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Skinner Vineyards & Winery at Rhone Rangers

With no fewer than seven key players named “Skinner”, Skinner Vineyards & Winery is indeed a family business. Add to that the fact that the founders are fifth generation direct descendants of the founder of one of Amador County’s first … Continue reading

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Tasting Notes: Hawkes Wine current releases

What to do? I find myself on the Plaza in beautiful downtown Sonoma with an empty hour until my next appointment. Of course, there is no shortage of tasting rooms in the neighborhood, so I simply choose a winery with … Continue reading

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TN: 2010 J.Wolf Cellars Zinfandel Russian River Valley

TN: 2010 J. Wolf Cellars Zinfandel Russian River Valley                                              3 barrels produced – 15% alc Sourced from the vineyard of a well regarded grower, this dark ruby wine shows accessible aromas of ripe Zinberry with overtones of sweet vanillin – … Continue reading

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Women Winemakers II

With the Napa Valley Vintners’ Premiere Napa Valley showing signs of becoming a wintertime zoo to compliment the summertime Auction, I’m satisfied to attend the ancillary events that precede the weekend’s madness. One such tasting was the Women Winemakers Tasting, … Continue reading

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Return to the Keyboard

After a hiatus of nearly two years – mostly due to energy being diverted to other projects – I’m returning to the keyboard and hope to soon regale you with more tales of things vinous. I hope you will feel … Continue reading

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A Taste of History

In 1895, Grover Cleveland was President; the first professional American football game was played in Latrobe, Pennsylvania; the first shipment of canned pineapple left Hawaii; Albert Nobel established the Nobel Prize – and Mrs. Thomas Rutherford harvested 100 tons of … Continue reading

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Tastings and Events

Woman Winemakers of the Napa Valley Despite the best efforts of the Napa Valley Vintners, I was able, through other connections, to participate in some of the trade events surrounding the Premiere Napa Valley barrel lot auction.  This event was … Continue reading

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Tasting Notes from the Ridge

It seems appropriate to me that this venture begins with comment on my most recent visit to Monte Bello Ridge. This will, no doubt, be a recurring feature on this site.

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