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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WEEKEND WINE PICK: Sebastiani | Cabernet Sauvignon | Sonoma County | California | 2012 | $15 (Avg) | 87 pts

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Sonoma County’s historic Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery, now owned by Bill Foley, consistently impresses us with varietal wines that are personable, affordable, and well-crafted.  A fitting example is their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, which offers equal doses of sophistication and drinkability.  On the nose are notes of blueberry … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Bodegas Santa Ana | Unánime | Gran Vino Tinto | Mendoza | Argentina | 2009 | $25 | 89 pts

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Here’s a robust red for your next outdoor barbeque, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Malbec (25%), and Cabernet Franc (15%) sourced from high-elevation vineyards in San Carlos on the southern end of Mendoza’s Uco Valley.  It’s  full-bodied and fleshy, with aromas of cherry … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Columbia Crest | Grand Estates | Cabernet Sauvignon | Columbia Valley | Washington | 2011 | $12

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Here’s another winning everyday red from the folks at Columbia Crest that’s widely available, value-priced, and perfect for sultry summer sipping.  It’s a casual and relaxed Cab, with aromas and flavors that touch on some of the savory hallmarks of the variety:  blackcurrant, … Continue reading

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