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MLive.com Pati LaLonde “It's a really subtle, complex interesting grape,” says Kristie Tacey of Pinot Noir. “You have to make what you love.

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“It's a really subtle, complex interesting grape,” she says. “You have to make what you love.” Making what she loves is exactly what this Garber High School graduate does in her urban San Francisco Bay area winery — turning this subtle, complex interesting grape into wine.

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Tacey comes up with her flavors in much the same way a chef comes up with new foods, by tasting.

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John Storey / Special to The Chronicle People enjoy wine in the sculpture garden at the Ma(i)sonry tasting room in Yountville.

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Napa Valley wineries don't usually lack for the "wow" factor, with art often celebrated nearly as much as the critically acclaimed wines they produce.

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They own Partners for Strategic Action, a Fountain Hills-based firm that specializes in strategic planning for cities, counties and state governments. They also are wine connoisseurs and have shared that passion since meeting more than 20 years ago.

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"All the time that we have been together, all of our vacations and trips have been to the wine regions around the world," Fiandaca said. "We were so fascinated by the process of taking a grape stock, putting it into the ground, watching it grow and then turning it into this incredible bottle of wine, while never thinking of going into the business." The couple had never been fans of Arizona wines.

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"We frankly didn't think it was very good," Dunham said. "There were only a couple of producers who were doing some really nice things, but it's such a young industry and it takes awhile to figure out what you're doing." Eventually, Dunham and Fiandaca reached a point where they had extra money and wanted to do something beyond running their business. Around that time, they were invited by a former client, Rod Keeling, to visit his winery, Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards in southeast Arizona's Chiricahua Foothills.

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Gerry Dawes, a wine expert's expert, is particularly savvy about Spain's food and wine scene, and takes America's top chefs to Spain for their own edification. He's been prowling Iberia for ages, discovering gems of restaurants and small wine makers who have utterly no interest in selling to you, me -- or even to Gerry at first, until he proves himself professionally savvy enough to merit at least a conversation. A conversation with Gerry usually is a conversion.

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This week I attended a tasting of 20 wines he's just brought in from Spain. They're being touted by chef gurus like Jeremiah Tower and Dan Barber, and gobbled up so quickly by restaurants such as Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Picholine, Petrossian, Paul Grieco's Terroir Tribeca and by topflight wine shops, such as NYC's Chambers Street Wines and Nancy's, that about half are already sold out.

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The tasting was held at Despaña Soho, a Spanish café, gourmet shop and wine store (Despaña Vinos y Mas) in New York's Soho district, along with a parade of splendid tapas from Despaña's kitchen. The tasting of 19 wines began, unexpectedly, with the reds, followed by a few rosados, a half-dozen whites, and a last sip of a late harvest moscatel (Aliaga Moscatel Vendimia Tardia 2010).

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Mottox salesman Tatsuo Naktsuka of Toyko sniffs a barrel sample of still-aging 2011 Foris Maple Ranch pinot noir that he will eventually sell in Japan.

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That, along with Japan's increased interest in imported wines, makes it possible for Cave Junction producer Ted Gerber to sell thousands of cases across the Pacific.

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