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There's something in the air in Argentina. The last time we were there, we were amazed at the generosity of the Zuccardi family, which operates wineries outside of Mendoza in an area that doesn't have enough schools for the children. The family decided to use some of their profits to establish private schools for the children of their workers. Happy workers seem to make better wines. All of Zuccardi's wines ( Santa Julia is their main brand in the U.S.) are competitive in their price ranges.

Sauvignon Blanc

Chardonnay ($12) is old-world styled with plenty of cleansing acidity and no more oak than you would find in a good Burgundy. Their Malbec ($12) is juicy with tons of berry character and a nice long finish, making it ideal for a cold-weather roast. I bought these wines at Spec's, but you should be able to order them anywhere in town.

Chenin Blanc

R.I.P. Eddie Flores Just got word from an old bandmate that Austin drummer Eddie Flores passed away this weekend. I first met Eddie ...

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)



LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – More than 100 Lake County wines captured top awards – including three Best of Class honors and three Double Gold awards – at this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the Lake County Winery Association (LCWA) announced this week.

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Vigilance Winery & Vineyards won Best of Class with its 2010 Red Hills Lake County Petite Sirah.

Sauvignon Blanc

Additionally, Best of Class was awarded to Sol Rouge for its 2009 Lake County Cabernet Franc and to Writer’s Block (Steele Wines) for its 2010 Lake County Syrah.

Chenin Blanc



While Hook & Ladder Winery has only been in operation for a few short years, the winery's founders have been involved in the wine industry in some capacity for more than 40 years. In 1970, Cecil and Christine De Loach bought a 24-acre vineyard of old vine Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley region of Sonoma, Calif.

Cabernet Shiraz

After several years of growing and selling grapes to various wineries, De Loach Vineyards began producing their own wines. Over a period of time, the De Loach family increased their land holdings to 375 acres of vineyards In 2003, the family sold the De Loach Vineyards label, but retained ownership of their vineyards. A few years later, the family again began producing wine under the Hook & Ladder label. Cecil and Christine's son, Michael is the president of Hook & Ladder and their grandson, Jason, is the winemaker.

Rosé

Michael De Loach is one of many winery representatives who are in town this weekend for the annual Forks & Corks Wine & Food Festival. Michael will be pouring Hook & Ladder wines along with winemakers and/or representatives from six other wineries this Friday at Harry's Continental Kitchen on Longboat Key. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m., and Harry's will be pairing hors d'oeuvres designed to complement the wines being poured. The cost for this unique opportunity is $49 per person. For reservations, call 941-383-0777.

Sauvignon Blanc



Photo credit: Newsday | Kontokosta Winery in Greenport will have a tasting room in an eco-friendly, barn-style building on LI Sound bluffs.

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is set to open this spring, the latest in a string of recent wine-trail newcomers and one of only a handful on the water.

Cabernet Shiraz

Kontokosta Winery, set on 62 acres in Greenport , will feature a 9,000-square-foot winery that fronts nearly a quarter-acre of bluffs on the Sound.

Rosé



Imagine taking wine-making so seriously that you would kill someone for hampering with your grape production? This was the case in Perugia, Italy in 1622 when Cardinaln Boncompagni, Pontifical delegate of the area decreed that there would be "capital punishment for anyone found cutting down grape vines." At that time, the stringency of the law paved the way to preserve good vines and good wines for posterity.

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Eventually, over centuries, places like Montefalco which held first place in wine production in the province of Umbriam Italy continued to produce good wines and in the instance of the Sagrantino grape varietal, despite its scarce productivity, the vines were preserved in ancient monasteries by wine-making monks.

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Interest in the Sagrantino grape waned after World War II and trends had changed by the 1960's. The Sagrantino grape nearly disappeared from Umbrian vineyards. But because of the dedication of a few courageous wine producers the D.O.C. label in 1979 and D.O.C.G label in 1992 officially sealed the important tradition so that the few Sagrantino vines still flourishing within the city walls of Montefalco were labeled and classified. The history of the grape had been preserved, and with research, it was assessed that some vines growing in the monasteries of St. Claire and St. Leonard dated between 1700 and 1800. Certainly, when the wine producers encouraged the sustainability of the Sagrantino vines, they were also preserving the sacred nature and lineage of the wine's association.

Cabernet Shiraz



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