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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
Sep202010

Wine 101: Off-Site Storage (SoCal Edition)

Ideal 55 founder George Fansmith at the Hollywood facility.The selection of 2005 Bordeaux is dwindling, and I haven't bought any to put away yet. It's not because I don't like Bordeaux (I do) or that I couldn't find any I could afford (I did), but because I have nowhere to put them. Same goes for the incredible 2007 Rhônes, 2004 Brunelli and 2002 vintage Champagnes. Now with the exceptional 2007 California vintage and 2009 German Rieslings coming to market and the already-legendary 2009 Bordeaux being sold pre-arrival (not to mention countless bottles from less talked about but equally cellar-worthy vintages from around the world) I'm beside myself. What's a girl in a small apartment in Southern California with an equally small budget (which she'd rather spend on wine than a ginormous cabinet) to do? 

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Tuesday
Aug242010

Pinot Noir-Lavender Sorbeto


The 2010 grape harvest is officially underway. In some cases two to three weeks late. According to the Press Democrat, Hunter Vineyards near Glen Ellen was on schedule to start picking Pinot Noir yesterday, and Mumm in Napa reported starting to pick in the cool, pre-dawn hours this morning. 

But not all of the grapes being harvested across the state in the next few months will wind up in wine...

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Tuesday
Jul202010

No Way Rosé

I didn’t think I would need to start this post with a defense of rosé, but after conducting a little poll on Facebook, I’ve discovered that there are still a handful of you who cringe whenever someone suggests: “drink pink.” Which means our job—rescuing rosé from the cloying clutches of White Zinfandel—is not done. We will not rest until “no way rosé” is a thing of the past.

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