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The polarizing years of California wine are over. No longer can its styles be summed up in a descriptive phrase or two, like plush, concentrated cabernet sauvignon; lush, jammy pinot noir; buttery oak-bomb chardonnay; or extravagantly ripe, blockbuster zinfandel.

Chenin Blanc

Those dominant styles gave the impression of a monochromatic wine culture, in which more was good and even more was better. Many people embraced these wines and still do. But a significant minority dismissed them and California wines in general, though in truth, a careful search could have always turned up producers who valued finesse and subtlety but were largely ignored by critics.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)

Now California can be characterized by its stylistic diversity. Partly, this is because of a widening and maturing of consumer tastes. These days, the public is less reliant on two or three dominant wine critics who essentially share the same perspective. More important, though, a new wave of energetic California winemakers has helped to push stylistic boundaries while bringing more attention to older producers who had been considered behind the times or out of fashion.

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There is plenty of debate on whether wines can express terroir. I guess I should start out explaining what terroir means. It is the French term that encapsulates the following: geography, geology and climate of a certain place. It can be loosely translated as a sense of place.

Sauvignon Blanc

I have just taken the Mater Sommelier exam, in which a portion of the test focuses on blind tasting, and I can assure you that wines do speak of a place. Sometimes they scream of a place! For example, Chablis is a region of Burgundy in France that makes unmistakable wines. The wines are made from chardonnay; winemakers use varying oak regimes, but the wines have distinct markers of both chardonnay and the chalky minerality that comes from the Kimmeridge clay, a sedimentary deposit of fossiliferous marine clay that the vines are planted on.

Chenin Blanc

A great example of Chablis is Domaine William Fevre Premier Cru Vaulorent from a single vineyard in Fourchaume. It has the characteristic flavors that you expect from the region: the intense chalky minerality, the tart green apple skins and the lifted apple blossom. This wine can be found at San Diego Wine Company for approximately $35.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)



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Rosé

Turley Wine Cellars , best known for their bodacious yet beautiful Zinfandels -- my friends and I used to joke the Turley Moore-Earthquake Vineyard got its name because it pushed almost 17% alcohol in some vintages, and was sure to register seismically upon you the day after (especially since it tasted so balanced you'd drink plenty of it). Jordan was also a partner and winemaker at Neyers Vineyards , but has been slowly building up his own winery -- named after his wife Anne-Marie Failla, who runs the business end -- and as of February is devoting himself totally to it, even if that it means less than 5,000 cases a newsletter (the best way to get the wines).

Sauvignon Blanc

Failla is a 180ยบ turn from Turley, a wine about finesse and grace. While the wine-making happens in Napa, the Estate Vineyard is on the Sonoma Coast, in the relatively newly approved Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. It's an area Jordan grew intrigued by when working for Helen Turley at Marcassin back in 1994 (oh, and how's that for cred?). These are grapes grown with a view, almost a thousand feet elevation above the fog line, so while cool, sunshine is abundant. Failla farms organically -- even more, once at a Turley event I asked Jordan about biodynamics and his eyes lit up -- and water comes from natural springs run through solar powered drip systems. Other people growing in this AVA are Flowers, Hirsch, and Martinelli, so Jordan is onto something. And that's wonderful expressions of Chardonnay, Syrah, and Pinot Noir.

Chenin Blanc



There is plenty of debate on whether wines can express terroir. I guess I should start out explaining what terroir means. It is the French term that encapsulates the following: geography, geology and climate of a certain place. It can be loosely translated as a sense of place.

Cabernet Shiraz

I have just taken the Mater Sommelier exam, in which a portion of the test focuses on blind tasting, and I can assure you that wines do speak of a place. Sometimes they scream of a place! For example, Chablis is a region of Burgundy in France that makes unmistakable wines. The wines are made from chardonnay; winemakers use varying oak regimes, but the wines have distinct markers of both chardonnay and the chalky minerality that comes from the Kimmeridge clay, a sedimentary deposit of fossiliferous marine clay that the vines are planted on.

Rosé

A great example of Chablis is Domaine William Fevre Premier Cru Vaulorent from a single vineyard in Fourchaume. It has the characteristic flavors that you expect from the region: the intense chalky minerality, the tart green apple skins and the lifted apple blossom. This wine can be found at San Diego Wine Company for approximately $35.

Sauvignon Blanc



SAN FRANCISCO Wineries are coming out loud and proud in their support of gay marriage. They're putting it right on the label.

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"Little by little, we're breaking down the barrier," says Gary Saperstein of Out in the Vineyard, an events and tour company based in Sonoma wine country that caters to gay travelers.

Cabernet Shiraz

One of the barrier breakers is Same Sex Meritage, a red blend that sends its message on the bottle and at the cash register: One dollar for every bottle sold is donated to the advocacy group Freedom to Marry.

Rosé



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