California

Lifted

Lifted

Bonny Doon Vineyard Paso Robles Viognier2009Current price: about $20 (as club members we paid $17) This wine is a pure, pale yellow, washed clean…

Bright

Bright

Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc2008Current price: about $14 Spring weather today, 68°F and sunny. My garlic's up, and one crocus—school bus yellow—popped open midday. It's time…

Success

Success

We recently enjoyed a 2007 Ridge Sonoma County Zinfandel, so much so that when I found @RidgeLS on Twitter, I clicked through to their…

Scholium

Scholium

Scholium Project Lost Slough Vineyards Gemella2007Current price: about $50 We gathered last night for braised beef and an array of powerful Turleys (on which…

Grenache Lessons

Grenache Lessons

Last week I joined the Rhône Rangers. This week they sent me an invitation to a tasting event, part of their Grand Tasting weekend…

Lit From Within

Lit From Within

Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Cigare Blanc2004Current price: about $22 (2007 vintage) Brilliant yellow-gold, clear like March sun. It smells to me like the beach,…

Rough Day Smoothed

Rough Day Smoothed

Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot2005Current price: about $25 (half-bottle) I had a particularly rough day last Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, my husband brought…

And Flights of Angels Sing Thee

And Flights of Angels Sing Thee

Bonny Doon Vineyard Le Vol des Anges2006Current price: about $30 Gold, liquid gold. Unctuous swirled, it fills my nose with pear and apricot. Once inside,…

Blended

Blended

Clayhouse Vineyard Adobe Red2006Current price: about $12 We seem to be experiencing a blending moment. The Ridge we had the other night billed itself as…

My First Zinfandel

My First Zinfandel

Ridge California Sonoma County Three Valleys Zinfandel2007Current price: about $21 Okay, it's not my first Zinfandel. But it's the first one I've really liked. It's…

A Bagatelle

A Bagatelle

Acacia Vineyard A2007Current price: about $12 A sweet little wine, juicy and vibrant. Bright pink-purple, with a nose like the wild roses that grow in…