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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 14:59

Wine Pick of the Week

2018 Dry Rosé of Pinot Noir

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 17:35

Wine Pick of the Week

Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Picmonkey

2014 Pinot Noir


Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards

Russian River Valley

Alcohol: 14.5%

Suggested Retail: $25

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 17:40

Wine Pick of the Week

Dutton Est Manzana Vnyd 2015 PN Picmonkey

2015 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir


Dutton Estate

Russian River Valley

Alcohol: 13.8%

Suggested Retail: $62

Friday, 17 February 2017 12:45

Wine Pick of the Week

Affentaler Spatburgunder 2015 Picmonkey

2015 Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)


Affentaler Winzergenossenschaft Böhl

Baden, Germany

Alcohol: 12.5%

Suggested Retail: $17-20

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 23:54

October 21, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Panther Creek 2014 PN Picmonkey

2014 Winemaker’s Cuvee Pinot Noir


Panther Creek

Willamette Valley (Oregon)

Alcohol: 14.1%

Suggested Retail: $30

Saturday, 17 September 2016 16:11

September 16, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Red Rock pinot noir Picmonkey

2013 Pinot Noir


Red Rock Winery


Alcohol: 13.9%

Suggested Retail: $9

Friday, 12 August 2016 19:50

August 12. 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Vandori Pinot Noir bottle Picmonkey


2014 Pinot Noir



Delle Venezie, IGT (Italy)

Alcohol: 12%

Price: $7 (?)

Saturday, 23 July 2016 13:50

July 22, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

estancia estate pinot noir Picmonkey


2013 Pinot Noir



Monterey County

Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $13

Friday, 15 July 2016 15:32

July 15, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

coppola diamond pnoir 14 750 Picmonley


2014 Pinot Noir


Francis Coppola

Monterey County

Alcohol: 13.5%

Suggested Retail: $21

Monday, 12 October 2015 14:51

Pinot Noir Partisan Walter Schug Passes

Walter Schug PicmonkeyWalter Schug 1935 - 2015By Dan Clarke

October 12, 2015 – This morning’s Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that Walter Schug passed away on Saturday. He was 80 years old. I met him only a few times, but he seemed the kind of guy I’d have liked to know better.

Walter and his wife, Gertrud, arrived in California more than half a century ago. They both came from winemaking families and Walter had studied viticulture and enology at Geisenheim before continuing his education at the University of California, Davis.

In 1966 Gallo hired Walter Schug as Director of Grower Relations and Quality Control. Much of his time was spent working with independent growers supplying grapes to that company. In 1973 he became the first winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Though that winery set a high standard for quality, the proprietor chose to abandon making Pinot Noir in an era when that grape was not selling particularly well. Walter chafed and eventually opted to open his own winery, Schug Carneros Estate, in 1980. Though it also produces wines from other grape varieties, the winery is best known as a Pinot Noir specialist.

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