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Wednesday September 2, 2009 04:00 am EDT

This refreshing rosé blend made from grenache, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and dolcetto (an Italian grape) smells like sweet, perfumey fruit. On the tongue, itís soft íní elegant, with cranberry, sweet cherry, ripe strawberries and fresh, lively acidity. Quite perfect, really. Perfect for any occasion, even happy ones. Sw= 2. $17 retail. 5 stars.  

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Wednesday September 2, 2009 04:00 am EDT
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Wednesday August 26, 2009 04:00 am EDT
My first Wineries that Wow entry is Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery, a family-run business that has finally turned a corner. I haven't been impressed with them in years, until I tried this fantastic pinot noir from their estate vineyards. Elegant with lush, dark cherry earthiness, excellent tart acidity and ripe plum with a flirty, sweet raspberry and strawberry finish. Luscious and worth the... | more...

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Wednesday August 19, 2009 04:00 am EDT
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Wednesday August 12, 2009 04:00 am EDT
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Wednesday August 12, 2009 04:00 am EDT

Made from vineyards grown in a cooler, high altitude region to achieve lively acidity, yet also to gain ripeness crucial for breathtaking chardonnay. Soft and medium-bodied with layers of creamy vanilla, mango, butter-sautÈed peaches and a refreshing citrus finish. Sw=2. $18. 4 stars.

This wine is featured in this week's Corkscrew column - White wine with steak keeps you cool. Taylor Eason is...

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Wednesday August 5, 2009 04:00 am EDT
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Wednesday August 5, 2009 04:00 am EDT

This red zinfandel backs up its cutesy name with character. It’s not bold and alcoholic like many zins but medium-bodied with chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla spice, black cherry and blackberry. Available at many grocery stores. Sw=2. $11. 4 stars.

This wine is featured in this week's Corkscrew column - Drink Well, Save Dough: Top ten best wines for the money right now.

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Wednesday July 29, 2009 04:00 am EDT

Forget the tango - malbec is fast becoming the beloved icon of Argentina. I wrote about this humble red grape back in 2006, when it was creeping into the spotlight, but since then its popularity has spread like the macarena at a redneck wedding. And no wonder - malbec is practically perfect.
This disrespected French grape originally hails from Bordeaux, where it slaves for the hallowed...

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Wednesday July 29, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Malbec is the new merlot, elbowing its way onto wine lists and into retail shops. This incredible example smells like luscious raspberry jam youíd spread on bread. This impressive medium-bodied wine has a lot going on ñ layers of blackberry, black licorice, bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, cranberry, velvety oakiness and spicy black pepper. Excellent acidity with a rich, tongue-pleasing... | more...

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Wednesday July 22, 2009 04:00 am EDT

One of the best, under-priced wines Iíve tasted in months. Floral aromas with softness on the palate, lively acidity, fresh apricot, stereotypical riesling diesel fuel, and a tart green apple, lemon-lime, wet slate finish. Sw=2. $10. 4 stars.

This wine is featured in this week's Corkscrew column - Lettuce Surprises You: Pairing wine with salads.

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Wednesday July 22, 2009 04:00 am EDT

The snooty side of food pairings preaches "no wine with salad." I fed on this falsehood for years, following the widely-held mantra like an evangelical wino. Then one day a miraculous salad and vino combo made me rethink my reliance on traditional not-so-wisdom.

Not that I was always so cool and contrarian. Before my re-awakening, I lapped up all the drivel wine magazines and writers spit...

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Wednesday July 15, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Maybe I have a seasonal affective disorder, since I always veer away from red wine during the hot months. It’s hard-wired into my DNA, and I find it more thirst-busting to lace my fingers around a chilled glass of rosé or white wine when the mercury hits 85. But there are a lot of red-wine-etarians out there and I occasionally desire something ballsier, even as sweat drools down my face. Enjoy... | more...

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Wednesday July 15, 2009 04:00 am EDT

The name, Las Hormigas, translates to 'the ants' since the vineyards are covered with critters that eat everything except the vines themselves. The protected fruit results in a wine oozing with mouth-filling black cherry, plums, licorice and soft leather. Itís dry with medium tannins and a lush, earthy finish. Sw=1. $10. 3.5 stars.  

This wine is featured in this week's Corkscrew column - Red...

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Wednesday July 8, 2009 04:00 am EDT

This fresh, rich, citrus-infused gem relies heavily on the sémillon grape to give it a distinct soft roundness. Also laced with melon, lemon curd and chamomile. Simply delicious. Sw=1. $19. 4.5 stars.  

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Wednesday July 8, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Picture a winery lab lined with brimming beakers. A racy sauvignon blanc white wine in one, an earthy sémillon in another. Like mixing up a monster martini, winemakers blend single-varietal wines together to find their signature cocktail. The painstaking process adds complexity to the final product and squeezes maximum flavor out of a vineyard. Getting the right combo, however, isn’t obvious —... | more...

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Wednesday July 1, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Albariño is a sadly unfamiliar grape, but Iím hoping people will embrace this crisp, acid-forward, grapefruit-ful wine. Hailing originally from RÌas Baixas in northwest Spainís coastal region, it pairs well with that regionís seafood-centric cuisine. Bodegas Montecilloís version definitely has grapefruit, lime and generous acidity but also the sweet tang of pineapple and a flinty finish. Super... | more...

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Wednesday July 1, 2009 04:00 am EDT

After my annual Fourth of July party, the recycling bin brims with a mountainous pile of wine bottles. I imagine the recycling guy considers me a lapsed Friend of Bill, but it doesn’t matter — our nation’s birthday is the day to enjoy everything. In honor of our America’s independence, here are some creative tips to prepare for the celebration.
 
Introduce the Box
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Wednesday June 24, 2009 04:00 am EDT

The six-month dream job of Wine Country Lifestyle Correspondent at Murphy-Goode Winery has been blowing up the blogosphere. $10,000 per month to live at the winery in Sonoma Valley, write, and ride the social media wave. It’s a sweet gig for whoever gets it.

And I threw my glass into the ring.

Initially, I learned about the opportunity from my father-in-law who lives 9,167 miles from home in...

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Wednesday June 24, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Possibly the best value from Argentina today, this luscious red blend has malbec, merlot, syrah and cabernet. Crafted by legendary winemaker Michel Rolland and it tastes like it. Rich and jammy with loads of fruit and flavor like soft leather, blackberry, blueberry, candied cherry, bittersweet chocolate, sweet vanilla and coffee. Simply stunning for the price. Sw=1. $16. 5 stars. Available at... | more...

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Wednesday June 17, 2009 04:00 am EDT

Summer just isn't summer without refreshing pink wine. From Randall Grahm’s infamous Bonny Doon winery comes a grenache-based rosé that smells like a fresh spring day. Zesty citrus, steely raspberry and orange blossom flavors with a clean, refreshing, red apple finish. Sw=2. $15. 4.5 stars.

This wine is featured in this week's Corkscrew column - Rose Rising: Why pink wines should be in your...

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Wednesday June 17, 2009 04:00 am EDT

Despite a weakening economy, the Nielson Company revealed an almost 25 percent jump in U.S. rosé wine sales in 2008. Since I’ve harped on the greatness of pink for the past five years, I’ll take at least a sliver of that celebratory pie, thank you very much. I’m rejoicing that Americans have finally begun to embrace the beauty of rosé wines.

With the red fruit and tannin of red, and the cool,...

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Wednesday June 10, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Like the violin I misused as a tot, wine requires practice. I don’t read many books about it, although I definitely should; I don’t study it much anymore, although that might make me sound smarter. But I drink. A lot. Not to alcoholic levels — though the thought has fluttered in my throbbing, hungover head — but enough to become intimate with countless grapes. It’s important since habitual... | more...

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Wednesday June 10, 2009 04:00 am EDT
Patz and Hall makes a series of single-vineyard chardonnays from around California, displaying the difference location can have on the grapes in the bottle. This one from Carneros is lean, medium-bodied and bright with green apple napped in butter and pumpkin-pie spices. Fantastic, lingering acidity that complements the roasted hazelnuts, fresh peaches and caramel flavors. Sw=2. $45. 4.5 stars.... | more...

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Wednesday June 3, 2009 04:00 am EDT

Humble beginnings birth beautiful things. Obama. The Simpsons. Angelina Jolie. And McLaren Vale, a tiny town in South Australia with soft yet powerful wines.

Tireless pioneer Thomas Hardy planted grapes in McLaren Vale around 1840 and winemaking in the region thrived, until the turn of the century when exports dried up and the demand for bulk port swelled. Around the 1960's, wine tourism...

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