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It was raining as I approached Barsac, the small village at the heart of France's sweet-winemaking region. Navigating my car along its tiny back roads, I had long since given up on my GPS, which insisted I had "reached my destination," though I was clearly still far from where I was supposed to be: in the cellars of Château Climens, one of the appellation's leading properties.

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Trusting my instincts, I took a right at the fork, drove over a train track and, with just one call to the château, managed to find my way onto its expansive gravel drive, the rain still pouring.

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Ryan Levy (left) and Ian Eastveld, Le Cordon Bleu-trained chefs pursuing the wine business, produce handcrafted, award-winning boutique wines out of an industrial park office in northwest Houston. The wine cases are stored in the office’s backroom until the bottles are delivered to area restaurants and individual customers.

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Houston-based duo makes wines that are more than nice Ian Eastveld (left) and Ryan Levy, co-owners of Houston-based The Nice Winery, visit the vineyards in California and Argentina where their product begins. They are also exploring a new project in Italy.

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Houston-based duo makes wines that are more than nice Ryan Levy (left) and Ian Eastveld have a hands-on role in their wines’ production process.

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Paso Robles' Clayhouse Wines has been making the popular Adobe Red since 2006 and has watched the red blend category burgeon, as well. And while the Adobe Red has a suggested retail price of $15, the winery also believes there is plenty of opportunity for red wine blends at higher price points.

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Winemaker Blake Kuhn says that, "blends are what Paso Robles does best, at any price point." He believes that as wine drinking palettes mature, consumers who now enjoy $10 blends will trade up to more expensive blends with additional character and flavor, and "that's when they'll really see the quality of Paso Robles wines shine." To bolster his claim, Kuhn plans to begin producing more blended red wines from the winery's 1400-acre Red Cedar estate vineyard outside Paso Robles on California's Central Coast. His Adobe Red and Adobe White wines are currently the only nationally available blends he makes, though smaller bottlings of select blends are made for the Clayhouse wine club. "The new ones will be Estate-bottled wines made in large enough quantities to showcase Paso Robles blends nationwide," says Kuhn.

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Based upon the quality of the grapes on the Estate, he's currently considering a new white Rhone blend with Viognier and Grenache Blanc, and three red blends with different combinations of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo and Malbec.

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I taste a lot of wines throughout the year — red, white, blue, purple and golden — the transcendent, the good, the bad, the not so bad and some real dogs. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

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When drinking wine, as opposed to tasting wine, I tend to drink seasonally. Summer behavior, like donning white linen clothing, playing croquet on the lawn, dining al fresco and watching beach sunsets, calls for fizzy or lighter wines that perform best when chilled.

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Gentle readers, I know some of you drink only red wine no matter the season. You have my absolution for that. Occasionally, on a summer evening, I pull a random red out to have with steaks. But I have yet to find a red wine that goes with a salad of fresh seasonal greens or Gulf-fresh shrimp, crab cakes or oysters on the half shell — all staples of my summer diet.

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A number of winners from the competition will be represented at the fair. The judging included 260 wines made by foothill wineries or vineyards within the eight counties making up the regional appellation.

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Nearly two dozen judges from as far away as Cleveland, Ohio, participated in the competition. Most were in agreement that the wines were of better quality and signaled the continued improvement of winemaking skills from our area. This is reflected in the fact that more than 80 percent of the wines received gold, silver or bronze medals, with a select few winning a double gold.

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Best of show white went to a 2011 sauvignon blanc from Too Good Winery of Amador County, while the best of Calaveras white went to a 2011 muscat canelli from La Folia Winery. Other gold medals of note for white wines were the Hatcher 2011 and La Folia Wines 2010 pinot grigios; this was a strong flight, with all these wines scoring well. Gold medals also were awarded to Chatom Vineyard’s 2010 Semillon, Mineral 2010 Viognier, Black Sheep Winery Lily Pad White and Hatcher Winery 2011 Cinsault Rosé.

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