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In-N-Out Standing: Big Bold Reds for Your In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger is pretty much an institution in California, actually starting i

Wine of The Week – Stewart Cellars 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 91 Points

Based out of Yountville, Stewart Cellars has been producing under-the-radar wines since 2000. Sourced primarily from the Max Vineyard site in Yountville, this wine is fermented using whole berries after harvesting and aged for 22 months in mainly new French oak barrels. Many wineries, not unlike Stewart, suggest decanting their Cabernets, and while this is not always helpful, an hour or so helps harmonize this wine even more.

Wine of The Week – 2016 Martini Prosecco – 90 Points

Martini has been making wine in Turin, Italy since 1862, but has not often made a declared vintage iteration of Prosecco. Less expensive than Champagne, Prosecco offers not only a great alternative, but in many ways a much different expression of a sparkling wine, usually with less yeast and biscuit notes.

Wine of The Week – July 4th Edition - 2015 Sonoma-Loeb Envoy Chardonnay – 92 Points

Chardonnay continues to be America’s favorite wine, out-selling Cabernet Sauvignon, its nearest competitor. Since the 4th of July tends to be warm, no matter where you watch fireworks, Chardonnay might be your go-to wine and the 2015 Sonoma-Loeb Envoy is a great addition to your Independence Day portfolio. 100% Chardonnay from the highly respected Sangiocomo Vineyard in the cooler Carneros region

Wine of The Week - 2016 Terlato Friuli Pinot Grigio – 90 Points

Pinot Grigio has long had a reputation of being an afterthought wine; a second cousin twice removed from Chardonnay. It’s usually perceived as a mass-produced innocuous wine with little to no flavor. Certainly there are those examples out there on store shelves, but there are also Pinot Grigio wines that embody the subtle complexity that actually should be in Pinot Grigio, iterations that offer aromatics, minerality and understated flavors.

Wine of The Week - 2016 Sauvignon Blanc – 93 Points

Adam LaZarre has been making wine a long time, but by his own admission, this Sauvignon Blanc, with grapes from the Santa Ynez Valley, is one of his most satisfying. Indeed stunningly sublime it offers a pure nose of honeysuckle, peach and pear, earthy resin, honeydew melon and sweet almond. This however is merely the beginning of the sensory intrigues of this wine.

Wine of The Week – Father’s Day Edition - 2014 Shafer Vineyards One Point Five – 92 Points

Cabernet is king in Napa’s Stag’s Leap District and Shafer is certainly at the forefront of stellar wines in this AVA. Their One Point Five (which references the generation and a half between father and son) is comprised of 95% Cabernet with tiny amounts of Merlot, followed by Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine rested for 20 months in all new French oak barrels of Allier and Troncais woods. The nose is classic Cabernet; dark berry fruit and sweet oak, a thrill to the senses.

Wine of The Week - 2015 Decoy Sonoma County Merlot – 90 Points

In spite of being the third most widely planted grape in California and being one of the primary grapes in Bordeaux, Merlot still has an uphill climb for respectability. Napa lays claim to a lot of Merlot but Sonoma County also produces wonderful Merlot's that are often under the radar, overshadowed by either Napa or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine of The Week - 2014 Sea Smoke Chardonnay – 91 Points

Sea Smoke (so named for the clouds that hug and blanket the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara) began Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in 1999, and has since established itself as one of the premier producers in this region. Dijon and Wente clones of Chardonnay are planted in loamy, clay shallow but well-drained soils on their estate vineyard.

Wine of The Week - Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port – 90 Points

Port is often considered a wine for the holiday or the winter months, sipping i

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