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Chaqteau la Bessane

On the other side of the pond, blended wines are the norm. Back when we Americans regularly slaked our thirst with locally brewed ales, the French, Italians and Spanish were imbibing rich, well-developed blends of cultivated grapes grown to complement each other in finely crafted wines.  Today’s vino babble focuses on one such wine from Read more…

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A Trilogy of Blended Pleasures

Red blends, at least the well-made, well-balanced ones, tend to be synergistic affairs, with the wine’s strength equalling more than a sum of its parts.  All Bordeaux and most Super Tuscans are blends.  In reality, California “single varietal” wines usually don’t contain more than 75% of the stated varietal.   One that recently hit my Read more…

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Sustainability

I’m no farmer. Most wine drinkers aren’t. Most of us don’t know much about the various agricultural practices employed by wineries. Increasingly, many of us are rightfully concerned about the actual impact of how what we consume is produced. We are increasingly concerned about the deleterious affects that corporate agricultural practices have had on the Read more…

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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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Long Live the Sauvignon Republic

I was priviledged to have lunch at Truluck’s with the brains behind the Sauvignon Republic.  Upon being introduced to John Buechsenstein, winemaker and John Ash, celebrity chef and award-winning cookbook author.  The guiding principle behind their winemaking enterprise is to showcase the many facets of the Sauvignon bBanc grape, as it presents itself in various Read more…

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Malbec for the Ages

If you looking for a good value wine, try a Malbecs from Argentina.   I recommend the Telteca Anta Malbec.  Old vine, reserve-level, solidly oaked, from the high desert in Argentina’s Mendoza province, this wine will redefine what you think about Malbecs.  Telteca’s Anta line uses hand harvested grapes, vinified with indigenous yeasts and controlled malolactic Read more…

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