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Wine of The Week – 2012 Paraduxx Howell Mountain Napa Valley Red Wine - 91 Points

Paraduxx started in 2004 with an express purpose to achieve uniform and consistent success with blended wines over stand-alone wines, all made from Napa Valley fruit. Comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Zinfandel, this is that rare two-grape blend that allows both grapes to shine in equal measure.

Wine of The Week - 2014 Olema Cabernet Sauvignon - 90 Points

Sonoma has carved out its own reputation for Cabernet Sauvignon in spite of the shadow that Napa casts across its border. Surprising to many is that Cabernet in Sonoma was planted as far back as the mid 1880s. Fortunately given the quality of Sonoma fruit, there are a diversity of wines at various price points. Comprised of 97% Cabernet and 3% Petite Sirah the 2014 Olema Cabernet is that wine made of quality fruit that allows a lower cost while maintaining Cabernet’s caliber. Farmed from mostly Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley grapes, with a small amount of Knight's Valley in the mix, the grapes were crushed, then stainless steel fermented, allowing for the vibrant fruit to remain intact.

Wine of The Week – Frank Family Vineyards 2015 Carneros Pinot Noir - 92 Points

Napa’s Frank Family Vineyards is better known for Cabernet Sauvignon than Pinot Noir, which might be exactly why this Pinot stands out. The grapes are sourced form Carneros, both from their own Lewis Vineyard and other Carneros sites, and were harvested between September and October. Grape clusters were de-stemmed, and the berries were cold soaked for four days in stainless steel open top fermenters, with daily punch downs.

The West Coast’s 20 Most Under-Appreciated Wine Regions

We all know Willamette (rhymes with dammit), Napa gets plenty of nods, Paso is the pet of the press, and Santa Barbara and Sonoma shine, while Walla Walla is working wonders. But lurking in the shadows of notable wine regions on West Coast places like Mendocino and Malibu, Umpqua and Puget Sound all suffer the same fate, namely, that bigger wine regions nearby get all the attention.

Wine of The Week – Cliff Lede Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard- 95 Points

Beckstoffer is a name synonymous with exceptional Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit is always highly sought-out and few producers are lucky enough to get some. Cliff Lede makes terrific Cabernet and so they know intrinsically how to treat highly prized To Kalon fruit. And this is clearly evidenced in their 2014 Cabernet.

Who Moved My Champagne? Bollinger’s Bragging Rights

In 2010 an intern at Champagne Bollinger, located in Aÿ, France, was tasked with cataloging some of the three-quarters of a million bottles housed in their underground cellars. What he stumbled upon was nothing short of staggering.

Wine of The Week – Vina Robles 2016 Rosé - 90 Points

A rosé by any other name is merely a pink wine. Rosé is not an easy thing to make in spite of the abundance of them that clutter store shelves. Frankly, most of them are generic and tedious. But hailing from Paso Robles, a location known for big extracted wines, come a lithe yet deftly bold rosé.

Craig McAllister of La Crema – the IntoWine Interview

A New-Zealand native, Craig McAllister spent his first 20 years in Christchurch, New Zealand, then lived in London for six years. He has travelled extensively throughout the world. He found himself drawn not just to the wine industry, but to the wine lifestyle due to his love of cooking, traveling and being outdoors.

Wine of The Week – Left Coast Cellars 2016 White Pinot Noir - 90 Points

Oregon is known for Pinot Noir. The Van Duzer Corridor it is the only break in Oregon’s Coastal Range that borders the western side of the Willamette Valley. This gap allows Pacific Ocean air to flow eastward into the Willamette, moderating the summer heat.

Top Ten Live Albums and their Wine Pairings

Lately I have been enjoying my wine listening to “Live” music albums.  As it often happens, it became a thing for me to rank the best “Live” albums.  Of course, this is just as controversial as ranking wines, but for me anyway, this is my list.  

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