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Spirit Of Summer Beckons

Review of the Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and a look at the "Hot Toddy."
Despite the cold, icy weather outside, we found our thoughts wandering and our hearts pining for sunnier and warmer climes. One of us is from northern California originally, and as it happens we both love northern California wines. We always have

Earthquake in Napa

Reviews of Covenant “RED C” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2011 and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
On August 24 an earthquake struck one of California’s most popular winemaking regions injuring over 200 people, and causing at least $100 million in damages. The strongest quake in the area for 25 years and centered just south of the city

Taplin Cellars

A look at Napa's Taplin Cellars Terra 9 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Taplin Cellars is a Napa winery with bicoastal roots. A great-great grandfather of the present-day owners moved his dairy farming family from Vermont to San Francisco in the mid-1800s. They eventually found their way to the Napa Valley where they purchased land to grow fruit

Location, Location, Location Factors Into Essence Of A Wine

A comparison of two excellent Napa Cabernet Sauvignons; the hillside grown O'Shaughnessy and the valley-floor grown Revana.
An easy way to appreciate the nuances, flavors and structure of a well-crafted wine is to open a second bottle. Side-by-side comparison of wines created from identical varietals but sourced from dissimilar locations often reveals more than tasting

French Impression: The Wines of Philip Togni

The wines of Napa's legendary Philip Togni.
It is likely that you have never heard of Philip Togni. Yet he is responsible for some of the world's most exquisitely flavored and beautifully structured wines since he began working in California over 50 years ago. And Togni (pronounced Tonne-yee) is still at it, working alongside his

The Wines Of Summer: Zin, Syrah, Malbec And More

Some summer red wine recommendations.
Red wines most suitable for summer have assertive fruit flavors integrated with pepper or spice that complement the smokiness of grilled foods. Classically Zinfandel, Syrah and Malbec are excellent choices. The complexity resulting from combining multiple varietals makes blended wines also work well with summer fare.

Weather Conducive To Realizing California Wine-Making Dreams

A look at some California Cabernet Sauvignons.
Although grown in almost all the world’s wine producing regions, Cabernet Sauvignon remains California’s best known varietal. The top California Cabs are deep red to purple in color and have intense flavors of currants, plums and other dark fruit, often with a touch of spice, licorice, mint or

Long Live The Napa Valley Winemakers

A review of California's Long Vineyards wines.
Bob Long believes that Napa Valley winemakers are blessed. Pioneers in the development of single vineyard wines, Long and his wife Zelma started their eponymous winery in 1977. Although they divorced years ago and both have remarried, the Longs remain business partners. Their 121-acre property is on a