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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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Monday
Nov222010

Thanksgiving Wine & Cheese Pairings with the Cheese Handler

Thanksgiving is just four days away! With all of the chopping and slicing, baking and roasting yet to be done, why not consider throwing in a cheese course--whether as a starter or as part of dessert--it's easy (read: no prep), delicious and goes great with wine! We were so enamored with the idea that we recruited our friend Paige Handler, the Cheese Handler, to pick out some tasty domestic cheeses for your Thanksgiving celebration, which we then paired with domestic wines. The results? Fresh pairings and wine selections that not only complement the cheeses Paige chose, but that have the potential to sing along with turkey and all the trimmings....

 

 

Just to recap, here are the pairings (all cheeses are available in SoCal at Joan's on Third; in NorCal try the Cheese Shop in Healdsburg, the Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley or the Milk Pail in Mountain View:

Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar with the Sean Thackrey "Pleiades XIX" Old Vine Red Blend ($23.99)

Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue with the Green & Red "Chiles Canyon Vineyard" Napa Valley Zinfandel ($19.99)

Coach Farm Triple Cream with Gruet New Mexico Brut Sparkling Wine ($13.99)

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Reader Comments (2)

Yay! I love these posts.
November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan
Thanks, Meghan!
November 22, 2010 | Registered CommenterUncorked Blog Administrator

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