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WOTW: Alois Lageder 2008 BETA DELTA Lagrein – Merlot

May 27, 2011
WOTW: Alois Lageder 2008 BETA DELTA Lagrein – Merlot

Today’s Wine of the Week has a long name _ Alois Lageder 2008 BETA DELTA Lagrein – Merlot _ but a short description: Very tasty. This wine is a blend of lagrein, a red wine grape that grows mostly in the South Tyrol, and merlot. It retails for about $22-$28; I got mine as...
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WOTW: Benessere Vineyards

May 6, 2011
WOTW: Benessere Vineyards

I’d like to say I discovered Benessere Vineyards by driving around the Napa Valley and exploring a wildflower-lined lane. But the truth is I learned of them by getting a box of samples delivered to my door in Berkeley. So, not so much with the romantic backstory, but that, as it turns, out doesn’t...
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A Malbec for Mother’s Day

May 5, 2011
A Malbec for Mother’s Day

Sometimes you meet people who make you feel like you should be trying just a little bit harder. At least that’s how I felt after I spent some time with Laura Catena and her mom, Elena Catena, third and fourth-generation members of an Argentine-Italian winemaking family. Catena is an ER physician at the UCSF...
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Wine Of The Week: V. Sattui 2008 Gilsson Vineyard Zinfandel

April 15, 2011
Wine Of The Week: V. Sattui 2008 Gilsson Vineyard Zinfandel

I got a little behind this week what with one thing and another. Taxes, mostly. Boy, was that fun. The point is I left the Wine of the Week until this morning which meant I had to taste before lunch which is usually something I cannot stand to do and spit as fast as...
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ZAPped!

March 26, 2011
ZAPped!

  You know you’ve really covered a wine event when you come back with purple teeth and a notebook coveredin red wine stains. That’s how I ended the 20th annual Zinfandel Festival. What a scene. More than 250 wineries participated in the event, put on by Zinfandel Advocates and Producers, from big outfits to...
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Friday Find-Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo

January 14, 2011
Photo courtesy Concho y Toro

  A funny thing happened to my to-do list this week. “Finish laundry,” was No. 4 or 5 on Monday. And darned if it isn’t still there today. I cannot imagine how that happened. However, I’m happy to say, “Find a good wine for Friday,” was accomplished, and in very short order. The wine...
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Que Syrah, sera

December 9, 2010
Que Syrah, sera

  I drank a little history the other day. The occasion was a tasting of all 11 years of Shafer Vineyards‘ Relentless wine, an 80-20 blend of syrah and petit sirah named in honor of Shafer’s dynamic winemaker Elias Fernandez. A tasting like that is called a vertical, for obvious reasons. It’s interesting from a...
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Wine of the Week: Argento 2009 Malbec

November 26, 2010
Wine of the Week: Argento 2009 Malbec

I basically spent my whole week beating, whipping and otherwise mistreating vegetables _ with the exception of a brief phone interview with Elmo, yes, in fact I have reached the pinnacle of journalistic achievement _ and did not have time to play around the wine aisles. So, for this Friday’s find I’m reaching back to...
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Bring on the Beaujolais

November 18, 2010
Bojo

Today is the third Thursday in November, which means it’s OK to drink Beaujolais Nouveau under French regulations. If you are an expert wine drinker this also means it’s time to make snotty comments about how this is a bubble-gum wine and how much you prefer the proper, aged Beaujolais crus wines. (Or, to talk about a handful...
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