Paso Vineyard Hammersky
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California Wine Appellation Specialist – So What?

“It’s California,” I said to myself. “How hard could it be?” It was pretty damn challenging as it turned out. “This was a walk in the park,” said no CWAS student. Ever.

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Near Edna Valley
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I’m a New CWAS. One Down…

It’s not unusual to do an overnight road trip to a “Wine Country” and back over the course of a weekend. Yes, it’s so close that even a tourist to Las Vegas could take a couple of days to visit Wine Country. How great is that?

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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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Paso Robles AVA Map
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Paso Robles 11 AVA Petition – A Consumer’s View

I’ve spent some time reading the varying opinions of winemakers, wine growers, bloggers, columnists, ad nauseum, and finally decided to jump into the fray myself.

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Eberle vineyards and canopy
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Can Gary Eberle Be the Latter Day Steve Jobs?

Karma’s a bitch. But she’s only a bitch if you give her reason to be. I think Karma’s going to have a great time with these three clowns.

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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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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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IGP2588
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WE, Paso Robles, and Damning with Faint Praise

Was it genuine respect, damning with faint praise, or was I being overly skeptical of the tone of Wine Enthusiast’s gushing press release? You tell me.

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Zinfandel_grapes
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I Love Talking About My First Time

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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Villa San-Juliette
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The Estates – VSJ – So You Think You Can Drink!

While I walked out of VSJ without joining the club, that was by the thinnest of margins and utilizing a willpower I didn’t know I had.

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2004 Villicana Cabernet Sauvignon
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Tale of the Hat and Old Wine

Alex gave me a look and said, “You lost him?!? With THAT hat?!?” And it’s been an ongoing inside chuckle ever since!

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Bottles of DAOU
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The Estates – DAOU Vineyards & Winery

Inside of the building, there is a stunningly beautiful tasting bar made completely of Onyx and backlit underneath. Wow.

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