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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.

Byron Winery: Many Paths Towards Single Vineyard Wines

Before Jonathan Nagy, winemaker at Byron in Santa Maria, ever considered the wine business he was at a job fair at UC Davis dropping off resumes. His plan was to be a high school chemistry or math teacher. He happened to drop resumes with a few wineries.

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).

Wine To Go Buy This Week - 2014 Markham Vineyards Charbono – 90 Points

Markham is better known for Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, even Chardonnay, but Charbono? You may rightly ask…what is Charbono? It is believed that Italian immigrants came to Napa during the California Gold rush and brought Charbono cuttings with them. In Argentina its called Bondara, but it is assumed the grape is actually native to France, not Italy.

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

From Start to Finish: A Conversation with Thérèse Martin of Martin Ranch Winery

Martin Ranch Winery

The winding, tree cocooned Redwood Retreat Road in Gilroy, California, snakes its way alongside Little Arthur Creek and steadily climbs up 600 ft. toward Mount Madonna. Once home to the widow of famed writer Robert Louis Stevenson, this southern neck of the Santa Cruz Mountains continues to lure day trippers, adventurers and cyclists. For two weekends each month, wine enthusiasts heed the call to likewise abandon their GPS and take this less travelled path to experience the award-winning wines of Martin Ranch Winery.

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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