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Quick Pour: Cakebread Cellars Rubaiyat 2013

Producer: Cakebread Cellars
Region: North Coast, California, United States (67% Napa Valley, 33% Anderson Valley)
Price: $30
Vintage: 2013
Varietals: 86% pinot noir, 14% syrah
ABV: 14.3%

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Out of Town: A Day Exploring Temecula’s Wine Country

Last year, I finally took advantage of the opportunity to visit Temecula’s Wine Country. With iPods loaded with crazy throwback tunes, playlists roaring and near perfect weather, my friends and I hit the open road on our way through the hills to Temecula. What was I expecting upon arriving? To be honest, I had no idea. I had been to Stone Brewing Company the previous year so the scenery I was looking for was similar to that. Desert hillsides lined with sparse greenery, palm trees and a lot of rocky soil. As we approached the "Welcome to Temecula" sign, we drove past gorgeous housing communities and neighborhoods, which had me scratching my head. Okay... so, where is wine country? [...]

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Great Frogs Winery; Maryland Wine, NOT from concentrate

Maryland wine. Say it.. "Maryland wine." Most people shudder or follow up with “oh, hell no”. I was one of those people to be quite honest. The only wine I had encountered from Maryland was produced concentrate or grapes from outside of the state or had enough sugar to make a diabetic quiver. After long overdue plans had finally solidified with our good friends Katey and Dan, they had made arrangements for a tour and tasting (appointment required) at Great Frogs Winery of Annapolis. We were very open to the experience as, quite frankly, we could have had a root beer tasting and had a good time.

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Quick Pour: Turkey Day Syrah Selections

Bedrock Wine Company North Coast Syrah 2012 (Sonoma Coast, California, USA)
Hart Family Syrah Temecula Valley 2012 (Temecula Valley, California, USA)
Domaine des Sources Vin de Pays du Gard Vieilles Vignes Syrah 2000 (Languedoc, Vin de Pays du Gard, France)
Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah T 'n' S Hudson Vineyard South 2012 (Carneros, California, USA)
Cameron Hughes Lot 408 Syrah 2012 (Santa Ynez Valley, California, USA)

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Quick Pour: Dusted Valley Boomtown Syrah 2012

Producer: Dusted Valley Winery
Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington, USA
Price: $19
Vintage: 2012
Varietals: 96% Syrah, 2% Grenache, 2% Malbec
ABV: 14.1%

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Tablas Creek Vineyard; A taste of Rhône in Paso Robles

Visiting Paso Robles for the first time was nothing short of amazing. The laid back setting, rolling hills, and less crowded viticultural area provides wine enthusiasts with what most people seek when visiting California wine country – peace and quiet, great food, great people, and AMAZING wines. This particular day brought us to a hand full of wineries, all of which showed very different wines. We were able to stop by two Neil Collins wineries, including Tablas Creek Vineyard. English-born Neil Collins was actually a trained Chef, but eventually came to dabble and subsequently focus solely on winemaking and vineyard management. With stints at Adelaida Cellars and Wild Horse, Neil met owners Robert Haas and the Perrin family when Tablas Creek was beginning its journey, and Neil had to be a part of it. Tablas Creek was founded by the Perrin Family, proprietors of Château de Beaucastel in famous Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, …

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25 Pours of Christmas (Pour 3): Cameron Hughes Field Blend 2011 LOT 386

Cameron Hughes Field Blend 2011 LOT 386 Producer: Cameron Hughes Lot 386 Field Blend 2011 Region: California, USA Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Zinfandel 64%, Syrah 20%, Petite Sirah 11%, Graciano 5% ABV: 14.2% Virginia Pour House Notes: Gorgeous notes of spiced blackfruit give way to a layered palate peeling back notes of ripe blackberry, sweet tobacco, spicebox and cherry – all supported by fine tannins and a ripe, black fruit-filled finish. The full mouthfeel, round structure and fruit driven palate makes for an excellent wine to pair or enjoy on its own.   Cameron Hughes Field Blend 2011 LOT 386 Producer: Cameron Hughes Lot 386 Field Blend 2011 Region: California, USA Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Zinfandel 64%, Syrah 20%, Petite Sirah 11%, Graciano 5% ABV: 14.2% Virginia Pour House Notes: Gorgeous notes of spiced blackfruit give way to a layered palate peeling back notes of ripe blackberry, sweet …

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Halter Ranch Vineyard; A touch of Rhône, Ranch style (AmericanWineryGuide)

Paso Robles has some of the finest Rhône style wines in not only California, but the United States as well. Our latest AmericanWineryGuide contribution covers yet another gem that Paso Robles has to offer. Do not sleep on Paso, especially if you are a fan of small family-style wineries.   The HISTORY “Halter Ranch is located in the Paso Robles Westside Adelaida District and produces Bordeaux and Rhône-style wines made from 100% sustainable, estate-grown grapes. The ranch itself has been around since the late 1800s when it was originally owned by businessman Edwin Smith, who was a dealer in produce and livestock and was part of 3,600 acres of land he owned. Edwin built a Victorian farmhouse that later burned down, but was rebuilt and utilized until his business collapsed. In 1943, about 1,200 acres were purchased by the MacGillivray family and was farmed for over 50-plus years until the …

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Lava Vine Winery; A couple of regular folks making excellent wine (AmericanWineryGuide)

To kill sometime in Napa before our next tasting appointment, we stumbled upon this hidden treasure of a winery right off of the Silverado Trail. Check out what we found within our latest post for AmericanWineryGuide.   HISTORY “In 2000, Joe Cabral purchased property containing a 4 acre vineyard in Franz Valley and began reworking the steeply sloped vineyard and produced his first port style wine. Four year later, after teaming up with a winemaker friend, Lava Vine was created. That same year, the two friends grafted the vineyard with Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2007, Joe and his wife Jill purchased a winery property on the Silverado Trail and opened the doors in 2008. The Knights Valley Estate vineyard they purchased has steep slopes, loose rocky soils, and tight row spacing; all of their vines have to be tended by hand. The vineyard is also organically farmed …

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Quick Pour: Cline Cellars Cashmere Red Blend 2012

Producer: Cline Cellars Region: Sonoma Valley AVA, California, United States Price: $16.80 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 35% Mourvedre, 24% Syrah, 23% Grenache, 18% Petite Sirah (14% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Very aromatic and seductive with cherry, raspberry, and undertones of spice and oak whisking your senses away. The palate is balanced with juicy intensity bearing a soft, round structure ensconced with ripe pie cherry and plum that is wrapped in a veil of milk chocolate finishing smooth and elegant. Producer: Cline Cellars Region: Sonoma Valley AVA, California, United States Price: $16.80 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 35% Mourvedre, 24% Syrah, 23% Grenache, 18% Petite Sirah (14% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Very aromatic and seductive with cherry, raspberry, and undertones of spice and oak whisking your senses away. The palate is balanced with juicy intensity bearing a soft, round structure ensconced with ripe pie cherry and plum that is wrapped in a veil of milk chocolate finishing smooth …

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