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

drink me: zarate tras da viña albariño
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drink me: zarate tras da viña albariño

It’s the second annual Albarino Day! And if you want an Albariño, this is one of the best I’ve seen, yo.  grape: Albariño producer: Zarate – they make amaaazing Albariño’s country: Spain region: Rías Baixas, reigning king of Albariño making year: 2009 yum factors: This has the crispy yellow apple and citrus that’s typical Albariño but this cool touch of almond … Continue reading

drink me: dana estate hershey vineyard cabernet
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drink me: dana estate hershey vineyard cabernet

Straight up I’m going to tell you it’s over $400 so just know that going into this post. That said, it’s one of those wines that’s so EFFING good you’d feel like it was worth it. grape: Cabernet producer: Dana (pronounced “dahna”). It’s the owner’s nickname, which means “generosity” in Sanskrit. And the lotus flower on their labels represents … Continue reading

drink me: inama carmenere
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drink me: inama carmenere

grape: Carmenere – usually super inky and thick, but this one’s lightened up with 30% Merlot producer: Inama country: Italy region: Colli Berici DOC zone, east of the Soave area year: 2009 yum factors: This has that cocoa and a touch of black pepper that Carmenere usually has, but it’s so much lighter and softer with the dark plum from the … Continue reading

drink me: green white and red
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drink me: green white and red

In addition to all of the amazing biodynamic wines I tried for Green Week, here are just plain old organic ones to try. Organic basically means the grapes were grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides, and that they also didn’t use any preservatives in the winemaking process. I didn’t do a massive, all-encompassing sampling so there are a ton … Continue reading