Daily Archives: July 6, 2019

57th Annual Napa Wine Library Tasting: August 4, Napa

Dedicated wine lovers in the San Francisco Bay area get several opportunities each year to indulge their passions for wine. Large, themed tastings like the ZAP Zinfandel Festival are great opportunities to get a sense of a certain varietal and the quality of the recent vintage in California. It is quite rare, however, despite the nearness of the appellation and …

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Vinography Images: Island of Green

Island of Green SANTA YNEZ, CA: Appearing like an island in a wide sea, a Syrah vineyard is surrounded by oak trees near Santa Ynez, California. Depending on where it is planted, Syrah can have many different characters. There are approximately 16,000 acres of Syrah planted in the state. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting …

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2016 Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot

This wine has been a Costco staple for a while, and it seems to come and go along with other varietals in the line.  I’ve seen the Indian Wells Cabernet and Chardonnay at times, and the wines are usually in the wooden bins on the tables.  At $13.99, it’s one of those wines that could go in the aisles or …

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Must-try Sauvignon Blanc wines

While the Loire villages of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé arguably produce the best of the crisp, minerally Sauvignons (with standout examples including the late Didier Dageneau’s Silex and Vacheron’s L’Enclos des Remparts), the pungent, tropical style is very much the product of the new world. New Zealand leads the way with pioneering wines such as Cloudy Bay’s Te Ko– and Greywacke’s …

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Caudalie to open Loire vineyard hotel

The Loire château, which will become the hotel. The latest project will bring the number of vineyard-based spa hotels owned by Alice and Jérôme Tourbier to three, including their Paris-based Les Etangs de Corot, which offers 41 bedrooms and two suites. The Loire hotel, expected to open in June 2020, will have 49 rooms and five suites. It will offer …

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