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Feb
15

Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino County Pinot Noir 2012

Rhys is one of the best wineries in the United States. Ergo Rhys makes some of the best wines in the world. Alesia is the Rhys second label, made with

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Oct
20

Schoolhouse Vineyard Mescolanza Zinfandel Blend 2010

Independent wine stores like Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie do much to broaden the wine culture of the city and introduce citizens and industry members to interesting new wines from

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Aug
24

Ryme Vermentino Las Brias Vineyard “His” 2013

There has been a movement to valorizing the young vintners that comprise the latest generation of the “new California”. Sometimes the praise can go too far and in my view

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Aug
3

Sandlands Sonoma County Trousseau Noir 2014

I spend a lot of time thinking about how to remain consistent with my own personal integrity. You can blow up your life repeatedly to bring in new challenges, but

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Jul
23

Wind Gap Rana 2009

This is the best New World Grenache based wine I have had in quite some time. I prefer it because it derives pleasure from savoriness and texture. The 9% Mourvedre

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Jun
22

Wind Gap Old-Vine Mourvedre ‘Bedrock Vineyard’ 2011

The best of California never stop experimenting. It’s what sets the state’s wines apart from other regions, particularly over the last few years as innovation in California’s wine industry has

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Jun
12

Varner, Old and New: Re-Inventing the Imagination

What is the meaning of legacy? There is a rare single moment in the lives of a very few where they break from a life’s work. Our linear perception of

Monte Bello's oldest vines from 1940

May
8

A California Grand Cru: Visiting Ridge’s Monte Bello Vineyard

Abe Schoener is right. The greatest legacy of changing sentiments in the “new” California is increased focus on California’s best vineyards – its premier and grand crus. One of the

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May
7

Scholium Project Gardens of Babylon 2013

An ever evolving enterprise, Abe Schoener’s Scholium Project represents the soul of American innovation. Schoener has been making a huge range of quirky wines as far back as the mid

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Apr
16

Turley Ueberroth Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

Ueberroth is the greatest Zinfandel vineyard in the world. That makes Turley’s bottling, in my view, the best expression of Zinfandel on the planet. The vines were planted in 1885,