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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

Wine of The Week - 2014 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon, Hirondelle Vineyard – 92 Points

One of the smallest AVAs in Napa, Stags Leap District is also one of the coolest for growing Cabernet in the Napa Valley, however the fruit attains full ripeness, without getting overripe, and Clos Du Val shows this well. Since it’s founding in 1972 Clos Du Val has had an insatiable desire to produce beautiful Cabernet’s and their Hirondelle Vineyard is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from the Clos Estate.

Wine of The Week – Mother’s Day Edition - Taittinger 2006 Comtes de Champagne Rose’ – 94 Points

Mom deserves the very best and the Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is certainly one of the very best. You may not recall, but 2006 in Montagne de Reims was a hot year, helping to produce stellar fruit. This Rose’ comprised of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay is aged about eight years on the lees, helping to create more complexity and creaminess.

Wine of The Week - 2016 Vietti Roero Arneis – 91 Points

Wine geeks love oddball wines and whereas many people seek out the wines they are not familiar with, still many more stick with the traditional. Fortunately, Vietti is not only well known even though their Arneis is not, meaning you can try this wine knowing that this fifth generation producer will deliver. In fact, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of this wine.

Wine of The Week - 2014 Emeritus, Hallberg Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – 93 Points

Pinot Noir is one of those wines that truly encapsulates its place of origin better than other red wines. Russian River Valley as a whole reflects this, as does the Hallberg Ranch in Sebastopol. Hallberg, formerly an apple orchard, is entirely dry farmed Pinot Noir grapes, which offers a balance between lush fruit and an earthy darkness given its sandy loam, clay soils and cooler temperatures.

Wine of The Week - 2014 Canvasback Grand Passage Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – 91 Points

Washington State is the 2nd largest wine producer in America, after California. The wine regions here are making incredible strides and one of the most auspicious places out of the 14 AVAs in the state is Red Mountain, a sub-appellation of Yakima Valley (which is, in turn, a sub-appellation of the Columbia Valley).

Getting Zapped: Zinfandel Comes of Age

Zinfandel is considered “America’s grape” because it was widely planted when the California wine industry began to grow in the mid to late 1850s, but it is not, however, a truly American grape; it’s an immigrant – it originally came from Europe.

Wine To Go Buy This Week 2015 - J Vineyards Pinot Noir – 90 Points

Pinot Noir is the 5th most planted grape in California and produces diverse

Wine To Go Buy This Week - 2014 Byron Monument Pinot Noir – 93 Points

Santa Barbara’s Byron Winery started in 1984 located on the Santa Maria Valley Bench above the erratic Santa Maria River. Using diverse clones, this “cellar blend” as winemaker Jonathan Nagy calls it, utilizes clones 2A, Swan, Pommard, and Benedict Selection to create a vibrant expression of a multi-layered Pinot Noir. All the fruit comes from the Santa Maria Valley and in fact all Byron Pinot Noirs are now single Vineyard designates. This wine introduces plum, black cherry, boysenberry, blackberry and an intriguing rusticity with a subtle but present acidity.

Wine To Go Buy This Week - 2015 LaZarre Wines Albariño - 92 Points

Albariño is one of the those grapes that, in the right hands, presents not only an alternative to the typical Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc that is ubiquitous on the market, but takes the best of what you want in a food-oriented white wine, and elevates it in terms of a floral and zesty nose, and comprehensive fruit and acids.

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