Trader Joe's 2010 Petite Reserve Napa Valley Merlot
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Trader Joe’s, Pine Ridge, and Learning Your Own Palate

I would love to be able to enjoy the 98+ point wines, but no wine shops have layaway.

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Bradelina's Wine
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Hollywood Rosés – Beverly Hills and Bradgelina!

Whether you’re visiting San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Hollywood, the OC, or San Diego, there’s always something to dazzle the eyes and to spark the romantic imagination.

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2003 Barolo
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A Cheeky Barolo Pairing

Now this combination is the essence of food and wine. This why people over millennia have embraced the combination where each one complements and lifts the other, making the whole far greater than the two individual parts. Kinda like 50+50=150.

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Hug Cellars 2010 Starr Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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2010 Hug Cellars Cabernet. Boom.

Unfortunately, that means that sometimes I miss on stocking up on wines that once opened, may not be replaceable. Like this one. Oh well.

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The Russian River Valley
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Pinot School – Siduri in the House!

There was much spitting and dumping which broke my heart. Okay, so I did more dumping since I’m still uncertain about spitting in public. The dribble issue, you see.

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Calera mt villiers
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2010 Calera Pinot Noir de Villiers Vineyard

You would have seen the devolution of a quasi-professional tasting into little more than a greedy drink-fest.

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This was the lineup of wines that I tasted.
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2011 Calera Chardonnay – Mt. Harlan Vineyard

While the visit to Caesar’s was pretty horrific – in fact, I haven’t returned – the one jewel was the glass of Calera Pinot Noir which was presented to me to make up for all of the Wine Fubars they had committed.

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Gallo Pinot
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…To the Ridiculous – $2.98 Pinot Noir Review

One month later, I finally decided to taste it. Had to let it *age,* you know.

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Line of Asuncion wines
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2009 Asuncion Ridge Pinot Noir

Do you think I’m going to say bad things about a well-made example of my favorite varietal? I think not.

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Lovely - if detailed - label, lovely wine.
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2011 Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese

I’ve been fortunate enough to taste a Riesling that was nearly 30 years old, and it was glorious. A deep, rich gold with flavors of honey and octane. Delicious.

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Scion 1
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2004 Robert Young Estates Scion-Sonoma vs. Napa

Since my years of spring chickenhood are far behind me, I decided to cap the “aging” time frame at about ten years. Seems reasonable.

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Quadrant
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Four Reasons Why Quadrant Rocks

You know when you taste a wine with someone and it’s so good that you lock eyes with the other person? Well, this is one of those wines.

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