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April 21st 2017 – Domaine Les Ondines, Côtes du Rhône La Buissonade (2015)

Domaine Les Ondines, Côtes du Rhône La Buissonade (2015) Grapes: Grenache and Syrah Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Côtes du Rhône Features: Organic Domaine Les Ondines is situated in the village of Sarrians in the heart of the Vacqueyras appellation. The Ondes own 6 hectares in Côtes du Rhône, 18 hectares in Vacqueyras, and 12 […]

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April 21st 2017 – Birichino, Vin Gris (2016)

Birichino, Vin Gris (2016) Grapes: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Rolle Geography: California, United States Appellation: California Birichino was established by Alex Krause and John Locke, two Bonny Doon veterans. Emphasizing old vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation (though they go as far afield as the Sierra Foothills), Krause and Locke craft their wines with […]

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April 21st 2017 – Marcel Giraudon, Bourgogne Aligoté (2015)

Marcel Giraudon, Bourgogne Aligoté (2015) Grape: Aligoté Geography: Burgundy, France Appellation: Bourgogne Aligoté As the name suggests, Chitry-Le-Fort was once a fortified town. Marcel Giraudon draws upon centuries of family winemaking history in Chitry, using traditional methods to produce this enticing new arrival. Giraudon’s vineyards are located on hillsides of Kimmeridgian chalky marl (also found […]

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April 21st 2017 – Monte del Frà, Bianco di Custoza (2015)

Monte del Frà, Bianco di Custoza (2015) Grapes: Garganega, Trebbiano Toscano, Cortese, and Tocai Friulano Geography: Veneto, Italy Appellation: Bianco di Custoza The heart of Monte del Frà is located in the village of Custoza on the morainic hills of Lake Garda, only 15km from Verona. By carefully selecting the land on which to plant […]

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April 14th 2017 – Agostino Pavia & Figli, Grignolino d’Asti (2016)

Agostino Pavia & Figli, Grignolino d’Asti (2016) Grape: Grignolino Geography: Piedmont, Italy Appellation: Grignolino d’Asti Features: Sustainable Located in commune of Agliano Terme within Asti, Agostino Pavia began purchasing top vineyards in the 1950s, as many were abandoning vineyards in Piedmont and moving to cities for work. The vineyards are situated between 240 and 260 […]

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April 14th 2017 – Visintini, Cinzia Bianco

Visintini, Cinzia Bianco Grapes: Friulano and Picolit Geography: Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy Features: Organic You can see Slovenia from Visintini, it’s the next line of low hills on the horizon, 6km away. Domenico Visintini bought this estate and its impressive castle tower in 1884. His great-grandchildren (Palmira, Oliviero and Cinzia) now run the farm. Twenty five […]

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April 14th 2017 – Richard Bocking, Riesling (2015)

Richard Bocking, Riesling (2015) Grape: Riesling Geography: Mosel, Germany Appellation: Mosel Features: Organic, Biodynamic The character of the wines is shaped by the distinctive, steep-slope Grand Cru vineyards. Richard Böcking has 17 acres under cultivation in vineyards that lie in Traben-Trarbach in the famed Middle Mosel River valley, one of the finest Riesling growing regions […]

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April 7th 2017 – Bodega Catena Zapata, Catena Alta Mendoza Malbec (2013)

Bodega Catena Zapata, Catena Alta Mendoza Malbec (2013) Grape: Malbec Geography: Mendoza, Argentina Appellation: Mendoza Winery Overview In 1902, Nicola Catena, an Italian immigrant, planted his first vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. The winery has remained under family control — now in its third generation — and is one of the few family-owned wine companies in […]

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April 7th 2017 – Viña Tarapacá, Organic Red Blend (2014)

Viña Tarapacá, Organic Red Blend (2014) Geography: Central Valley, Chile Grape: 37% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Syrah, 8% Carménère, 4% Petit Verdot The vineyard is located in the Maipo Valley, the most traditional and prestigious valley in Chile for premium red wine production. It is a 2.700 hectares property, with only 611 planted […]

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April 7th 2017 – Clos La Coutale, Cahors (2014)

Clos La Coutale, Cahors (2014) Grape: Malbec Geography: Southwest France, France Appellation: Cahors Deep in the southwest of France, amidst dramatic rock formations and cliffs, the Lot River slowly snakes its way along the valley floor, coiling covetously around the charming town of Cahors. The diversity in architecture serves as a proud historical mark left […]

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April 7th 2017 – Ravines, Finger Lakes Riesling Dry

Ravines, Finger Lakes Riesling Dry Grape: Riesling Geography: New York, United States Appellation: Finger Lakes Ravines Wine Cellars is a boutique winery in an emerging world-class wine region, the Finger Lakes of upstate New York. It is the dream and passion of Morten & Lisa Hallgren, a European Winemaker/Oenologist and his Chef/Foodie wife. Together they […]

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March 31st 2017 – Buena Vista Winery, The Count Red Blend (2014)

Buena Vista Winery, The Count Red Blend (2014) Grapes: Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah Geography: California, United States Before there were vineyards in every valley north of San Francisco, before Napa and Sonoma were household names, before there was a California wine world at all, there was Buena Vista. Founded in 1857, […]

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March 31st 2017 – Don & Sons, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Sonoma Signature (2014)

Don & Sons, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Sonoma Signature (2014) Grape: Pinot Noir Geography: California, United States Appellation: Sonoma Coast For over 115 years, their family name has been synonymous with quality winemaking in Sonoma County. Sonoma is where the family is rooted. Don & Sons Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir displays an inky ruby color […]

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March 31st 2017 – Raeburn, Russian River Valley Chardonnay (2015)

Raeburn, Russian River Valley Chardonnay (2015) Grape: Chardonnay Geography: California, United States Appellation: Russian River Valley The name Raeburn, traces its origins to Olde English, and translates to “the stream where one drinks.” The Russian River Valley is a unique sliver of the world that produces Chardonnay of class and distinction. At Raeburn they see […]

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March 24th 2017 – Bodegas y Viñedos Ortega Fournier, Spiga (2007)

Bodegas y Viñedos Ortega Fournier, Spiga (2007) Grape: Tinta del País Geography: Castilla y León, Spain Appellation: Ribera del Duero Founded in 2000 by Spanish entrepreneur Jose Manual Ortega Fournier, Bodegas y Vinedos O. Fournier is comprised of estate vineyards in Argentina’s Uco Valley, Chile’s Maule and San Antonio Valleys and Spain’s Ribera del Duero […]

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March 24th 2017 – Babich, Sauvignon Blanc Black Label (2016)

Babich, Sauvignon Blanc Black Label (2016) Grape: Sauvignon Blanc Geography: Marlborough, New Zealand Stylish, finely blended wines of a consistently outstanding quality are the signature of Babich. One of New Zealand’s largest family-owned wine companies, the winery was established in 1916 by Croatian immigrant Josip Babich when he and his brothers purchased a 72-acre property […]

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March 24th 2017 – Gabbas, Cannonau di Sardegna Lillove (2014)

Gabbas, Cannonau di Sardegna Lillove (2014) Grape: Grenache Geography: Sardinia, Italy Appellation: Cannonau di Sardegna The Gabbas Estate lies in Barbagia, the heart of Sardinia, near the provincial capital of Nuoro. The vineyards are situated in the Locoe Valley, between Oliena and Orgosolo. Forty six acres are planted to vine on decomposed granite of medium […]

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March 17th 2017 – Bodegas Lan, Rueda Verdejo Duquesa de Valladolid (2016)

Bodegas Lan, Rueda Verdejo Duquesa de Valladolid (2016) Grape: Verdejo Geography: Castilla y León, Spain Appellation: Rueda Duquesa de Valladolid is a spanish white wine from Rueda (Spain). Made from 100% grape variety Verdejo. Young, fresh and fruity wine. Vineyard: Selection of 15 year old vineyards harvested at night during the month of September and […]