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Grocery Store Chardonnay Project

Findings include:
• Very drinkable (86 to 87 point) wines can be obtained for as low as $7-9
• While high QPR (quality price ratio) wines can be found at virtually all price points, the highest rated wines (92 and 91+ points) can be found at the $15-20, $20-25 and $30-and-above price ranges
• The $26-30 range contains surprisingly few highly rated wines
• Three U.S. wine firms are responsible for nearly 17% of these wines, and the top eight wine firms own over 37% of these labels
• Nearly 16% of these grocery store Chardonnays exhibited relatively high residual sugar (sweetness)
• Less than 14% of these wines were bottled under screwcap
• 6% of the wines were affected by TCA and/or oxidation Continue reading

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Thanksgiving with the Mondavis: A Family Reunited and its Rich Legacy

My intense and delightful immersion with the extended Mondavi family—i.e., nearly all the descendants of Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, including the children and most of the grandchildren of both Robert and Peter Mondavi, Sr.—commenced this past Friday with a late afternoon visit to the Continuum vineyard on Pritchard Hill followed by a Thanksgiving themed dinner at the newly finished winery there. Continue reading

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Acid & Smoke: The Styles of Sauvignon Blanc

What white wine goes well with a wide range of foods, from salads and vegetable dishes, to seafood dishes, lemon chicken and many cheeses? Sauvignon Blanc. And what’s one of the best values you can find on any restaurant wine list? Yup, again, Sauvignon Blanc. Continue reading

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Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Retrospective: 1978-1987

This was a fun and informative look back at older vintages of Cabernets from one of the most influential makers of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon in the ’70s and ’80s–Robert Mondavi. For our flight of mature Mondavi Cabs, we tasted either the Reserve Cab or the regular bottling for each year, from 1978 through 1987, with the exception of 1983. For 1980, we tasted both the regular and Reserve bottlings. We then followed with a jump ahead, over dinner, to two more recent Cabernet vintages: 1997 and 2007. The contrast between the 2007, at 15.9% alcohol, and the older vintages, which ranged from 12.5 to 13% alcohol, couldn’t have been more stark. Continue reading

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