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Markham Vineyards 1879 Cellar Blend

Wine Review: 2012 Markham Vineyards 1879 Cellar Blend, Napa Valley, California In the early 90’s I would often drop into Markham Vineyards whenever I was driving down Hwy 128 in Napa. Sure, there might have been places with better wines or bigger palaces of extravagance but those guys at Markham always made you feel special.  […]

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Donnafugata Mille e Una Notte Contessa

Wine Review: 2008 Donnafugata Mille e Una Notte Contessa Entellina, Sicily, Italy I’ve tasted my share of Sicilian Nero d’Avola wines, so trust me when I say the 2008 Donnafugata Mille e Una Notte Contessa is probably the best example I‘ve had—ever! Many critics compare this grape to Syrah, but this particular example is like no […]

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2010 Angel Vine “Hellion” Washington Red Blend

This wine is a blend of Primitivo, Zinfandel and Petit Sirah all from the Stonetree Vineyard, the warmest source in the Wahluke Slope for Angel Vine. This blend is big and bold—and the super structured Petit Sirah brings out the best of all of them. The resulting wine is fairly large but very balanced and […]

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A Tale of Two Pinots ~ Vintage 2011

Tasting two 2011 Pinot noirs from different continents was a very revealing experiment. One Pinot was from Marlborough New Zealand and the other from Willamette Valley Oregon. New Zealand’s 2011 vintage was not highly rated but the wine we reviewed from there represented the region and variety well. While it was not the highest rated […]

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Wine Review: A Tale of Two Tuscans

We will review two wines from the same producer in this post. It is seldom I sample two wines and get excited about the range of food they would pair with but this Vermentino and Chianti are like the dynamic duo of culinary pairings. Vermentino is so underrated and for some reason or another, Chianti […]

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Wine Review: 2009 Gundalch-Bundschu Sonoma Valley Merlot

It’s always fun when an old friend comes around for a long overdue visit. That’s how I felt when this sample from Gundlach-Bundschu arrived. When Pamela and I worked for the Kimpton Group, one of our wine distributors was totally enamored with this producer and we also had a crush almost as intense on them […]

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