For the past few weeks, I have been sharing wine experiences from my visit to Napa and Sonoma back in May. I am taking a break from California this week and sticking a little closer to home, featuring the wines of our newest local winery, Coastal Vineyards in South Dartmouth.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz I have met owner, winemaker, and grape grower David Neilson several times at wine events, but had yet to visit the property. It was on the top of my things-to-do list since the opening of their tasting room back in the spring, and last week I finally made arrangements to go.
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Washington Wine Month at state liquor stores generally brings tremendous discounts while supporting state vintners. Last year, Washington Wine Month moved to September, but the state has returned it to August this year.
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Napa Valley's Château Montelena secured its place in history when its 1973 chardonnay placed first in the famed Paris Tasting of 1976, which pitted California wines against some of France's top bottles in a blind tasting. But it's cabernet sauvignon on which the Calistoga winery built much of its subsequent reputation — hardly surprising, given cabernet's high-flying reputation in the Napa Valley.
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Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India "We've gone whole hog with respect to raiding our library," said owner Jim Barrett, who also noted that the winery never again would be able to do such a tasting.
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The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail has several upcoming contests for cooks, gardeners and others with creative food inclinations.
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Sauvignon Blanc India Saturday at Swedish Hill Vineyard its Jack Ass Day with Doobie the Donkey. Bring a zucchini that's closest to length to Doobie's tail and win a prize. The event runs noon to 5 p.m. and is free. Swedish Hill is at 4565 Route 414, Romulus.
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