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Happy cat’s pee day! #SauvBlanc

June 24, 2011
Happy cat’s pee day! #SauvBlanc

I knew I was getting into a weird area with this wine writing business when I learned that “cat’s pee” was a relatively common tasting note term when assessing the aroma of  sauvignon blanc. I mean, you know going in that tasting notes are a bit odd, if only for the full bodies, insouciant...
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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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WOTW: Earth Day chardonnay

April 22, 2011
WOTW: Earth Day chardonnay

    Ever try to take a bottle of wine on a hike? It’s pretty tricky. The bottle’s heavy, it clinks around and there’s a good chance _ if you’re clumsy like me a great chance _ you’re going to break it and get wine all over. Of course, there are those backpack deals...
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Wine of the Week: Smith-Madrone 2009 Riesling

April 8, 2011
Wine of the Week: Smith-Madrone 2009 Riesling

  The good news about the WOTW, Smith-Madrone 2009 Riesling, is that it’s a very nice wine. The bad news is that there isn’t a lot of it around, only 302 cases made. The wine, which was sent to me as a sample, has a suggested retail price of $27, and is a dry...
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Wine of the Week: Rodney Strong 2009 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay

April 1, 2011
Wine of the Week: Rodney Strong 2009 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay

  Chalk Hill Vineyard /www.rodneystrong.com “The wine cost $30, so it wasn’t expensive.” That was something I heard at an event the other day and my jaw dropped. I realize that not everyone is as cheap as la famille Vinecdote, but still. Thirty bucks! You’re talking one-tenth of a Coach purse right there. The...
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Wine of the Week: Kendall-Jackson Avant Chardonnay

March 26, 2011
Wine of the Week: Kendall-Jackson Avant Chardonnay

The Kendall-Jackson winery in Sonoma County has been pumping out tasty, good-value wines for so long that I think they sometimes get overlooked in the wine appreciation world. I have always liked the KJ Vintner’s Reserve chardonnay, so I was interested to see that they’ve come out with a new chardonnay, Avant. Made in...
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Wine of the Week: 2008 Georges Meurgey Vouvray

December 17, 2010
vouvray

  This Friday’s find is a 2008 Georges Meurgey Vouvray (Boisset). Price around $8 in Safeway. Check out the label. Unlike American bottles where the name of the producer is big and the region is tiny, the appellation gets star billing here. The French really are all about terroir, a sense of place. Vouvray...
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Wine of the Week: J. Lohr Riesling

December 10, 2010
Wine of the Week: J. Lohr Riesling

It’s a funny thing how a theme will suddenly start to crop up in your life. I’ve been asking people about wine trends this week and getting a lot of answers with the word “riesling” in them. And, then, in my grocery store’s wine aisle yesterday I heard a couple discussing what wine they...
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Wine of the Week: 2009 La Vieille Ferme White

November 19, 2010
Wine of the Week: 2009 La Vieille Ferme White

Starting a new feature here that I, and my wallet, hope will become a fixture _ wines I come across that are good and not too expensive. This week I picked up a magnum of 2009 La Vieille Ferme white from the Rhone Valley in France for about $13. The price was right, that’s $7.50 a...
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