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A visit to Renaissance

We went to Renaissance last Tuesday. They’re a huge estate in the Sierra Foothills, down the road from Clos Saron. They’ve decreased their production quite a bit in recent years and turned into more of a boutique winery. Nevertheless, the … Continue reading

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A visit to Clos Saron

We went to Clos Saron last Monday. Clos Saron is a vineyard and a winery located in the Sierra Foothills. They make mostly Pinot noir from vines that are own-rooted, which is quite rare. The owner-winemaker Gideon Beinstock was very … Continue reading

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A visit to Calera Wine Company

Last Saturday we drove South towards Hollister, where we paid a visit to the Calera Wine Company. Up in San Benito County, near Monterey Bay. Calera is the only grape grower in the Mount Harlan  appellation. That appellation was established … Continue reading

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A visit to Porter Creek Vineyards

We went to the Porter Creek vineyards last Thursday. They are located a little North of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. We wanted to catch the picking of their last grapes so we got up early and arrived at the … Continue reading

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Natural Wine at Palate Press

Remy Charest’s latest article on palate press was quite interesting to us as it brings together a lot of the sources we’ve been reading in recent weeks. Among many other things, Remy talks about the different definitions of natural wine. … Continue reading

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A visit to Black Sears

We paid a visit to Ashley and Chris last Wednesday. They are both taking care of the Black Sears vineyard and winery on top of Howell Mountain at the northern tip of Napa Valley. They made us feel very welcome … Continue reading

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Wine Labels

It’s hard for me not to agree with this article about labels on wine bottles. Transparency is a good thing. If consumers knew what goes into most of the bottles they buy, they might opt for more natural wine.

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