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Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 24, 2018

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For September 24, 2018

I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format. They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented …

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8 Sonoma Red Wines for All Occasions (Wine Spectator)

8 Sonoma Red Wines for All Occasions (Wine Spectator)

Tasting Highlights' wine reviews are fresh out of the tasting room, offering a sneak peek of our editors' most recent scores and notes to WineSpectator.com members.Sonoma County's diverse geography and microclimates make the area an ideal home for a variety of red grapes and styles. Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are the region's calling cards, but Cabernet Sauvignon is also emerging …

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A week in Champagne, in photos

A week in Champagne, in photos

After a week in Champagne it is a little strange not to spend the entire day slowly sipping champagnes from throughout the region. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to meet one of the heads of the Comité Champagne – the group that represents both growers and houses from throughout the region – who invited me to visit the …

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2015 Stonestreet Estate Vineyards Chardonnay Alexander Valley

2015 Stonestreet Estate Vineyards Chardonnay Alexander Valley

I was super surprised to see this Stonestreet Chardonnay wine arrive in the bins at my Costco and at the highly discounted price of $25.99.  Since retail on this wine is closer to $40-$45 that’s a steep Costco discount on a wine that I’ve had previously on two separate occasions, and absolutely loved it. This wine (vin. 2014 I think) …

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Gary Farrell Vineyard’s Elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Releases from the 2016 Vintage

Gary Farrell Vineyard’s Elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Releases from the 2016 Vintage

The Russian River Valley’s Hallberg Vineyard We’ve been tasting and reviewing Gary Farrell Vineyard wines since before Theresa Heredia joined as winemaker in 2012, and we’ve been tasting Theresa’s wines since her time at Joseph Phelps’ Freestone Vineyards on the Sonoma Coast.  We’ve consistently admired Theresa’s winemaking, and we try to visit her at the winery and taste Gary Farrell …

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