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    Duckhorn Vineyards has a sense of humor

    Based in St Helena, CA with vineyards up and down Napa Valley and on Howell Mountain, Duckhorn was founded in 1976 and specializes in Bordeaux style wines. If you get the opportunity to visit for a wine tasting, you’ll be greeted with friendly staff who bring joy to the sharing of their wines. The main building is beautiful and surrounded by vines. As a tribute to their namesake, the walls of the main building are covered with pictures of ducks who have indulged in a bit of grape juice. For more information, visit their website here:  http://www.duckhorn.com/

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    2009 Tres Picos Bodegas Borsao Garnacha

    Bodegas Borsao was founded in 2001 as a cooperative of three wine cellars: Borja, Pozuelo and Tabuenca. Located in the northwest of the Zaragoza province, Bodegas Borsao is known for providing exceptional wines for the price, with their $8 2008 Red Wine named as #1 on the Wine Enthusiast 100 best buys for 2010. The Tres Picos is a lovely cherry red color with ripe red fruit on nose. A medium to full bodied, savory wine that tastes of blackberries with nice pepper and spice on the finish. The tannins are present but not overwhelming, instead providing a nice chewy feeling in the mouth. Grapes: 100% Garnacha (Grenache) Alcohol: 14.5%…

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    Jim Law is one cool guy: a visit to Linden Vineyards

    The fog is lifting on the rolling hills around us. Birds are singing in the background, and the sharp whack-whack of a woodpecker can be heard in the woods. The scenery is stunning but all eyes are focused on Jim Law, Linden Vineyard’s owner/winemaker, as he walks TasteCampers through his vineyard.  Jim is both interesting and likeable, and his wines are the highlight of the weekend. Linden started in 1983 when Jim bought 6 acres down a windy backcountry road in the Virginia Blue Ridge area. Similar to many Virginia winemakers, Jim is heavily influenced by Bordeaux. His vineyards include the 5 red Bordeaux grapes and a variety of whites including Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.…

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    Camp for adults – what could be better?

    In early May, a group of about 40 wine enthusiasts descended upon the Loudon County area of Virginia to taste a LOT of wine and chat with local winemakers during 2012’s TasteCamp. TasteCamp is an annual event which brings wine bloggers to a lesser known region to help increase the knowledge of that area. The organizers were Lenn Thompson, Remy Charest and Frank Morgan. These guys did a tremendous job of coordinating the weekend even when some of us didn’t follow directions well … apologies again for being the worst bus buddy on earth … Loudon County is about an hour outside of Washington DC. The proximity to the city combined with the beautiful…

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    Utah versus wine

    As early as 1875, over 500 acres of vineyards were planted in Utah producing 1700 tons of grapes. I’m not sure exactly what happened to these vines, but I’m guessing that they were ripped up at some point in Utah’s religious history. I recently visited Moab, Utah where the first vines were planted in the 1970’s. The wineries are relatively new because commercial wine making in Utah was illegal until 1986! The vineyards were forced to sell their fruit to their more wine tolerant neighbor Colorado. Seeing the success of the Colorado wine trail, Utah finally became more wine friendly in 2004, reducing the 50% tax on wines and allowing…

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    Tapeña Wines Contest!

    Hola mis amigos! That may be the extent of my Spanish, but further words are not required to enjoy Spanish wine! Are you familiar with the brand Tapeña, which makes Tempranillo, Garnacha, Verdejo and Rosé? Part of the Ferrer family, Tapeña wines come from the Tierra de Castilla region in the heart of Spain. The style of these wines is fresh and fruit forward, perfect to pop open with your favorite small bites. Enjoying tapas is a fantastic, traditional Spanish way to share the evening  – passing food around the table, a bite or two of each treat shared with friends over a bottle of wine. Just in time for the holidays, Tapeña…