IPNC Seminar at Soter Vineyards
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Rex Pickett’s Vertical – Part Two of the Trilogy

If you love a well-crafted, beautifully-plotted book, you will enjoy Vertical. As with all of Rex’s books, you’ll have to bring your brain to the table. And a dictionary wouldn’t hurt, either.

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2009 Gap's Crown Chardonnay
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Tasting Notes: 2009 Gap’s Crown Chardonnay

I’m just not really a Chardonnay kind of gal. However, a good wine is a good wine and this is a good wine! Plus, it’s spring! Plus (insert any relevant excuse here to have an expensive wine on a weeknight)!

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UNR Vineyards
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(Good) Nevada Wines from Nevada Grapes. Yeah. Really.

For many years, Nevada wines were known for their relentless mediocrity – they seemed to be White Zinfandel wannabes – and there wasn’t much that the serious wine person could glean from them other than a collective meh.

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Glass of Barolo - Wikipedia
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2004 Barolo from Trader Joe’s – the Verdict

Instead of pairing with the dish, I felt that it was coyly teasing it.

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Monte Velho
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Tasting Notes: 2014 Monte Velho White

“I’ll drink from the wine glass. If they have a problem with it, f**k ’em.”

Alrighty then!

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Villicana Liquid Hope Rose
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Tasting Notes: My Wine and My Muse

This would be fabulous with a weekend late evening summer dinner of salads, light meats, and other summer fare. It also pairs well with writing, because it’s what I’m drinking now as I sit at the keyboard.

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Driving Along Vineyards
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Sideways: A Decade Late. So Sue Me.

Yeah, yeah. I know I’m late to the party in getting on the Sideways bandwagon, but I don’t care.

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So What is a Bibliophilic Oenophile To Do?

“Reading” the books by audio has been very satisfying and listening to Sideways is not my first rodeo.

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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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