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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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Mar182011

Hope for Japan

As if a devastating 9.0 earthquake wasn't enough. The subsequent tsunamis and now potential nuclear disaster in Japan should make us all grateful for the relative security with which we all live. People in Japan are without clean water, food or shelter. But there is hope. And that hope springs from the millions and millions of people around the world doing whatever they can to assist relief efforts. Rather than tantalzing you with some food and wine pairing, or encouraging you to buy a bottle of this or that, I ask that you take the $10 you would might have spent on wine today (or a pint at your local pub, or a latte, whatever) and to donate it to one of the many organizations that are working diligently to help the survivors in Japan. From the Red Cross to Shelterbox to WANDAA, there are a wide variety of groups helping in the relieft effort. Check out Crowdrise.com to find a project you support, or create your own. Together we can all bring a little hope to Japan.

Leah Greenstein

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