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September 18, 2009 - For all the Monty Python fans out there John Cleese has produced a nice film tackling the basics of enjoying wine while avoiding all the pretentiousness often associated with the subject. Wine for the Confused is not a big budget blockbuster (the locations are all not far from Cleese's Southern California home), but it's still quite entertaining and informative. To judge for yourself I suggest you watch

2 August 2009 - Shenandoah Valley, California Winding down US 49 toward Plymouth one can easily mistake the location for a back road in the Appalachian Mountains rather than the Sierra Foothills. It is not surprising then to find Amador County's main valley named Shenandoah after the river valley in the Appalachian foothills of northern Virginia. California's Shenandoah Valley and the rest of it's superappellation, the Sierra Foothills, have been a hotbed of viticultural activity especially among Italian varietals and Zinfandel, which is evolving into the premier grape of the region much in the way Napa Valley is known for it's Cabernet Sauvignon. (more info)

14 April 2009 - Okay, so you've been drinking mostly out of your cellar for the past few months but all you've got left is a few bottles you were saving for a really special occasion - like your daughter's engagement. What hasn't changed in the past few months is your need to budget. So where to turn for value wines that don't break your budget? Well, you need look no further. Here at TheWineRater.com we've created a values page of wines $10 or under that got our highest rating (5 stars). Therein you'll find gems like the 2001 Belvedere Healdsburg Ranches Zinfandel Sonoma County ($8), the 2005 Yalumba South Australia Shiraz Viognier ($10) and the 2005 Mazzocco Merlot Sonoma County ($9).

23 March 2009 - TheWineRater.com is now on twitter! Follow our tweets at http://twitter.com/TheWineRater and find out what we're tasting today.


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