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Caveats to my winery/wine reviews

I generally prefer bold flavored wines and lots of oak. I like my white wines on the sweet side, I usually prefer oakey Chardonnays, and my red wines heavy. I used to be almost totally into Cabernet Sauvignons, but in recent years I’ve started to prefer Zinfandels. I like Merlots and Malbecs, but I usually find them too mellow for my taste buds. I’m usually not a fan of Pinot Noirs, and I used to really dislike Syrahs, but they’ve been growing on me lately. Finally, I don’t like fortified wines.

I usually cannot identify specific flavors in wine. A wine may taste flowery or fruity to me, but don’t ask me which flower or which fruit it is. Mostly I concentrate on the things that scream to me: how balanced the wine seems, how full, how alcoholic/tannic/acidic, basically, how much I enjoy drinking it :-)

Korbel Champagne Cellars

After a long canoe trip down the Russian River Valley, Mike and I headed towards Occidental, where we were spending the night. On our way we passed Korbel, and decided to stop for some refreshing sparkling wine. Korbel seems to … Continue reading

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Wine tasting in Healdsburg

During our short trip to the wine country last weekend, we hit a couple of wineries in the city of Healdsburg proper. The city features a dozen (OK, I’m guessing) tasting rooms from wineries in the area. Most of them … Continue reading

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Wine tasting in Sonoma Valley

Mike and I just returned from a short trip to Sonoma and Lake counties, where we (OK, I) did a fair amount of wine tasting. As usual, I’m going to include my notes, which I think I will divide into … Continue reading

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Wines at home (again)

I just got back from another trip to the wine country (I’ll blog about it later), where I bought only a couple of bottles of wine. This reminds me that it’s time to figure out what wines I do have … Continue reading

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Wine tasting in Paso Robles

It’s amazing to me how many wine-growing regions there are in California, and in particular, how many I have not visited in the 25+ years I’ve lived in this state. While I know I’ll never be able to visit even … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting in Amador county (Shenandoah Valley)

My friend Lola and I went on weekend trip to the Gold Country last weekend, and spent Sunday morning wine tasting in the Shenondoah Valley. We hit 6 wineries, had a wonderful time and discovered a new and fantastic wine … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting in Livermore III

Sunday night Kathy and I took our dad wine tasting in Livermore. He loves to wine taste and Livermore is the closest wine growing region to San Leandro. We hit quite a few wineries (Kathy, a non-wine drinker, was driving) … Continue reading

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Zonin Prosecco – Brut

My friend Lola loves Prosecco, Italy’s version of sparkling wine, and she brought a bottle last time she came over for dinner an eternity ago. I liked it too, it was light and airy and fresh, so some time later … Continue reading

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BV Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Mike bought a couple of bottles of this wine last year when they were on sale for $20. He really seems to like it. I always feel guilty about drinking expensive wine (and for me, any wine over $10 is … Continue reading

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2005 Tierra Salvaje Carménère

I have nothing to say about this Chilean TJ wine, as I didn’t actually drink it. It’s a kosher wine, which I didn’t realize when I bought it, not that it matters to me. In any case, I used this … Continue reading

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