Wine Pairing

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Sipping into Fall with Concha y Toro

I’ve been doing everything I can to deny that fall is fast approaching. Warm afternoons still make me think of summer, but mornings are damp and the leaves on our birch tree are beginning to turn golden and fall to the ground. There is nothing left to do but smooth the transition into fall with delicious wine. We have a […]

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Chateau Montelena Calistoga Zinfandel

If you are a serious wine enthusiast then you recognize the Chateau Montelena name. Chardonnay may be the variety you most closely associate with Chateau Montelena Winery, as the winner in the white wine category of the 1972 Judgement of Paris competition, but the Calistoga winery is up to more than Chardonnay. We recently received a tasting sample of Chateau […]

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Carlania Celler El Petit Carlania Trepat

“Let me know when you are picked up at the airport so I can have dinner ready. I have an interesting dinner and a more interesting wine.” Who doesn’t love receiving a text message like that? Little did I know a glass of Carlania Celler El Petit Carlania Trepat would be waiting for me when I arrived home. A couple […]

Lodi Celebrates Albariño

Lodi Celebrates Albariño

Yes, that’s right, Lodi celebrates more than Zinfandel. Albariño is a rising star in Lodi and over the past couple of years we have tasted quite a few delicious examples from Lodi. We can add the three Lodi Albariños in this post, which we received as tasting samples, to that list. This weekend nine Lodi wineries are hosting a celebration […]

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A Glass of Wine for Every Palate

We don’t all like the same kind of wine, and that’s okay, in fact it’s one of the things I enjoy most about wine. Gathering friends together over a meal and a collection of wines is always an interesting experience. I look forward to the opinions of others and how they compare to my own impressions. This collection wine, which […]

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Looking for a New Locations Wine?

This cellar note includes four of winemaker Dave Phinney’s Locations wines. We begin in New Zealand then stop off in Europe, to visit France and Spain, before reaching our final destination of Washington State. No passport required. We received all four wines as tasting samples. The first thing you probably notice about the Locations wines are the distinctive black and […]

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Food-Friendly Wine from Gonzáles Byass

Today’s Cellar Note takes us on a tasting tour of four Spanish wine regions: Rías Baixas, Rueda, Rioja and Jerez. All four wines are imported by Gonzáles Byass USA and all are priced under $20 per bottle. We received all four wines as tasting samples. After five generations in the wine business, Gonzáles Byass remains family-owned. What began in 1835 […]