

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  • Forlorn Hope Les Deux Mathieux 2007

    Forlorn Hope Les Deux Mathieux 2007

    100% Petite Sirah guided through fermentation at the hands of Matthew Rorick, the Forlorn Hope Les Deux Mathieux is farmed at the Tenbrink Vineyard in Suisun Valley.  In time to warm the heart and palate this winter season, the 2007 vintage has just arrived and so last night we uncorked a bottle...

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  • VHR and the Art of Orchestrating the Seven Block Toolbox

    VHR and the Art of Orchestrating the Seven Block Toolbox

    Bruce Philipps on building the character of the vineyard: "Each generation in my family has had the opportunity to rule one block," said Bruce of Block 3, "and this one is mine."  Planted in 2000, Block 3 is nearing maturity and just now coming into its own.  "Over periods of time, bloc...

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  • The Vineyards of Dierberg & Star Lane

    The Vineyards of Dierberg & Star Lane

    When planting the vineyards at Santa Maria in 1997, just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Dierbergs were ahead of today's trends with their foresight to mimic the clonal diversity that exists in Burgundy.  Planting their parcels to only 30% Dijon clones (including 115, 667, 777 and 828), the...

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  • Robert & Maria Sinskey

    Robert & Maria Sinskey

    Maria & Robert Sinskey Reflecting on the beginning of his 20+ years at Sinskey Vineyards, Robert said, "I learned a lot.  Chefs didn't care what Parker said about a wine.  They were looking for wine with old world sensibilities and new world precision.  We didn't want to impose our will o...

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  • Introducing Salinia Wine Company

    Introducing Salinia Wine Company

    A Coastal Redwood stands watch over the foggy W.E. Bottoms Vineyard Residing within ten miles of the Sonoma coastline, the three benchmark vineyards of Salinia Wine Company sit at an elevation of 800 feet on the second coastal ridge.  With cool winds and fog that travel up the valley and over...

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