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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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Mar142011

What Did You Drink This Weekend?

Green Flash/St. Feuillien "Bière De L’Amitié" Collaboration Ale after a long day's labor on our new house.Hard labor and beer go together like sun and sand, so it's no surprise that after a long weekend tearing out sheetrock, ripping up carpets, sanding and painting at my new house, my husband, father-in-law and I were ready for a cold brew. We thoroughly enjoyed a bottle of the Green Flash/St. Feuillien collabortation "Bière De L’Amitié," which translates to mean "Friendship Beer." This Rye and Wheat-based beer had an earthy quality, with lots of bright citris, coriander and cardamom spice. It had just a splash of the lactic quality I love in Belgian beers, and a refreshing, clean finish that washed away the day's rougher edges and sent us of to dreamland easily and quickly.

What did you drink this weekend?

Leah Greenstein

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    Over the weekend, my best friend came over to hang out and try some of the new whiskies in my whisky cabinet. We tried High West Rendezvous Rye, Glenrothes Robur Reserve, Johnny Walker Double Black and Compass Box Peat Monster…but the whisky that really captured our attention was Kavalan Concertmaster. Kavalan ...

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