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Wine Wednesday: Illuminate Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Illuminate Sauvignon Blanc Wine Label

Illuminate is a new label of wines produced by Kimmel Vineyards in California’s Mendocino County. It first came to my attention when their Chardonnay — which retails for just $10 — won a gold medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Illuminate recently launched a North Coast Sauvignon Blanc, which I decided to taste. It’s a … Read more

Wine Wednesday: Mascota Vineyards La Mascota Chardonnay 2013

Mascota Vineyards Chardonnay wine

The Mascota Vineyards are located in Argentina’s Mendoza Province, at the foot of the Andes Mountains. This is known as the “Primera Zona” and is generally regarded as the country’s top wine-producing region. The La Mascota Chardonnay 2013 is a gorgeous golden color, with a bright floral aroma. It’s light-to-medium-bodied and somewhat creamy in the mouth, … Read more

Book Review: Jason Wilson’s “Wine Cocktails (Planet of the Grapes)”

wine cocktails planet of the grapes thumb

The use of wine in cocktails is a hot trend among today’s top bartenders. But as Jason Wilson’s excellent new book shows, this trend is actually ages old. I grew up in Bakersfield, California, a community with a large Basque population. (Thus my fondness for the Picon Punch.) One of the most popular drinks with … Read more

Wine Wednesday: Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008

Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008RieslingColumbia Valley (Washington State)Price: $12Highly recommended Pacific Rim Dry Riesling is produced in Washington's Columbia Valley, a region growing in regard for its fine Rieslings. Ninety percent of the wine made by Pacific Rim is Riesling of one type or another, so it's no surprise they know what they're doing. Pacific Rim … Read more