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Hands Off Wines: Authenticity, quality in every stylish can

By Jim Campanini Did you ever drink wine from a can? Odds are that you haven’t, but times are a changin’ and so is the wine industry. Canned wines are gaining popularity worldwide, especially in the United States, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. The reasons are obvious: cans are portable, recyclable and less expensive […]

Flavor of the day, Italian, Must Try, Uncategorized

Italy unleashes native pink power with ‘Rosautoctono’ wine campaign

Don’t be surprised if you start seeing more Italian “rosato” (rose`) at your favorite wine shop in the near future.¬† Italian producers from Lombardy to Sicily are banding together to promote a rosato renaissance. The unifying movement, called “Rosautoctono”, is somewhat historic: In a country where people are extremely proud and protective of local and […]

Flavor of the day, Must Try, Red wines, Uncategorized

Part II: Gary Farrell Winery’s “cru” Pinot Noirs capture Russian River Valley’s sense of place

(The second of two parts on Gary Farrell Winery’s “cru” wines focuses on Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.) When it comes to crafting wines for Gary Farrell Winery, Theresa Heredia has a simple philosophy: Let the vineyard and fruit do the talking. Heredia, Gary Farrell’s winemaker since 2012, knows Sonoma County as if she sprung […]

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

Part 1: Gary Farrell Winery’s “cru” Chardonnays showcase Russian River Valley’s diversity

(This first of two articles on Gary Farrell Winery’s “cru” wines focuses on three premium Chardonnay bottlings made in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. The second explores Pinot Noir.) The point about single-vineyard wines is to express the unique terroir – mesoclimates, soils, landscape, etc. – in which the vines are planted and the influence it […]

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

Fetzer’s ‘gutsy’ Gewurztraminer grabs the white wine spotlight

When it comes to pairing a cool wine with spicy Asian or Indian¬† takeout, I always grab for the “gutsy” Gewurztraminer (geh-VURTZ-tra-MEEN-er). Alsatian versions of the grape are preferably the best, but I’m not fussy especially when I can get a racy, quality white that fits my retirement pocketbook. That’s why I can’t get enough […]