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Trespass Vineyards

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Cabernet Franc on the right is available from Trespass Vineyard in St Helena. Don and Dana Gallagher produce boutique wines. They also do a must have Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine on the left is from Don’s library, a 2005 Cab Franc.

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Crocker & Starr

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One of the unique finds this year was Pam Starr’s blend of Malbec and Cab Franc. Smooth (Malbec) with hints of spice (Cab Franc). Excellent pairing with Mexican dishes.

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Lail Vineyards – Blueprint

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A nice surprise from the Castlewood Wine Club. A very dark and young wine, an almost black Cabernet & Cab Franc Blend with a hint of chocolate and sweet tannins. Not one to cellar but a good “to drink wine”. Will give an indication of 2013 vintage from Napa.

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Blackbird Contraian

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This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc produced by Alan Potts is a “home run” and made my Top Wines of 2015. Worthy of buying and is more of “drink now” but could be held a few years.


Wood Family Vineyards

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Rhonda Wood has been producing wonderful wines as bright as her smile for 10+ years. One of the best winemakers in Livermore Valley. Her Chardonnay, “Especial” Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah are all outstanding.



Kinsella Estates

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Kinsella Estates in Healdsburg offers several good Cabernet Sauvignon’s and a zesty Zinfandel. A Thomas Rivers Brown project.


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One of the better Cabernet’s coming out of Napa from a family owned winery in St Helena is YoungInglewood. The label says what is needed in a good Cabernet — balance which they have done magnificently!







Incendium Wines

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Winemaker and owner Vincent Kalny and wife Deanna of Incendium with Jessica Arnold at The Wine Foundry. His 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon was very tasty. Vince is Cal-Fire employee and donates a portion of profits to help firefighters who are injured or killed in service. He currently project is helping the 23 firefighters who lost their homes fighting up in Middletown. — with Vincent Kalny and Deanna Kalny.


TATE Wines

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One of our new favorite Chardonnay’s by David Tate. Reasonably priced and sure to be a new addition in your cellar.20151024_200501

Switchback Ridge Wine

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A great tasting last week with Kelly Peterson-Holmes of Switchback Ridge. Tasted 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Merlot and Petite Sirah. All excellent and will age nicely over the next 5-7 years.