Brilliance in the Santa Cruz Mountains

If I had to name the greatest estates in California, at least two, possibly three, would come from the Santa Cruz Mountains. These rugged hillsides above Silicon Valley are home to some of the most distinctive, pedigreed Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines readers will come across.

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The End of the Innocence - English & Italian

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Finger Lakes Rising

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The Saar 2014: Stress for Success

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Vertical Tasting of Shafer’s Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select

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La Maison du Colombier, Beaune, France

Roland Chanliaud looks up from the tiny counter of his open kitchen and beams as you enter the restaurant of La Maison du Colombier in Beaune...

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2015 Gard Vintners Freyja White Wine ($14.00) 89

2015 Gard Vintners Freyja White Wine, 89 points

This blend of Roussanne and Viognier, done in stainless steel, offers complexity far beyond its modest price. The nose entices with aromas of nectarine, anise, lychee and honeysuckle, while the palate displays an intriguing salinity to the broad, dry flavors of pineapple and white flowers. (ST)


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2008 Domaine Weinbach Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Nobles Cuvée d’Or (Jul 2016)

I have had an almost endless number of outstanding wines from Domaine Weinbach over the years, but the 2008 Pinot Gris Altenbourg Quintessence de Grains Nobles Cuvée d’Or is simply one of the greatest wines (white, rosé or red, dry, sparkling or sweet) I have ever tasted.

2007 Long Shadows Vintners Collection Poet’s Leap Riesling (Jul 2016)

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