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Go for the Gold

While the trend in California chardonnays is towards more tropically flavored wines, featuring dominant pineapple/mango/guava/citrus notes, the big trophy chardonnays still reign supreme. Think Kistler, Far Niente, Newton Unfiltered, Grgich Hills, Rombauer, Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch.  On the other end of the spectrum are the “new chardonnays” of Central and Southern California.  Many chardonnays, especially from Read more…

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Going Bendo in Mendo

Pictured here is the view from the “Tasting Deck” at Esterlina Vineyards, a tiny, mountaintop, boutique property making world-class wines. Green rolling hills, mammoth redwoods, untamed rivers, the wild Northern California coast-plus all of the great wine- makes for a vacation paradise for an outward-bound wino. I was lucky enough to get styled with a Read more…

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Primo Primitivo

Known as Zinfandel here, it was the most widely planted California varietal during the original “wine boom” of 1878 to 1889. Some say the Croations first brought it here, some say the Greeks.  In Southern Italy, it’s Primitivo.  I was lucky enough to get styled with a bottle of Castello Monaci’s “Piluna” Primitivo last night. Read more…

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