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Wines To Go Buy This Week - 2013 Kunde Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley – 89 POINTS

The Kunde family has been making wine since 1904 in the Sonoma Valley and today commands over 700 planted acres of grapes (they received “Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing” status in 2010), of which Cabernet has long been their star. Cabernet can be pricy, but this Kunde 2013 Cabernet stops you in your tracks given its price to quality ratio. Comprised of five different Cabernet clones (337, 4, 15, 169, 8) this is an exceptional value Cabernet, well structured and very enjoyable to drink.

Wine To Go Buy This Week – Thanksgiving Edition - 2013 Benovia Pinot Noir Martaella – 91 POINTS

The Thanksgiving table screams wine and whereas there is no one particular wine that can accommodate the diverse foods at your table, Pinot Noir is certainly one of the more user-friendly wines. And given that Thanksgiving is time with family and friends, this Benovia Pinot Noir, only the second release from the Martaella Vineyard, is a great way to say thanks to those special people in your life.

Best Christmas Wine Gifts - 12 Days of a Wine Lover's Christmas

Christmas is coming up.  While I admit to never really understanding where the idea for 12 days of Christmas came from (Chanukah at 8?  Sure), it’s a thing now.  So with that in mind, and in an attempt to find some wines to get for the wine lovers in your life, here is a (actually two) list of 12 wines for Christmas.  The criterion for wines to make this list was strict:  A) I had to think of it, and 2) it had to be reasonably available to obtain.  I tried to list current vintages and pricing available although other vintages and different pricing I am sure exists.

Wine to Go Buy This Week: 2015 Triennes Rosé – 90 POINTS

Ah, rosé. For many people it seems at best to be a wanna-be red wine with training wheels; at worst it’s a sugar and strawberry one trick pony pink wine. But great rosé can be one of those go-to wines that accompany a delirious number of foods. But - just try finding a good one, right? Well, the Triennes Rosé enters this conversation and, voilà, you find yourself nearly speechless. Composed of 60% Cinsault along with Grenache, Syrah and Merlot, all harvested at night to retain better flavors, the Triennes, located in Aix-en-Provence, near Marseille is what rosé is really all about – poise, confidence, flavor and diversity.

Sixty White Wines Recommendations for Autumn

Autumn is here and for most of us, that means shifting from the lighter summer rosés, whites and BBQ Reds into something that matches with heartier food or sitting by the fire on a chilly fall evening.  At every party though there is someone who says they only drink white wine.  Sometimes he or she means sweet, but often dry wines work too.  Just like red wines, however, there are white wines that work great for the autumn season too.  

50 California Central Coast Wines You Should Be Drinking Right Now

 

The California Central Coast, identified as Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo (and its main wine region Paso Robles) and Monterey is California the way it used to be, or at the very least, California the way people want it to be: small towns, charming architecture, varied history of Missions and Indians, and coastlines for miles; a slow pace, clean air and a belief that no one real really works very hard. But the area has been home to grape growing since the Spanish brought vine cuttings from Spain via Mexico in the late 1700s and winemakers and vineyard managers have been working hard ever since.

To celebrate this beautiful region IntoWine.com offers these 50 wines that represent the diversity of the California Central Coast.

Best Red Wines for Summer BBQ Season

Summer is here (or close enough anyway) and for many people, that means taking out the grill, inviting friends over and having a barbecue.  For many of us wine lovers, choosing the right wine for a barbeque can become challenging.  There are a lot of reasons for this.  It’s usually hot or at least warm out and some wines just don’t work in the heat.  Further, parties often involve groups of people and that means finding easily obtainable wines that don’t cost an arm and a leg to buy multiple bottles.  Finally, the wine needs to match the food.  Barbecue is big food with a lot of flavors.  A wine needs to stand up to that otherwise why not just drink water. 

To start with, here is a break down on the types of wines to look for and then a few, but far from complete list of suggestions.

Mother’s Day Wine Ideas - A Bouquet of Rosés

 

Let’s face it, Mom probably drinks because of you (I know mine does). So IntoWine.com wanted to celebrate Mom with a dozen rosés, wines that are similar yet wildly diverse. Provence is the undisputed birthplace of rosé and the ancient Greeks brought vines to southern France around 600 BC, something the Romans improved upon when they arrived in the area in 125 BC. So rosé has a long history but as these wines show, rosé is truly global.

Napa Valley Wineries with the Best Wine Caves

Discovering the interior of Napa Valley wineries is as exciting as experiencing the exterior of this magnificent place. Napa Valley wine caves offer visitors a chance to see a winery’s inner beauty, you’re able to witness the more refined details pertaining to the production of Napa Valley wines. Whether they’re chiseled into famous Napa Valley mountainsides or dug deep into the rolling hills, the Napa Valley’s wine caves are very cool (literally and figuratively speaking). The views from the depths of these hidden spaces are intriguing and provide insight into the complexities of winemaking; the bottling and aging, the importance of a wines environment, the temperature and storage. All these aspects of different wine making styles offer a glimpse into how a vineyard produces unique characteristics for their wines. Historically, wine caves reach as far back in history as wine itself, the idea of storing wine in an underground cool climate apparently made a lot of sense then as it does now, and the art of constructing highly functional modern wine caves has now been perfected. In order to cruise around in a Napa Valley winery’s wine cave, you’ll need to plan in advance and make a tour and tasting reservation, most tours include a wine cave excursion but feel free to ask. Here is a list of the Napa Valley’s five best wine caves:

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