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The Home of Some of Cali’s Best Pinots

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Affectionately known by new world friendly Francofiles as the “Cote D’or” of California. Much like it’s French competitor this beautiful yet, very serious region is dominated by Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. Wines grown properly in this region have the ability to rival and at times best their French counterparts. The likes of Kosta Browne, Rochioli and many others have put this crown jewel of California on the map. While these…

A quick read on Brunello Di Montalcino

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The most prominent wine growing area in Tuscany and some of the most sought after wines in the world. The wines are powerful, complex & have tremendous aging potential. In the late 1800’s when wines from this area began being produced they were meant for early drinking. Now these wines are not typically released until nearly 5 years after harvest. This current vintage, 2010, will have drinking window it’s original…

A tour of Portugal

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I recently had the pleasure of sitting in on an intimate tasting featuring the wines of Portugal. I left both impressed and inspired…hence the words you read now. Portugal, while certainly not new to the wine game as any lover of Porto will attest to (myself included), has only just recently revitalized their table wine presence in the world market. Such a poignant entrance it is, as well. Portuguese table…

Drink Willamette, Dammit!

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What are you waiting for?? Willamette Valley has come a long way since David Lett (aka Papa Pinot!) planted his first Pinot grapes in the mid 1960’s….or even in the 80’s when critics bashed the hand crafted wines coming from the area. Here we are, just a couple decades and many 90+ point wines later, now the Drouhin family from Burgundy is here. Dominique Lafon from Burgundy is here. Kendall…