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
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
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).
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http://twitter.com/TheWineRater and find out what we're tasting today.