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Petite Syrah, 1980. Guenoc Winery | Vintage Wine History and Information

PETITE SYRAH. 1980 – GUENOC WINERY by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | June 1984   The Guenoc Valley, in Lake County, California is unique in more than one way. The vineyards in Guenoc Valley have received the first single vineyard/single owner “appellation of origin” in America. It is a small valley, about 300 to 700 yards wide, and… read more »

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Cabernet D’Anjou, 1978. Chateau de Cheman| Vintage Wine History and Information

CABERNET D’ANJOU. 1978 – CHATEAU DE CHEMAN by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | May 1984 Anjou is a province of the Loire region of France. The most popular wine exported to the United States from this region is Anjou Rose. Sometimes it is very good, at other times it is just ho-hum. (Usually because it is too… read more »

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Chardonnay Sonoma Cutrer, 1981. Sequoia Grove| Vintage Wine History and Information

CHARDONNAY SONOMA CUTRER. 1981 – SEQUOIA GROVE by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr |  June 1984 The Allen family produced our white wine selection this month. Three generations of Aliens live and work at the winery which they put together in 1980. They used an old 1860 redwood barn and remod­eled it themselves. This is a true family effort…. read more »

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Cotes du Rhone, 1982. Domaine de la Renjardiere| Vintage Wine History and Information

COTES DU RHONE. 1982 – DOMAINE DE LA RENJARDIERE by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | June 1984 Pierre Dupond and his son own and operate the Domaine de La Renjardiere. They are the 3rd and 4th successive generations of the family that owns this rather large estate. (300 acres). It is in the valley of the Ayges… read more »

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Pinot Noir, 1982. Santa Lucia Cellars| Vintage Wine History and Information

PINOT NOIR. 1982–SANTA LUCIA CELLARS by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | July 1984 Santa Lucia Cellars is the secondary label for HMR Ltd. for­merly known as Hoffman Mountain Ranch Winery and Hoffman Vineyards. “What is a secondary label?” is a question I am asked occasionally. Well, it is exactly that. It is a second label, under a… read more »

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Wine with Food: White Zinfandel| Pairing Tips

Wine with Food: White Zinfandel By Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. | February 1984 The other day, as I was arriving for a meeting at a hotel, a luncheon meeting of a women’s club must have been letting out. I ran into an acquaintance who was carrying a bot­tle of wine. She stopped me and said “Paul,… read more »

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Chardonnay, 1982. Coastal Wines Ltd.| Vintage Wine History and Information

CHARDONNAY. 1982 – COASTAL WINES LTD. by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | July 1983 The negociant concept is not common to the United States wine market. It is very widespread in Europe. In fact, the growth of the wine industry in countries like France and Germany can be credited in many respects to the marketing skill of the… read more »

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Cabernet Sauvignon, 1980. Topolos At Russian River Vineyards| Vintage Wine History and Information

CABERNET SAUVIGNON. 1980–TOPOLOS AT RUSSIAN RIVER VINEYARDS by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | August 1983 This winemaker has flair. He does things in a different way. His label is sideways on the bottle!.. He puts his name on the label preceding the name of the winery, with the preposition “at” possibly implying that he comes first… read more »

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Chateau Giscours, 1977. Margaux| Vintage Wine History and Information

CHATEAU GISCOURS. 1977 – MARGAUX by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | July 1983 The credentials of our red wine this month carries a lot of clout. If you know Bordeaux wines, you know about Chateau Giscours. It is situ­ated in the parish of Margaux, near the village of Labarde. The famous classification of 1855 for Medoc wines,… read more »

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Vernaccia di San Gimignano, 1981. Ilraccianello | Vintage Wine History and Information

VERNACCIA DI SAN GIMIGNANO. 1981 – ILRACCIANELLO by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | January 1984 The wine of Michelangelo! What a credential. Well… that is what a waiter may tell you in Tuscany, when he finds you struggling with a wine list. However if you raise your eyebrows, and maybe attempt to comment that you had not… read more »

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