Clearlake Oaks — The fifth Lake County Wine Competition took place last week at the impressive Brassfield Winery located above Clearlake Oaks.
Red Wine India Part Old West and part Mediterranean villa, Brassfield Winery offers a gorgeous setting, on the 2,500 acre property, at an elevation of 1,800 feet high, quite average by Lake County standards. We could step outside and see acres of healthy green vines, brown hills dotted with ancient oaks, bright blue skies and wispy white clouds.
Wine To India This year, Bob Fraser, the director of the San Francisco Wine Competition, took over the Lake County Wine Competition. Besides his years of experience with wine competitions, Fraser and his wife own a small vineyard in Lake County and he taught at Kelseyville High School years ago. “I’ve always had a passion for Lake County wines,” he said. “It’s been known for great sauvignon blancs but also fine Cabernets.” I was one of the 10 wine judges who were set up in two panels of five judges each to sample 150 Lake County wines. All wines were tasted blind.
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for the Mail Tribune The 18 vineyards and wineries in the Applegate Valley, affiliated as the Applegate Valley Wine Trail, held their semi-annual "Uncorked" celebration on May 18. Along with the tastings of featured wines and complementary food pairings, the wineries also pulled out the stops — so to speak — and offered some interesting barrel tastings of bottles-to-come.
Wines In India These are wines that are still aging in the barrel. Some of the wines will be bottled in the next couple of months and released to the public soon after. Others will remain fermenting in oak for six months or longer before being bottled and allowed to age in the bottle for a few months to a few years prior to being offered for sale. These wines show nowhere near the flavor and complexity they will have when released, but a barrel sample gives a good idea of where they are going and what they will be like.
Red Wine India The winemakers, of course, taste from barrels at selected intervals during the winemaking process. These progressive samplings show how a barrel's contents — whether a single grape variety from a particular vineyard, a blend of the same grape variety from different vineyards or a blend of different grape varieties — is developing.
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Wines from five different state vineyards will be available for tasting Saturday at the 16th annual West Virginia Spring Wine Festival.
India Wines The festival is being hosted from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Daniel Vineyards, located at 200 Twin Oaks Road in Crab Orchard.
Wines In India Admission is $10 per person, which includes wine tastings, a commemorative wine glass and live entertainment. Participating wine vendors include Daniel Vineyards, Forks of Cheat Winery of Morgantown, West Whitehill Winery of Fisher, Watts Roost Vineyard of Lewisburg and Heston Farm Winery of Fairmont.
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A view of Chateau Chantal, one of the more than 30 wineries in the Traverse City, Mich. area.
Wine In India But there are new types of grapes that have only been around for decade or two and are allowing wine to be made in places never imagined before -- like colder Midwest states.
India Wines One winemaker who’s joining the northern wine region is Dave Anthony. He and his wife, own and run a four and a half-acre vineyard and winery in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, near the northern Lake Michigan shore.
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The drive from Hoboken to Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes is not nearly as far as the gulf between the quality of its wines and the incredulity of many. The journey from gentrified Hoboken crosses the gritty Pulaski Skyway; Route 78 transports you along another New Jersey of post-World War II homes and office parks. The drive concludes in Hunterdon County,...
India Wine in Ringoes is not nearly as far as the gulf between the quality of its wines and the incredulity of many.
Wine In India The journey from gentrified Hoboken crosses the gritty Pulaski Skyway; Route 78 transports you along another New Jersey of post-World War II homes and office parks. The drive concludes in Hunterdon County, where New Jersey remains a bucolic tableau of farmlands, horses meandering on fenced-in pastures, an alpaca farm next door to grazing sheep. You cross a stream and park next to a renovated barn lettered Unionville Vineyards. The trip is simultaneously disconcerting and reassuring.
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