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2019 Famille Fezas ‘Java’ Blanc (Gascogne, France)

2019 Famille Fezas ‘Java’ Blanc (Gascogne, France)   50% Colombard, 25% Ugni-blanc, 25% Sauvignon Blanc   Lots of citrus and floral tones. tropical fruits and grapefruit/pineapple.   Enjoyed thoroughly with friends!   Purchased on sale for $11.99 from Great Grapes in Cary, NC. -B

2018 Asnella Vinho Verde Superior (Portugal)

2018 Asnella Vinho Verde Superior (Portugal)   60% Arinto, 40% Loureiro   Granny Smith green apple, some tropical fruit tones, and perhaps a bit of slate/stone. Nice medium body. Very little effervescence. Nice, but not totally what I was expecting!   Purchased for $14.99

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Lede Family Wines welcomes industry veteran Tony Baldini as President and COO

NEWS RELEASE   (August 5, 2020; Yountville, Calif.)—Cliff Lede, founder of Lede Family Wines, is pleased to announce that California wine industry veteran Tony Baldini will join the company as President and Chief Operating Officer. Lede Family Wines encompasses three distinct wine brands: Cliff Lede Vineyards with its flagship wine Poetry, located in the Stags […]

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2017 Hillinger Small Hill Red (Burgenland, Austria)

2017 Hillinger Small Hill Red (Burgenland, Austria)   50% Merlot, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% St. Laurent   Bursting with dark red fruits, followed by a smooth vanilla and delicate oak undertones. Creamy and easy drinking at 13% abv.

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Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance Honors Alma Rosa’s Richard Sanford as 2020 Vintner of the Year

NEWS RELEASE   (August 3, 2020; Buellton, Calif.) Bob and Barb Zorich, proprietors of Alma Rosa Winery, are pleased to announce that winery founder Richard Sanford has been named 2020 Vintner of the Year by the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance. On August 11 at 5:15 pm PST, wine author, expert and critic Matt Kettman […]

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Milla Handley, the “Pioneer Queen” of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and Handley Cellars Founder, Dies at 68

NEWS RELEASE PHILO, Calif. – August 3, 2020 – Milla Handley, founder of the acclaimed Handley Cellars, and a respected leader in the Anderson Valley wine community, died on July 25th. A pioneering winemaker, in 1975, Handley became one of the first female graduates in fermentation science from UC Davis. In 1982, Handley also became […]

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2018 Gouguenheim Estaciones Malbec (Valle de Uco, Tupungato, Argentina)

2018 Gouguenheim Estaciones Malbec (Valle de Uco, Tupungato, Argentina)   Floral/violet nose….fruit-forward cherry, plum…smooth tannins. Easy drinking!   Purchased on sale for $9.99 (originally $14.99) from Great Grapes in Cary, NC. -B

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Wines of South Africa USA Calls for Support of South African Wine Industry in Crisis

NEWS RELEASE   Renewed South African alcohol ban a potential devastation for wine industry   New York, NY, July 30, 2020 – Wines of South Africa (WOSA) USA, the industry association that promotes the exports of South African wine, is calling on members of the wine trade, media and consumers to support the South African […]

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2016 Original House Wine Mountain Merlot (Walla Walla, Washington)

2016 Original House Wine Mountain Merlot (Walla Walla, Washington)   Woody and herb nose, lots of big juicy red fruits…plum, jammy, etc.   Easy drinking! Imbibed while spending time in CO several weeks ago.   Purchased for $9.99 from Great Vines Liquors in Aurora, CO (using the Drizly app……..hope no one stole my data….). -B

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Bouchaine Vineyard Owner Goes Totally Virtual in Purchase of 43-acre Carneros Olive Grove

NEWS RELEASE, July 28, 2020  Napa, CA – Bouchaine Vineyards proprietor, and president, Tatiana Copeland, has purchased the 43-acre property located at 2686 Las Amigas Road, just one short mile from Bouchaine Vineyards, the winery she owns with her husband, Gerret Copeland. The property boasts a 20-acre organic olive grove, consisting of 3,000 olive trees. […]

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