2016 Wines in Review

2016 wines in review

Now that 2016 has come to a close, some wines had a lasting impression and are truly stellar. Between wine tastings, wineries visited, and countries traveled over the last year, here is a list of exceptional wines and wineries I discovered throughout this past year. Furthermore, there is no particular order; the wines chosen are

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Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Vineyard

Wine to enhance the holiday spirit

Thanksgiving weekend brought some very special wines to our table. These wines will enhance any holiday get together or special occasion. Each wine merits mention on their own and are excellent examples of their varietals and style. The perfect appetizer goes with is a sparkling wine. Chandon Blanc De Noirs with its sweet and savory

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Ehler Estate Wines

Stars of Cabernet: A tribute to Cabernet Sauvignon

, wi Yearning to discover a new winery can be the most intriguing part of attending a wine tasting and this year’s Stars of Cabernet, presented by WineLA, provided an opportunity to experience some superb wines from wineries not yet on Written Palette’s radar. There were six wineries that made an impression along with one

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Antinori Solaia

Marchesi Antinori: Presenting wines from Tuscany and Umbria

Every once in awhile, I get invited to a wine tasting that I cannot turn down no matter how many wine events I am asked to attend. Those special moments could be an incredible vertical tasting or a once in a lifetime opportunity to sample wines that otherwise, I would not have a chance to

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Red Wine for Labor Day

Red Wine for a Labor Day Barbecue

For many Labor Day signals the end of summer. The holiday is a celebration of the working class in both the United States and Canada. While we celebrate our achievements, it is best done over dinner, most often a barbecue with steaks ribs or hamburgers. What better way to pay tribute than toasting with a

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Achaval-Ferrer Winery

Achaval-Ferrer: Expressing terroir with Malbec

Achaval-Ferrer typifies the new and old-world qualities of creating wine that makes Argentina and Malbec stand out. Meeting recently with Achaval-Ferrer’s Global Brand Ambassador, Marcelo Victoria, it became obvious that several key points were paramount to the winery’s success; low yields, the amount of vines per bottle, warmer fermentation, purity and complexity from diversity. Marcelo

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Rombauer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Rombauer Vineyards: Sharing the joy of making wine

For many in the Napa wine industry, life began in the 1970s. You had the Judgment of Paris, which essentially put Napa Valley on the map from the world’s perspective, but at the same time, you had many lesser-known pioneers who were forging their way to make their statement in wine. One family that moved

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Tony Arcudi, Arcudi Wines

Arcudi Wines: The wine behind one man’s leap of faith

Life takes many twists and turns, and for many winemakers, their career beginnings drove them down quite a different path. Besides the approach to winemaking, it is this past that can also define the future of their style of winemaking and especially true for Tony Arcudi, Arcudi Wines. Being of Italian descent, Tony grew up

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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars: The wines of the past, present and future

One of the beauties of wine is its ability to age and develop over time. For a wine writer, it is a delight when a winery offers to let you explore some of there oldies and in the case of wine goodies. The best way to observe this maturity and development is a vertical tasting.

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Chef Matthew Briggs and Winemaker Marcus Notaro

Ocean Prime meets Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

It was a real treat to participate in the first-ever winemaker dinner at Ocean Prime Beverly Hills. This dinner featured the new 2012 releases from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars presented by winemaker Marcus Notaro. Having just attended a special luncheon that included The Art of Aging by Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, it was an added

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