Archive for the ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’ Category

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Atlas Peak – 5 Solid Aspects That Make Me Really Want to Visit

[Photo Credit: Atlas Peak Appellation has used this image, with photo credit given to Stagecoach Vineyard] I’ve driven through the Atlas Peak American Viticultural Area (AVA) many times, but I haven’t ascended the Vaca Mountain range. I had one insightful visit, when invited to my friend Dr. Sondra Barrett‘s art exhibit at Black Stallion Winery. […]

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Marqués de Casa Concha – From the Home of South America’s Power House Wine Producer

In my humble opinion, wines that come from the Concha y Toro Power House are incredible wines for the price that you’re going to pay for them. I’ll never waver in that belief, after tasting them one-by-one, for the last five years. If you get to know this producer, too, most especially since they’re distributed […]

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An Alice in Wonderland Life as The Taylor Family Vineyards’ Door Opened

From Then to Now As I reflect upon my own life’s extensive work, it’s been one that’s opened impressive doors to a lot of privilege and honor. Why did I get to be the one backstage with rock n’roll’s brightest stars, in Portland Maine, and be allowed to photograph them for national trade magazine submissions? […]

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Pine Ridge Vineyards ~ Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner 2017

Liquid and Solid Art Michael Beaulac and Dale Chihuly This was my second year visiting wineries, at the Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner 2017 tasting. I was really jazzed to return, because last year’s event was a highlight of 2016. Admittedly, I deliberately don’t get out much. Unlike those who come to California wine […]

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Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner 2017

This is an unparalleled Stags Leap District wine experience. Stags Leap is an iconic American appellation, with legendary history, a vibrant future, distinctive Cabernets as Napa’s neighborhood for world class wines. [Pine Ridge Vineyards] Last year, we attended this event and were stuck by the quality and attentiveness of each vintner and winemaker. Pictures from […]

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Every Single Wine Grape Variety Has Its Own Unique Leaf

Wine Grape Varietal Leaves can all be found in resource books, but I wanted my own images. There are many wineries where I’ve worked, prior to becoming a consultant. At each one I learned a different segment of the wine business. While at Kendall-Jackson, I took advantage of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Demonstration Vineyard; which […]

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The 2016 California Winegrape Crush Is a Return to Normalcy

[Pictured is Alvaro Zamora, vineyard manager for The Rubin Family of Wines] The following is very interesting info from Ciatti, Global Wine & Grape Brokers, regarding the 2016 harvest. The Ciatti Company Ciatti is the world’s largest and most comprehensive bulk wine and grape brokerage frim. Aside from its home base in San Rafael, California, […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Kendall-Jackson 2014 Seco Highlands Pinot Noir

Getting out to visit a winery is always a rare treat. We moved to California from Maine, because of the opportunities. Once embroiled in work within those opportunities, however, visits are now mostly for appointments, in order to get more work accomplished. This past week, Jose and I segued back to my former place of […]

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Bordeaux ~ Les Hauts de Lagarde 2015 ~ The Red and The White of It

The Red and The White of It Last evening, with our friend Corinne, we had dinner tasting and enjoying these two very special Bordeaux wines: Les Hauts de Lagarde 2015 – Blanc and Rouge. We began our food and wine tasting with humus and endives as an appetizer. We were so involved with Corinne having […]

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Thanksgiving Wines ~ What Our Immigrant Forefather Would Have Brought, If Only…

If you’re of Native American descent, your forefathers arrived first on the North American continent. Once the Bering Strait had waters receding, people migrated from both Asia and Northeastern Europe. Who were the first ancient settlers to arrive and cultivate California, for instance?  The Central Pomo people, who immigrated to California more than 8,000 years […]