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Winemaker spotlight  Opened almost exactly a year after being purchased at the winery in Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, California, the Stonestreet Upper Barn Chardonnay 2012 ($75) continued its beautiful evolution.  Still driven by minerality, honeydew flavors have fleshed out nicely. A hint of dusty clove spice has emerged from 50/50 usage of new and used French oak barrel. A petrol note either went unnoticed or has emerged that furthers what is yearly one of the most elegant and exciting domestic Chardonnays.

Rosé

If I had to drink just one Chardonnay the rest of my life, it would be Upper Barn.  Owner and winemaker Jamie Kutch has crafted a gem with the Kutch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 ($39).

Sauvignon Blanc

It was the only wine previewed that was purchased online. It’s absolutely worth visiting www.kutchwines.com to get what could be the best bottle of Pinot opened this year.

Chenin Blanc



Napa Valley on the map in the world’s perspective but at the same time you had many lesser-known pioneers who were forging their way to make their statement in wine. One family that relocated to St. Helena in 1972 were Koerner and Joan Rombauer. In 1976 they became partners in Conn Creek Winery . It was in 1980 after determining he was adept in running a winery, Koerner decided to sell his interest Conn Creek Winery and start his own winery using his 40-acre parcel to establish what is now known as Rombauer Vineyards.

Cabernet Shiraz

Today Rombauer owns 350 acres of estate vineyards. The vineyards are located in St. Helena, Carneros, Atlas Peak, Calistoga and the Sierra Foothills. The vineyards are sustainable, and those located in the Napa region are either Napa Green/Fish Friendly Farming Certified or in the process of being certified.

Rosé

Winemaker Richie Allen is at the helm overseeing both viticulture and winemaking. Graduating with a degree in molecular biology, followed by studying enology at the University of Adelaide and getting most of his practical experience in Australia and New Zealand, Richie started as an intern in 2004 at Rombauer. By 2005 this Australian native became Assistant Winemaker and in 2008 moved up the ladder to winemaker.

Sauvignon Blanc




Wine Spectator

Justin Vineyards Owners Apologize for Tree Removal and Promise Amends
Wine Spectator
A heated controversy over a vineyard-development project in California's Paso Robles region took a surprising twist today when the owners of Justin Vineyards and Winery issued a statement apologizing for the uprooting of dozens of acres of oak trees ...
Justin Vineyards owners to donate 380-acre site where oaks were cut downThe San Luis Obispo Tribune
Resnicks apologize for oak removal at winery, plan to donate landKSBY San Luis Obispo News

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At this year's F&W Classic in Aspen, F&W's Ray Isle led a lively seminar on the wines of Catalonia. Here's a recap, with his top bottle recommendations.

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Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is over, but memories still linger: particularly those of the wines I poured for my Friday seminar on the wines of Catalan Spain. Catalunya (or Catalonia, if you prefer the Castilian spelling) is an extraordinary region, home to most of Spain’s Cava production, as well as the sought-after reds of the Priorat.

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But it has far greater diversity than people often realize. For the seminar I touched down in six of the region’s ten D.O.s (Denominación de Origen; though technically Priorat is a D.O.Ca., a higher designation shared only with Rioja). Vineyards here grow in a range of climates, from warmly Mediterranean (for instance in the lower parts of Pènedes) to windy and dry (the western reaches of Terra Alta, say); soils vary too: alluvial clays in Conca de Barberà, broken schist in Priorat, lime-rich loam in Mallorca (technically the Balearic islands aren’t part of Catalonia, but historically they were, so I included Mallorca; what the heck).

Cabernet Shiraz



FilmMagic Wonderful Co. owners Stewart Resnick and Lynda Resnick flank film director Morgan Spurlock at the 2011 premiere of a Wonderful-sponsored film.

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billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick , promotes itself incessantly as an exemplar of social responsibility and a guardian of sustainable agriculture. “As an agricultural company, we are deeply committed to protecting and conserving our natural resources,” it says right there on its website .

Grover Vineyards India

Don’t tell that to the company’s neighbors in Paso Robles, the heart of California’s Central Coast wine country. They’re infuriated by what appears to have been the clear-cutting of an oak forest on land managed by Justin Vineyards, a Wonderful subsidiary, to make room for new grape plantings for its Justin Wines brand . Wonderful acquired the winery from founder Justin Baldwin in 2010.

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