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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How To Live The Winery Lifestyle

The wine business has a culture all its own. Long days in the vineyard, weekends tending wine in the cellar, bottling, marketing, promoting, wine tastings, tours, wine education……the list never ends. Working with wine is a career that takes no holidays since every customer wants wine for their holidays! You must have incredible patience, passion, and the ability to take

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Rockridge Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2017

The Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, California, is the place to be for rich and full bodied Chardonnay’s! This is just the right soil and climate that Chardonnay loves and we are very lucky to get to indulge in its hedonistic flavors. This Rockridge Chardonnay is for that refined Chardonnay palate who loves a little oak character in their

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RhonéA Vacqueyras Fontimple 2017

This is a wonderfully impressive Rhone red wine from the Vacqueyras region in Southeastern France! This region is known for growing Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre grapes and that is exactly what this Rhone blend is with 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 20% Mourvedre. In my glass, violet in color with a ruby rim. Bountiful dark fruit, earth, spices, and floral

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Lamblin & Fils “Fourchaume” Chablis Premier Cru 2018

The region of Chablis, Burgundy is known for its legendary Pinot Noir red wines and Chardonnay white wines. If your bottle of white wine says “Chablis”, then its from Burgundy and it is a Chardonnay! Usually un-oaked or very lightly oaked, these wines bring about the natural flavors of the Chardonnay grape without the influence of an oak barrel. In

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