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Wine Skins

We’ve been in love with Wine Skins for years.  When we travel to wine growing regions around the world, we always take plenty of Wine Skins with us. Wine Skins are bottle shaped containers made from flexible, heavy duty plastic lined with bubble wrap.  Along the bottom of the Wine Skin is a double row of adhesive tape, so you can securely …

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Nine Hats Red Wine

We first had the Nine Hats Red wine at Urban Farmer in Portland, OR during one of our trips.  It’s a great bottle of wine at a great price.  If you like reds from the Columbia Valley, you’ll love this. Nine Hats Red is a smaller wine label produced by Long Shadows Vineyards near Walla Walla, Washington.  Nine Hats is …

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Carhartt Vineyards

We stumbled upon Carhartt Vineyards when we were looking for a lunch spot in Los Olivos one afternoon.  We’re so glad we did.  Was it the Bob Marley music playing from the patio?  Maybe.  Was it the intriguing thought of having wine at the “World’s Smallest Tasting Room”?  Could be.  All we know is this place was one the more …

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Wine Tours Santa Ynez – Solvang, CA

http://www.winetoursantaynez.com Phone: 805-686-8347 Being very selective about wine tour companies, we were extremely pleased with the service provided by Wine Tours Santa Ynez.  We used Wine Tours Santa Ynez for a tour of 8 people over a two day period to visit wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Rita Hills area.  We wanted a tour company who get us …

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Bella Cavalli Farms & Vineyard

Bella Cavalli Farms is located right next door to the infamous Flag Is Up Farms, owned by famed horse whisperer, Monty Roberts.  Bella Cavalli owner Jeff Lockwood purchased half of the original ranch and now also provides equestrian facilities and services.  He also raises olives and wine grapes on the land as well. The winery is only open by appointment. …

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Sanford Winery – Lompoc, CA

Sanford was the first winery in Santa Barbara County to plant Pinot Noir.  Situated in the Santa Rita Hills area, south of Lompoc and west of the 101, Sanford has two main vineyards.  The Sanford Benedict Vineyards consist of 135 acres of vineyard planted mainly with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  Rancho la Rinconada consists of 130 acres planted with both varietals …

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White Rock Vineyards Claret

White Rock Vineyards Claret is a great Napa red and a great value as well.  This was recommended to us by the staff at A16 in San Francisco.  It was a great recommendation.  It pairs well with just about anything.  We had it with short ribs, pasta and pizza. White Rock Vineyards is located in the southern part of the …

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Gaja Sito Moresco

Gaja Sito Moresco

What a red wine!  This is an all-time favorite.  The Gaja Sito Moresco is a great value for the quality of the wine in the bottle.  And while that’s attributable to the high quality wines that Gaja turns out, it’s also due to a great heritage in the heart of Piemonte.  The wine is a phenomenal combination of Nebbiolo, Cabernet …

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Blau, Can Blau, Mas Can Blau

The “Can Blau” series of wines from Juan Gil in Spain are great, all around wines that are perfect drinking on their own or with your favorite food.  These wines are a staple in our cellar and are consistently great from vintage to vintage.   Quality and consistency are a hallmark of Juan Gill wines.  These Juan Gill wines originate …

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2010 Blackbird Vineyards Arise Meritage

We tried this nice little meritage on a whim.  It was very, very good.  Extremely dark, almost black in color, it’s not too tannic and not overly oaked.  We had it at Guard and Grace in Denver with a bone-in ribeye and it paired very well with the beef. What is a meritage? From Wikipedia: “Meritage is a brand for red …

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