Dierberg & Star Lane Winery

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It appears that Santa Barbara County's Happy Canyon AVA has a new first growth producer; Dierberg.  During a recent visit to the winery and some of their vineyards we got a glimpse of the beautiful estate and the wines as ...

Jonata Winery & Wines

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I was unprepared for my recent trip to the Jonata winery.  Its not that I wasn't ready, it was more that I was bringing misinformation with me that I'd picked up through the grapevine.  Case in point; I didn't know ...

The French Laundry Goes iPad for the Wine List

You know how McDonald's does TONS of research on where to put a new restaurant?  They do demographic research and traffic flow monitoring and all sorts of stuff before opening a new store.  All the competition needs to do is wait for a new McDonald's to open and then open ...

WSJ article “Blending Science With Wine”

Here's the link:  click here!

T.J. Rodgers is the Chief Executive of Cypress Semiconducter Corp, and recently donated about $1MM of his own research and development to UC Davis' Enology program in the form of... a fermenter that automatically adjusts the temperature of the tank ...

2006 Casa de la Ermita Crianza, Jumilla, Spain

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What an interesting wine!  This is a blend of (60%) 60 year old Monastrell and (40%) Petit Verdot from the southeast of Spain.

There are several different classifications for wines from Spain, which we should touch on.  For ...

Vidal Fleury Cotes du Rhone 2007

This is a fruit forward and showy blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan; classic Rhone.  The 2007 vintage produced more fruit forward wines and this is no exception. The Vidal-Fleury CDR is a wine that I tasted side by side with a $50+ bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape, and ...

Domaine du Tariquet Classic 2009

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Put simply, it is impossible not to like this wine.  It has a little residual sugar which normally turns me off, but there is something that makes it hard to stop drinking this wine; it is clean, has decent balance ...

2005 Domaine Carneros Taittinger

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Some quick tasting notes: this wine has fine bubbles, and a nose that shows fruity ripe apples, clean coconut an ripe pears.  The palate is rich and complex, nutty, toasty and juicy.  for a domestic champagne this is quite ...

Charles Smith In The News: What is a winemaker?

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There are a couple stories in the wine news right now that are very interesting; Charles Smith, the winemaker for 'K Vintners' and part of the group that made the Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon that we sent out as one ...

Faust Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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If you don't know, Faust is the second label to Quintessa, but has many of the same features without the same price tag.  The wine is about 1/2 estate fruit from Quintessa, and 1/2 from a vineyard in south ...

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