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Greetings from, now 1,386 winery listings strong!

The results from the July 2009 WineRelease Subscriber Survey on Wine Closures are here. This is the first survey, that I am aware, that asks the cork vs screw cap question by "ageable" vs "drink now" wine types, as well as consumer vs trade opinions. I included all the verbatims too. Thank you all for taking the survey and providing great responses. Spoiler alert: Natural cork wins for 'ageable', screw cap wins for 'drinkable now' wines.

My monthly wine tasting group had our annual "Popeye's Fried Chicken and White Burgundy" tasting last Wednesday (although this year the host bought Louisiana Fried Chicken - I prefer Popeye's for White Burgundy). It is a wine/food combo that you must try. The clear winner was the 2006 Vincent Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet "Abbaye de Morgeot". Lemon nose with a crisp vanilla and citrus taste with a hint of toast that ends with a perfect amount of acid to clean up the chicken fat. Scrumptious.

My wife and I had lunch two weeks ago with Randy and his lovely wife Evelyne at the Quackenbush cafe in Los Alamos (on California's Central Coast). Randy and Evelyne publish a weekly wine related podcast at Check it out.

And now, on to the wine...

September 2009 Wine Releases

  • Abreu Vineyards; 2005 Thorevilos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 Madrona Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Acorn Winery; 2008 Russian River Valley Alegria Vineyards Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 2008 Russian River Valley Alegria Vineyards Axiom Syrah, 2008 Russian River Valley Alegria Vineyards Cabernet Franc, 2008 Russian River Valley Alegria Vineyards Dolcetto, 2008 Russian River Valley Alegria Vineyards Medley
  • Adastra Wines; 2007 Pinot Noir
  • A Donkey and Goat; 2006 Mendocino Ridge Perli Vineyard Reserve Syrah, 2007 El Dorado Stone Crusher Roussanne/Marssanne, 2007 El Dorado Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah, 2007 Mendocino Ridge Perli Vineyard Syrah, 2007 Mendocino Vieilles Vignes Syrah
  • Albini Family Vineyards; 2007 Russian River Valley Merlot, 2007 Russian River Valley Zinfandel
  • Alexander Valley Vineyards; 2008 Estate Chardonnay, 2006 Alexander School Reserve Zinfandel
  • Annadel; 2006 Sonoma Valley Les Vestiges Red Wine
  • A.P.VIN; 2008 Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2008 Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2008 Ridgetop Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2008 Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2008 Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2008 Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2008 Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2008 Turner Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Arbios Cellars; 2005 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Bacio Divino; 2006 Napa Valley Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Napa Valley Janzen Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Napa Valley Vagabond Proprietary Red Blend, 2007 Napa Valley Pazzo Proprietary Red Blend
  • Barlow Vineyards; 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Belo Wine Company; 2004 Touriga Nacional Vintage Reserve Port, 1999 Tinta Isabella Vintage Tawny Port
  • Brick Angel; 2008 Napa Valley/Wooden Valley Mayday blend of Sauvignon Blanc/Viognier, 2007 Napa Valley Littlefoot blend of Syrah/Petite Sirah/Zinfandel/Viognier
  • Bridlewood Estate Winery; 2007 Reserve Chardonnay
  • Broman Cellars; 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Buty Winery; 2008 Columbia Valley Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay, 2008 Columbia Valley Semillon/Sauvignon/Muscadelle, 2006 Columbia Horse Heaven Hills Rediviva
  • Cameron Winery; 2007 Arley's Leap Pinot Noir
  • Carol Shelton Wines; 2006 Russian River Valley Rue Vineyard Old Vines Karma Zinfandel
  • Casa Nuestra; 2008 Oakville Estate Old Vines Late Harvest French Colombard, 2007 Napa Valley Two Goats Red Wine, 2007 St. Helena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cascata Winery; 2008 Odds and Ends, 2008 Fireside Chardonnay
  • Chateau Julien Wine Estate; 2006 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Private Reserve Merlot
  • Clark-Claudon Vineyards; 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Clary Ranch Wines; 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2007 Sonoma Coast Fleur de la Vigne Pinot Noir, 2007 Sonoma Coast Deux Cygnes Pinot Noir, 2007 Sonoma Coast Syrah
  • Clif Family Winery; 2006 Napa Valley Gary’s Improv Syrah, 2006 Napa Valley Kit’s Killer Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 California Climber Red Blend, 2008 California Climber White Blend
  • Clos Saron; 2005 Sierra Foothills Heart of Stone Syrah
  • Core; 2007 Alta Mesa Vineyard Elevation Sensation, 2007 Alta Mesa Vineyard Mister Moreved, 2007 Santa Barbara County B.
  • Crane Family Vineyards; 2007 Napa Valley Douceur Red Dessert Wine
  • Creekview Vineyards; 2007 Santa Clara Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Culler Wines; 2007 Napa Valley Syrah, 2007 Sawi Vineyard Syrah, 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
  • deLorimier Winery; 2006 Alexander Valley Malbec
  • Diamond Terrace; 2006 Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Domaine de Chaberton; 2006 Estate Meritage
  • Domaine Serene; 2007 Yamhill Cuvee Pinot Noir, 2006 Mark Bradford Pinot Noir, 2007 Clos Du Soleil Chardonnay
  • Duckhorn Vineyards; 2007 Napa Valley Merlot, 2006 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 Napa Valley Howell Mountain Red Wine
  • Dutton-Goldfield; 2007 Dutton Ranch Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2007 Dutton Ranch Sanchietti Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2007 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2007 Devil's Gulch Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Eastburn Vineyards; 2007 Estate Pinot Noir
  • Eyrie Vineyards; 2008 Estate Chardonnay
  • Falkner Winery; 2008 Chardonnay, 2007 Luscious Lips Semi Dry Red Wine
  • The Four Graces; 2008 Dundee Hills Pinot Blanc
  • Gamba Vineyards and Winery; 2007 Russian River Valley Zinfandel
  • Gargiulo Vineyards; 2006 Money Road Ranch Merlot
  • Gridley Family Cellars; 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc
  • Hafner Vineyard; 2007 Alexander Valley Chardonnay
  • Harrington Wines; 2007 Chalone Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2007 Anderson Valley Wiley Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Herb Lamb Vineyards; 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • HighFlyer; 2006 Santa Ynez Star Lane Vineyard Syrah, 2008 Napa Valley Somerston Vineyards Grenache Blanc
  • The Hobo Wine Company; 2007 Dry Creek Valley Treborce Vineyard Hobo Zinfandel, 2007 Alexander Valley Hobo Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 California Folk Machine Long Drive
  • Hourglass Winery; 2007 Napa Valley Blueline Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Napa Valley Blueline Vineyard Merlot
  • Howell at the Moon; 2005 Howell Mountain Lillian's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Inman Family Wines; 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris
  • Jaffe Estate; 2006 Metamorphosis Cabernet Sauvignon
  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; 2007 Arroyo Seco Arroyo Vista Chardonnay
  • J M Cellars; 2007 Merlot, 2007 Syrah, 2007 Chardonnay
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards; 2006 Backus Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Justice; 2006 Napa Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Blind Justice Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Napa Beckstoffer Vineyard Frontier Justice Red Wine, 2006 Napa Beckstoffer Vineyard Poetic Justice Red Wine
  • Karl Lawrence Cellars; 2005 Gary Morisoli Vineyard Single Vineyard Designated Reserve, 2005 Herb Lamb Vineyard Single Vineyard Designated Reserve
  • Kinkead Ridge Vineyard and Winery; 2007 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc
  • Lachini Vineyards; 2007 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvigon, 2007 Columbia Valley Red Wine
  • Landmark Vineyards; 2008 Sonoma Coast Grand Detour Pinot Noir
  • Lewelling Vineyards; 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Wight Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Lewis Cellars; 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Merlot, 2008 Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2008 Sonoma Russian River Valley Chardonnay
  • Lionheart Wines; 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 California Roaring Red Proprietary Blend, 2008 Russian River Valley Saralee’s Vineyard The Angel’s Share Marsanne/Roussanne/Viognier
  • Livermore Valley Cellars; 2007 Livermore Valley Hansen Ranch Vineyard Zinfandel
  • Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards; 2007 Mandolina Nebbiolo/Barbera
  • Marston Family Vineyard; 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Novy Cellars; 2008 Blanc de Pinot Noir, 2007 Parsons Vineyard Syrah, 2007 Judge Family Vineyard Syrah, 2007 Judge Family Vineyard Grenache
  • O'Brien Family Vineyard; 2008 Oak Knoll District Estate Chardonnay, 2008 Oak Knoll District Attraction Chardonnay, 2008 Oak Knoll District Flirtation Rose
  • Ortman Family Vineyards; 2007 Santa Rita Hills Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2007 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, 2008 Edna Valley Chardonnay, 2008 Paso Robles Cuvee Eddy, 2007 Paso Robles Wittstrom Vineyard Petite Sirah
  • Paradigm Winery; 2006 Merlot 2006 Cabernet Franc
  • Pedemonte Cellars; 2008 Round Pond Vineyard Adagio Sangiovese/Syrah
  • Pedroncelli Winery & Vineyards; 2007 Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Bench Vineyards Merlot
  • Pedemonte Cellars; 2008 Round Pond Vineyard Adagio Sangiovese/Syrah
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars; 2007 Palmer Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2007 Syrah
  • Pine Ridge Winery; 2006 Napa Valley Fortis
  • Pisoni Vineyards and Winery; 2007 Santa Lucia Highlands Estate Pinot Noir
  • Praxis Cellars; 2007 Alexander Valley Merlot, 2008 Monterey Pinot Noir
  • Priest Ranch; 2007 Somerston Vineyards Zinfandel
  • Ristow Estate Vineyards; 2006 Pedras Ristow Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Robert Craig Wine Cellars; 2006 Napa Valley Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Napa Valley Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rosehall Run; 2007 VQA Prince Edward County Rosehall Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2007 VQA Prince Edward County Cold Creek Cabernet Franc
  • Rosenthal - The Malibu Estate; 2008 Edna Valley Kelly Slater Label Surfrider Chardonnay
  • Rudius Wines; 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Sausal Winery; 2007 Private Reserve Zinfandel
  • Schug Carneros Estate Winery; 2008 Carneros Chardonnay, 2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2008 Carneros Pinot Noir, 2007 Sonoma Valley Merlot, 2007 Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shafer Vineyards; 2007 Merlot, 2006 Relentless Syrah, 2005 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Siduri Wines; 2008 Sonoma County Pinot Noir, 2008 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Signorello Vineyards; 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Padrone
  • Skewis Wines; 2006 Peters Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
  • Solis Winery; 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Staglin Family Vineyard; 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. 2008 Salus Estate Chardonnay
  • St. Helena Road Winery; 2007 Maier Family Cenoté Red Wine
  • Stolpman; 2007 Estate Grown Syrah, 2007 L'Avion
  • Sunfire Estate Winery; 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004 Amador County Wilson Stewart Vintage Port
  • Swanson Vineyards; 2006 Napa Valley Oakville Merlot, 2006 Napa Valley Oakville Alexis Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Talisman Cellars; 2006 Sonoma Mountain Red Dog Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2006 Los Carneros Adastra Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2006 Russian River Hawk Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • The Terraces at Quarry Vineyards; 2007 Napa Valley Zinfandel, 2007 Napa Valley Petite Sirah, 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Tierra Roja; 2006 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Toucan Wines; NV Toucanet Porto Style Dessert Wine
  • Trio Vintners; 2007 Walla Walla Valley Tempranillo, 2007 Walla Walla Valley Sangiovese, 2007 Walla Walla Valley Carmenere, 2007 Columbia Valley Riot Red Wine
  • Tudor Wines; 2007 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, 2007 Tondre' Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2007 Balo Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2007 Radog Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
  • Valance; 2005 Howell Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vinoce Wines; 2006 Mt Veeder Cabernet Franc Blend
  • Vino V Wines; 2006 White Hawk Vineyard Syrah, 2006 White Hawk Vineyard Indigeno, 2006 Santa Barbara County Confundido
  • W.H. Smith Wines; 2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
  • Wilson Winery; 2007 Dry Creek Valley Sawyer Vineyard Zinfandel, 2007 Dry Creek Valley Tori Vineyard Zinfandel, 2007 Dry Creek Valley Carl's Vineyard Zinfandel, 2007 Dry Creek Valley Molly's Vineyard Zinfandel
  • ZD Wines; 2008 California Chardonnay's Winery Newsletters and Mailing Lists Sign Up Page: Click here.

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