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WineRelease.com's April 15, 2011 Monthly Newsletter.


Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 1,724 winery listings strong!

I went to a dinner at Harris Steak House in San Francisco this week where everyone brought a 1997 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. About 70 people from the online advertising industry attended and I was chosen as the head judge. All of the wines at my table were excellent, no dogs; they all stood the test of time and were drinking beautifully. I would have been happy with any of them. Each table of 8 tasted the wines brought by their respective table-mates and came up with a winner. The individual table winners were submitted to me and two other judges for the "wine of the night". The winners were: 3rd place: 1997 Herb Lamb. Second place: 1997 Groth Reserve and first place went to 1997 Vineyard 29. Although at my table they passed on the 1997 Niebaum Coppola Estate Cask, it was one of my favorites. Because I was a judge, I didn't get to make the final decision of the wine at our table, only the final wines.

The pairing of fine 1997 Napa Cabs with Harris’ delicious steaks, coupled with great company and lively conversation made for a memorable evening.

Also, as many of you know, my wife and I are based in San Francisco and as a result, are spoiled by our proximity to Napa. With 450 wineries on our doorstep, it’s hard to find a reason to pack up a case and hit the airport. However variety is the spice of life and lately we’ve been hearing amazing things about the Rieslings and Cabernet’s of the Walla Walla valley in Washington state. Click here to read entire post and view photos.

And now, for the wine......


May 2011 Wine Releases

  • Airfield Wines; 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Viognier, 2010 Unoaked Chardonnay, 2010 Riesling, 2009 Sangiovese, 2010 31 Brix Zinfandel, 2010 Runway Late Harvest Riesling
  • Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards; 2010 Sta. Rita Hills El Jabali Vineyard Vin Gris Pinot Noir, 2010 Santa Barbara County Pinot Blanc
  • Austin Hope Winery; 2009 Hope Family Vineyard Syrah/Grenache Rose (1,018 cases, $16)
  • Candor Winery; NV Central Coast Lot 1 Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre/Merlot Rose ($16)
  • Chase Family Cellars; 2010 St Helena Sauvignon Blanc
  • Duck Walk Vineyards; 2009 Pinot Noir
  • Dutton-Goldfield; 2010 Green Valley Vineyard Gewurztraminer 2009 Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel
  • Herb Lamb Vineyards; 2008 HL Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Kinkead Ridge Vineyard and Winery; 2010 Viognier/ Roussanne, 2010 Riesling, 2010 White Revelation, 2010 River Village Cellars Traminette
  • MARA Winery; 2009 Russian River Valley Laughlin Road Ranch Pinot Noir (336 cases, $49)
  • Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery; 2009 Blancaneaux Roussanne/Marsanne/Viognier ($46)
  • Passalacqua Winery; 2009 Dry Creek Valley TR Passalacqua Cabernet Sauvignon ($42), 2010 Dry Creek Valley Old Vine Zinfandel ($29), 2010 Dry Creek Valley Estate Zinfandel ($36), 2010 Bevill Heirloom Vineyard Zinfandel ($36), 2010 Dry Creek Valley Lavender Hill Primitivo ($37), 2010 Russian River Valley Viti della Nebbia Zinfandel ($35)
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars; 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, 2009 Rubeo, 2009 Elevee Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2009 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Treana Winery; 2008 Monterey County Vineyards Marsanne/Viognier (9,620, $25)
  • Van Duzer Vineyards; 2010 Pinot Noir Rosé (600 cases, $16)
  • Viader Vineyards; 2010 DARE by Viader dry Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon

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