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WineRelease.com's June 15, 2013 Monthly Newsletter.

Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 1,941 winery listings strong. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.

We’ve been enjoying the pre-summer weather here in Northern California. Over Memorial Day Weekend, my wife, the baby and I joined 3 friends and their families camping along the Mendocino Coast. While the primary purpose of the trip was to dive for abalone, we used it for a great excuse to grill some delicious food and drink good wine. I brought Jamie Oliver’s ‘Elvis burgers’, which is always a huge crowd pleaser. Other delicacies included homemade sausage, egg and Chorizo burritos, ribs, grilled chicken, roasted potatoes with fresh herbs.


Last weekend, my wife and I hosted our 15th annual abalone potluck dinner. This was the largest yet, with 100+ adults and children. In order to accommodate the crowd, we got a permit to close the street, rented tables and chairs, and had a great time.


This is always a favorite event of the year in that we get a chance to catch up with neighbors and friends, enjoy interesting dishes (everyone brings something homemade to share; to accompany the abalone), and again, drink some amazing wines.


Over the last several years, we’ve used the paella pans and burners, which are great for frying abalone.


I like to pull out some of my favorite wines, as there is always a big portion of the crowd who likes to try something special (including my buddies from Henry Wine Group and K&L Wines here in San Francisco). Our Henry reps, who used to sell the 1998 Andrew Murray California Tous les Jours Syrah, agreed that it was a standout of the night and that it’s really held up well. I also opened up a 3 liter of 1997 Viader and it, too, was very tasty.


Dave Rickenbaker (K&L Wines), Craig Richmond (Opici Wines) were the abalone chefs, and me.


Although we were met with a bit of wind throughout the afternoon, the bulk of the crowd stayed out in the street until 8:30 or 9:00p, with the diehards finishing the evening on the back patio, smoking cigars under the heat lamp.

My nieces worked the party and did a great job keeping the whole thing running, serving apps, running food in and out of the house, checking coats, and washing all 100+ dishes and glasses.


All in all, a great event. We’re looking forward to next year.


Thanks to the following winery sponsors that have renewed their support of WineRelease; Alysian Wines, Kimmel Vineyards, Parry Cellars, Relic Wines, Selene Wines, Stein Family Wines, VIADER Vineyards & Winery, Wrath and thanks to the following new sponsors; Bacio Divino, Bonaccorsi Wine Company, C. G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery, Herb Lamb Vineyards, Howell Mountain Vineyards, Robert Karl, Rocca Family Vineyards.


And now, onto the wines...


June 2013 Wine Releases

  • 13th Street Winery; 2011 Essence Arôme, 2012 Estate Riesling, 2012 June’s Vineyard Riesling, 2010 Essence Pinot Noir (350 cases, $44.95)
  • Alta Colina; 2012 Grenache Blanc ($28), 2011 Paso Robles 12 O'Clock High Viognier (70 cases, $32), 2012 Grenache Rosè (75 cases, $20), 2011 Claudia Cuvèe Marsanne ($32)
  • Alysian Wines; 2010 Westside Farms Clone 4 Chardonnay (158 cases, $40), 2010 Floodgate Vineyard Clone 95 Chardonnay (239 cases, $40), 2012 Floodgate Vineyard North Face Sauvignon Blanc (317 cases, $22), 2010 Russian River Selection Pinot Noir (2,195 cases, $40), 2010 Floodgate Vineyard Rock Hill Pinot Noir (158 cases, $55), 2010 Hallberg Vineyard Crossroads Pinot Noir ($55)
  • Amici Cellars; 2012 Sonoma County Olema Chardonnay ($15), 2012 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($25)
  • Andrew Will Winery; 2012 Washington State Antoine Creek Vineyard Cuvee Lucia Viognier (100 cases, $25)
  • Axios Wine; 2010 Worthy Five Clones Sauvignon Blanc
  • Barra of Mendocino; 2012 Mendocino Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir (420 cases, $18), 2011 Mendocino Estate Muscat Canelli (83 cases, $16)
  • Beauregard Vineyards; 2012 Coast Grade Vineyard Saignée of Pinot Noir
  • Bethel Heights Vineyard; 2012 Columbia Gorge Rosé (65 cases, $22)
  • Bishop’s Peak; 2012 Chardonnay
  • Bogle Winery; 2012 California Chardonnay, 2011 California Old Vine Zinfandel
  • Cameron Hughes Wine; 2010 Monterey County Arroyo Seco Lot 328 Chardonnay ($13), 2011 Atlas Peak Lot 364 Chardonnay ($15)
  • Capay Valley Vineyards; 2012 Sparkling Viognier, 2012 Viognier
  • Cargasacchi Wines; 2011 Santa Barbara County Salsipuedes Pinot Noir ($24)
  • Chappellet Vineyard; 2011 Napa Valley Cervantes Mountain Cuvee (12,400 cases, $32)
  • Cima Collina; 2011 Cedar Lane Sauvignon Blanc ($18), 2011 Chalone Pinot Blanc ($22)
  • Cosentino Winery; 2011 Napa County Il Chiaretto Sangiovese ($22)
  • Crossbarn; 2012 Sonoma Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir ($18), 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($25), 2012 Sonoma Valley Chardonnay ($25), 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($35), 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($40)
  • Croze; 2012 Suzanne K Viognier
  • Domaine Carneros; 2012 Avant-Garde Rosé of Pinot Noir (250 cases, $25)
  • Dutch Henry Winery; 2010 Zinfandel
  • Dutton-Goldfield; 2011 Russian River Valley Morelli Lane Vineyard Zinfandel, 2011 Green Valley of Russian River Valley Rued Vineyard Chardonnay (571 cases, $50)
  • Forlorn Hope Wines; 2012 Rutherford Picpoul (22 cases, $25), 2012 Suisun Valley Vineyard Trou Grit/Trousseau Gris (34 cases, $25), 2011 Mendocino Norgard Chenin Blanc (47 cases, $30), 2012 Lodi Kirschenmann Pinot Gris (47 cases, $30), 2008 Tenbrink Vineyard Les Deux Mathieux Petite Sirah (52 cases, $30), 2011 DeWitt Vineyard Batiscafo Verdelho (27 cases, $50)
  • Girasole Vineyards; 2011 Mendocino Estate Pinot Noir (6,357 cases, $16), 2011 Mendocino Estate Chardonnay (1,503 cases, $13), 2012 Mendocino Estate Pinot Blanc (1,056 cases, $13)
  • Grayson Cellars; 2012 California Merlot
  • Hafner Vineyard; 2012 Rose of Malbec (480 cases, $18)
  • J Vineyards & Winery; 2004 Russian River Valley Late Disgorged Vintage Brut (550 cases, $90)
  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; 2012 Arroyo Seco Estates Riverstone Chardonnay
  • Keever Vineyards; 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Estate Inspirado Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlo/Petit Verdot (388 cases, $68)
  • Kelleher Family Vineyard; 2012 Block 21 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Ken Brown Wines; 2011 Santa Maria Valley Garey Vineyard Pinot Noir (146 cases, $50), 2011 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (298 cases, $42)
  • Kimmel Vineyards; 2012 Four Blocks Collection Chardonnay (7,800 cases, $20)
  • Kiona Vineyards Winery; 2010 Red Mountain Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • La Frenz; 2012 Rosé ($18), 2011 Montage ($22), 2011 Malbec ($25), 2011 Shiraz ($28), 2011 Reserve Chardonnay ($29), 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir ($32), 2012 Vintage Port ($26 per 500ml), 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon ($28), 2010 Grand Total Reserve ($40)
  • Luna Vineyards; 2011 Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay ($36)
  • MARA Winery; 2010 Russian River Valley Laughlin Road Ranch Pinot Noir (123 cases, $59), 2011 Russian River Valley Laughlin Road Ranch Pinot Noir ($59)
  • Mueller Winery; 2011 Russian River Valley Hogan's Run Pinot Noir (78 cases)
  • Nichelini Winery; 2012 Old Vine Muscadelle
  • Olabisi Winery; 2009 Howell Mountain Double Top Secret Cabernet Sauvignon (150 cases, $125), 2009 Howell Mountain Gratitude Cabernet Sauvignon (144 cases, $125)
  • Passalacqua Winery; 2011 Dry Creek Valley Estate Vineyard Zinfandel (92 cases, $36)
  • Pedroncelli Winery & Vineyards; 2010 Family Vineyards Petite Sirah ($17), 2011 Bench Vineyards Merlot ($16)
  • Peju Province Winery; 2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay ($28), 2009 Napa Valley Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($115)
  • PlumpJack Winery; 2011 Napa Valley Syrah ($52), 2012 Napa Valley Reserve Chardonnay ($48)
  • Quivet Cellars; 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Revenant Winery; 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (136 cases, $50), 2010 Napa Valley Hillside Block Zinfandel (210 cases, $35)
  • Reynolds Family Winery; 2010 Los Carneros Pinot Noir, 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay
  • Scott Harvey Wines; 2011 Heritage Zinfandel
  • Seven Stones; 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (328 cases, $175)
  • Smasne Cellars; 2012 Coyote Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Rosella Rose ($18), 2011 Snipes Mountain Upland Vineyard Viognier ($16), 2011 The Farmer White ($15), 2010 The Farmer Red ($18), 2009 Robert O Smasne Owens Reserve ($110)
  • Stellareese; 2010 2Wines Red Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc
  • Talley Vineyards; 2011 Estate Pinot Noir
  • The Four Graces; 2010 Doe Ridge Estate Pinot Noir ($75)
  • Three Sticks Winery; 2011 Durell Vineyard Origin Chardonnay (269 cases)
  • Uvaggio; 2012 Vermentino (3,500 cases, $14), 2011 Primitivo Barile (300 cases, $20)
  • Woodhouse Wine Estates; 2008 Rattlesnake Hills Reserve Malbec, 2009 Rattlesnake Hills Reserve Petit Verdot
  • Woodinville Wine Company; 2011 Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay, 2012 Sauvignon Blanc
  • ZD Wines; 2012 Napa Valley Rosa Lee Semillon (300 cases, $26)

July 2013 Wine Releases

  • Amelia Wynn; 2012 Yakima Valley Chardonnay
  • Bishop’s Peak; 2012 Pinot Noir
  • DiStefano Wines; 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Fulcrum Wines; 2011 Sonoma Coast Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir (200 cases, $58), 2011 Carneros, Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (99 cases, $54), 2011 Chalone, Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir (101 cases, $54), 2011 On Point Chalone Pinot Noir (114 cases, $34), 2011 On Point Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (144 cases, $36)
  • Howell Mountain Vineyards; 2010 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon (392 cases, $75), 2010 Howell Mountain Old Vine Zinfandel (214 cases, $45)
  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; 2011 Paso Robles Tower Road Petite Sirah, 2011 Paso Robles Gesture Syrah, 2011 Paso Robles Gesture GSM, 2011 Paso Robles Gesture Mourvedre
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars; 2011 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir (575 cases, $60), 2011 Elevee Vineyard Pinot Noir ($60, 200 cases)
  • Woodhouse Wine Estates; 2012 Grenache Rosé


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Till next month.


Neil Monnens


Special thanks to the following sponsors of WineRelease.com: Alysian Wines, Bacio Divino, Bonaccorsi Wine Company, C. G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery, Herb Lamb Vineyards, Howell Mountain Vineyards, Kimmel Vineyards, Parry Cellars, Relic Wines, Robert Karl, Rocca Family Vineyards, Selene Wines, Stein Family Wines, VIADER Vineyards & Winery and Wrath. They help make WineRelease possible.



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