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If Beaujoulais is the soft, fruity red of early fall, then the Spanish underdog Bobal is its springtime equivalent. This  ancient Spanish variety that dominates vineyards across Valencia isn’t one that comes up often on menus or the pages of Wine Spectator, but it should. Beyond its traditional ...

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  • March 24, 2015
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THE MEGA DROUGHT IS COMING! THE MEGA DROUGHT IS COMING! THE SKY IS FALLING! THE WORLD IS ENDING! Yes, CAPS lock is necessary to adequately convey the messages being spewed internationally by the California media about the state of water across the Golden State and much of the American ...

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  • March 16, 2015
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Unlike the 24% of Americans who always fail at keeping their resoultions, I’m still going strong on my   sparkling wine commitment for 2015. That means February brought more than Valentine’s day, Daffodils, and springtime weather to Northern California–because it also brought the bubbly ...

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  • February 23, 2015
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What’s more American than denim and wine? Not a hell of a lot, considering wine grapes were planted by the Pilgrims, and Levi’s have been around since 1873. Finally, someone has put the two together–literally.  Robert Mondavi Private Selection and L.A. demin purveyor Crawford Denim have just ...

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  • February 16, 2015
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Terroir is one of those fun, French words, which autocorrects to “terror,” and is often bandied about with wild abandon by wine “connoisseurs”. In essence, terroir (pronounced Tear-wahh, with a dash of elitism and a flick of the wrist) is the idea that wines have a distinct, tasteable ...

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  • February 9, 2015
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I’ve always been a fan of drinking sparkling wine at all times–good, bad, indifferent, or awful. This year, in an effort to craft better New Year’s Resolutions I made a simple one: Drink WAY more sparkling wine. Drink it weekly, at least. Naturally there’s a band of  sparkling enthusiasts who ...

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  • January 28, 2015
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When you have two jobs, two pets, work 7 days a week, and have a house to take care of, mediocre wines simply disintegrate into the endless hours, days, laundry piles, and to-do lists. These are times that call for better wines! This week, I was jolted back to reality awake by  Viña Zaco 2012 ...

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  • January 19, 2015
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If the Etruscans can do it, so can you. That’s my personal mantra when it comes to tackling bizarre, yet possible, tasks like growing wine grapes in the Sierra Foothills or waking up before the sun. When it comes to grapes, there’s more to it than putting a seed in the ground, which I got […]

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  • December 9, 2014
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