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Backyard party wines

Everyday Reds for a Backyard Party

As the weather warms and summer approaches I admit I’m thinking more about drinking chilled white wines than red wines. But, there are those occasions when I do look for a delicious red wine. I’m thinking about backyard parties held in the cool of the evening that include grilled tri-tip, lamb chops, skirt steak or sausages. Add a tomato-based barbecue […]

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Cecchi La Mora 2014 Vermentino

This wine was received as a tasting sample. Vermentino is a white grape variety that is grown in northwestern Italy, France, Sardinia and Corsica. It is known by several names: Rolle in southern France where it may be a component in rosé, Pigato in Liguria, Favorita in Piedmont and Vermentinu in Corsica. The variety is native to Italy and produces […]

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2014 ARIDUS Malbec

This wine was received as a tasting sample.2014 ARIDUS Malbec — dark ruby in the glass with generous vanilla, caramel and ripe blackberry aromas. Rich flavors of ripe blueberries, plums and blackberries combine with hints of dusty earth, smooth tannins and a lingering finish. This wine is bright, fruit-forward and warming. 15.2% abv. $35 Red meat is the perfect pairing […]

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Lange Twins Nero d’Avola: Exceeding Expectations in Lodi

Lodi calls itself the Zinfandel capital of the world and deservedly so. According to the Lodi Winegrape Commission the region produces 40% of California’s premium Zinfandel. But the region is also home to more than 100 wine grape varieties. Nero d’Avola is now among those grape varieties thanks to Lange Twins Family Winery & Vineyards in Acampo. The 2014 Lange […]

Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon: An Elegant Cabernet from Concha y Toro

This wine was received as a tasting sample.2013 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon, Puente Alto — dense ruby in the glass with earthy, dark fruit aromas seasoned with hints of dried herbs, black pepper and vanilla. Ripe red berries combine with plum and blackberry flavors, hints of cedar, leather and earth. Interesting backnotes of dried alfalfa lend complexity to this medium-bodied wine. Tannins are […]