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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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National Tequila Day at Tres Agaves

I’ve been known to go on and on about the virtues of the Paloma or the Penicilina and about my love of tequila to anyone who willing to talk about cocktails and distilled spirits over the last couple of years. Maybe it’s because I’ve never had Jose Cuervo, maybe it’s because I’m part Spanish or maybe it’s because I enjoy being a contrarian, but drinking this underdog distilled spirit made from the Blue Agave plant has always been a truly pleasurable experience for me. Recently, I befriended a guy who is a BIG tequila fan. Actually, since he has tried almost 300 different tequilas, I think it’s fair to call him an aficionado. So, when I found out that Saturday, July 24th was National Tequila Day, I thought it would be perfect to spend the afternoon tasting tequila with him.

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