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Oak Knoll 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay

VINEYARD: 100% Dion Vineyard Dijon 76 clone GROWING SEASON: 2011 growing season was one of the wettest in Oregon wine history. Many winemakers shot the gun early out of nervousness that the rain may keep coming. Jeff took the risk

Oak Knoll 2011 Unoaked Chardonnay

VINEYARD: 100% Dion Vineyard Dijon 76 clone GROWING SEASON: 2011 growing season was one of the wettest in Oregon wine history. Many winemakers shot the gun early out of nervousness that the rain may keep coming. Jeff took the risk

Artezin Petite Sirah Is A Winner

Once used primarily as a blending grape to provide color and structure, Petite Sirah has proven it can stand on its own, yielding complex, intense and ageworthy wines. Mendocino County, with its warmer Mediterranean climate, is an ideal location for

Artezin Petite Sirah Is A Winner

Once used primarily as a blending grape to provide color and structure, Petite Sirah has proven it can stand on its own, yielding complex, intense and ageworthy wines. Mendocino County, with its warmer Mediterranean climate, is an ideal location for

2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir From River Road Is A Holiday Delight

The 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir is a Nouveau-style wine produced from hand-selected Pinot Noir grapes. We harvested the Pinot from our lovely Russian River Valley vineyards, when the flavors of the berries were juicy and ripe. The grapes were

2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir From River Road Is A Holiday Delight

The 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir is a Nouveau-style wine produced from hand-selected Pinot Noir grapes. We harvested the Pinot from our lovely Russian River Valley vineyards, when the flavors of the berries were juicy and ripe. The grapes were

J PINOT GRIS, CALIFORNIA 2011

Pinot Gris comes in many different styles. At J,it is crisp, with bright fruit expression, and a touch of minerality. As always, it begins in the vineyard. The myriad of Russian River Valley estate vineyards provide fruit that comes from

J PINOT GRIS, CALIFORNIA 2011

Pinot Gris comes in many different styles. At J,it is crisp, with bright fruit expression, and a touch of minerality. As always, it begins in the vineyard. The myriad of Russian River Valley estate vineyards provide fruit that comes from

Vasari Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Fratelli Barba

I confess. I am normally not a fan of Montepulciano. Not that I haven’t sampled delightful exceptions, but I usually prefer more acid, depth and individuality.  The Vasari Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2010, from Barba changed my mind-set. A bit of spice,

Vasari Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Fratelli Barba

I confess. I am normally not a fan of Montepulciano. Not that I haven’t sampled delightful exceptions, but I usually prefer more acid, depth and individuality.  The Vasari Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2010, from Barba changed my mind-set. A bit of spice,

2011 Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir

  These Reserve Wines define the character of Russian River Valley terroir while reflecting the versatility of the region. Russian River Valley’s morning fog and cool coastal breezes create ideal growing conditions for cool climate varietals like this Reserve Pinot

2011 Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir

  These Reserve Wines define the character of Russian River Valley terroir while reflecting the versatility of the region. Russian River Valley’s morning fog and cool coastal breezes create ideal growing conditions for cool climate varietals like this Reserve Pinot

PAUL CHENEAU Offers Joy In A Bottle At Affordable Prices

PAUL CHENEAU PENEDES, SPAIN Giró Ribot is Spain’s preeminent family owned and operated producer of Cava. The Giró Ribot portfolio encompasses two distinct brands; Cava Paul Cheneau and Cava Masia Parera. Giró Ribot is situated at the heart of the

PAUL CHENEAU Offers Joy In A Bottle At Affordable Prices

PAUL CHENEAU PENEDES, SPAIN Giró Ribot is Spain’s preeminent family owned and operated producer of Cava. The Giró Ribot portfolio encompasses two distinct brands; Cava Paul Cheneau and Cava Masia Parera. Giró Ribot is situated at the heart of the

Saladini Pilastri Pecorino 2011 Is A Charmer

Michelangelo Imports Manhasset, NY Certified Organic SRP: $15   Saladini Pilastri was the first winery in the Piceno area to achieve the prestigious Tre Bicchieri award from Italy’s wine bible, the Gambero Rosso. All the winemaking is overseen by celebrated

Saladini Pilastri Pecorino 2011 Is A Charmer

Michelangelo Imports Manhasset, NY Certified Organic SRP: $15   Saladini Pilastri was the first winery in the Piceno area to achieve the prestigious Tre Bicchieri award from Italy’s wine bible, the Gambero Rosso. All the winemaking is overseen by celebrated

2010 HERITAGE ZINFANDEL – SONOMA COUNTY

HISTORY This wine was first released in 1997 as Heritage Clone Zinfandel. Using old vine budwood grafted into a new vineyard, the Heritage bottling represents the best of a young vine Zin with distinctive old vine characters. GROWING SEASON The

2010 HERITAGE ZINFANDEL – SONOMA COUNTY

HISTORY This wine was first released in 1997 as Heritage Clone Zinfandel. Using old vine budwood grafted into a new vineyard, the Heritage bottling represents the best of a young vine Zin with distinctive old vine characters. GROWING SEASON The

Gustafson Family Vineyards 2009 Estate Petite Sirah

2009 Estate Petite Sirah Harvest: October 12, 2009 Vineyard Block: East Ridge Block Blend: 100% Petite Sirah Aging:18 Months French and American Oak, 40% New Alcohol: 14.38% Total Production: 450 cases Release Date: Fall 2011   Vineyard and Vintage Notes:

Gustafson Family Vineyards 2009 Estate Petite Sirah

2009 Estate Petite Sirah Harvest: October 12, 2009 Vineyard Block: East Ridge Block Blend: 100% Petite Sirah Aging:18 Months French and American Oak, 40% New Alcohol: 14.38% Total Production: 450 cases Release Date: Fall 2011   Vineyard and Vintage Notes: