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Domestic Selection: Zinfandel, Vineyard Selection 1978, L. M. Martini

One day in 1906, a nineteen-year-old Enology student from the University of Genoa got a bit of advice from his college professor that would change his Life, “If you want to make wine,” he said, “you’d better go back to California. . .experiment by yourself and study.” His name was Louis M. Martini. The story… read more »

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Top 8 Mother’s Day Fine Wines for Under $12!

Top 8 Mother’s Day Fine Wines for Under $12!   Moscatel, 2015. Fantelli (Mother’s Day Presents) This delicious Argentinian Moscatel is perfect to pair with seafood, vegetarian food, and other dishes! This wine is grown from Mendoza region in Argentina. The rich and tropical taste makes this wine a very delicious drink. The finish is… read more »

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Member Inquiry – Blush, Blanc, and Rose Wine Grapes

  “I have seen some of the same grapes used to make ‘blush,’ ‘blanc,’ and ‘rose’ wines In some cases they are produced by the same winery! Could you tell me what the difference is?” Dr. T. R. E.; Bakersfield I’m not sure I can because there is no code, law or regulation which governs… read more »

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Import Selection: Shiraz/Cabernet, 1984, Penfolds

Terms like Koonunga Hill, Coonawarra and Pokolbin most-likely don’t roll off the tongues of wine aficionados like Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino, but someday they will.  Our import selection, if you haven’t already guessed, comes from “down under”. . . Australia. With all the hoopla over the Australian tourist ads here it was time to find… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Semillon, 1985, Alderbrook

••CORRECTION: I reported in a previous article that the two grapes in white Bordeaux were semillon and sauvignon blanc. I erroneously noted that the sauvignon blanc adds the flavor and body while the semillon contributes the acid. OOPS! It’s the other way around.. . Oh well, you’re never too old to learn or too young to… read more »

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Great Mother’s Day Gifts – A Wine Club Membership!

Mom’s got a tough gig.  Often overworked and under-appreciated, a mother is on non-stop with no time to rest.  This year, tell her you care in the most fabulous way possible: A Wine of the Month Club Gift Membership!   We can’t think of a better way to show your love, and it’s gotta be one… read more »

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Import Selection: Orvieto Classico, 1987; Bigi

Orvieto is a white wine from Italy that is named after a town located southeast of Florence and north of Rome. All wine called Orvieto must originate from grapes grown in a zone of vineyards of sixteen communes around the town, by specific area limitation according to the DOC (Denominaz­ione di Origine Controllata) regulations …. read more »

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Domestic Selection: Petite Sirah Nouveau, 1988; Cilurzo

In 1968, Vincenzo and Audrey Cilurzo planted the first premium varietal wine grapes in Temecula, CA. Then, in 1978, they started their winery. They were among the pioneers for this appellation that is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the better wine grape regions in the world. This, of course, is with all due respect… read more »

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Import Selection: Shiraz – Bin 50, 1985; Lindemans

Editorial Forenote: If you number among the misfortunate few – as I do – who tasted some of the unadulterated rubbish that was washing ashore from Down Under ’round the early 1970’s, you well understand my wholly pleasurable reaction to reviewing this wine and the many other fine Australian se­lections finding their way into the… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Johannisberg Riesling, 1987; Freemark Abbey

Heads are bowed at the mere mention of Freemark Abbey. Odd­ly enough, the great rever­ence commonly bestowed upon this winery has not a thing to do with religious affiliation, but simply quality. Originally developed as vineyard land, circa 1875, the property changed hands several times before finally receiving its current esteemed name in 1939. Three partners:… read more »

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