2009 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot noir

The 2009 California wildfires were a series of 8,291 wildfires that were active in the state of California, during the year 2009.  The fires burned more than 404,601 acres (632 sq mi; 1,637 km2) of land from early February through late November, due to Red Flag conditions, destroying hundreds of structures, injuring 134 people, and killing two.  The…

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Minnesota wineries – Soverign Estate and Schram Vineyards trip

During my mandatory shutdown the first week of July, Chris and I joined Erica her husband Brian and we visited a couple of wineries in the Waconia Minnesota area.  Originally we were going to visit Chankaska however, the winery did not open until 1pm so we chose a couple of wineries near us. The first…

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2012 Benessere Vineyards Aglianico red wine

One of our recent Benessere Vineyards wine club shipments included a bottle of 2012 Aglianico.  Not knowing this varietal I had to research it. Aglianico (pronounced [aʎˈʎaːniko], roughly “ahl-YAH-nee-koe”) is a black grape grown in the southern regions of Italy, mostly Basilicata and Campania. The vine originated in Greece and was brought to the south of…

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