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Denner Vineyards, Paso Robles

May 4, 2011

Denner, like Booker, Caliza, Brian Benson and a few others, has been in the spotlight lately. As a result, it was a must-see while we visited Paso Robles last month, though since everyone else had the same idea, they were nearly tapped out of wine to try. Boo-hoo! The Denner vineyards were planted in 1999. […]

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Brian Benson Cellars, Paso Robles

April 21, 2011

We’ve been itching to get to Brian Benson at least since 2009. We tasted his wines at the Paso Robles wine festival that summer and were sold. I enjoyed his 2005 Denner Vineyard Syrah so well that I ordered a case. Like Caliza and Booker, Brian Benson recently enjoyed high praise in the pages of […]

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kukkula, Paso Robles

April 20, 2011

Well, we’ve finally made it to kukkula! I’ve been looking forward to this day for ages, ever since we tasted their wines at the Paso Robles wine festival in 2009 and 2010. Our good friends, Aime and Whitney, knowing my admiration for all things kukkula, even sent me a couple bottles of their delicious Lothario, […]

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Caliza Winery, Paso Robles

April 13, 2011

Caliza is one of the lucky few Paso Robles wineries to be mentioned with high praise recently in the pages of Wine Spectator. The magazine referred to the winemakers/owners, Pam and Carl Bowker, as the “new kids on the block.” Pam alluded to that on our recent tasting visit. Comfortably past childhood (husband Carl is […]

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JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles

April 7, 2011

The first thing that ever comes to mind when considering JUSTIN is why one always seems to see it written like that, in all-caps: J-U-S-T-I-N. That’s so loud and unnecessary. This place is JUSTI-fiably famous in Paso and elsewhere. The lettering is too in your face for my taste. The next thing that I always […]

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Chouinard Vineyards, Castro Valley

March 7, 2011

Hegui and I decided to go to Chouinard as part of our recent Livermore Valley wine tasting meet-up. They got an excellent review on ChowHound and they produce Rhône varieties, which we adore. Even though we’ve been, I still don’t quite know how to situate them on the map. Many of their grapes are grown […]

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Concannon Vineyard, Livermore Valley

March 2, 2011

Concannon may be familiar to you from supermarket shelves. I know that I was beguiled by them for years whenever I browsed my local Safeway. Strangely, I’d never considered trying to visit until our good friend, Kristen B, suggested a day-trip to Livermore Valley. She was pulling together a group and had a friend, Jennifer, […]

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2003 Stryker Sonoma E1k Sonoma County

February 9, 2011

This was our final bottle of Stryker Sonoma wine. We’ve been members of their wine club for ages but, taking my own advice about clubs, it is time to move on. I still enjoy Stryker wines quite well. I’m just cash poor and want to focus on my new darling, pinot noir, with what I’ve […]

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Michel-Schlumberger Wines, Sonoma County

January 24, 2011

We hadn’t really known anything about Michel-Schlumberger until we were invited for a visit through our blog by Jim Morris, Vice President of Consumer Sales and Marketing for the winery. That’s a first for us. It is flattering to get invited to something, so we arranged to go for a visit and tour. They waived […]

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2008 Eos Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

January 12, 2011

Eos Estate was named after the Goddess of the Dawn. Eos, the goddess, has an amazing history. Apparently her role is to open the Gates of Heaven so that the Sun Chariot can climb into the sky. This Greek god and goddess site says that she had an affair with Ares, which made Aphrodite jealous. […]

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