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So why is the 2012 Ladera Cabernet—made from almost entirely from Howell Mountain fruit, from an incredible vintage—sitting pretty at $34.99? I honestly can't tell you. Maybe it's because no one knows how good the Ladera holdings in Howell Mountain are. Or maybe it's the pride that winemaker Jade Barrett takes in making a serious wine for a reasonable price. Or maybe it's because Ladera is an overlooked gem in a sea of Napa alternatives. For whatever the reason, I'm not going to complain. We tasted the 2012 vintage at our staff training yesterday and I was just floored by the quality of this wine. Dark, fleshy fruit cloaked in fine tannins, bits of earth, and in total balance, with enough gusto to go the long haul in your cellar. It's a whole lotta wine for $34.99, and it's made primarily from Howell Mountain grapes, harvested during a great vintage. 

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Mar122007

ViniPortugal!

Arriving for the first time in San Francisco, ViniPortugal, the Portuguese Trade and Tourism Office and the Port and Douro Wines Institute are pleased to introduce more than 48 Portuguese wine producers and more than 400 wines to the Bay Area on Thursday, April 12. Taking place around the country for both industry professionals and the general public, ViniPortugal's wine tasting event will return to Miami, April 15, Chicago, April 17 and New York City on April 19. The event will be held at the Palace Hotel (2 Montgomery Street) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Come take part in a spirited wine and food tasting open to the public to benefit Share Our Strength ®'s Taste of the Nation ®. For those eager to sharpen their knowledge of Portuguese wines, the "Keys to Understanding Portugal's Major Grape Varietals" seminar will again take place from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. A $25 donation is suggested at the door, 100 percent of whose proceeds will benefit the charity.

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