Cellar Notes

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It’s Fall and We’re Still Grilling

Grilling in the fall takes on a very different feel than in summer, even in California. Gone are long, leisurely and warm evenings. This time of year sunset comes quickly and a sweater may be required when tending the grill. And a head lamp. No matter, we still occasionally pull out the grill and when we do we need wine […]

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Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

I’m a white wine drinker regardless of the season. This time of year I begin adding red wines into the rotation, but my preference is always for white wines. So, needless to say, I was happy to receive a tasting sample of Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Chardonnay to share with you. Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards is a 1300-acre property that […]

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Alpine Wines from Peter Zemmer

If you are a curious wine drinker who is willing to challenge assumptions made about certain varietal wines and curious about lesser-know wine regions, then we have two interesting wines from Peter Zemmer for your consideration. We have tasted prior vintages of one of these wines, the other is new to us. We received both as tasting samples. Alto Adige […]

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Sipping Left Coast Wine

It has been two years since I last tasted a wine from Left Coast Estate. That experience, part of a Live Wine Blogging session held at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, was hectic and rushed. This second opportunity to taste a collection of Left Coast wines, which we received as tasting samples, was relaxed and focused — just the […]

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A Sampler of Kenwood Vineyards

Kenwood Vineyards is a winery name you no doubt recognize. The Sonoma County winery has been making wine since 1970. We’ve enjoyed Kenwood wines over the years, but haven’t tasted many recently. We recently received a selection of Kenwood Vineyards wines as tasting samples that provided an opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with the wines of Kenwood Vineyards. Kenwood Vineyards began […]

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Wining and Dining into Fall

The golden leaves that adorned the birch tree in our backyard now mostly cover the landscaping beneath it creating an undulating, golden carpet. Cool, damp mornings give way to mild afternoons putting me in the mood for red wine and heartier meals to accompany them. Today’s Cellar Note includes three red wines, which we received as tasting samples, and three […]

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Cline Family Cellars Ancient Vine Zinfandel

In today’s Cellar Note we’re sipping Zinfandel, but not just any old Zinfandel. We are sipping Ancient Vine Zinfandel sourced from vineyards in California’s Contra Costa County. We received this wine as a tasting sample. 2016 Cline Family Cellars Ancient Vine Zinfandel, Contra Costa County — light ruby in the glass with generous aromas of dark berries and dried alfalfa […]