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2014 Harvest Is On!

Napa Valley Harvest 2014 Has Begun  

AThe first grapes from harvest Napa Valley 2014 were picked just before 6 a.m. on July 30.The first grapes from harvest Napa Valley 2014 were picked just before 6 a.m. on July 30.

The first of Napa Valley’s sparkling wine producers began picking grapes around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, just two days earlier than the start of last year’s wine grape harvest. Although this past winter was one of the driest on record, Napa’s vintners and growers are predicting an abundant, high-quality harvest for the third year in a row. Read more.

 

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Veris Cellars
Paso Robles - Try our 100 percent estate grown wines; blending the subtle differences of east and west side Paso Robles grapes. The wines are fruit forward with soft tannins and are a good value. Visit our country casual farm house.
Clautiere Vineyard
Paso Robles - A Winery Like No Other - Come visit this vibrant, colorful & energetic tasting room, gift shop and commercial kitchen for an unforgettable experience.
Autry Cellars
San Luis Obispo - Handmade wine from the master Steve Autry. Lush, extracted reds and full bodied whites. New tasting room opening soon.
Rotta Winery
Founded in 1908 by the Rotta Family, it is the only remaining family owned “original” winery in San Luis Obispo County. Visit us and taste our great Zinfandel.
Jada Vineyard & Winery
Visit our west side Paso Robles winery amidst the vineyards and oaks. We produce Jersey Girl Syrah, a Bordeaux blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Petite Verdot fruit, a non-traditional Rhone blend with Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot and a 100% Syrah.
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Sulfites In Wine
Sulfites are a natural, organic preservative that humans have been using in wine and other foods for several thousand years. The only difference between France and the U.S. is that the U.S. requires a warning label, and warning labels create the unfortunate impression that where there's a warning, there must be something dangerous afoot.
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How To Technically Taste Wine
How do you technically taste wine? Many books have been written about the ‘Art and Science of Wine Appreciation’ and it is difficult to summarise it in condensed form. However, there are a number of simple ‘rules’ to be aware of...
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Host a Tasting Party
There are a number of ways to host a wine tasting party and it depends of course on how formal you want to be, if you are going to have food to sample, and what kind of wine focus do you want. These events can be elegant and regal or professional and sober (must you spit at the table?) or just great fun. I have created a list of things to consider and some specific tasting ideas and plans. If you live in the wine country you might ask if a winemaker or winery staff person could lead a tasting. The wine buyer at your local market or wine shop might love the opportunity to be involved.
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Temecula's Surprising Wine Country
Temecula is 60 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles and produces award-winning Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Viognier, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Pinot Gris, sparkling wines and dessert wines. Visitors can taste wines from almost 40 wineries.
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Ask the Farmer - Wine & Your Weight
Doggonit, I am gaining weight. It must be the wine” Well, actually you can drink wine, gain all the health benefits, and not necessarily gain weight. Wine has no fat, cholesterol, sodium, and it is low in carbohydrates. There have been many studies showing that drinking a couple of glasses a day shouldn’t cause you to gain weight.
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