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Barbera, 1980. Montevina Amador County. Special Selection | Vintage Wine History and Information

BARBERA. 1980 – MONTEVINA AMADOR COUNTY. SPECIAL SELECTION by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | February 1983 It has been 10 years since “Montevina Wines” was established. Walter Field, a retired banker from San Francisco should be very proud of the reputation his winery has gained. They have made news with their Zinfandels, Cabernets, Sauvignon Blancs, Montenero (a… read more »

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Colombard, 1981. Villa Baccala | Vintage Wine History and Information

Colombard. 1981 – Villa Baccala by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | January 1983 Villa Baccala is a brand new label on the wine scene, and this wine is their first release. If their subsequent wines have the same quality for the price, they are on their way to better things. I ran into their booth at… read more »

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Amarone, 1974. Ruffino| Vintage Wine History and Information

AMARONE. 1974 – RUFFINO by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | January 1983 When you visit the Ruffino people in Italy, you get the feeling everything is under control. They are one of the giants of the Italian wine industry, yet all details are handled like it was a personal enterprise. They were on my itinerary last… read more »

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The Gourmet Food and Wine Show

Adventures in Eating: The Gourmet Food and Wine Show Rosemarie | June 1984 In case you take a trip to San Francisco this summer, and for you members who live there, I thought I would share our recent visit, and also suggest a restaurant we discovered (which will not cost a fortune). The Gourmet Food… read more »

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Recipe: Lettuce Package | Food and Wine Pairing

Adventures in Eating: Lettuce Package Rosemarie | March 1984 Our daughter Sharon, who is a brand new wife, loves to cook. I might add, she is a very good cook at that. We recently visited her and her husband, and were pleasantly surprised with a delightful Chinese dinner: do-it-yourself Lettuce Packages. Once everything is assembled, it… read more »

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Shiraz, 1979. Taltarni| Vintage Wine History and Information

SHIRAZ. 1979 – TALTARNI by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | May 1983 Dominique Portet travels to Bordeaux at least once a year, and to Napa about that frequently too. It is a long way to go from Australia! But, he has many reasons to do so. His parents live in France, and his brother lives in… read more »

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Pinot Noir Blanc, 1982. HMR Ltd. | Vintage Wine History and Information

PINOT NOIR BLANC, 1982 – HMR LTD. by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | May 1983 Our California wine this month is sporting a new label. An ownership shuffle has occurred at Hoffman Mountain Ranch Vineyards of Paso Robles, and the new partners have chosen to call the vineyard and winery HMR Limited. The new label is… read more »

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Syrah, 1978. Joseph Phelps Vineyards | Vintage Wine History and Information

SYRAH. 1978 – JOSEPH PHELPS VINEYARDS by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | June 1983 “I was born on a farm in Missouri and moved as a little boy to another farm in Colorado,” says Joseph Phelps. “I have had a long and deep affection for wine, and by the late ’60s, I found I could afford… read more »

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Recipe: Halloween Squash Soup| Food and Wine Pairing

Adventures in Eating: Halloween Squash Soup Rosemarie | September 1984 Torrance Airport, deemed one of the busiest airports in the world because of touch-and-go operations, is just a skip and a hop from our home. It must be said, that this airport is smack in the center of a large city and is not exempt… read more »

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Muscadet, 1981. B.& G. | Vintage Wine History and Information

MUSCADET. 1981 – B.& G. by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | April 1983 We cross the French mainland, to Brittany, for our white wine this month. For a stretch of 72 miles from the mouth of the River Loire at the Atlantic, vineyards cover three appellations: “Muscadet”, “Muscadet des Coteaux de la Loire”, and “Muscadet de… read more »

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