Author: Nancy (CSW)

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Cellar 503: The Wine Club for a Taste of Oregon Wine

Carrie Wynkoop established Cellar 503 out of a passion for Oregon wine and necessity. Specifically, she looked for a wine club that curated wines from small, boutique wineries throughout Oregon and couldn’t find one. So Carrie put her enthusiasm and knowledge of Oregon wines together with her prior business experience and established Cellar 503 in 2015. I recently met Carrie […]

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Celebrating Memories with Colmant Cap Classique

Several days ago we opened a very special bottle of wine: Colmant  Absolu Zero Dosage NV. Peter eased the cork from the bottle and poured both of us a glass. As we watched the bubbles rise in our glasses many fond memories of visiting Colmant Cap Classique & Champagne in South Africa’s Franschhoek Valley came back to us. There is […]

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Chalk Hill Estate Red

For some reason I have always had it in my mind that 100 percent varietal wines should receive more respect than blended wines. Maybe because the varietal name appears on the label as opposed to red or white blend. Or maybe it’s because, from a non-winemaker’s point of view, it appears varietal wines are more challenging to make because the […]

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The Alentejo Wine Region Takes Sustainability Seriously with WASP

Portugal’s Alentejo wine region is a warm one. João Barroso, Director of Sustainability for Wines of Alentejo Sustainability Program (WASP), recently told a group of wine media and writers during a teleconference that the region routinely experiences some of the warmest temperatures in Europe. It is also prone to drought. These factors coupled with climate change prompted the region’s wineries […]

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Wine Your Way Through the Weekend

It’s Friday and that means it’s time to plan for the weekend. Like many of you we will spend time working around the house, in the yard and relaxing. Today we have three wines that will take you from relaxing after your work week on Friday, to chilling after house and yard work on Saturday and finish the weekend with […]

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Recent Releases from Flora Springs

We’re sipping more white wine than usual this time of year and Flora Springs has us covered with several recent releases that hit the spot. And Merlot is always a welcome red wine even in summer. We received these wines as tasting samples. Flora Springs is a name that is familiar to most wine enthusiasts who are at all familiar […]

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Wines from Ron Rubin Winery

Today we’re sipping a collection of wines from beverage entrepreneur Ron Rubin, which we received as tasting samples. In 2011 he purchased River Road Family Vineyards and Winery in Green Valley and established Ron Rubin Winery where he makes the Ron Rubin and River Road lines of wine. Ron’s path to winery ownership was not a direct one, but it […]

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Imagery Estate Winery: Varietal Wines with a Twist

Any wine lover familiar with Sonoma wine will know the Benziger name. I most closely associate the name with Benziger Family Winery and their commitment to sustainable, organic and biodynamic viticulture. The winery recently celebrated 20 years of Demeter Biodynamic® certification. Joe is one of several Benziger siblings who with their father and brother Mike founded Benziger Family Winery in […]

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Two Shepherds Vermentino

Vermentino is a grape variety lovers of crisp, white wines should get to know well. Especially this time of year. William Allen makes a delightful version at his Two Shepherds winery that in addition to having plenty of refreshing acidity has loads of flavor. 2019 Two Shepherds Vermentino Windmill Vineyards, Yolo County — pale yellow in the glass with generous […]