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Alejandro Orfila, 90, at his Orfila Vineyards and Winery, one of San Diego’s oldest and most established wineries.

Sauvignon Blanc

Alejandro Orfila, 90, at his Orfila Vineyards and Winery, one of San Diego’s oldest and most established wineries.

Chenin Blanc

Thirty-plus years after retiring from a lifelong career as a diplomat, Alejandro Orfila, 90, still exhibits the artful skill of discretion that undoubtedly served him so well all those years.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)



It's still pretty easy to track down delicious white wines from the Northwest that cost $15 or less.

Rosé

Part of this is because white wine grapes cost less, but they also spend less time in the cellar before they head to store shelves. Here are 10 tasty and affordable white wines we've tasted in recent weeks that are easy on the wallet and fresh from the 2014 vintage.

Sauvignon Blanc

Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue run Great Northwest Wine, an award-winning news and information company. Learn more about wine at www.greatnorthwestwine.com.

Chenin Blanc



The holidays are upon us and as the year comes to an end here is a selection of wines worthy of gracing your table during this time of the year. All merit a seat at any holiday dinner. Representing a balance of many countries but most specifically the Americas.

Cabernet Shiraz

. The Peter Zemmer 2014 Pinot Grigio has is a bit of effervescence but on the whole this wine from the Italian Alps is one of the better Pinot Grigios. There is a freshness and quality to this wine that is not typical of this varietal. Perhaps it is due to the elevation. Overall one finds lemon, lime, peach and pear on the palate.

Rosé

2014 is quite impressive. Rutini’s roots are in Italy but relocating to Mendoza Argentina the family became one of the forerunners in the wine industry after establishing the winery in 1885. With subtle nuances this wine is not overly citrusy or grassy like some of its competitors. This is partially due to the fact that the wine is aged in 50% new oak and 50% 2-3 years old oak barrels. This is not typical of Sauvignon Blanc as most are aged in stainless steel. The wine has crisp bright aromas that have mild hints of grass and flavors of peach, citrus and white flower. The oak imparts more viscosity, texture and depth into the wine. There is a quality very much in style like Viognier that makes this wine outstanding.

Sauvignon Blanc



A recent wine tasting in the remodeled Joseph Phelps Vineyards was a bit of the old and a bit of the new.

Grover Vineyards India

The old was a story that wine educator Geraldine Seltzer told about two Joes: Phelps and Heitz when Phelps finished building his winery in 1974. Heitz brought a 110-year-old bottle of Madera to christen the new building and proceeded to pour it on the floor.

Shipping Wine To India

When Phelps complained, Heitz assured him that not all of it ended up on the floor and the two men ended up drinking the rest. The two Joes were neighbors. Heitz bought 160 acres in Spring Valley in 1964, nine years before Phelps bought 600 acres — an old cattle ranch, also in Spring Valley.

Cabernet Shiraz



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