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WineRelease.com's August 15, 2006 Monthly Newsletter.


Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 1,105 winery listings strong!

Paso Robles
On my Paso Robles trip in May I recorded a Podcast with Steve Cass of Cass Vineyards and Winery. Hear Steve talk about plans for his new Paso Robles winery. Click here for the 7 meg 28 minute Podcast (you may have to wait a minute or two while it downloads to your computer).

Steve Cass of Cass Cellars
Steve Cass of Cass Cellars

Italy
Back from my two week family trip of Northern Italy. I had a wonderful time visiting Venice, Modena, Lucca, Piedmont (Barolo, Asti, Barbaresco). I tried but failed to get my Mountain Dew drinking brother to appreciate wine, but I haven't given up yet. One of the wine highlights was visiting the Enoteca Vanni wine shop in Lucca which boasts the largest collection of wine in Northern Italy (over 55,000 bottles). Below is a photo of my nieces in their wine shop cellar. You may recognize Brynn (second from the left) from my many trips to Paso as she was a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and our designated driver for many of the wine tasting trips.

Enoteca Vanni wine shop in Lucca, Italy
Gaeby, Brynn, me and Kensey in the cellar of Enoteca Vanni in Lucca, Italy.


For those of you who live in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Taylor Family Foundation's (www.ttff.org) annual "Day in the Park" food and wine event will take place Sunday, August 27th 2006 (12:00-6:30pm). The event includes a silent and live auction, luncheon, wine tasting and tour of the camp which supports children with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities. I hope you can make it.

And now, on to the show...


September 2006 Wine Releases

  • ANIMALE; 2003 Yakima Valley Syrah, 2003 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Yakima Valley Merlot
  • Ballentine Vineyards; 2004 Zinfandel Port, 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Bargetto Winery; 2005 California Dolcetto Late Harvest Muscat Canelli
  • Benton Lane Winery; 2004 Willamette Valley Estate Pinot Noir
  • Brochelle Vineyards; 2003 Foothill Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cakebread Cellars; 2005 Chardonnay
  • Carol Shelton Wines; 2004 Dry Creek Valley Maple Vineyard Zinfandel, 2004 Cucamonga Valley Lopez Vineyard Monga Zinfandel
  • Casa Nuestra; 2005 Late Harvest French Colombard, 2004 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chateau Felice; 2003 Estate Zinfandel
  • Clos Du Val; 2004 Reserve Chardonnay, 2003 Reserve Pinot Noir, 2002 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Clos Saron; 2003 Black Pearl Sierra Foothills Red Blend
  • Diamond Terrace; 2003 Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Fantesca Vineyards & Estate; 2003 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 Los Carneros Chardonnay
  • Gargiulo Vineyards; 2003 Money Road Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Girard Winery; 2005 Russian River Chardonnay
  • Gundlach Bundschu Winery; 2004 Rhinefarm Vineyard Cabernet Franc
  • Hafner Vineyard; 2004 Alexander Valley Chardonnay
  • Hawley Wines; 2003 Dry Creek Valley Merlot
  • Herb Lamb Vineyards; 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Kinkead Ridge Vineyard and Winery; 2004 Cabernet Franc, 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004 Syrah
  • Lazy Creek Vineyards; 2004 Estate Chardonnay, 2005 Hein Vineyard Pinot Blanc
  • Ledson Winery; 2005 Russian River Sauvignon Blanc, 2005 Russian River Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, 2005 Russian River Melange Chardonnay, 2005 Russian River Reserve Chardonnay, 2005 Carneros Tres Frais Chardonnay, 2005 Sonoma Valley Chardonnay, 2005 Mendocino County Chardonnay, 2005 Russian River Pinot Noir, 2005 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, 2003 Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Sonoma County Cepage
  • Monticello Vineyards; 2003 Jefferson Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Nichol Vineyard; 2004 Impromptu, 2005 Pinot Gris, 2003 Pinot Noir
  • Pahlmeyer; 2003 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red, 2004 Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
  • Peay Vineyards; 2004 Sonoma Coast La Bruma Estate Syrah, 2004 Sonoma Coast Les Titans Estate Syrah
  • Portalupi Wine Co.; 2005 Russian River Valley Westside Road Vineyard E.B. Pinot Noir
  • Raymond; 2003 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 Monterey Raymond R Collection Chardonnay
  • Ridge Vineyards; 2003 Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Monte Bello Chardonnay, 2003 Monte Bello, 2004 Geyserville Zinfandel, 2004 Pagani Ranch Zinfandel, 2004 York Creek Zinfandel, 2004 Three Valleys Zinfandel
  • Roessler Cellars; 2004 Anderson Valley Savoy Pinot Noir, 2004 Santa Rita Hills Clos Pepe Pinot Noir, 2004 Mendocino County Alder Springs Pinot Noir, 2004 Sonoma Coast La Brisa Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2004 Sonoma Coast La Brisa Peay Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Russian Hill Estate Winery; 2004 Meredith Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Source-Napa; 2005 Gamble Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
  • Titus Vineyards; 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc, 2004 Napa Valley Merlot
  • Toad Hollow Vineyards; 2004 Concinnity Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004 Rod's Pride Pinot Noir Reserve
  • Tor Kenward Family Vineyard; 2004 Rock Napa Valley Syrah
  • Viader Vineyards; 2004 Viader (Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc)
  • White Oak Winery; 2003 Napa Valley Merlot, 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Napa Valley Syrah
  • Winter's Hill Vineyard; 2004 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, 2004 Dundee Hills Pommard Clone Cuvée Pinot Noir, 2004 Dundee Hills Reserve Pinot Noir
  • ZD Wines; 2005 Chardonnay

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The following 14 winery information pages have been updated since 7/15/2006:
  • Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyard; United States: California: Central Coast: Santa Rita Hills
  • Aubin Cellars; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
  • Bonair Winery; United States: Washington State
  • Cameron Hughes Wine; United States: California
  • Carol Shelton Wines; United States: California
  • Conrad Viano Winery; United States: California
  • HdV; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Jean Edwards Cellars; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Juslyn Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Ledson Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County
  • Owen-Sullivan Winery; United States: Washington State
  • Russian Hill Estate Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
  • Viansa Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Carneros
  • VinNostro Cellars; United States: California



  • QPRwines' Wine Values for 2002-2005 Sauvignon Blanc wines from around the world.
    At the high end (for Sauvignon Blanc), the 2005 Mulderbosch, Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch averages 92 points and at $16 it is 57% of the average $28 price for a similar scoring wine earning a "Value" moniker. At $8, the 2004 Veramonte, Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley averages 88 points and earns a 50% "Great Value" rating. For $7 there are three 87 point wines; 2003 Covey Run, Fumé Blanc Washington, 2004 Columbia Crest, Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley Two Vines and 2004 Snoqualmie, Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley, all earning a 48% "Great Value" QPR.

    These three wines and 536 more are included in the QPRwines 2002-2005 Sauvignon Blanc issue. Click here to purchase the issue for $5.


    First Crush New winery profile of Jean Edwards Cellars
    Jean Edwards Cellars is a new label from Karen and John Troisi. They live in Northern New Jersey and have been making wine since 1997 and in 2004, they contracted with Crushpad (a custom crush facility in San Francisco) grapes from the Stagecoach Vineyard in Napa. Their 2004 Jean Edwards Cellars Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon will be released in November 2006.


    Wine Quote: "Wine, it's in my veins and I can't get it out." Burgess Meredith, Actor and Oenophile


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    Neil Monnens



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