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Spirits Can Raise The Spirits Of The Holiday Season

Holiday gift ideas including some special Scotch, Gin and Vodka as well as two book suggestions
Options abound for the wine-lovers on your holiday gift list, many of whom also enjoy other spirits. For those who like Scotch, a special whisky is a great present. From the noted Japanese distillery Suntory is Hibiki 12 Year

Wish They All Could Be Napa Valley’s Fine Wines

A review of several of the excellent wines produced at Napa's Chappellet Winery.
Within two years of Donn and Molly Chappellet's establishment of their eponymous winery, they produced a Cabernet Sauvignon still considered one of the finest ever made in Napa, Calif. The Chappellet Winery, now run by their children, remains in the forefront of

Bennett Lane: Napa Newcomer Nails Cabernet And More

A review of the terrific wines produced at Napa's Bennett Lane Winery.
What do NASCAR and wine have in common? The answer lies near the northernmost aspect of Napa Valley at the Bennett Lane Winery. Located just a couple of miles past Calistoga, Bennett Lane was established in 2003 by Randy and Lisa Lynch, who came

White Is One Of Summer’s Genuine Pleasures

Summer white wine suggestions including Sauvignon Blanc, Spanish whites, Chablis and Pinot Gris.
White wines, served with the lighter warm weather fare or sipped solo as the sun sets, come in a wide range of flavors and styles. Every wine-producing area creates worthwhile whites, making summer a perfect time to explore new varietals and regions.

A Dramatic Transformation For One California Winery

A look at the Zaca Mesa Winery.
Once known only for characterless, cheap and cheerful quaffs, the Zaca Mesa Winery now produces incredibly flavorful wines from varietals like Syrah, Roussanne and Viognier. Located in California's Santa Barbara County, specifically the Santa Ynez Valley, Zaca Mesa planted its first vines — a mishmash of varietals including

Value-Priced Wines Come From Around The World

A look at some wine values from Chile, Australia, Spain and California.
Underlying every wine purchase is the question: Is this bottle really worth the price? Does some fundamental aspect of the $200 Cristal Champagne make it better than a $15 Spanish sparkler? Maybe to a hip-hop artist, but to most of us, discovering pleasurable

Sicily’s Wines Are Well Worth Sipping

A review of several wines from Sicily including Planeta, Cottanera, Tenuta Rapitala, and Morgante.
Sicily has a long history of winemaking, mostly from indigenous grapes like Nero d'Avola and Grillo. The island's complex geology, a combination of volcanic and African soil types, has led many producers to make wine from better known "international" varietals such

Planning Ahead: Suggestions For Romantic Sipping

Romantic wine suggestions for Valentine's Day
Indulge your beloved by sharing a bottle of wine or other fine libation on Valentine's Day. California's full-bodied Terra Valentine Spring Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 ($38), with richly spiced dark currant and blackberry flavors that finish with cedar, chocolate and caramel, is an excellent choice. Or, sip the

A Glass Of Red Warms Body And Soul

Reviews of red wines from Phelps, Castello di Amorosa, Quivira, Frei Brothers, St. Clement and Tempra Tantrum.
Winter weather is best faced with a glass of red wine. Properties like Joseph Phelps Vineyards provide the comfort of consistent high quality. Its flagship Joseph Phelps Insignia 2006 would make a wonderful gift since it needs a