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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 21:51

2017 Silvaspoons Verdelho Harvest

By Randy Caparoso

6:30 AM, this past Tuesday, August 22 in Lodi’s Alta Mesa appellation: Ron Silva’s harvest crew had already filled three half-ton macro-bins of just-picked Silvaspoons Vineyards Verdelho – green tinted golden, oval shaped orbs of tropical fruit sensations, zapped with palate slaking, lemon-lime acidity.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 05:18

The Bakersfield Sound

TASTE News Service, July 18, 2017 - In the 1950's and 60's Bakersfield became an unlikely birthplace for a new sound – The Bakersfield Sound.

Sunday, 11 June 2017 19:58

Wine Pick of the Week

Corbett Canyon Merlot Picmonkey

NV Merlot (non vintage)

 

Corbett Canyon

America

Alcohol: 12.5%

Suggested Retail: $10?

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:37

Beer Pick of the Week

Dust Bowl ChangeOrder Bottle Picmonkey

Change Order

 

Dust Bowl Brewing

Turlock, California

Style: IPA

Alcohol: 7%

IBUs: 80

Serving style: kegs and 12-oz bottles

Availability: Year round in Central Valley of California and some beyond

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 12:57

Michael David donates to the Animals

TASTE News Service, January 25, 2017 -- Michael David Winery is donating $25,000 to PAWS (The Performing Animal Welfare Society) in hopes that it will bring awareness and education to this great organization.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 11:34

Vince Petrucci Leaves International Legacy

(December 27, 2016) — Dr. Vincent Petrucci, professor emeritus of viticulture at California State University, Fresno, is remembered today by University President Joseph I. Castro as “an extraordinarily talented man who shared his special gifts as a Fresno State professor by educating new generations of viticulture and winemaking leaders.”

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 12:55

October 14, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

FreakshowRed 900 Picmonkey

2014 Freakshow Red

 

Michael David Winery

Lodi

Alcohol: 15.5%

Suggested Retail: $20

Sunday, 10 April 2016 16:06

April 8, 2016 Beer Pick of the Week

Twisted Monk bottle Picmonkey

Twisted Monk

 

Dust Bowl Brewing Co.

Turlock, CA

Style: Belgian-style Abbey Ale

Alcohol: 7.7%

IBUs:

Serving style: 22-ounce bottles

Availability: Spring seasonal in Northern California

Friday, 13 November 2015 13:23

November 13, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

barefoot zinfandel Picmonkey

Zinfandel (N/V)

 

Barefoot

Lodi

Suggested Retail: 750ml $7, 1.5L $10.*

*average retail prices nationwide

 

“Recently we saw long-time wine writer Dan Berger’s comments about Barefoot Zinfandel and figured with his recommendation it had to be good. It is.

“Fruit for this wine comes from the Lodi appellation, which is about 45 miles south of Sacramento. In recent years vineyard acreage has increased hugely in the area. Though many varieties are grown successfully here, Zinfandel has always been regarded as Lodi’s signature grape.

Friday, 25 January 2013 22:18

January 11, 2013 Wine Pick of the Week

Camelot Cab S bottle Picmonkey

 

 

Cabernet Sauvignon (N/V)

 

Producer: Camelot Vineyards & Winery

Appellation: California

Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $7

 

“Actually, this is a pretty nice Cabernet in a lighter style. Slightly herbal overtones with predominant blackberry and cherry flavors. Good value.”

Food affinity: “Stuffed breast of veal, Grilled chicken marinated in oil and vinegar dressing with red pepper flakes.”

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