Makers and lovers of Roussanne wines often say they are best consumed either very young or after ten years. In its youth, the variety’s pear and melon notes are fresh and vibrant. It’s gossamer aromas of chamomile and other subtle blossoms are at t..
Zenaida Cellars is located in Paso Robles’ Templeton Gap District AVA, which is distinguished due to the cooling ocean breezes which flow through that break in the coastal Santa Lucia Mountains. Zenaida Cellars’ 22-acre vineyard was planted in ..
Rusack Vineyards is a Santa Barbara County winery, based in the Ballard Canyon AVA. The primary Rusack estate vineyard includes 16.5 planted acres straddling Ballard Canyon Road on the valley floor. Its varieties include Syrah, Petite Sirah, S..
Gary Farrell wines have been exemplars of Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their first release in 1982. The winery, which opened in 2000 and offers stunning views of the valley and forest below, was an immediate hit as well.
Rombauer Vineyards recently released their 2016 Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley. This is the first time Rombauer has made Sauvignon Blanc available on a national level. They produced Sauvignon Blanc in 2014 and 2015 as well, but in very small ..
People are rosé crazy right now. Sales have been brisk for some time but, with the heat over the past few months, bottles are flying off shelves. And it doesn’t hurt that rosé wines also play into two other, popular trends: less new oak and lower a..
Blake Gray recently opined that “austerity is in for Napa Carneros Chardonnay.” He based this on a tasting in which he and I both participated. We, and a handful of other experts, blind tasted 25 Napa Carneros Chardonnay from respected producers. W..
Shafer is best known for their impressive red wines, principally Cabernet Sauvignon, from the Stags Leap AVA. Don’t overlook Shafer Chardonnay though. Also an estate wine, but from their Red Shoulder Ranch property on the Napa side of the Carneros ..
Once a year, West Coast wineries who specialize in Rhone-variety wines gather in San Francisco. And they bring wine! This is that weekend. Rhone Rangers SF takes place this Saturday, June 10, at the Golden Gate Club in The Presidio.
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There are fabulous wines in Mendocino County, well worth the drive from the Bay Area. But we can’t always spare the time to get up there. Fortunately, Mendocino County is coming to us this Saturday with Taste of Mendocino!
Taste of Mendocino tak..