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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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Friday
Dec062013

Chalk Twins in the Tasting Bar Tonight

Tonights Line Up- Ready for you to come and taste!

Sherry and Champagne together in the tasting bar? It sounds like a strange combination, but the two wines have much in common, and tonight in Redwood City from 5pm-6:30pm Joe Manekin and I will be exploring those similarities. I hope you can join us, the cost is $10.

Both of these wines are born from chalk soil and are the products of extreme climates. Both are blended across time, with most of the wine from both areas coming from multiple harvests mixed together. Both are noble wines. Come and discover these together tonight:

Bruno Michel Premier Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne $39.99
Valdespino "Deliciosa" Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda $19.99
Launois "Veuve Clemence" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne $39.99
Rey Fernando de Castilla Fino Jerez $21.99
Amaury Coutelas "Cuvée Louis Victor" Brut Champagne $39.99
Valdespino "Viejo CP" Palo Cortado Jerez $44.99

Gary Westby

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