Martinelli Winery, Sonoma County

May 25, 2011

I picked Martinelli as a wine tasting destination after stumbling across their web site. When I saw the beautiful picture of their large red hop kiln, I was sold. You see, we were traveling to Sonoma County with our friend, Chris S, who has entertained us several times with fascinating aged zinfandels from nearby Hop […]

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Williams Selyem pick-up weekend, Spring 2011

May 11, 2011

Some of us at weirdcombos were lucky to have a glorious weekend in the Russian River Valley over Mother’s Day. We spent the night at the funky cabin-in-a-redwood-forest of our great friends, Jocelyn and Devin, and did some wine tasting; we followed the Russian River to its delta on the Pacific near the town of […]

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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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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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19th Annual Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival: cheers!

March 30, 2011

Some of the weirdcombos headed down south to the 19th Annual Paso Robles Zin-Fest last week for a fun-filled time. Unfortunately the weather was a horror-show: rain and cold the entire weekend. But Mother Nature’s mischievous ways didn’t hold us back (for too long). Paso Robles is near the California Central Coast across the mountains […]

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1996 J Fritz Winery 80-year old vines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Rogers’ Reserve

March 16, 2011

This was another exciting zinfandel find by our BFF, Chris S. He’s already wowed us with an older Hop Kiln zinfandel as well as a late-harvest zin from the same maker. This J Fritz, then, is part of an intriguing series of aged zinfandels. I’ve been trying to learn more about these wines as they […]

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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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2008 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Zinfandel Forchini Vineyard

March 1, 2011

Just a quick note on this one, even though I’m Williams Selyem obsessed and could probably come up with more. Mostly, it’s because we thought that it was merely good, though better than “just okay.” This zin is a hazy dark purple color with full body that is supple and smooth. On the nose was […]

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