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By Fred TaskerTribune News Service In 2016 I’ve written about nearly 500 wines, including some that are not only downright heavenly, but also have inspiring backstories.

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So I’m listing here my 10 favorite wines from the waning year. Sometimes it was just because they were so delicious. Other times it was value for money. Still other times it was how far a wine had come from humble beginnings.

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Wine fans like to say great wines are made in the vineyard. I agree. But they also are made in the winery. I like these wines for their stunning aromas and soul-satisfying flavors, but also for what they tell us about the men and women who grow them and make them.

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Rodney Strong Vineyards Helps Sonoma State University Expand Program for Students in Need
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Sonoma State University (SSU), home of the nation's first wine business school, received a $250,000 boost this week from Rodney Strong Vineyards. The winery and the university's Wine Business Institute announced the donation and the new Rodney Strong ...



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New Year’s Eve , popping a bottle or two of bubbly is tradition. But what about reds and non-sparkling whites for the pre-celebration dinner? We asked some of the country’s top sommeliers to share a few of their restaurants’ most popular wines for year-end festivities.

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Based in the Piedmontese village of Castiglione Falletto, Vietti is a fifth-generation family winery making some of the great wines from Barolo. While barolos are normally single vineyard wines, this one’s a blend of grapes from four vineyards in the barolo area. “It’s a classic example of Nebbiolo, the barolo grape: elegant, age-worthy, and complex.” And with a price tag of about $50, it’s also an amazing value.

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“I love this wine because it’s a classic example of a northern Rhône syrah: giving, tense, and gamey with hints of violets, black olives, wild herbs, and cured meat.” It pairs perfectly with richer foods like pork, lamb, and game meats.

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The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve more easily justify the popping of pricey corks than any other time of year. Whether it’s in a restaurant or for a quiet night at home, there’s a genuine sense of occasion that results from treating yourself and your loved ones to a bottle of something that you otherwise might not normally open up.

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This time of year is perfect for purchasing or opening special-occasion wines.  These bottles, from the 19th century and recently discovered in Becov castle in Western Bohemia, would certainly qualify as splurge-worthy, but there are infinite other options, too (Credit: MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images).

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Jessica Altieri, CEO, Wine Channel TV Digital Network, told me that she loved the Gaja Costa Russi 1997 (approximately $320); she recommends pairing it “with extra black truffles if you really want to blow your mind.” Altieri also fell for the Giuseppe Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2001 (approx. $100), a sparkling gem from Italy’s Trento region, and the Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 (approx. $220).

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Byron 2014 Nielson Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay ($27): Unmistakable S.B. fruit notes, including pineapple. Nice acidity. A little stone-y but generally well balanced, with no obvious flaws on the finish. Excellent quality for the price. This winery is finally regaining the cachet it enjoyed back when Ken Brown was its winemaker years ago.

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of 25 Cakebread Cellars 2013 Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley ($159): Boysenberry, dark plum and cassis give way to forest floor notes and hints of chocolate. Extra-long finish that's earthy and mineral-ish. Beautifully balanced; should age long and well. A special-occasion wine.

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of 25 Calera 2013 Jensen Vineyard Mt. Harlan Pinot Noir ($90): Tucked away in a mountaintop vineyard in the Gabilan Mountain range not far from Monterey, winemaker Mike Waller quietly proves, year after year, he's one of California's masters of pinot noir. This one is delicately elegant, with red cherry fruit and the fennel quality of the region. I suspect Waller makes one of the state's few age-worthy California pinots.

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