Author: Nancy (CSW)

#NationalRoséDay: Time to Drink Pink

The second Saturday in June has been anointed as National Rosé Day. Those of us who love rosé and drink it all year long don’t really need a reminder, but it is great fun to celebrate this delicious pink wine. To celebrate we have a collection of rosé from France, Italy and Spain. All were provided to us as tasting […]

Love the Rosé You’re With

This is my favorite time of year. Our garden is lush and green from a long, wet spring. The azaleas have bloomed and the hydrangeas are about to do the same. And, perhaps most importantly, a new vintage of rosé has been released. Here are six rosés we received as tasting samples that will provide sipping pleasure from now until […]

Sipping Kenwood Vineyards Six Ridges

After a long, wet winter and spring it appears summer may finally have arrived. I hope. That means we’re ready to slip more white wines and lighter red wines into our wine rotation. Kenwood Vineyards sent us two such wines as tasting samples that will be delicious dining companions in the months to come. The Six Ridges line of wines […]

Ranchero Cellars: Fearless Winemaking by Amy Butler

Is it possible for a winemaker to be both pragmatic and fearless at the same time? Or maybe the question should be whether both qualities are a requirement? Pretty quickly after meeting winemaker Amy Butler it was clear to me she is a very practical person. She’s direct and grounded and also has a keen sense of humor.  We recently […]

Pelletiere Estate Vineyard & Winery: Home to Italian Varieties in the Paso Robles Willow Creek District AVA

Pelletiere Estate Vineyard & Winery is tucked away in the Paso Robles Willow Creek District AVA on Paso’s westside. The 16-acre property is home to an interesting collection of Italian grape varieties covering a hillside above Las Tablas Willow Creek Road. In a sub-AVA that is better known for Rhône-style wines, proprietor Janis Pelletiere Denner’s Italian heritage has inspired her […]

A Taste of Abruzzo from Codice Citra

Today’s cellar note brings you a taste of Abruzzo, an Italian wine region located in the central part of the country along the Adriatic Sea. If you think of Italy as shaped like a boot, Abruzzo is located just below the calf of the boot. Marche lies to the north, Lazio to the west and Molise to the south. We […]

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An Introduction to Sosie Wines

I don’t know about you, but as a wine lover I am always thrilled to discover a new grape variety or winery. Sure, I have my old favorites, but finding new and exciting wines keeps wine interesting to me. We recently received tasting samples from Sosie Wines, a producer that is new to us, and we are happy to share […]

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Lodi ZinFest 2019

Lodi ZinFest is the annual celebration of Lodi wine, food and fun that takes place at Lodi Lake. The 2019 event will kick off on Friday, May 17 and run through Sunday, May 19. A few of this year’s highlights include: Friday, May 17 2019 ZinFest Blind Tasting – A Study of Ancient Vine Zinfandels of California. This tasting will […]

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Ameri from Domaine Bousquet

Domaine Bousquet winery and vineyards are located in Tupungato within the Uco Valley of Mendoza, Argentina. The location is high elevation, 4000 feet above sea level, where the soil is sandy and the rainfall scant thanks to the rain shadow caused by the nearby Andes Mountains. The vineyards are farmed organically and certified as such, as are the wines.  Ameri […]