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This was the lineup of wines that I tasted.

2011 Calera Chardonnay - Mt. Harlan Vineyard

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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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I Love Talking About My First Time

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Jocularity and minds-in-the-gutter snickering aside, I want to talk about my first time with specific types and varietals of wines and the impact that they made on my wine-loving experience.
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Gold Country Rose! Yum!

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On the nose I detected a whiff of watermelon interspersed with strawberries and beach. Yeah, beach. Think northern California beach, early morning, breezy and cool. Just a whiff of *that.*
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An Evening at Mezzo

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As one person told me, "I've always wanted to learn about wines, and thought this was a good place to start." Indeed.
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Avila Beach Wine Trail

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Okay, since driving wasn't involved, it was actually wine drinking. Staggering home is not illegal. At least as far as I know.
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Santa Maria Valley

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You won't regret it and you'll taste wines that will make you take a step back (The Wineaux Guy™'s term for a really good wine that stuns you).
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National Wine Day!

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So this short little post is to tell you to pop a cork on something expensive, red, and delicious, and then on Monday, say a prayer for those willing run into harm's way to protect us.
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Chardonnay Video Shoot-Out! Central Coast vs Sonoma/Napa!

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So I became an ABC (Anything But Chard) gal. It was quite a few years before I found the Chard character my palate desired and, as I discovered, you had a spend a little money to get it. Nowadays - whether it's because you really don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy a good Chard or because my palate has matured - I enjoy it on a fairly regular basis. Yup. Me. Liking white wines. Who'da thunk?