USA Wine Ratings Wine Competition 2019

I was invited by USA Wine Ratings to help judge their San Francisco wine tasting competition last July and I was intrigued by the way they scored the wines in their competition. All the other wine competitions I have participated in based their scores solely on the flavor and characteristics of the wines. But with the USA Wine Ratings competition,

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Nota Bene Cellars Red Blend: Ciel Du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain

I am thoroughly enjoying the 2014 Nota Bene Cellars Red Blend from the Ciel Du Cheval Vineyard in the Red Mountain AVA in Washington State! An enticing blend of 39% Cabernet Franc, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 29% Merlot all grown on the Ciel Du Cheval Vineyard. Aged 22 months in export style French oak barrels truly brings out complexities and

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Cuvaison Prince & Pedro Red Blend Brandlin Vineyard

I have always loved experiencing red blend wines because I feel it expresses what the winemaker thought was the best wine possible with the grapes they had available. To me, these blended wines are the “Winemaker’s Signature” since they adapted the wine to the flavors they enjoy. Today I am sipping the Cuvaison “Prince & Pedro” Red Blend Brandlin Vineyard

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