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Wine Reviews

Dining - Wine Reviews

2010 Reserve Chardonnay

2010 Reserve Chardonnay

On a particularly warm late afternoon, a friend came over for a visit and I opened up a Clos LaChance Chardonnay, which is just the ticket to enjoy over a chat – along with some good cheese and crackers.

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Dining - Wine Reviews

Bernardus Winery

Bernardus Winery

Sauvignon Blanc 2012

If you have not visited the tasting room of Bernardus Winery in Carmel Valley, then you are in for a treat.

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Dining - Wine Reviews

37th Parallel Winery

37th Parallel Winery

Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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Dining - Wine Reviews

Bargetto Winery

Bargetto Winery

Zinfandel 2011 

The Bargetto family has many things to celebrate these days—first and foremost, running a fine winery for 80 years. Their tasting room in Soquel is one of the few open daily in the Santa Cruz area, and, as well as producing fine wines, Bargetto Winery continues to host interesting events at their spacious facility on Soquel Creek.

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Dining - Wine Reviews

Silver Mountain Vineyards

Silver Mountain Vineyards

Chardonnay 2011

Silver Mountain Vineyards owner and winemaker Jerold O’Brien has been in the business a long time, and the expertise he has garnered over the years shows in every bottle he produces.

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Dining - Wine Reviews

Martin Ranch Winery

Martin Ranch Winery

Sauvignon Blanc 2011

One of my favorite wines is Sauvignon Blanc, and this one made by Martin Ranch is particularly lovely. Bright, crisp and refreshing, it’s perfect to pair with fish and shellfish—and good for picnics as it has an easy screw-cap bottle. There’s nothing worse than setting down your blanket, pulling out your sandwiches—and then realizing you don’t have a corkscrew.

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Dining - Wine Reviews

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Trout Gulch Vineyards

Cinsault 2012—la grande plage diurne

The most popular wines on store shelves are those most generally known and available—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are all superb for sure. But when you come across a more unusual varietal, like Trout Gulch Vineyards’ Cinsault ($18), it opens up a whole new world.

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