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No matter what is on your grill this summer a bottle of ideally paired wine is easy to find. Whether your favorite grilling delicacies include salmon or shrimp, pork or chicken, lamb, beef or venison, even simply dressed and lightly charred veggies are ideal summertime fare when paired with smoky, spicy, sometimes fruit forward wines. A good guide though is that reds will likely go better with any kind of barbecue, from veggies to hearty, well smoked brisket or sauce slathered ribs as the richer flavor profile of the wine will pair better with the smoky grilled flavors. Here is the first post with a few suggestions for lighter grilled proteins, like chicken, fish and veggies, some selections were sent for editorial consideration.  Suggestions for the heartier proteins will be up next week – don’t worry, it will still be 100+ degrees outside, perfect for keeping the heat out of the house and on the grill instead.

Indian Cabernet Shiraz

. A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay (not the common grapes for Spain) this bubbly is filled with fresh rose, juicy apple and ripe strawberry aromas with layers of strawberry, cherry and a touch of creaminess from aging on the lees. Fresh, easy drinking and very approachable, a great aperitif, showing that every day is a day to open a bottle of sparkling wine, even if it just to sip while everything else is cooking.

Indian Rosé

For grilled salmon, shrimp or lobster turn to a fruit forward California Pinot Noir or light Italian wines like Barbera d’ Asti, and don’t be afraid to chill these wines slightly before serving.

Indian Sauvignon Blanc



Friday is expected to be sunny throughout the day with a high temperature near 80 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India

Wharton takes reigns of Storm women’s soccer squad Had Bianca Gonzalez come out for soccer at Napa Valley College last year, she’d be playing for her fourth coach in as many years this season.

Indian Cabernet Shiraz

One of my pet peeves over the last two decades is the lack of distinctive varietal character for so many red wines.

Indian Rosé



LAKE COUNTY -- Judges from across the country blind tasted and evaluated Lake County wines to determine who would be named the best at the Lake County Wine Awards.

Chenin Blanc India

Professional wine judges awarded medals, selected top finalists for each category and determined the best overall at Brassfield Estate Winery July 10 through 12.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India

Judges included John Buechenstein, Culinary Institute of America and UC Davis Extension Wine Educator; Catherine Fallis, Master Sommelier and writers Mike Dunne, Sacramento Bee and Martha Dunne, Winegigs.com.

Indian Cabernet Shiraz



In the not too distant future, your favorite style of French wine may not come from its namesake region, or even from France at all. Climate change is altering growing conditions in wine-producing regions, and in coming decades it will change the wines produced in these regions — in some cases shifting northward the growth of grape varieties long associated with regions further south.

Sauvignon Blanc India

Climate change will produce winners and losers among wine-growing regions, and for every region it will result in changes to the alcohol, acid, sugar, tannins and color contained in each wine.

Chenin Blanc India

My research assistant Eric Hackert and I have analyzed climate change impacts on two dozen of the world's major wine-producing regions across both the Old and New Worlds, providing snapshots of what conditions will be like at the middle and end of this century.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India



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Rosé India

Nobody quite knows who put the petite in Petite Sirah/Syrah, since it's anything but; sometimes I like to think of it as the bastard love child of cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel after a night they both imbibed too much of each other. (I know it's probably related to the grape Durif, but that's a less interesting story.) Big, bold, dark, delicious, it's easy to see why it's often used for blends as it's almost too much: a true teeth-stainer and a testament to tannins and the vintners who tame them. For when you drink one like Quixote's 2005 Petite Sirah, you realize some wine has to exist to take on the deepest BBQ of summer.

Sauvignon Blanc India

Quixote Winery is quite a story, one that brings together a court fight over where an apostrophe belongs, some prime Napa real estate, Man of La Mancha dreaminess, and the only building in the U.S. designed by famed artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser . Owner Carl Doumani originally owned Stags' Leap Winery, which got in a legal tangle with Stag's Leap Winery (a battle only a grammarian could relish), especially after the latter was one of the wines hailed in the famous Judgment of Paris tasting in 1976 that helped put California on the wine map. Turns out they both got to keep their names, and even made up and co-produced a wine called Accord to bury the hatchet. Eventually, though, Stags' Leap got too big for Doumani, and he sold, keeping enough land to grow grapes on 28 organically-farmed acres on the verdant hills off the Silverado Trail and focus on his favorites, Petite and Cab. The result, Quixote, is good news for anyone liking distinctive bold Napa reds.

Chenin Blanc India



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