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Apr
13

Spotlight on Napa: Matthiasson Napa Valley Merlot “Red Hen Vineyard” 2012

Steve Matthiasson is decidedly re-inventing Napa. Making a name for himself at stalwart cellars like Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Spottswoode, David Arthur and Saintsbury. Matthiason’s background is in farming and

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Apr
10

Spotlight on Napa Valley: Larkmead

Of the hundreds of pre-prohibition wineries in Napa Valley, only 5 remained open during the period. Larkmead was one of those wineries. Selling wine for sacramental purposes comprised the above

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Mar
19

Spotlight on Napa Valley: Inglenook

The story of Inglenook is, in many ways, the story of Napa Valley. The winery’s journey through eras and ownership is both emblematic of the big changes California wine has

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Mar
16

Spotlight on Napa Valley: Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Napa is a challenging place for wine lovers today. The wines are almost inimitably expensive, save Bordeaux. The once storied valley is replete with overripe wines. But, times are changing.

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Mar
2

Failla “Savoy Vineyard” Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Failla is, for my money, one of the most exciting relatively new projects in Napa Valley. Though it was founded in 1998, the winery didn’t come fully into its own

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Feb
15

Sandlands Mataro San Benito County 2015

Sandlands is one of my favourite boutique projects in California. Started by Turley Winemaker Tegan Passalacqua as a passion-project to showcase and support California’s heritage vineyards (mostly those planted on

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Jan
8

Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah 2013

In my view Rhys is one of the most exciting wineries in the United States. Unlike the vanity-projects of many other Silicon Valley millionaires, owner Kevin Harvey is clearly dedicated

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Nov
14

Of Proteus and Chardonnay

Chardonnay is somewhat like a faceless man – it takes on character of site and cellar with uncanny ease. There may be no core essence to Chardonnay but it holds

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Jul
27

Mount Eden Vineyards Pinot Noir 2013

Mount Eden is a perennial favourite of mine. They are one of the original estate of California, tracing their origins back to Paul Masson’s winery founded in 1900. Vines at

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Apr
22

Carlisle Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2014

Carlisle makes an impossibly large range of wines from old-vine sites in California. The focus is Zinfandel and mixed blacks, alongside a couple Petite Sirah, Syrah and white wine bottlings.