PICK of the RACK: Isaac Fernandez Selection | Bovale | Utiel-Requena D.O. | Spain | 2012 | $15

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90 POINTS | “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” Here is something a little different: a single varietal wine made from Spain’s third-most planted, though not commonly recognized, grape variety — Bobal (pictured below). This native variety is grown in the Valencia province — in … Continue reading

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PICK for the SUMMER: Cornerstone Cellars | Rocks! | White | California | 2014 | $15

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“RECOMMENDED” Rocks! is Cornerstone Cellars’ “house wine” label, and the wines — white, rosé, and red — are each blends of several grape varieties sourced from various vineyards across California. The 2014 Rocks! white is blended from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Stolpman Vineyards | Syrah | Estate | Ballard Canyon AVA | Santa Barbara County | California | 2012 | $30

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90 POINTS | “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”  Thomas Stolpman founded Stolpman Vineyards in Ballard Canyon in 1990, but not until years later — in 2013 — was Ballard Canyon designated as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). Ballard Canyon is nestled within the … Continue reading

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PICKS of the RACK: Cornerstone Cellars | Two Rosés for Summer Sipping (and Beyond)

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Cornerstone Cellars | “Corallina” |Syrah Rosé | Napa Valley | California | 2014 | $25 90 pts | “HIGHLY RECOMMENED” A selection from Cornerstone Cellars’ Artist Series, Corallina is sourced from the Oak Knoll District AVA on the southern end … Continue reading

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PICK of WINE COUNTRY: Selections from Derby Wine Estates | Paso Robles | California

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The Rhone Rangers are American wineries with a passion for producing wines from traditional Rhone grape varieties. This past June, twenty three Rhone Rangers assembled in Washington, D.C., to showcase the best of their Rhone-style varietal and blended wines. Some … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Seven Rings | Cabernet Sauvignon | Oak Knoll District | Napa Valley | California | 2013 | $28 | 89 pts

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Crafted by the California winemaking team of Alison Crowe and Barbara Ignatowski, Seven Rings is named for the number of years it takes for a newly-planted grapevine to begin producing wine-quality fruit. Their 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon hails from Oak Knoll … Continue reading

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WINE NEWS: Winners of the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition Announced

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Dateline Sacramento, June 18, 2015 – Announcement by the California State Fair: The California State Fair announced the top wine awards from the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. This year’s wine competition consisted of 2,881 wine entries received from … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Adobe Guadalupe | Uriel | Rosé | Valle de Guadalupe | Baja California | Mexico | 2013 | 88 pts

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We brought Adobe Guadalupe to your attention back in 2013 (click here for that feature review), and have since then toured the winery in Valle de Guadalupe (Guadalupe Valley), Baja California, Mexico, and tasted through their full portfolio of wines. … Continue reading

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PICK of WINE COUNTRY: Lailey Vineyard | Niagara-on-the-Lake | Ontario | Canada

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During our spring break trip to Niagara Falls — on the Canadian side — we ventured up the picturesque Niagara Parkway into Niagara wine country and paid a visit to Lailey Vineyard. Lailey is located just outside of the town … Continue reading

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PICKS of the RACK: Two Appealing Cool-Climate California Chardonnays

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Girard | Russian River Valley | Sonoma County | California | 2012 | $20 | 90 pts Based in Napa Valley, Girard Winery sources its Chardonnay from Dutton Ranch vineyards in Sonoma County’s cool-climate Russian River Valley (RRV). Dutton Ranch … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Domaine Philippe Plantevin | “Le Perussier” | Unoaked | Côtes du Rhône | France | 2012 | $17 | 88 pts

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Domaine Philippe Plantevin is a family-owned vineyard and winery located in the tiny, ancient village of Cairanne, in the southern Rhone Valley. The soils here are typically calcareous clay, composed of silty chalk and limestone. Wines from such soils tend … Continue reading

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PICKS of the RACK: Two Big Reds from Macchia Wines | Sangiovese & Petite Sirah | California | 2012 | 91 pts Each

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Macchia Wines, located in Lodi, California, produces a range of Zinfandel bottlings, Italian varietals, and select other red varietal wines sourced from vineyards in the low-elevation Lodi American Viticultural Area (AVA) and the higher-elevation Amador County AVA. Macchia wines showcase … Continue reading

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