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Flavor of the day, General Wine, Must Try, Uncategorized, White Wines

Landmark Vineyards ‘Lorenzo’ Chardonnay: Four elegant vintages for the ages

I never gave much thought to drinking aged Chardonnay made in California, believing that French vintners from Burgundy had a monopoly on the terroir and grapes conducive to crafting such outstanding, long-lived whites. The good news is I was wrong – and happily so. In early August, I was among a dozen wine and food […]

Flavor of the day, General Wine, Must Try

Summer Delight: Ram’s Gate Chardonnay with my homemade lobster salad roll

If you are unfamiliar with Ram’s Gate Winery, a small-lot, premium wine producer located north of San Francisco in Sonoma’s Carneros appellation, don’t be alarmed. I was too until several weeks ago. That’s when I sampled bottles of their introductory Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. My first reaction was to repeat the refrain from Neil Diamond’s […]

Flavor of the day, Italian, Uncategorized

Pasqua Family wines tell a love story about Italy with every sip

The Pasqua Family of Verona has a simple philosophy when it comes to winemaking: Put passion and quality into every bottle produced. It also helps that Pasqua’s portfolio of seven wines highlights native grapes – Garganega, Trebbiano di Laguna, Corvina, etc. – and unique terroirs that bring special distinction to the Veneto region. The Pasquas […]

Flavor of the day, Italian, Uncategorized

Italy’s Dolomiti wines give rise to Alto Adige’s growing popularity

Besides tasting very good, Italian wines usually have an interesting tell to story. One can learn a lot about Italy’s culture, history and traditions¬† just by reading the bottle label and then following up with an Internet search on the winemaker, the winery, and the region.¬† Often overlooked are wines from Italy’s northernmost wine-growing regions […]

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Un-Oaked Chardonnay? Try Pam’s and plunge palate first into Ron Rubin’s delicious Russian River Valley wines

When Ron Rubin purchased River Road Winery in the heart of the Russian River Valley in 2011, he took on the personal challenge of developing a Chardonnay that would win over his wife Pam’s palate. Pam, as the story goes, didn’t like most Chardonnays. And with the help of chief winemaker Joe Freeman, Team Rubin¬† […]

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Looking for inspiring taste? Try Robert Mondavi’s Napa Valley Fume` Blanc and Chardonnay

Robert Mondavi’s 2018 Fume` Blanc from Napa Valley is better than ever, showcasing the iconic winery’s innovative spirit in producing richer tasting Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of Semilion. The entry level Fume` Blanc, which I recently sampled, offers ripe fruit from Napa’s top vineyard sites at Wappo Hill, To Kalon, and Oakville District. Its […]

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Hunker Down Series No. 8: Break out with fruity, delicious, carefree and chilled canned wines

So what canned wine is in your beach cooler? It’s a timely question now that states are relaxing COVID-19 beach bans and allowing residents to head back to the sandy shores – albeit with social distancing protocols in place. In recent years, sales of canned wines have increased dramatically, and the coronavirus crisis has done […]

Flavor of the day, French wines, Uncategorized

Hunker Down Series No. 3: Chateau Malescasse 2016, a Bordeaux bargain beauty

Chateau Malescasse 2016 (SRP $24) is an exceptional Left Bank value from Haut-Medoc, the result of a classic growing season that yielded Bordeaux’s biggest production output since 2006. While the highly acclaimed vintage pushed up Bordeaux prices an average of 13 percent – some Grand Crus jumped 60% – Chateau Malescasse bucks the trend and […]