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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EVERYDAY WINE PICK: Rio Madre | Graciano | Rioja | Spain | 2013 | $12 | 88 pts

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Graciano is a temperamental, low-yielding red variety native to Spain’s Rioja region that is traditionally blended with the region’s more celebrated variety – Tempranillo. This rendition consists of 100% Graciano grown at an elevation of 1,800 feet in dry, chalky soils. … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Ceja Vineyards | Vino de Casa | Napa Valley | California | 2009 | $25 (Avg.) | 88 pts

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An unusual blend of Pinot Noir (60%) and Syrah (40%), the Ceja family’s “house wine” fulfills its self-designated role with equal measures of refinement and dexterity. Syrah is dominant on the nose, offering brawny aromas of dark fruit, smoked meat, … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Corralitos Vineyards and Winery | Syrah | Santa Cruz Mountains | Santa Cruz County | California | 2012 | $18 | 91 pts

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Corralitos Vineyards & Winery is the second label of Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery, owned and operated by Richard and Mary Kay Alfaro on the south side of Santa Cruz County just a few miles inland from Monterey Bay. Their … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA CORNER: James River Cellars | Reserve Chardonnay | Virginia | NV | $18 | 88 pts

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Family-owned and operated James River Cellars, located just north of Richmond, produces a thoughtful selection of single- varietal and blended wines from vitis vinifera and French-American hybrids farmed in nearby Montpelier, Virginia. Their Reserve Chardonnay is among our favorites, and … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY VALUE WINE PICK: Bogle Vineyards | Petite Sirah | California | 2012 | $12 (Avg.) | 86 pts

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Bogle delivers a terrific value here — an affordable Petite Sirah sourced from vineyards in Clarksburg and Lodi that confidently expresses all the hallmarks of the variety. It is a fresh and savory red, with aromas of mulberry, red plum, and pine … Continue reading

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