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Napa Valley Preview – 2012, 2013 and 2014

Napa Valley has been blessed with three back-to-back good to potentially historic vintages at a time when many of the world’s top red wine producing regions have struggled with much more difficult growing conditions.

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1996 Champagne – For The Ages

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Glen Ellen Star, Glen Ellen

When I asked a good friend and local resident for her top dining recommendation in the area, the answer was swift: Glen Ellen Star.

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Guide to Eating & Drinking in Piedmont


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Ad Hoc, Yountville


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2013 Turley Zinfandel Old Vines ($25) 91 points

2013 Turley Zinfandel Old Vines, 91 points

Dark and voluptuous to the core, the 2013 Zinfandel Old Vines shows off gorgeous resonance and pure texture. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, tobacco and new leather are all beautifully expressive in this perfumed, nuanced Zinfandel.


Cellar Favorites

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Six Epic Monfortinos

It’s always a thrill to check in on older vintages of Giacomo Conterno’s Barolo Riserva Monfortino, especially some of my personal favorites, such as the 1999, 1997 and 1996.

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1992 Dunn Petit Sirah Howell Mountain

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