Cellar Notes

Notes about the wines we have tried recently.

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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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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 […]

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A Trio of Spanish Wines for Summer Sipping

Today we’re sipping three wines that will pair as nicely with time spent sitting in the shade on a warm afternoon as they would with summer salads, light pasta dishes or grilled chicken for supper. All are easy on the pocketbook and offer a taste of several varieties you might not have in your usual wine rotation. We received these […]

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Wines from Sicily’s Tenuta Regaleali for all Seasons

Today we are sipping four wines from Tasca d’Almerita’s Tenuta Regaleali. It is difficult to decide which qualities I appreciate most in these wines. All four are made using varieties indigenous to Sicily and all are 100% varietal wines. These wines are extremely versatile and will take you from summertime sipping all the way into winter. Then there is the […]

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Skin-Fermented Pinot Gris from Two Shepherds

These wines made by William Allen, Two Shepherds proprietor and winemaker, should come with a disclaimer warning that once you taste skin-fermented Pinot Gris, regular Pinot Gris will taste, well, regular. And while Pinot Gris made in the traditional way by the right winemaker, from the right terroir can be charming, skin-fermented Pinot Gris takes the variety in a completely […]

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A Taste of Riesling’s Charms

Riesling is Germany’s most-planted grape variety and likely originated in the Rheingau. It is capable of making wines in styles that range from dry to sweet. Riesling is beautifully aromatic and so delicious, but the trick is figuring out if the wine will taste sweet or not. Today we’re tasting two Rieslings, both of which were provided to us as […]