Category Archives: California

Chardonnay, Jordan, Russian River Valley, California, 2010, 13.5% abv

Chardonnay is one of the most widely planted white varietals in the world, second only to Airen (Spain). This is a particularly elegant and crisp version from Jordan’s Russian River Valley vineyard. The Russian River Valley, located in Sonoma County, … Continue reading

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L’Ermitage, Roederer, Brut 2003, Anderson Valley, Sonoma, California, 12% abv US$47 (+C$17 tax at border)

Oh to be back on holiday in the Anderson Valley. How I miss it so. With good friends over tonight it was a reasonable enough excuse to pull out my special bottle of L’Ermitage, Roederer Brut 2003 from said valley … Continue reading

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Gewürztraminer, Navarro Winery, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California, 2011, 13.5% abv

This was the second winery we visited on our recent tour of Sonoma in the Anderson Valley AVA. Driving in over the late afternoon hills and through the sage and oak meadows then into the adorable hamlet of Philo was … Continue reading

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Tempranillo, Miner Family Vineyards, Sierra Foothills, Silverado Trail, Napa Valley AVA, California, 2010, 14.5% abv, $US28

We’re back in Canada from our trip to Napa – and you know what that means.  Taxes and duties on alcohol at the border. I paid duty and taxes at the border on the 20 non-exempt bottles of wine to … Continue reading

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Brown Estate Vineyards, Chiles Valley, Napa Valley, California

Brown Estate Vineyards is rustic elegance; exclusive, understated, in one word, outstanding. Not traditionally a fan of Zinfandel, I’ll admit to having initially low expectations. After all, who is Brown? I’ve never heard of their wines, never seen their label, … Continue reading

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Sonoma and Napa Valley, California

When the third WSET Diploma course started, I realized it was time to get out of BC and put some of those studies to the test. Let the rubber hit the road, so to speak. Get out and and smell … Continue reading

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The Crusher, Grower’s Selection, Petite Sirah, Clarksburg, California, 13.9% abv, 2010

I admit I didn’t know much about Petite Sirah – I thought the name simply signaled a twist on my favourite, Syrah. In fact, it’s a French varietal that is virtually extinct there (since 2002) but that was historically grown in … Continue reading

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