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    Anne Amie “Marylin” 2014 Brut Sparkling Rose

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    Proprietor Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. is one of Oregon’s most forward-thinking philanthropists and businessmen, purchased the historic Chateau Benoit Winery in 1999, he is also a farmer, minister and author of 13 books, including two book-of-the-month-club selections. He has earned degrees in business, economics, accounting, education and theology.

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    Solminer Review

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    Bringing Austria to Los Olivos

    Solminer, meaning mining the sun is a certified biodynamic and organic winery founded in 2012 by owners/winemakers Anna and David Delask.

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    Eric Isselee Review

    CRAMANT’S HOSPITABLE GEM

    Brilliant Gold Yellow color, on the nose it’s exposed with fragrant white exotic flowers, sunkissed yellow apples bruised pears and juicy tangerines. On the palate the flavors are persistent, stoney dry, zesty medium acid and a medium muscular body, delicate medium alcohol and steadfast mousse, mineral core, natural yeast and a lengthy finish.

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    Dassai – A Festive Wine For Any Occasion

    Name implies “otter festival” for in ancient times, otters in Yamaguchi Prefecture on the southern tip of Honshu, the largest of Japan’s four main island, frolicking in nearby rivers would lay out fish they catch onto the shore, showing them off in a festival.

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    Champagne Laherte Freres

    Champagne Laherte Freres is run by the dynamic Aurélien Laherte, who has been at the helm of his family’s estate since 2005 in the Valle De La Marne. Laherte Freres was founded in 1889 in the village of Chavot in the Coteaux Sud D’Epernay, and over the generations the vineyard holdings have slowly grown to 10.5 hectares, but always there has been an emphasis on allowing full terroir expression in the wines through careful farming. To that end, Aurélien farms 7 hectares biodynamically and certified organic, with the other vineyards farmed uncertified organic or, at minimum, sustainably. Laherte Freres under Aurélien’s leadership has started to produce a series of single vineyard and single vintage cuvées vinified in Burgundy barrels without malolactic fermentation and bottled without fining or filtration. 

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    OPUS ONE OR OPUS NONE

    “I always wanted to improve on the idea of living well, in moderation…. wine is good for you, mentally, physically, and spiritually” -Robert Gerald Mondavi

    There’s no denying Robert Gerald Mondavi, the face of Napa Valley was an avant-garde charlatan. The Robert Mondavi Winery opened in 1966 after he was tossed out of the Charles Krug family business with no money. Initially the winery was a showcase of the latest technology employed with luminary founders of Grgich and Stags Leap. The winery is located along highway 29 in Oakville, CA.. What makes this location so special is what’s behind the winery, the Kalon Vineyard, or correctly To Kalon, meaning “place of highest beauty”. Planted in the 1870’s the vineyard is home to some of the oldest vines in Napa Valley on bale clay loam. It was left abandoned in the wake of prohibition but it was then resurrected by Mondavi.

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    Lealtanza Review Deep Ruby

    LEALTANZA RESERVA 2012 RIOJA

    Deep ruby, on the nose red and black cherries with red and black plum, raw walnuts, charcuterie, smokey and carbon pencil lead. On the palate dry bright medium acid medium plus alcohol, grippy chiseled medium plus tannins, full body intense red fruit with slight menthol, smoked coconut and lead swarming the mid palate, long finish. 

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