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Member Inquiry: Differences in Blush, Blanc, Rose

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

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Adventures in Eating: Crystalize Flowers

Just when Angelino’s thought their lush green landscapes were going to dry up into a veritable desert, heaven blessed them with rain, wonderful sweet rain! Unfor­tunately not enough to eliminate the drought altogether, but enough to keep our “gardens growing”. After spending an arm and a leg on a new sprinkler system to water our… read more »

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Import Selection: Muscadet, 1989. Marquis de Goulaine

Few wineries (or brands, or companies in general, for that mat­ter) can boast the extensive heri­tage which the Marquis de Gou­laine winery is heir to. The origins and history of the Goulaine family and its wine are, one can easily say, an inextricable part of the leg­end of the Loire Valley, its famous chateaux and… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Cabernet Sauvignon, 1985. Jekel

This month’s domestic selec­tion has to be the bargain of the century! This is Limited Series wine that we can all enjoy. The Jekel Vineyard was origi­nally planted in 1972, the year WOMC was founded, so it is, like us, no new-comer to the industry. Back then winemaker Bill Jekel, with his twin brother, Gus,… read more »

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Member Inquiry: Saving the Rest of the Bottle

“We just recently joined the Wine of the Month Club. The selections have been very enjoyable so far, and we are sure they will continue to be. A minor problem. Both my wife and I are unable to finish a bottle of wine in one evening. It is just a bit much for us. Is… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: Creamy Lemon Chive Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus

Recently I took a cake decorating class from the pastry chef at Disney­land, George Geary. Not only was the class fascinating, it was a delicious experience as well. After decorating the cakes Mr. Geary had made, which ranged from a classic white cake to a rich chocolate truffle cake, my class­mates and I were then… read more »

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Import Selection: Rioja, 1986. Bodegas Montecillo

In 1874 the Navajas family founded the Bodegas Montecillo winery in the Alavesa district near the Rio Oja (“Oja River”), name­sake of what has become Spain’s most acclaimed wine producing re­gion. Montecillo was one of the pi­oneering wineries which adapted French (Bordeaux) wine-making techniques to Spanish grapes last century and in so doing created a… read more »

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Domestic Selection: Sauvignon Blanc, 1989. Cask One

American Wine Merchants’ Cask One Sauvignon Blanc is yet another one of those “negociant” wines which we happily wind up with every now and then. The closest way to describe a negociant wine accurately is to call it a “brand”, as it is not a winery. Some of the most famous wine-makers in France are… read more »

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This Matter of Climate

A general knowledge of grape growing is valuable to those who would like to understand wine. Considering the great number of grape varieties and the many types of wine, it is fortunate for the stu­dent of wines that it is not possible to grow every variety of grapes and produce every type of wine ef­ficiently… read more »

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Adventures in Eating: 12″ BBQ Chicken Pizzas

Before we had children, my husband and I thought nothing of hopping into the car and heading out to the latest “In” dining spot. We’d sit like critics for the local newspaper and scrutinize everything from the quality of the china to the selec­tions on the wine list. As one might ex­pect, we quite often… read more »

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