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Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)

It can be a daunting task to find an affordable bottle of wine when you just want to have a glass with dinner and not break the bank. I refer to this particular type of bottle as an everyday wine, but the real problem is locating one that you don’t have to change with every vintage.

Cabernet Shiraz India

I recently tasted a sauvignon blanc at Magnum Wine & Tastings in Sarasota, Fla., and was quite surprised to learn that the vintage was 2011 until I was informed that the wine came from Terra Andina, which is in Chile.

Rosé India



Ignasi Lopez is a man with a mission -- and a rather simple oneat that. A native of Spain, Lopez set out on a mission to 'makewines that consumers wanted", and to sell them inexpensively. Theproblem was that many of the winemakers in Spain were making winesthat were over-oaked for the average American consumer, and thewinemakers saw no reason to change.

Chenin Blanc

Traditional Spanish winemakers grew up making and drinking theseoak-ladened wines just like their fathers and grandfathers hadtaught them, and many of the smaller wineries in Spain simplyweren't exporting their wine. Eight years ago Ignasi and hispartner Robert Hunter saw this potential market niche, formedVinergia, and set out to find growers and winemakers who would makewine that would appeal to American tastes.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)

In addition, the partners believed that the Spanish DO(Denominations of Origin) system of classifying and labeling wineswas confusing to Americans, so they labeled their wines with thegrape variety -- a custom more familiar to the United Statesconsumer.

Cabernet Shiraz India



December 4, 2011 04:00 AM Copyright San Francisco Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sauvignon Blanc

As I approached the finish line for this year's Top 100 Wines, it became clear that 2011 would build on a welcome trend from last year: the triumph of the little guy.

Chenin Blanc

Certainly we have great bottles here from bigger names. But once again, many of the best wines to be found on the West Coast are from wineries that work on a small scale.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)



John Flesher, AP Dan Matthies, owner of Chateau Fontaine winery on Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula, pours a glass of wine in his tasting room.

Rosé

John Flesher, AP Dan Matthies, owner of Chateau Fontaine winery on Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula, pours a glass of wine in his tasting room.

Sauvignon Blanc

provide ideal settings for cool-weather varieties such as riesling, pinot grigio and chardonnay. Grape growing and wine making still have only a fraction of the muscle wielded by the automobile industry, but their success is striking given the economic downturn, which hit Michigan years before the rest of the nation.

Chenin Blanc



LAKE LEELANAU, Mich. — A state thirsting for good economic news is toasting the success of an up-and-coming industry: winemaking.

Cabernet Shiraz

Vineyards and tasting rooms are springing up rapidly in Michigan, where fertile hillsides near the Great Lakes provide ideal settings for cool-weather varieties such as riesling, pinot grigio and chardonnay. Grape growing and wine making still have only a fraction of the muscle wielded by the automobile industry, but their success is striking given the economic downturn, which hit Michigan years before the rest of the nation.

Rosé

Eleven wineries have opened in the past year and four others will soon follow, said Linda Jones, executive director of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council. The number of Michigan wineries using fruit grown in state has jumped from 18 to 89 in the past couple of decades.

Sauvignon Blanc



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