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Unless you have lived in Uruguay for the last two decades, you might have missed one of the great red wine grapes currently experiencing a worldwide reawakening.

Cabernet Shiraz India

Certainly the customers at Bending Branch Winery from over near Comfort, Texas, have helped push the comeback of Tannat with their exceptional versions of the wine ($30-40). In fact, their name has become synonymous with Tannat in Texas. Their magic extends into other reds as well, particularly an Old Vine Petit Sirah ($40). Bending Branch also joins a roster of Texas wineries making remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon ($32) from Texasâ?? own Grand Cru vineyard, Newsom Vineyard outside of Plains, Texas â?? just 15 miles from the New Mexico border.

Rosé India

But we recently had the chance to taste a white wine from their list. For a winery so rooted in reds, we had unfairly low expectations of their white wines, and we were altogether wrong. Their Estate Cuvée Blanc is a blend of 60% Picpoul Blanc, 20% Roussanne, and 20% Vermentino ($38) and its quality level maintains the houseâ??s tradition. The acidic Picpoul and smooth Roussanne work together beautifully. And as has already been proven by the good folks at Duchman Winery, Texas can produce absolutely world-class Vermentino. Put it all together and you have an excellent wine for holiday dishes like turkey or fish or especially rich vegetarian entrées.

Sauvignon Blanc India




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Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)  |  Cabernet Shiraz India  |  Rosé India

As efforts continue to conserve water in drought-plagued California, one grape farming method has an added benefit of creating more flavorful wine.

Chenin Blanc

Dry farming is a method that takes advantage of the water naturally available in the soil. When strictly applied, it excludes all forms of irrigation during the productive period of a vineyard.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)

According to Tod Mostero, viticulturist at Dominus Estate in California’s Napa Valley, dry farming forces the vine’s roots to plunge deep to explore greater volumes of soil and areas that are naturally moist.

Cabernet Shiraz India



When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, corks will be popping across the Bay Area. So instead of pouring pricey Champagne, or your go-to Napa or Sonoma sparkling wine, why not celebrate with local bubbly? There’s never been a better time to sip homegrown festive sparklers. At least 18 Bay Area and Monterey County wineries are producing more than two dozen bubblies these days at prices that range from $15 to $80. Whether you prefer your sparkling wine bone dry, slightly sweet or almond-tinged, there’s an amazing array of local bubbles just right for toasting to a Happy New Year.

Sauvignon Blanc

 This coppery salmon-hued dry Brut ($24) tickles the nose with grapefruit, raspberries, baked apple and pear flavors and a fresh, lively finish.

Chenin Blanc

Caraccioli Cellars:  If you closed your eyes and sipped, you might think the 2009 Brut Cuvee ($52) came from Champagne, not California’s Santa Lucia Highlands. Pale, tiny, golden-tinged bubbles, crisp yellow apple and fruity red berry notes burst from the glass. Nutty, toasty brioche flavors make for a rich bubbly.

Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)



Wine has been produced in Italy’s Sicily region for millennia. Legend has it that Dionysus (also known as Bacchus) brought pleasure to mankind and wine to Sicily. Nonetheless, Sicilian wines have never been among Italy’s most sought-after or respected. For much of the last century, grapes grown in Sicily were exported and added to wines made in other parts of Italy. But, that is changing.

Rosé

A new generation of winemakers has, in the past couple decades, introduced changes in techniques and philosophies about how Sicilian wines should be made, and some of Italy’s best wines are now coming from Sicily. One such producer is Cusumano. I recently had the pleasure of sampling some Cusumano wines and was very, very impressed.

Sauvignon Blanc

The winery is owned and operated by the brothers Cusumano, Alberto and Diego, who work closely with expert winemaker Mario Ronco. All of the grapes for Cusumano wines are hand-harvested and estate-grown. They are artisanal wines that somewhat hearken to the past in terms of vineyard techniques such as hand-harvesting, yet are modern and innovative on the palate. These wines of the “new” Sicily are adventurous and dynamic, meticulously made from vineyards spread across seven holdings throughout the region.

Chenin Blanc



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