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Parducci Organic Winery

Nestled amongst the rolling hills of Mendocino County you’ll find a true family success story, in the form of the Parducci Winery. Located in Ukiah, Parducci has certainly seen its ups and downs.  But it’s certainly riding the crest of a big “up” right now. My friend Tim Thornhill, a partner in the current operation, Read more…

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Hawk Crest Cabernet Sauvignon

Wines.com is always seeking ways to please our customers, and well chosen second labels often prove to be successful. The Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars second label, Hawk Crest, is a great case in point.  We’ve come across a nice quantity of Hawk Crest 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, and it’s yours for a sweet, crazy-low price.  This wine Read more…

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The Power of Diversity

Only a few wineries consistently produce a wide variety of great wines at great prices year after year.  One to mention is the Peter Lehmann Winery, in Australia’s Barossa Valley. Given my affinity for red blends, it’s no surprise that I’ve been a huge fan of Lehmann’s Clancy’s for many years. A bold, robust mix Read more…

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Al Lageder Rocks

Last week I had the great pleasure of meeting Alois Lageder, famed Italian winemaker.  He makes over 20 different wines in the highlands of the Dolomites. He carefully chooses which grape will be planted at which particular site, reaching such decisions by considering the whole terroir, the complex and total array of all of the Read more…

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Plumbing the Depths

Sometimes when you’re clutching at straws, desperate to find something real to grab hold of, you fall flat on your face. You want a sure-shot fancy-schmancy respectable sparkling representation of a wine, but you’re unwilling to pony up for fine French Champagne. There’s lots of ersatz bubbles out there misrepresenting itself as Champagne.  In fact, Read more…

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