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Central Coast

Seaglass Rosé, Monterey County, 2017

If you’re not drinking pink wine, you should be.  I am not referring to that pink stuff commonly found in gas stations, I am referring to the lovely dry pink Rosé wines that are a natural pairing for the warm outdoor days of summer.  Some of my traditional favorites are Rhone-made, but lately I’ve discovered … Continue reading »

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Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Pinot Noir, 2012

A few years ago Belle Glos entered my radar with a bullet.  The two vineyards I’ve tried (Dairyman and Clark/Telephone) are both outstanding examples of moderately-priced Pinots.  This is NOT a lightweight.  If you’re into Burgundian styles, this isn’t what you’re after.  If Pinot wanted to adorn the strength of a Cab or display the … Continue reading »

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Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2009

Posted on January 10, 2013 by tcbrown Looking for a lower-priced Pinot to be used for boeuf bourguignon, I stumbled upon the Au Bon Climat entry level Santa Barbara Co. 2009.  At $23, this wouldn’t break the bank as an ingredient for a delicious meal, nor would it be too much money to blow on … Continue reading »

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Alban Vineyards Edna Valley Viognier 2005

Originally posted Janurary 25, 2014:   In my never-ending quest for interesting not-chardonnay white wines, viognier is usually a top contender.  One usually associates viognier with the Rhone, but some American vintners take it on in stride.  Alban is one of those vineyards who champion the great white hope, viognier!  Recently one of my local … Continue reading »

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