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Napa Cellars Reserve – 3-way Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.napacellars.com/ Napa Cellars’ reserve program has released three new releases that are all 100% varietal, made in small lots and designed to really showcase the terroir of the specific region the grapes were sourced from. \ 2010 Mount Veeder Chardonnay – W.E.P. Rating: 90% Technical Data: Appellation: Mount Veeder Composition: 100% Chardonnay […]

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A pair of value-driven reds from Cali – Review

By Duane Pemberton It’s always good to find some “go-to”, everyday wines to help take the edge off your day and to help keep from draining your budget. These two popular red blends from California each feature Zinfandel – the darling red wine grape of California. 2009 Apothic Red – W.E.P. Rating: 60% Technical Data: […]

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2009 Crystal Basin Syrah – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.crystalbasin.com I’ve been saying for years now that the Sierra Foothills area of California has a very good potential for being the next well-known area for producing world-class cool-climate wines. Crystal Basin has been doing just that and this 2009 Syrah makes a great case for the values coming out […]

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2008 Ampelos Gamma Syrah – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.ampeloscellars.com The Santa Barbara region – unfortunately – seems to get lost to a great degree when it comes to thinking of great wine-producing regions in California. The facts are that it does produce world-class wines which do well in cooler climates. Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc are […]

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2005 Deerfield Ranch Shiraz Cuvee – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://deerfieldranch.com/ Deerfield Ranch winery, just north of Glen Ellen California, is in the heart of Sonoma County and is one that uses its self-built cave system to age the wine in. It has created a loyal following and good acclaim as well. They produce a variety of wines – white to […]

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Flying high with 4-way Highflyer action

Highflyer wines is an effort by Somerston wine company to showcase various vineyards in their region and bring out the best of each site. It’s headed up by winemaker, Craig Becker and David Zurowski who heads up the marketing – both are industry veterans in their own right. 2009 Grenache Blanc: W.E.P. Rating:  90% Technical […]

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Crystal Basin Cellars – Classic Rhone

Many wine drinkers only tend to think of areas like Napa, Sonoma and even Paso Robles as the only good wine regions of California. There’s no doubt that great wines do come from those regions, however, there’s a particular one that you should be aware of – the El Dorado Wine Region. Its higher altitude […]

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2006 Ventana Vineyards Rubystone

Winery website: www.ventanawines.com Based in the Montery California area, Ventana Vineyards has been producing wine in that region for decades – their know-how when it comes to producing top-quality wines from top fruit have garnered wide accliam from wine lovers and the wine media-folk.  They produce a wide variety of wines from whites to reds – […]

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