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Corison Winery Cabernet: Serendipity in St. Helena

I had tasted Corison Winery Cabernet Sauvignon on one previous occasion, recall really liking it, and them promptly moved on to about 1,000 other things/bottles. I recently passed by the winery in St. Helena, CA, on my way to Sonoma, and told my Mom, “Hey, there’s Corsion.” End of story. Until a Twitter moment happened: [More]

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Cain Vineyard and Winery: Truth in the Vineyards

A visit to Cain Vineyard and Winery in Napa’s Spring Mountain District was remarkable for many reasons. One, while I had been to Napa a few times prior, I had only visited the valley part of Napa Valley. I had no idea a different world existed once you left the valley floor. After a quick, [More]

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What Happens in Napa and Sonoma in January?

Leaving today on a press trip sponsored by Jarvis Communications to find out what goes on in the vineyards in January. Probably not as sleepy as you’d think. Stops along the way: Frank Family Vineyards Paul Hobbs Winery Reuling Vineyard Inman Family Wines Sequoia Grove Cain Vineyard and Winery And looking forward to seeing my [More]

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2005 Rudd Oakville Estate Red: Two-Word Review

“Thanks, Mom.” After drinking the 2005 Rudd Oakville Estate Red, those are the two words best describe my feelings about this wine. It had been a while since I had such a memorable red from Napa Valley, so I owe a debt of gratitude to my Napa Valley-loving mother, who was nice enough to let [More]

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Old California Cabernet

I had a 1990 BV Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon and it was fantastic. Mature, smooth, and lots of eucalyptus. What was even more impressive was the alcohol level: 13%. You just cannot find a top California cab in the last decade without alcohol levels approaching 15%. I looked at a bottle of 2003 BV [More]

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