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Friday, 05 August 2016 12:44

August 5, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

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2014 Taylor’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc


Dry Creek Vineyard

Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol: 14.1%

Suggested Retail: $ 28

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 10:17

Buena Vista Adds to History & Legacy

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TASTE News Service, July 12, 2016 – Buena Vista Winery has unveiled two new wines reflecting the venerable history of Buena Vista Winery – Château Buena Vista Napa Valley Cabernet and La Victoire Champagne.

With the launch, the winery revives its historical connections to the Napa Valley and Champagne, and enhances the original ambitious vision of Founder Count Agoston Haraszthy.

Friday, 24 June 2016 19:10

June 24, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

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2014 Black Label Claret


Francis Ford Coppola Winery


Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $ 21

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 12:39

Exploring Art in Sonoma County, California

Sonoma artist Theodora Elston PicmonkeyTheodora Elston opens her studio during a Sonoma ArtTrails event

TASTE News Service, June 22, 2016 - In addition to offering ideal conditions for premium wine grapes and farm-to-table delicacies, Sonoma Wine Country nurtures the creative spirit. Its lush landscapes and dynamic creative culture attract and inspire artists of all types and styles, including weekend painters and potters, emerging artists, and professional artists who have gained national and international renown.

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TASTE News Service, May 11, 2016 - Winemakers from the USA showed they are a force to be reckoned with at the International Wine Challenge 2016, with a serious haul of medals.

Friday, 06 May 2016 19:58

May 6, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

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2015 Sauvignon Blanc


Dry Creek Vineyard

Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $18

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 10:55

New Owners Restoring Historic Jenner Inn

jenner inn 2 PicmonkeyA tranquil retreat on the Sonoma Coast

TASTE News Service, April 19, 2015 - Renovations are under way at the venerable Jenner Inn, a landmark hotel and restaurant on the rugged Sonoma County coast.

Spread over more than four acres at the mouth of the Russian River, the inn itself is a collection of historic buildings, some of which date back more than a century, to the inception of the seaside hamlet of Jenner. The unique main building was constructed entirely from redwood in about 1948 by Swedish boat-builders.

Saturday, 16 April 2016 20:12

April 15, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

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2014 Heritage Vines Zinfandel


Dry Creek Vineyard

Sonoma County

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $22

Friday, 25 March 2016 15:22

March 25, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

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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.

imagerydonationHR PicmonkeyImagery Estate Collection Curator and SSU art professor emeritus Bob Nugent and assistant curator Kara Sybesma, left, and SSU University Art Gallery Exhibitions Coordinator Carla Stone, right, with a piece from the collection by Tony Speirs at the winery.

TASTE News Service March 1, 2016 - The fine art gracing the labels of Imagery Estate Winery's unique wines began 30 years ago as a project between a Glen Ellen winemaker and Sonoma State University art professor.

Now, the highly regarded, 442-piece Imagery Estate Winery Permanent Collection comes full circle to Sonoma State University thanks to a generous gift from the Benziger family and a business partner, former owners of Benziger Family Winery.

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