Cep Sauv Blanc2
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Today’s Tasting Notes: 2013 Cep Hopkins Ranch RRV Sauv Blanc (Peay)

It isn’t a world-changing wine, but it is one of the few California Sauv Blancs that I actually like. This is easily another Ernest Hemingway wine.

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Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
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Beer People are Crazy – Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout

While I’ve had coffee infused beer in the past, this particular stout will put hair on your chest. I’m grabbing tweezers.

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2011 Dourthe Sauvignon Blanc - Bordeaux
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Daily Drinkers: 2011 Dourthe La Grand Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc

Drinking this wine and imagining oysters made me think of a Hemingway quote from A Moveable Feast: As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture…

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Siduri Willamette2
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Tasting Notes: Siduri Redux & Oregon Pinot

So if a couple like Adam and Dianna can manage to create well over a dozen different Pinot Noirs from many disparate regions and still have them TASTE LIKE PINOT NOIR, then what the hell’s wrong with the nitwits whose Pinot Noir tastes like dreck? I don’t get it.

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Chris Kassel
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A Rite of Paso – A Book Review

A Rite of Paso reads like it was a collaboration between Dick Tracy, Walt Whitman, Humphrey Bogart, and Truman Capote. With Woody Allen overseeing the plot twists.

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proof
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Proof: A Reference Book That’s a Fun Read

Warning! The word “geek” or the phrase “geek out” appears a lot in this review. Because I geeked out over a lot of stuff.

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DDGrandNoir
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Daily Drinkers: 2013 Le Grand Noir Chardonnay Blend

It’s one of a new type of wine from a maverick group of winemakers who are taking traditional grapes and doing very untraditional things with them.

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White wine glasses
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New Feature: Daily Drinkers

My search has taken me to several go-to favorites including Costco, Trader Joe’s, Fresh and Easy, and even – shock! – Whole Foods. (Motto: Why Pay Less?)

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2012 Cotes du Paso Robles
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Tasting Notes: 2012 El Côtes du Paso Robles Blanc

Until these last few bottles, this had been one of my go-to “daily drinkers,” one of those wines you pop, pour, and don’t need to ponder over.

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Hunt Cellars Chardonnay
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Tasting Notes: 2005 Hunt Cellars Moonlight Sonata Reserve Chardonnay

There’s no way that you’d confuse it with one of its Burgundian cousins; it is quintessentially California, and it wears its California style proudly.

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Wine bottles in rack
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Pinot Noir, Typicity, and Dog Shows. A Rant.

But when a pet quality wine being touted as a potential Best In Show winner, then something has gone awry somewhere.

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Torres Verdeo
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Today’s Tasting Note: 2013 Verdeo from Torres

Yum! Okay, let me elaborate. As you may have noticed, I’ve been reviewing quite a few white wines (for me) this summer.

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