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Great Sustainable Wine: RIVERBENCH “Cork Jumper Rosé” Blanc de Noirs

Well off the beaten path and well worth the discovery effort, Riverbench, in the Santa Maria Valley, is one of California wine country’s best kept secrets. This is your greatest

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Great Sustainable Wine: LAFOND Pinot Noir SRH

The palate instantly recognizes a wine with special qualities. Ethereal in texture and delightfully complex yet full of clarity, the 2016 LAFOND Pinot Noir SRH (for “Sta. Rita Hills”) leaves

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Great Sustainable Wine: J. WILKES Pinot Blanc

You’ve seen the scene in hundreds of movies and TV shows: guy behind the wheel of a powerboat, speeding through the deep blue sea to the left, right, behind and

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Great Sustainable Wine: LYRIC BY ETUDE Chardonnay

It’s nice to see one of the most popular names in Napa produce an excellent Chardonnay at an affordable price, and with grapes from sustainable vineyards located in Santa Barbara

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Great Sustainable Wine: BAKER & BRAIN Gruner Veltliner

Let’s kick off our series on great sustainable wines with a wine from a region that’s a sort of epicenter in California for sustainability, experimentalism and adventurousness. If I had

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Great Wine: HARTFORD COURT Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Whenever that list of greatest Sonoma County wines is assembled, a HARTFORD COURT Chardonnay has got to be on it. My choice is the winery’s Russian River Valley Chardonnay. The

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Great Wine: Prescription Chardonnay

How do you seamlessly marry sophistication and value?—two utmost qualities that consumers of all creeds desire. Those who manage to offer a product, rolled up in one, that satisfactorily answers

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Great Wine: Tangent Albarino

Refreshingly familiar yet eclectically left-of-center, drinking well-made Albariño wine is like listening to seriously catchy alt-pop tunes from CHVRCHES, Tegan and Sara, and HAIM. Tangent, a label of Niven Family

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Great Wines of Hospice du Rhone

The wine world has its own version of a Star Trek convention or Comic Con. It’s called Hospice du Rhone—three glorious days in Paso Robles, California, of letting your wine

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Great Napa Valley Wines You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

It’s too easy to get cynical about Napa Valley. And that’s a problem. Prices seem to be at an untenable premium—for land, for grapes and for the bottle—and you can

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New & Current Releases from Winemaker Jesse Katz

People are getting woke to Jesse Katz. When the winemaker extraordinaire sets the world record for most expensive bottle ever sold—a custom blend of The Setting Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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HIDDEN NAPA | Smith-Madrone Winery

Are we out of line for calling Smith-Madrone a “hidden” winery of Napa Valley, considering it was established in 1971? No, not until the world recognizes there may not be

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