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Chardonnay, 1982. Santa Ynez Valley Winery| Vintage Wine History and Information

CHARDONNAY. 1982 – SANTA YNEZ VALLEY WINERY by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | February 1984 The California wine this month has a remarkable heritage. The site of the winery is the Old College Ranch in Santa Ynez Valley. It housed the first college estab­lished in California by Franciscan priests in 1843. In 1923, the Bettencourts purchased the… read more »

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Viña Monty, 1975. Bodegas Montecillo| Vintage Wine History and Information

VIÑA MONTY. 1975 – BODEGAS MONTECILLO by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | February 1984 There were vineyards in Rioja when the Romans colonized this area of Spain. It was one of the first regions to be recaptured during the Reconquest, and it supplied wine in large quantity to the thirsty Conquistadors. By 1770 a ” Royal Society… read more »

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Bernkasteler Badstube, 1983. Riesling Spatlese. H. Thaprich| Vintage Wine History and Information

BERNKASTELER BADSTUBE. 1983 – RIESLING SPATLESE. H. THAPRICH by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | July 1984 Bernkastel is a jewel of a town on a sharp bend of the Mosel river. The area is known as the Mittelmosel or middle mosel, and is part of the greater Mosel-Saar-Ruhr wine producing region. It is a jewel in many… read more »

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Macon Lugny, 1982. Les Charmes. Cave de Lugny | Vintage Wine History and Information

MACON LUGNY. 1982 – LES CHARMES. CAVE DE LUGNY by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | March 1984 The Maconnais section of the Burgundy region of France is located at the southern end. Little attention was give to Macon wines till the last decade. Wines from this region are reasonable, and they are good. Alexis Lichine tells this story:… read more »

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Cabernet Sauvignon, 1980. Davis Bynum| Vintage Wine History and Information

CABERNET SAUVIGNON. 1980 – DAVIS BYNUM by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | March 1984 Davis Bynum was a newspaper­man. He was a four-pack a day, cigarette smoking newspaperman. Can you imagine that! He quit smoking, cold turkey, and went into the wine business. The San Francis­co Chronicle lost their “This World” section writer in 1963. He went… read more »

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Pinot Noir, 1979. The Firestone Vineyard| Vintage Wine History and Information

PINOT NOIR. 1979 –THE FIRESTONE VINEYARD by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | January 1984 After spending 12 years in the family tire business, Brooks Firestone decided that was not for him. “I’m a slow learner,” he now laughs. “It took me that long to figure out I wasn’t made for it.” He was restless and ready… read more »

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Fino Sherry. Savory & James| Vintage Wine History and Information

FINO SHERRY – SAVORY & JAMES by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | December 1983 Hugh Johnson, the well known wine authority and writer draws an interesting comparison between sherry and champagne. Both wines are white. Both wines are distinctly different from table wines: one is a spar­kling wine, and the other is a fortified wine. Both need… read more »

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California Champagne, Brut. Hanns Kornell| Vintage Wine History and Information

CALIFORNIA CHAMPAGNE. BRUT–HANNS KORNELL by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | December 1983 The story of Hanns Kornell could be another of Horatio Alger’s writings. Now a fourth generation champagne making family, the founder and still the operator of this enterprise came to the United States in 1940 with $3.62 in his pocket! The gathering war clouds… read more »

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Merlot, 1969. Villany| Vintage Wine History and Information

MERLOT. 1969 – VILLANY by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | November 1983 Hungarian wines are best known for the Tokay (Sweet dessert type late harvest wine, of equal fame as the French Sauternes and German Trockenbeerenauselese). Yet, some remarkable white wines are produced in Hungary (Club Selection Oct. ’75) and an occasional red has shown interest. (Club… read more »

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French Colombard, 1982. J. Pedroncelli| Vintage Wine History and Information

FRENCH COLOMBARD. 1982 – J. PEDRONCELLI by Paul Kalemkiarian Sr | November 1982 The old line Italian wine making families of California have made a mark in our industry. They were at their avocation way before some of the young upstarts of today! The Pedroncelli family still operate their winery. Giovanni Pedroncelli (who later changed his… read more »

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