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RAMEY WINE CELLARS | REVIEWS OF CURRENT AND FUTURE RELEASES, 2015-2016

“We’re making honest wines,” says David Ramey as we start to taste through the current and future releases of Ramey Wine Cellars and, newly under the winery’s umbrella, Sidebar Cellars.

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Australia, Wine
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Great Wine: Paxton MV Shiraz

Absolutely superb Shiraz! Energetically, this is Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. Its intense flavor of plum, mulberry, dark cherry and black tea screams at you. Colorwise, this is Trent Reznor and

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France, Wine
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The Beautiful Sancerre of Boulay

Welcome to the house of Boulay — these are some of the greatest white wines in the world. Dry white wines would not be the first choice among wine consumers

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California, Wine
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From the Cellar | Great Wine: 2005 Tournesol Cabernet Sauvignon

The term “organic,” when attached to wine, hasn’t reached a level of sexiness as compared to other perishable produce. Wine is a sensual experience, and truth be told, whether that

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Germany, Wine
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Great Wine: Joh. Jos. Prum Riesling Spatlese, Graacher Himmelreich

Glorious German Riesling. After WWII, Rieslings out of Germany fell out of favor in the U.S. market, for obvious reasons, and the market hasn’t ever quite recovered since. This should

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California, Wine

Great Wine: Angeline Chardonnay

Okay, okay. We hear ya. You say: can you find a $10 Chardonnay you consider great? Does one exist? Ask no more. The 2013 ANGELINE Chardonnay, coming to you from

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Great Wine: Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc

There is a lake in northern Yosemite National Park called Cathedral Lake. It’s a 7-mile hike from the main road at Tuolumne Meadows. Along the way in midsummer, there are

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California, Wine
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Great Wine: Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

You can’t talk about a DUNN Howell Mountain Cab without talking about structure. San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, now that’s a structure that fills you with awe at its majesty.

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Italy, Wine
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Great Wine: Marcarini Moscato d’Asti

High-end Moscato. That seems to be an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Here in the U.S., especially, when you want cheap, sweet and sparkly—or, in the hands of a mixologist, perhaps a

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Bordeaux, France, Wine
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Great Wine: Clos de L’Oratoire Saint-Emilion

When you see the word “Clos” on a wine label, expectations are raised. For example, the Fevre Chablis “Les Clos” is one of the finest Chablis there is. The Krug

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Italy, Wine
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Great Wine: Luigi Einaudi Dogliani

Dogliani is the new face of Dolcetto just like Johnny Depp is the new face of Christian Dior. Dolcetto [doll-chet-oh] is the decidedly non-noble grape of the noble northwestern Italian

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Argentina, Wine
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Great Wine: Susana Balbo Brioso

True Blood may be off the air, but the synthetic blood for vampires called “True Blood” is still out on the streets. It’s now manufactured in Argentina, in the heart

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