monthly domestic selection

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 »

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 »

Domestic Selection: Zinfandel, 1984; T.K.C. Vineyards

This zinfandel comes from a zinfandel specialist. He is one of very few California winemakers who prefer to produce only one kind of wine. In the case of Harold Duffer, his love is zinfandel. But he has more loves than that: he loves his winery in Plymouth, Cal­ifornia enough to commute 487 miles, about twice… read more »