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R&W Vineyards: Work, Love, and Play Give Rise to Fine Wine

It is often said, “The couple who plays together, stays together.” But, what about the couple who not only plays together but also works and lives together? For William (Bill) Wood and Noel Relyea, the relevancy in doing nearly everything … Continue reading

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Skinner Vineyards & Winery Puts the “Aah” in Syrah—and in So Much More

Based on a recommendation, I found myself driving along windy roads through the Sierra Foothills with my friend Cathy in search of a winery called Skinner Vineyards & Winery in California’s El Dorado County. We weren’t sure what to expect … Continue reading

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The Composition and the “Creek”: Listen, Sip and, by all Means, Weep

There are things in life that are so beautiful they make me weep. Two in particular are Adagio for Strings, a composition by the late Samuel Barber; and Branciforte Creek Pinot Noir, a voluptuous wine made by Jeff Emery, proprietor-winemaker, … Continue reading

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Tartrate Crystals May Not Be a Girl’s Best Friend, but They Sure Are Pretty

You are enjoying your wine tasting when the next thing you notice are crystal-like deposits resting at the bottom of your glass. Don’t panic. Your wine pourer hasn’t slipped you a mickey. Often referred to as “wine diamonds,” these solids … Continue reading

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The 2008 Cienega Valley Pietra Santa Sangiovese Is a Party Pleaser

The other night during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, I opened my 2008 Cienega Valley Sangiovese from Pietra Santa Winery. My neighbor joined me in what we thought would be a “full-bodied” speech. As it turned out, … Continue reading

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The Elements that Bind: Biochemists William Wood and Noël Relyea Blend Work, Love and Play, Giving Rise to Fine Wine

William Wood and Noël Relyea, co-owners/co-winemakers of R&W Vineyards on The Elements that Bind: BiochemistMontebello Ridge in Cupertino, California, enjoy the fruits of their labor. R&W produces just 300 cases a year of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Photo courtesy … Continue reading

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Roxy’s Pick – Complement Your Greek Orthodox Easter Meal with a Mavrodaphne-Style Dessert Wine that Will Inspire You To Exclaim, Opa!

Χριστός Ανέστη, or Christós Anésti̱, means “Christ has risen” in Greek. This week is Orthodox Easter. Midnight mass, red hard-boiled eggs and lamb are just some of the traditions that accompany this Christian holiday, which celebrates the resurrection of Christ. … Continue reading

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