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Quick Pour: Turkey Day White Wine Alternatives

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Orin Swift Cellars; The former Prisoner pioneers’ latest offerings (AmericanWineryGuide)

Part of our Napa trip a couple of months back included a stop in downtown St. Helena. So I guess it’s safe to say, that we ‘stumbled’ upon Orin Swift when Jaymie screamed out “There’s Orin Swift, WE HAVE TO GO!”, nearly knocking me to the ground across the street. Being familiar with the Prisoner Blend, and reading about Orin Swift Cellars in one of the newer wine magazines, I felt it was time to give some of the other offerings from Dave Phinney a try. The results were to be expected, and with that I give you the latest submission for AmericanWineryGuide. The HISTORY “The origins of Orin Swift as a brand dates back to 1995 when David Swift Phinney accepted a friend’s offer to study abroad in Italy. He instantly fell in love with wine and everything surrounding it. After graduating, David worked as a vineyard hand during …

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Storybook Mountain Vineyards; One of Napa’s (and the world’s) best Zinfandel Producers (AmericanWineryGuide)

Another vineyard review from our recent trip to Napa/Sonoma/Paso Robles a month ago. This vineyard was hands down one of the highlights of our trip, and has been listed as one of the world’s top Zinfandel producers for over ten years by some highly noted Wine publications. Please enjoy this AmericanWineryGuide.com contribution! HISTORY “The original estate was purchased in 1883 by Adam Grimm. Mr. Grimm’s family had grown wine in Germany, and he began planting Zinfandel on some of the 405 acres of land sitting just above Calistoga. His brother Jacob would later join him and assist in directing laborers to dig the three wine caves about 100 feet deep into the mountainside and establish Grimm’s Vineyard and WineVault. Nearly 20 years, the brothers decided to go in separate directions with Adam moving to San Francisco, and Jacob producing “sacramental and medicinal” wines. The property was subsequently abandoned and finally …

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Quick Pour: Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah 2010

Producer: Stags’ Leap Winery Region: Napa Valley, California Price: $45 (Retail) / $32 (Purchased Locally) Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 100% Petite Sirah Virginia Pour House Notes:  This Petite Sirah is supple and expressive, filled with copious amounts of jammy blackberry, blueberry, and wild berries balanced by a touch of clove and spice on the nose. Velvety smooth flavors of concentrated blackberry with a touch of raspberry and spice, while displaying a fine warming tannin structure, while displaying a chewy, long lasting finish.       Producer: Stags' Leap Winery Region: Napa Valley, California Price: $45 (Retail) / $32 (Purchased Locally) Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 100% Petite Sirah Virginia Pour House Notes:  This Petite Sirah is supple and expressive, filled with copious amounts of jammy blackberry, blueberry, and wild berries balanced by a touch of clove and spice on the nose. Velvety smooth flavors of concentrated blackberry with a touch of raspberry and spice, while …

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