drink me: emmolo merlot
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drink me: emmolo merlot

grape: Merlot. It gets a bad rap from Sideways, but it’s an excellent grape that just got overdone. Revisit some good ones and you’ll get why it got so popular in the first place. producer: Emmolo. This is a relatively new wine line made by Jenny Wagner, who’s the daughter of the Caymus winemaker. We were at … Continue reading

drink me: talley rincon vineyard pinot noir
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drink me: talley rincon vineyard pinot noir

grape: Pinot Noir producer: Talley Vineyards. They started out planted vegetables in 1948 in Arroyo Grande (near Edna Valley), and then (luckily for us) planted vines in 1982. They make great restrained wines, unlike lots of big. fruity California ones. country: USA region: Arroyo Grande Valley, CA year: 2011 yum factors: Had a bunch of their Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs last weekend and … Continue reading

drink me: chateau montelena riesling
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drink me: chateau montelena riesling

grape: Riesling. I love spicy food, and there is one wine and one wine only that I want with spicy food: Riesling. producer: Chateau Montelena. I didn’t even know they made a Riesling, because they’re incredibly famous for their Chardonnay that beat the French in the Judgment of Paris in 1976. But I loved this Riesling! country: USA region: Potter Valley, CA … Continue reading

drink me: petite sirah
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drink me: petite sirah

The heatwave is technically over but it’s still horribly humid, and for the past few days probably all you’ve been drinking is crisp whites and rosés. Summertime in general doesn’t tend to make people want to drink heavy reds, but summer also means Grill Time! And nothing goes better with some charred grilled red meat … Continue reading

drink me: inman chardonnay
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drink me: inman chardonnay

grape: Chardonnay producer: Inman. Known more for their Pinot Noir (which is also great) although I’m also a huge fan of their rosé (sadly sold out), but was floored by this Chardonnay. country: USA region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma. This isn’t a region known for restrained Chardonnay – they tend to be big bombs of butter and cream. year: 2011 yum factors: Many … Continue reading