Author: Nancy (CSW)

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SCAIA: Fun Wines That Break the Rules

Are you a rule breaker? Do you like a taste of something a little different in your wine glass once in a while? If so, we have two wines for you to taste. These wines from SCAIA break the blending rules in their region and carry an IGT classification. They are easy sipping and reasonably priced wines; we received both […]

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Lodi AVA Wines Made By McManis Family Vineyards

Today we’re tasting three red wines made by McManis Family Vineyards. All three are sourced from estate vineyards in the Lodi AVA. We received these wines as tasting samples. The McManis Family farms vineyards in three Lodi sub-AVAs: Borden Ranch, Clements Hills and Jahant. Their vineyard holding also include vineyards in the Clarksburg AVA and the little-known River Junction AVA […]

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UPSHOT Wines: Unique Blends From Rodney Strong Vineyards

Rodney Strong Vineyards is well known in Sonoma County and is a name recognized by many wine enthusiasts. The Russian River Valley winery has grown and matured along with the Sonoma County wine scene. The portfolio of wines made by Rodney Strong Vineyards now includes UPSHOT wines, which includes a white blend and a red blend. We received both wines […]

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Robert Hall Winery Has A Regenerative Viticulture Field Day

Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles has begun a three-year study of regenerative viticulture on a 40-acre block of estate vineyards adjacent to the winery along Highway 46. If the study is successful, regenerative viticultural practices will be applied to the entire 125-acre estate vineyard and potentially to other O’Neill Vintner & Distillers properties. It isn’t unusual for companies to […]

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Tasting Wine With The Women Who Made Them

Lisa Amaroli is director of winemaking at Benziger Family Winery and Jamie Benziger is head winemaker at Imagery Estate Winery. Neither woman set out with the singular focus of becoming a winemaker, but both found their way to winemaking through hard work and a passion for their craft. I had the opportunity to meet both women during a recent virtual […]

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Ravines Wine Cellars: Wines From New York’s Finger Lakes AVA

Today we are tasting three wines from New York’s Finger Lakes wine region. This cool-climate region is known for its dry Riesling, but there is considerable diversity beyond Riesling. Expect bright fruit flavors, brilliant acidity and modest alcohol levels in Finger Lakes wines. We received three wines as tasting samples from Ravines Wine Cellars that offer a delicious introduction to […]