Linne Calodo, Paso Robles

April 27, 2011

We went to Linne Calodo on our wine tasting, zinfandel festival weekend in Paso Robles with our great friend, Whitney. If you’ve been following our blog lately, then you’ve been reading a lot about Paso Robles wines. Linne Calodo used to by co-owned by Justin Smith, now of Saxum fame. Former partner, Matt Trevisan, retained […]

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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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Booker Vineyard, Paso Robles

April 6, 2011

The weirdcombos were super excited about Booker Vineyard after that incredibly flattering piece in Wine Spectator came out in March. Apparently we weren’t alone, for when we arrived at their chic tasting room over Paso Robles Zinfandel Fest weekend, almost all the wines had been poured and sold. Good for Eric Jensen but not so […]

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2007 Adelaida Version

March 23, 2011

To me, this is the most special wine that Adelaida produces. It’s a Paso Robles Rhône style blend that we’ve been enjoying for several years over a few vintages. It sells out quickly, according to their web site, so I guess the secret is starting to become common knowledge. Paso Robles is about a four-hour […]

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2008 Tensley OGT Syrah Santa Barbara

March 16, 2011

In January we went to this really interesting panel discussion at the San Francisco Public Library about food and wine blogging. Four bloggers spoke, including the delightful Sabrina from The Tomato Tart, whose food blog I really enjoy (hope that vegan cleanse thing is going o.k., S!) Alder Yarrow from vinography represented wine. Among other […]

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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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2006 Domaine de la Charbonnière Châteauneuf du Pape Les Hautes Brusquières

February 23, 2011

I started researching the Domaine de la Charbonnière just now for this story and I’m already enchanted. Look what it says on their home page: Domaine de la Charbonnière was purchased by Eugène Maret in 1912 as a gift for his wife. She was native of Châteauneuf du Pape and a winemaker’s daughter of the […]

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