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WineRelease.com's August 15, 2005 Monthly Newsletter


Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 1,060 winery listings strong!

Lots to cover.

First, thanks go out to the following wineries that stepped up to donate to the upcoming Taylor Family Foundation 15th Annual Day in the Park; Axios, Cerro Caliente Cellars, Gargiulo Vineyards, Hoodsport Winery, J Winery, Pahlmeyer, Ristow Estate, Robert Stemmler Winery, Qupe, Favero Vineyards, Audelssa Estate, Heck Estates, Hug Cellars, Jeriko Estate, Kamen Estate, Mariette Cellars, Pedroncelli, Rocca Family Vineyards, Selene Wines, Caymus Vineyards, Hestan Vineyards and Markham Vineyards.

Elaine and Barry Taylor started the foundation to benefit children with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities. Day in the Park is a food, wine and live auction event held at Camp Arroyo in Livermore on Sunday, August 28th (noon - 6pm). I encourage you to attend.

Thanks to all who responded to my subscriber survey. I received over a 50% response rate! Here are the averages:
  • 32% drink 7-10 glasses of wine a week.
  • 29% purchased 11-20 cases in the past 12 months.
  • 22% own 21 to 50 cases of wine.
  • 24% average $20-$29 per bottle of wine.
  • 53% of wine purchased is to be cellared more than a year.
  • 83% are male.
  • 35% are 45-54.
  • 43% have postgraduate degrees (41% college degree).
  • 40% have been visiting WineRelease.com over two years.
  • 82% have discovered 4 or more wineries from WineRelease.com
  • 70% have purchased wine from those wineries.
  • 52% are a member of at least 1 wine club.
  • 37% receive regular postal or email correspondence from at least 11 wineries.
I also asked "Have you heard of QPRwines.com Wine Buying Guide?" and was very surprised that 61% have never heard of it. The reason I am surprised is that QPRwines is my other wine venture! It is a wine buying guide (published 18x a year) that groups wines by the major critics' average wine scores, then lists them by price and ranks them by value. I will have to step up my marketing efforts because they are obviously not up to par.


And now, on to the show...


September 2005 Wine Releases

  • Abreu Vineyards; 2001 Madrona Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, 2001 Thorevilos Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Acorn Winery; 2003 Sonoma County Russian River Valley Alegría Vineyards Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 2003 Sonoma County Russian River Valley Alegría Vineyards Sangiovese, 2003 Sonoma County Russian River Valley Alegría Vineyards Dolcetto, 2003 Sonoma County Russian River Valley Alegría Vineyards Axiom Syrah, 2003 Sonoma County Russian River Valley Alegría Vineyards Medley
  • Ambullneo Vineyards; 2004 Santa Maria Valley Big Paw Chardonnay
  • Arns Winery; 2002 Napa Valley Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Audelssa Estate Winery (formerly Schaefer Sonoma Vineyards); 2002 Sonoma Mountain Terraces Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002 Sonoma Mountain Terraces Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Axios Wine; 2003 Worthy, 2003 Truth, 2002 Axios (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Ballentine Vineyards; 2003 Pocai Vineyards Cabernet Franc, 2003 Betty's Vineyard Syrah, 2001 Integrity, 2001 Old Vines Syrah
  • Barlow Vineyards; 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Bargetto Winery; 2003 Rosso, 2001 Rosso
  • Beringer Vineyards; 2001 Napa Valley Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2001 Spring Mountain Marston Vineyard Syrah
  • Brochelle Vineyards; 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002 Calaveras County Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Buttonwood Farm Winery; 2004 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Cafaro Cellars; 2002 Syrah, 2000 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Carmel Road Winery; 2004 Monterey Pinot Noir
  • Carriage House Wines; 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chateau Boswell Winery; 2003 Jacquelynn Cuvee Bordeaux Blend
  • Chinook Wines; 2001 Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Clark-Claudon Vineyards; 2002 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Clos Saron; 2002 La Cuvée Mystérieuse
  • Crane Family Vineyards; 2003 Don Raffaele Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Culler Wines; 2003 Napa Valley Syrah
  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon; 2002 Laurène Pinot Noir, 2004 Arthur Chardonnay
  • Eric Ross Winery; 2003 Lodi Old Vine Carignane, 2001 Russian River Occidental Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel Port, 2001 Russian River Valley Occidental Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel, 2001 Russian River Valley Feeney Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel
  • Foxen; 2003 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2002 Santa Ynez Valley Cuvee Jeanne Marie, 2002 Vogelzang Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Gary Farrell; 2003 Russian River Valley Jack Hill Pinot Noir, 2003 Russian River Valley Allen Vineyards Hillside Blocks Pinot Noir, 2003 Dry Creek Valley Maple Vineyard Tina’s Block Zinfandel, 2003 Dry Creek Valley Bradford Mountain Zinfandel, 2003 Russian River Valley Rochioli & Allen Vineyard Chardonnay
  • Girard Winery; 2002 Napa Valley Red, 2004 Russian River Chardonnay
  • Goosecross Cellars; 2002 South Coast Syrah
  • Hafner Vineyard; 2003 Alexander Valley Chardonnay
  • HdV; 2003 Hyde Vineyards Chardonnay, 2003 Hyde Vineyards Proprietary Red, 2003 Hyde Vineyards Syrah
  • Kathryn Kennedy Winery ; 2003 California Appellation Lateral
  • Kenwood Vineyards; 2004 Olivet Reserve Pinot Noir, 2004 Sonoma Series Russian River Pinot Noir, 2002 Yulupa Series Shiraz
  • King Estate Winery; 2004 Domaine Pinot Gris, 2004 Domaine Vin Glace' Pinot Gris
  • Kinkead Ridge Vineyard and Winery; 2003 Estate Ohio River Valley Cabernet Franc, 2003 Estate Ohio River Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Estate Ohio River Valley Syrah
  • Koehler Winery; 2003 Syrah, 2004 Viognier
  • Kuleto Estate Family Vineyard; 2002 Sangiovese, 2003 Syrah, 2003 Zinfandel
  • Lake Sonoma Winery; 2001 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Lewelling Vineyards; 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002 Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Lewis Cellars; 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Napa Valley Syrah, 2003 Napa Valley Merlot, 2004 Russian River Valley Sonoma Chardonnay, 2004 Napa Valley Chardonnay
  • Lucia Vineyards & Winery; 2003 Garys' Vineyard Syrah
  • Marston Vineyard; 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Martinelli Winery; 2003 Jackass Hill Zinfandel, 2003 Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir, 2003 Charles Ranch Chardonnay, 2003 Martinelli Road Chardonnay, 2003 Martinelli Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir, 2003 7 Mules Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Mayacamas Vineyards; 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars; 2003 Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2003 Bethel Heights Vineyard Southeast Block Pinot Noir, 2003 Oregon Syrah
  • Peterson Winery; 2002 Bradford Mountain Vineyard Zinfandel, 2002 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, 2002 Dry Creek Valley Tradizionale Zinfandel
  • Pillar Rock; 2003 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pisoni Vineyards and Winery; 2003 Pinot Noir
  • Quixote Winery; 2001 Stags Leap Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Qupe Wine Cellars; 2004 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache, 2003 Alisos Vineyard Syrah
  • Renaissance Vineyard & Winery ; 2002 Estate Pinot Noir
  • Robert Karl Cellars; 2004 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sawtooth Winery; 2004 Skyline Red
  • Shafer Vineyards; 2003 Napa Valley Merlot, 2001 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002 Napa Valley Relentless Syrah
  • Shypoke Vineyards; 2003 Napa Valley Estate Charbono, 2003 Napa Valley Estate Sangiovese
  • Tablas Creek Vineyard; 2004 Cotes de Tablas Blanc
  • Taylor Family Vineyards; 2003 Hillside Chardonnay
  • Terra Valentine; 2002 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Titus Vineyards; 2003 Cabernet Franc
  • Valley of the Moon Winery; 2001 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002 Sonoma County Syrah, 2004 Sonoma County Pinot Blanc
  • Vine Cliff Winery; 2002 Private Stock Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Zaca Mesa Winery; 2002 Estate Bottled Black Bear Block Syrah
  • ZD Wines; 2004 Chardonnay, 2004 Carneros Pinot Noir, 2002 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 1992-2004 Abacus VII Cabernet Sauvignon

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The following 25 winery information pages have been updated since 7/15/2005:
  • Arista Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
  • Axios Wine; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Ballentine Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Chinook Wines; United States: Washington State
  • Chouinard Vineyards ; United States: California: Livermore Valley
  • Civello Winery; United States: Oregon
  • Destino Wines; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Foxen; United States: California: Central Coast: Santa Maria Valley
  • Griffins Crossing Winery; United States: Washington State
  • Hagafen Cellars; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Hop Kiln Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
  • Jordan Vineyard & Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Alexander Valley
  • Marston Vineyard; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Neal Family Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Owen-Sullivan Winery; United States: Washington State
  • Piziali Wines; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • RDLR Wine; United States: California: Mendocino
  • Rosenthal - The Malibu Estate; United States: California: South Coast: Malibu Newton Canyon
  • Row Eleven Wine Company; United States: California
  • Shafer Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Silvan Ridge/Hinman Vineyards; United States: Oregon: Willamette Valley
  • St. Barthélemy Cellars; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Stratton Lummis; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Viansa Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Carneros
  • Williams Selyem Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley




  • This issue's worthwhile wine site to visit is WineCast.net. (wine podcast). Tim Elliott is a wine enthusiast from Minnesota who started a site and produces podcasts (audio files for iPod or just listening on your computer) about wine. I enjoy listening to his podcasts as I work on my computer.

    Please forward this email newsletter to your wine friends so they can enjoy it as well.

    Till next month!


    Neil Monnens


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