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Noble Italian, Peasant Price (comparatively!)

Italy is rich with noble grape varietals. It’s northwest region of Piemonte has Barolo and Barbaresco (produced from 100% Nebbiolo). Toscana has Brunello di Montalcino (100% Sangiovese Grosso). It is typical to spend anywhere $50 t0 $100 + on these … Continue reading

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New Wine Coming Friday

We love finding new wines for the shop and are particularly excited about a couple new ones coming tomorrow, January 13th 2012. Big Vine Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande 2009, $14.99 California’s Central Coast certainly produces great Pinot Noir. It also … Continue reading

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Shebang! The Name Says It All

Bedrock Sherman and Hooker’s Shebang! Red, Fourth Cuvee Price: $12.99 When I say¬†winemaker Morgan Twain Peterson is a freak of nature, I really do mean it as a compliment. He made his first wine at the age of 5. He … Continue reading

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Top to Bottom, A Favorite Spanish Wine Portfolio

I can count on one hand the number of wine importers whose entire catalogs of wine impress from top to bottom. Ole Imports,¬† a Spanish wine importer, is one of them. Ole does an incredible job of finding producers throughout … Continue reading

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Big Vine Chardonnay – Richness without Oak

California Chardonnay is known for its toasty richness and creaminess. While the toasty richness tends to come from time in oak barrels, the creaminess can typically be attributed to a secondary fermentation (malolactic fermentation) that often trades crisp acidity for … Continue reading

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Maso Poli tasting. Day 2 Trentino Alto Adige

At dinner I asked Maso Poli owner and founder Luigi Togn, if there was one other grape he could plant, what would it be. He shook his head smiling. “I am a traditionalist. All the people who have come before … Continue reading

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Trentino Alto Adige day 1

As I sit at Maso Poli in Lavis, within Italy’s Trentino area, it is difficult to focus on the vines. The beginning of the dolomites (the Italian Alps) rise sharply from the valley floor, leaving little room for prime vineyard … Continue reading

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