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Celebrating Chardonnay Day with Gary Farrell Winery’s Carneros Selection Chardonnay 2007

Oh, Chardonnay!  That much loved (it is the most popular varietal in the world) and much maligned (see ABC: Anything But Chardonnay) wine. It can’t be denied that the grape is certainly versatile: often lovely and delicate when the winemaker has an easy touch, but also able to be molded and crafted into a vast […]

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Wine Review: 2006 Luca Syrah Laborde Double Select (Uco Valley, Mendoza)

First of all, I have to address a question that I had been on my mind since I picked up this wine: what is Laborde Double Select?  According to winemaker Laura Catena in an interview with Vin de la Table, it refers to Luis Laborde, who brought a select sample of Syrah vines from the […]

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Wine Review: 2009 Weingut Schäfer Pinot Noir (Rheinhessen, Germany)

Rheinhessen is the largest wine region in Germany and nearly a third of the wines produced there are red wines. Though the 2009 harvest in Rheinhessen was somewhat smaller, it was a particularly good year for ripening Pinot Noir, according to the German Wine Institute. The ripeness shows in this Pinot from Weingut Schäfer, which […]

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The Rosé Society – 2011 North Valley Soter Vineyards Highland Rosé (Willamette Valley)

Tony Soter, who has worked his winemaking magic at Napa’s Etude Wines, Willamette Valley’s Soter Vineyards, and dozens of prestigious wineries over the years, has made a rosé to savor.  A couple of years ago, he launched the Soter Vineyards’ second label: North Valley. The North Valley rosé is simply one of the best rosés […]

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L’Aventure Languedoc! Wine Review: 2007 Pierre Gaillard Transhumance

The L’Aventure Languedoc tasting in April that Glenn and I participated in last month was a fantastic opportunity to get reacquainted with the wines of the Languedoc. One of the things that I took away from that tasting was that there are many great wines – not the rough plonk for which it had developed […]

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Wine Review: 2007 Luca Pinot Noir (Uco Valley, Mendoza)

One of the reasons I love Pinot Noir is for its pensive qualities, and I feel that a great Pinot needs to be enjoyed in a relaxed and nearly meditative manner.  For me, no other varietal conjures that need for quiet.  When I first smelled and tasted the 2007 Luca Pinot Noir, my first reaction […]

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Wine Review: 2007 Bodega Colomé Malbec (Valle Chalchaqui, Salta)

No doubt Mendoza produces some world-class Malbecs and this wine-growing region made it possible for Argentine Malbec to become an international superstar.  There are, however, other great Malbec-producing regions in Argentina and one of my favorites is Salta.  There are not nearly as many options hailing from this northern corner of the country from which […]

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Wine Review: 2008 Ave Gran Riserva Malbec

April 17! It’s only two days away!  Certainly you have it circled on your calendar as I have on mine; it’s Malbec World Day, a day to celebrate the Malbec grape in all its forms – from its origins in Bordeaux to its home in Argentina. To many of us, Malbec has defined the Argentine […]

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The Elegant, Distinctive Wines of Oregon’s Cristom

Indisputably, one of the highlights of the Wine Dine With Us team’s trip through the heart of Oregon’s main winemaking region a few years ago was our visit to Cristom. It was a visit that almost did not happen. Somehow in the planning, one of us (that would be me!) overlooked the fact that we […]

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Wine Review: 2010 Charles & Charles Red Wine Blend

The Charles & Charles Red is another offering from Charles Smith and Charles Bieler of Washington State. Both Glenn and I enjoyed their rosé last summer – fantastic price for the perfect summer staple. Their red wine, however, did not wow me. My initial thought was that this blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% […]

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