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  2012 Chardonnay   Two Vines Washington State Alcohol: 13.5% Suggested Retail: $ 8
  2013 Cabernet Sauvignon   Wild Meadows Columbia Valley (Washington) Alcohol: 13.5% Suggested Retail: $14.99
  2014 Black Label Claret   Francis Ford Coppola Winery California Alcohol: 13.5% Suggested Retail: $ 21
  2015 Rosé of Sangiovese   Barnard Griffin Winery Columbia Valley (Washington) Alcohol: 12.9% Suggested Retail: $14
2012 Naked Chardonnay   Ryan Patrick Vineyards Columbia Valley, Washington Alcohol: 13.5% Suggested Retail: $12
  2014 Red Label Zinfandel   Francis Coppola California Alcohol: 13.5% Suggested Retail: $14
  2010 Pioneers Legendary Zinfandel   Galleano Winery Cucamonga Valley Alcohol: 14.5% Suggested Retail: $17.50
    2013 Treana Red   Hope Family Wines Paso Robles Alcohol: 14.5% Suggested Retail: $45
2014 Chardonnay   Waterbrook Columbia Valley Alcohol: 13.7% Suggested Retail: $12
    2015 Sauvignon Blanc   Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Alcohol: 14.5% Suggested Retail: $18
2014 Malbec   Black Box Wines Mendoza, Argentina Alcohol: 13% Suggested Retail: $22 (3L)
  2015 Rosé of Syrah   Lawer Estates Knights Valley Alcohol: 12.5% Suggested Retail: $22
    2014 Heritage Vines Zinfandel   Dry Creek Vineyard Sonoma County Alcohol: 14.5% Suggested Retail: $22
    2014 Gewürztraminer   Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley (Washington) Alcohol: 12.5% Suggested Retail: $10
1998 Opus One   Opus One Napa Valley Alcohol: 13.5% Suggested Retail: $265 for the current release (2012). An internet search shows prices around $320 for the 1998.
2014 Sauvignon Blanc   Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Alcohol: 13.9% Suggested Retail: $25   “Sauvignon Blanc sometimes seems like the forgotten varietal. It’s not as pervasive as the ubiquitous Chardonnay, nor as trendy as Grüner Veltliner was a few years ago or as Albariño might be today. What a shame. It’s too good to miss.
2012 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot   Chateau Ste Michelle Horse Heaven Hills (Washington) Alcohol: 14.5% Suggested Retail: $36   “Merlot is one of the many wine varieties that the State of Washington does well. Wine writer Dan Berger—California-based, but internationally known—had a recent column to that effect and we certainly concur. He suggested that quality Washington Merlot was undervalued. We agree with that opinion, too. “The state’s wine industry has enjoyed robust growth in recent years—currently there are over 890 wineries and Chateau Ste Michelle is by far the most significant of these operations. They’ve pretty much been around since…
Pinot Grigio   Gallo Family Vineyards California Alcohol: 11.5% Suggested Retail: $ 11-1.5L, $ 6-750ml (approx.)   “Taste California Travel selects wines for this feature for a number of reasons. Often It’s because we want to tell you about the most impressive wine we’ve tasted in the last seven days and recommend it. At other times our ‘Pick’ will have been chosen because it’s a good taking-off point to begin discussion on some aspect of the enjoyment of wine. Today’s Pick is such a case.
2013 Ensemble   Ḗcluse Wines & Lock Vineyard Paso Robles Alcohol 14.9% Suggested Retail: $44   “This week’s ‘Pick’ is the product of Steve and Pam Lock, who’ve been growing fruit for other wineries for most of the last two decades. When the quality of their grapes became obvious when vinified by others, the Locks began to make a small quantity of wine under their own label. They’re red wine specialists and on their Central Coast vineyards they produce grapes native to Bordeaux and France’s Rhône Valley. They also grow Zinfandel, a relatively All-American variety. Their wines are bottled under…
2014 Claim Jumper Rosé   Riverbench Santa Maria Valley Alcohol: 12.1% Suggested Retail: $42   “This sparkling wine is made in the méthode Champenoise from 100% Pinot Noir grapes that were estate grown in the Santa Maria Valley of Santa Barbara County. The location on California’s Central Coast receives considerable marine influence and is cooler than many realize. As such, it is prime growing country for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
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