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Must-Try Wine of Week: 2000 Kalin Cellars Livermore Valley Semillon

“No wine before its time” is the motto at Kalin Cellars, founded in 1977 in Marin County by microbiologists Dr. Terry Leighton and his spouse Dr. Frances Leighton. The Leightons believe that because of the style of their winemaking, the wines are not ready to drink for at least five years, and then some. Read more...

Hostage Wines

There’s a curious phenomenon in the California wine industry called “hostage” wines—limited production, highly desirable quaffs sold directly only to select devotees. They’re also called “cult wines” as in “furiously sought after” by wine lovers. Read more...

Cruising With Your Favorite Wineries

Theme wine cruises are very popular, and ones that feature winery owners and winemakers are especially alluring to aficionados. Here are three recommended cruises for 2015, and websites where you can research them and other such cruises. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of the Week: Domaine Prieur-Brunet 2009 Santenay-Maladiere 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

Often regarded as a bargain-hunter’s Burgundy, Santenay is the most southerly wine-producing commune in the Côte de Beaune of Burgundy. La Maladiere is a Premier Cru vineyard in the Santenay appellation, and is located just north of the village of Santenay. The wines are usually lighter in color, deceiving one to think that it will also be lighter in flavor. Thankfully, this is not the case. Read more...

Provenance Restaurant: All the Familiar Labels Are There, But Where’s the Creativity and Relevance to the Cuisine?

Dining out is an adventure, and I always hope to find an unusual bottle on the wine list that’s both new to me and also compliments the cuisine. Provenance fails to meet my expectations in this regard. Read more...

Look to Your Local Upscale Grocer for Boutique Wines

Unfortunately, all the local Orange County supermarkets stock a very similar line of wines, most of it originating from California’s largest wineries, such as E.&J. Gallo, Bronco Wine Company, and Kendall-Jackson. This limits boutique wine options because the large wineries have the most distribution muscle in the marketplace. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of Week: 2012 Broadley Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Why seek out Oregon’s Willamette Valley pinot noir? The wines are considered the closest thing to Burgundy in North America, offering low-to-modest alcohol, juicy fruit flavors, and vivid acidity. This is not surprising, as the Willamette Valley is situated at the same longitude as Burgundy, and the growing season has many similarities. Read more...

How Now Cork?

Natural cork, punched from the bark of a cork oak tree, has been sealing the world’s wine bottles for nearly 400 years. Yet despite being the closure of choice, its failure rate is in the 3-to-5 percent range. If a cork doesn’t seal properly, the wine oxidizes. If it’s infected with TCA (trichloroanisole), the wine is ruined by cork taint, a musty, off-putting smell. For centuries wineries have considered this level of failure an acceptable risk because natural cork generally performed well, looked good, and kept alive the culture of cork-pulling. Read more...

Who Says Beer and Wine Don’t Mix?

I go to lots of wine dinner parties, but had the opportunity recently to attend something a little different. The hosts had invited an equal mix of wine people and beer people—mostly geeks of either or both. It was envisioned as a “you tell us about wine, we’ll tell you about beer” kind of thing, with each group bringing some of their favorites. Read more...

Must-Try Wine of the Week: A. R. Lenoble Brut Nature Zero Dosage, Champagne, France

Hi-Time Wine Cellars held a Champagne tasting recently. But, rather than the usual Brut (Dry) offerings, this time they featured a group of “Low Dosage” wines. Apparently, this particular group of sparkling wines has become all the rage. Read more...

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