PICK of SOUTHERN OREGON: Abacela | Garnacha | Umpqua Valley | Oregon | 2012 | $29 | 88 pts

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Oregon wine is not all about the expansive Willamette Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) and its six sub-appellations; nor is Oregon wine just about Pinot Noir. There are ten additional officially recognized winegrowing regions across the state where winemakers are producing a broad array of varieties and styles in … Continue reading

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PICK of SICILY: Cusumano | Benuara | Red Wine | Sicily | Italy | 2012 | $16 | 87 pts

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A deeply purpled blend of Nero d’Avola (70%) and Syrah (30%), this table red from Sicily offers notes of brandied dark fruit, dried blackberry, and thyme on the nose; and on the palate suggestions of pomegranate, grilled red bell pepper, espresso, and toffee, with hints of … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Chateau La Tonnelle | Cru Bourgeois | Haut-Médoc | Bordeaux | France | 2011 | $20 | 87 pts

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Chateau la Tonnelle is located in the commune of Vertheuil in the Haut-Médoc appellation, 33 miles north of the city of Bordeaux and within a few miles of the esteemed First Growth (Premier Cru) chateaux of the region’s fabled “left bank.” This wine is classified as Cru Bourgeois, a … Continue reading

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PAIRING GUIDE: Wine and Fall Flavors

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Just in time for autumn, here is a little guide to pairing wine with flavors of the season.  (Courtesy of Sheri’s Berries - www.berries.com)

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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Langtry Estate | Guenoc | Petite Sirah | Lake County | California | $15 (Avg.) | 88 pts

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This appealing Petite Sirah hails from Lake County, California’s “undiscovered wine country” just north of Napa Valley. It is burly and expressive, with aromas reminiscent of dark fruit compote, cracked black pepper, and pine forest; and flavors that suggest ripe blueberry, cola, and black tea … Continue reading

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PICK of WINE COUNTRY: Sobon Estate | Amador County | California

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Sobon Estate is a seasoned champion of Amador County Zinfandel. The winery produces a number of distinct Zinfandel labels, and here we are featuring two that demonstrate the winery’s skillful range: the 2011 Rocky Top, a bold and spicy interpretation … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Grace Patriot Wines | Lewis Grace | Pinot Noir | Estate | El Dorado County | California | 2012 | $28 | 92 pts

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Last November we introduced you to the Grace Family and their winery – Grace Patriot Wines, which sits at an elevation of 3,000 feet in the Apple Hill area of El Dorado County, California, near Placerville.  Click here to read our original article, which … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Viña Alicia | Paso de Piedra | Cabernet Sauvignon | Luján de Cuyo | Mendoza | Argentina | 2010 | $20 | 90 pts

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Founded in 1998 by Alicia Arizu, wife of Argentine winemaking pioneer Alberto Arizu, Viña Alicia sits in Mendoza’s Luján de Coyo region – Argentina’s first officially recognized wine producing appellation.  Luján de Coyo is distinguished by high elevations (upwards of 3,000 feet), sandy alluvial soils, and a dry Mediterranean … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Château de Nages | Cuvée JT (White) | Costières de Nîmes | Rhône Valley | France | 2012 | $20 | 91 pts

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Costières de Nîmes AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) is the most southerly wine appellation of the Rhône Valley.  The region is nestled between two neighboring winegrowing regions — Languedoc to the west and Provence to the east — and is situated in close proximity to the Mediterranean sea to … Continue reading

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SUMMER WINE PICK: Cass Winery | Viognier | Paso Robles | San Luis Obispo County | California | 2013 | $24 | 88 pts

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Cass Winery, located just east of the town of Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County, specializes in 100% estate grown Rhone varieties.  Winemaker  Lood Kotze, who grew up near Cape Town, South Africa, and studied at the University of Stellenbosch, is an advocate … Continue reading

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