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Kramer Vineyards “Celebrate” Müller-Thurgood Sparkler

We visited Kramer Vineyards a few years back on our Oregon adventure. And we brought home up a bottle of their “Celebrate” Müller-Thurgood Sparkler ($22 for the 2014 vintage). Aromas of white peach and blood oranges. Grapey on the palate with […]

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Passalacqua 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon TJ Passalacqua Vineyard Dry Creek Valley

We probably waited too long to open this. The aromas are a bit flat, featuring redwood bark and ripe Santa Rosa plums. The palate is multi-layered, opening with

RN Estate 2009 and 2010

RN Estate Vertical 2009 and 2010 Fiddlestix

Yesterday was my birthday. To celebrate we opened two bottles of RN Estate pinot noir. These bottles are both from the justifiably-famous Fiddlestix Vineyard in the Santa Rita

Last Chance For Reuling Wine

Two years ago we wrote effusively about Reuling pinot noir.  We discovered them at Pinotfest 2014.  Yesterday we got an e-mail with some sad news.  Reuling plans to

RN Estate 2009 Cuvée des Trois Cépages

Opened a bottle of RN Estate 2009 Cuvée des Trois Cépages tonight and it is terrific. Aromas of black cherries, blackberries and a hint of licorice. Long, complex

Dante Robere 2012 Roberitage

Dante Robere was one of our Livermore Valley discoveries a few years ago.  We joined their wine club for a few years, then noticed that they were heading

Heitz Bottles Heitz Cellart Vertical at Artisan

Heitz Cellars Vertical at Artisan

On October 8 our very good friends at Artisan Wine Depot invited us for an exceptional tasting event. They were hosting a Heitz Cellars Vertical at Artisan. Heitz

Heitz Bottles Heitz Cellart Vertical at Artisan

Heitz Cellars Visits Artisan

October 8 was a special day at Artisan Wine Depot.  Heitz Cellars was pouring a vertical of their cabernets.  The oldest was 1998 (!!).  We'll post a full

RN Estate Malbecs

RN Estate Malbec Vertical

For Labor Day we cracked open a couple of malbecs that had been in the cellar for a while. Both were from the infamous RN Estate. We’ve written

Gary Farrell Winery Gary Farrell Visits Artisan. Plus Christine’s Chardonnay Challenge

Gary Farrell Visits Artisan. Plus Christine’s Chardonnay Challenge

Well, not Gary himself. The winery, however, was well-represented via winemaker Theresa Heredia. More on Ms. Heredia later. But for now this quote from an interview at

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