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2011 Poggiotando Toscana IGT Vermentino

This Italian white wine is quite refreshing. If Vermentino is not a varietal that regularly appears on your table it should be. The aromas express an elegantly floral characteristic that combines acacia with crisp green pine. The flavors showcase lemon, ripe sweet apricot, subtle mango and a hint of papaya. The bright acidity balances the […]

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Wine Review: 2010 Michaud Vineyard Chalone California Marsanne

A well made Rhone varietal produced in the famous Chalone AVA. This wine is 100% Marsanne and showcases the textbook honeysuckle and almond aromas that this varietal is associated with—the flavor profile indicates Marsanne qualities but on a somewhat one dimensional level. Muted orange zest, apricot and honey flavors are glimpsed but retreat quickly on […]

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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 Dierberg Santa Maria California Chardonnay

Winemaker Andy Alba really pulled out all of the stops on this one. He sourced the grapes from his Santa Maria estate vineyard, known for producing cool-climate Chardonnay. Dierberg’s 160-acre vineyard sits in one of the coolest spots in the AVA where the vines soak up the western exposure at the southern end of the […]

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Burgers and Chardonnay Have A Lot In Common

Recently, I was commenting about the quality of fish and chips we tried from an Astoria, Washington restaurant called Sea Breeze. I started to articulate the specific difficulties of reviewing fish and chips because they come in so many different styles as do burgers, and so for this article, you can add Chardonnay to that […]

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2010 Pali “Charm Acres” Sonoma County Chardonnay

This is a really nice medium to full-bodied lush California Chardonnay with a good dose of butter aromas and flavors that were nicely balanced between pear and apple. There isn’t much citrus going on here but that is ok. The flavors are more savory leaning towards baked apple and vanilla spice. We had this with […]

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