The wines listed below are my top picks from a year's worth of tastings (shoot, some were so good I needed a cigarette after finishing a glass), but my caveat has always been this: these are only a small slice of the many, many amazing wines in the world . In this year of wine events, tastings, travels, and simple gatherings of friends I encountered what continues to be impressive quality and diversity in wine. For me, these wines were the memorable ones. I can still recall the taste of each one and the way I felt drinking the wine. There is a special (and arguably odd) type of geeky excitement wine lovers get when they open a bottle and discover the wine is a stunner--much like a reader feels starting into a great book; you tuck into the experience and let it consume you completely. Resolve to drink well this year, and hopefully this list will get you started.
Chenin Blanc India Peay Vineyards Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, 2011: The Peay vineyards are some of the most extreme coastal sites in California—which yield conditions that make intense and complex wines. I’m a fan of the chardonnays from these sites, but this pinot noir is still my favorite. It’s juicy with bright cherry and earth and hints of spice and vanilla. Complex and mouth-watering, with harmonious acidity, fruit and tannin. Average online price, according to winesearcher.com, $44.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India Te Wahi Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014: This is the third year of production for this Otago-based pinot noir from Cloudy Bay and there can be no doubt that they are on to something in this wild and remote region of southern New Zealand. This is also the first vintage that blends fruit from two prized but quite distinct vineyards, bringing together the character and density of the Calvert vineyard with the rustic structure of the Northern Vineyard. Beautifully complex, this wine hits all the high notes: dense, earthy, with supple tannins and a core of silky rich fruit. Average price $65.
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Emergency crews in rescue boats and helicopters rushed to take advantage of a one-day break between storms Monday to rescue stranded people and assess damage after the heaviest rain in a decade overwhelmed parts of California and Nevada.
Sauvignon Blanc India Wine country in Sonoma County, California, was among the hardest hit areas, with up to 13 inches of rain since Friday. Rolling hills and vineyards along the scenic route known as River Road were submerged Monday with just the tips of vines visible in completely flooded fields.
Chenin Blanc India The Russian River in Sonoma rose to its highest level since 2006, spilling over its banks and forcing the closure of schools and roads.
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Mainly cloudy with snow showers around this morning. Some sleet or freezing rain possible. High 33F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 60%. About one inch of snow expected..
Rosé India Tonight A mix of wintry precipitation this evening. Then mainly rain showers expected overnight. Low 31F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 100%.
Sauvignon Blanc India MAHONING TWP. — A Geisinger Medical Center employee was injured in a pedestrian accident which the driver said he was blinded by the sun at 3:05 p.m. Monday.
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Bordeaux Winery Buyers Will Think Small in 2017Wine SpectatorBut classified growths rarely come on the market, and in 2016, buyers looked increasingly to lesser-known wineries, snapping up small estates because they believe quality winemaking and a decent price will attract new wine drinkers. Roughly "80 percent ...
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OGP/Vineyard 1869: Andis Wines, Scott Harvey Wines, and Vino Noceto will host a weekend of events including wine pairing dinners and vineyard tours (weather permitting) with winemakers. On Saturday and Sunday, each winery will be offering rare vertical tastings of their OGP/Vineyard 1869 Zinfandel, paired with small bites. Jan. 13-17. Amador County. Prices vary by event. http://bit.ly/2iJtuA9 .
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) Hudson Valley Foie Gras Dinner: Celebrate all things foie gras with a special four-course foie gras dinner paired with Wente Vineyards wine. 6-9 p.m. Jan. 26. The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore. $165-$175.
Cabernet Shiraz India https://www.wentevineyards.com . Aztec Tapas & Wine Experience: Enjoy an innovative four-course menu of Mesoamerican dishes fused with Spanish-style tapas paired with Byington Wines. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 15 and Jan. 29. Reservations: 408-354-1111.
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