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The Seventy Five Wine Company 2012 The Sum Red Blend

The Seventy Five Wine Company 2012 The Sum Red Blend

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Farm-fresh ingredients at the Applewood Inn vegetable garden and chicken coop (Photo credit: Applewood Inn)

Farm-fresh ingredients at the Applewood Inn vegetable garden and chicken coop (Photo credit: Applewood Inn)


by Karla Erovick


California Wine Country restaurants are passionate about their food. It’s not surprising, given their access to some of the most sought-after agriculture in the country. Continue reading “Farm to Table: Taking Local to a Whole New Level in California Wine Country” »



Artesa Vineyards & Winery 2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

Artesa Vineyards & Winery 2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

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Trefethen Family Vineyards 2013 Dry Riesling

Trefethen Family Vineyards 2013 Dry Riesling

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A True Library Wine

on December 16th, 2013
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Dec

Barney's Backyard 2008 Napa Valley Petite Sirah, Library Vineyard

Barney’s Backyard 2008 Napa Valley Petite Sirah, Library Vineyard


by Barnaby Hughes


The term “library wine” typically refers to a bottle that has been cellared, but I recently discovered a whole new kind of library wine. St. Helena Public Library (SHPL) in the Napa Valley has a small collection of 91 vines on its property. Planted in 2000, it is known as Barney’s Backyard, in honor of Bernard Rhodes, first President of the Wine Library Association. Barney’s Backyard complements the adjacent Library Vineyard, planted between 1880 and 1920. Turley Wine Cellars, which leases Library Vineyard, harvests and vinifies together the grapes from both vineyard plots. 

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Trefethen 2010 Dragon's Tooth

Trefethen 2010 Dragon’s Tooth

Price : $75

Rating: 15.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Oak Knoll District), California

Varietals: 58 percent Malbec, 22 percent Cabernet Sauvignon & 20 percent Petit Verdot

Production: 980 cases

Alcohol: 14.8 percent


Tasting Notes: Dragon’s Tooth is a proprietary red blend that pays homage to the Trefethen family’s Welsh heritage. Adorning the bottle label is the guardian and symbol of Wales, a red dragon. Made entirely from estate-grown grapes, the 2010 Dragon’s Tooth is bold and big-bodied. Well-structured to take Continue reading “Trefethen Family Vineyards 2010 Dragon’s Tooth – Wine of the Week Review” »



Freemark Abbey 2012 Viognier

Freemark Abbey 2012 Viognier

Price: $32

Rating: 14/20

Region: Napa Valley, California

Varietal: 100 percent Viognier

Production: 1,503 cases

Alcohol: 15.1 percent


Tasting Notes: At the Judgment of Paris in 1976, California wines triumphed over French wines in a blind tasting. Freemark Abbey was the only California winery to have both a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay selected to compete. The winery’s 2012 Viognier is a crisp, full-bodied wine. Its heady tropical fruit and floral aromas entice upon entry. Citrus and stone fruit flavors in the Continue reading “Freemark Abbey 2012 Viognier – Wine of the Week Review” »



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Aug

Lewis Rossman, executive chef of Sam's Chowder House

Lewis Rossman, executive chef of Sam’s Chowder House


by Anneli Rufus


Lewis Rossman, the executive chef of Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, gave viewers an inside view of his lobster roll and demonstrated a rock cod recipe on Tasteable: California, a new TV series in which chefs at noted Golden State restaurants show off some of their best-selling dishes.

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Gemstone 2009 Estate Red Wine

Gemstone 2009 Estate Red Wine

Price: $80

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Yountville), California

Varietals: 71 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 21 percent Merlot, 4 percent Petit Verdot, 4 percent Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 15.4 percent


Tasting Notes: Gemstone, a small, family-owned vineyard, concentrates on making red wines from Bordeaux varietals. The winemaker, Philippe Melka, consults on many estate wineries including Vineyard 29 in addition to running Melka Wines (makers of Métisse and CJ Cabernet Sauvignon) with his wife Cherie. The fruit for this red blend was grown on six small estate blocks on the sixteen-acre Gemstone vineyard along the Silverado Trail near the town of Yountville in Napa Continue reading “Gemstone 2009 Estate Red – Wine of the Week Review” »



Trinchero 2012 Mary's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Trinchero 2012 Mary’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $24

Rating: 13.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Calistoga), California

Varietal: 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc

Production: 3,050 cases

Alcohol: 14.2 percent


Tasting Notes: Named for founder Mario Trinchero’s wife, Mary’s Vineyard in Calistoga produces Sauvignon Blanc with tropical fruit aromas and flavors. A bone dry wine, the 2012 Mary’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc features crisp lemon and lime flavors with tropical fruit and mineral notes, a zesty acidity and a clean finish. 


Food Pairings: Sashimi, oysters, fried calamari, garden salad


For more information, visit www.trincheronapavalley.com

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