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Greetings from, now 1,945 winery listings strong.

We’re in the middle of a typical San Francisco summer, experiencing thick fog and the coolest temperatures we’ve seen since February. Over this past month, our Sponsor wines have begun to come in and we’ve had a number of occasions to enjoy them.

As several of you may recall from last year, I have donated two paella dinners to the Taylor Family Foundation, which preserves the wellness and enhance the quality of life for children in Northern California living with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities and youth at-risk through unique therapeutic experiences and support. About a month ago, there was a small mix up in the dates of the first dinner, so my wife and I were ‘stranded’ with the makings of paella for 20 (including salad, apps, etc) at 1:00pm on a Friday afternoon. Not wanting to let these delicious ingredients go to waste, we started making a few calls to friends nearby and managed to round up 18 adults and 12 children for an impromptu gathering at our (tiny) San Francisco home. This was a perfect event to start showcasing some of our sponsor wines. The 2011 Wrath Monterey Chardonnay was a great match with one of our favorite salads, little gem lettuces cut in wedges with a Spanish anchovy, then drizzled with hot olive oil, garlic, and sherry vinegar. For the main course, we did both a traditional Valenciana paella, as well as an arroz negro (rice blackened with squid ink, full of seafood). The crew voted the 2009 Napa Valley Rocca Family Vineyards Syrah outstanding with the arroz negro (garnished with a home-made aioli), and 2011 Selene Carneros Sauvignon Blanc really brought out the flavors of the fresh vegetables and the toasted saffron in the traditional dish.

Here are the remnants of our feast:

Another great place to sample the sponsor wines is during one of our Raclette dinners. Raclette is a type of cheese, a machine used for grilling (and melting the cheese), and the name of the party where you enjoy the dish. (Think ‘barbecue’, a type of food, the tool that cooks it, etc). Raclette is a perfect solution to our cool evenings. We usually follow the tradition of serving cornichons, boiled baby potatoes, and cocktail onions; then we take a slightly different twist on the deli meats and grill a nice steak; and of course we throw in whatever grilled vegetables are on hand. We actually had a handful of Raclette dinners this month and several sets of friends and family were in vehement agreement that 2010 Russian River Valley Alysian Floodgate Vineyard Clone 95 Chardonnay, a sponsor wine, was an excellent pairing with this salty cow’s cheese and the smoky veggies.

Fourth of July found us up in the Sierras with my wife’s family and friends of ours with two year old twins. Here are the kids sitting on the sidewalk in downtown Grass Valley, experiencing a typical American 4th of July parade.

My wife and I took a quick overnight trip (without the baby) to Monterey, where we stayed in a great hotel, the Hotel Munras, (complete with spa, check out their spa happy hour specials, if you get a chance to get down there) and enjoyed a really nice afternoon of wine at the ‘Taste of Monterey’, overlooking the Monterey Bay in Cannery Row. For dinner we enjoyed a tasty meal at the Café Moulin, then headed back to the hotel for a nightcap, sitting outside by the fire pits.

Our view from the Taste of Monterey, not bad for a Thursday afternoon.

Thanks to School House Vineyard for being a new WineRelease sponsor.

And now, onto the wines...

July 2013 Wine Releases

  • 12C Wines; 2011 Napa Valley 12C Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon (91 cases, $78)
  • Acacia Winery; 2011 Sonoma Mountain Farina Vineyard Chardonnay (332 cases, $35), 2011 Sonoma Coast Pfendler Vineyard Pinot Noir (285 cases, $65)
  • Amelia Wynn; 2012 Yakima Valley Chardonnay
  • Baer Winery; 2012 Unoaked Shard Chardonnay (344 cases, $19)
  • Barrel 27 Wine Company; 2012 Central Coast Shenanigans Rosé ($12)
  • Bishop’s Peak; 2012 Pinot Noir
  • Black Stallion Winery; 2011 Rockpile Zinfandel
  • Broc Cellars; 2012 Michael Mara Chardonnay (70 cases, $40), 2012 Solano County Valdiguie (170 cases, $24), 2011 Solano County Mockvin du Broc Valdiguie (10 cases, $30)
  • Casa Larga Vineyards; 2012 Finger Lakes Semi-Dry Vidal Blanc ($11.99)
  • Cima Collina; 2012 Red Roses Syrah Rosé ($14.99)
  • DiStefano Wines; 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Frank Family Vineyards; 2010 Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($85)
  • 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)
  • Girardet Wine Cellars; 2010 Umpqua Valley 14 Vines Red Blend
  • 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
  • Kapcsandy Family Winery; 2010 Grand Vin Rosé ($45)
  • Lambert Bridge Winery; 2012 Bevill Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (490 cases, $35), 2012 Creekside Block Viognier (197 cases, $52), 2010 Dry Creek Zinfandel (600 cases, $45), 2009 Winery Ranch Petite Sirah (381 cases, $55)
  • Lucia Vineyards & Winery; 2011 Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir ($55), 2011 Garys' Vineyard Syrah ($45)
  • Mark David Winery; 2012 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc (270 cases)
  • Meadowcroft; NV All She Wrote Cabernet Sauvignon Dessert Wine (80 cases, $36)
  • Monticello Vineyards; 2012 Rose of Syrah ($24), 2012 Sauvignon Blanc ($30)
  • Naggiar Vineyards & Winery; 2010 Barbera ($27), 2010 Cabernet Franc ($25), 2010 Mourvedre ($27), 2010 Reserve Syrah ($35), 2010 Port Dessert Syrah ($34)
  • Northstar Winery; 2009 Columbia Valley Stella Maris ($29), 2012 Columbia Valley Stella Blanca ($20)
  • Passalacqua Winery; 2011 Sonoma Coast Reserve Chardonnay (64 cases, $39)
  • Patricia Green Cellars; 2012 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Pedroncelli Winery & Vineyards; 2012 Signature Selection Chardonnay, 2012 F. Johnson Vineyard Chardonnay
  • Pelican Ranch Winery; 2011 Syrah
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars; 2011 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir (575 cases, $60), 2011 Elevee Vineyard Pinot Noir ($60, 200 cases)
  • Quivet Cellars; 2011 Napa Valley Kenefick Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($68), 2011 Napa Valley Pellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($65)
  • Renwood Winery ; 2010 Amador County Timberline Zinfandel (800 cases, $39.99), 2011 Fiddletown Zinfandel ($24.99), 2010 Gold Crest Zinfandel ($39.99), 2010 Clarion Zinfandel/Syrah Blend ($19.99)
  • Rombauer Vineyards; 2012 Carneros Chardonnay
  • Scherrer Winery; 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (680 cases, $44), 2012 Dry Rosé of Syrah (96 cases, $20), 2010 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon (95 cases, $28)
  • Spring Mountain Vineyard; 2011 Napa Valley Spring Mountain District Estate Sauvignon Blanc (920 cases, $40), 2011 Estate Chardonnay ($50), 2010 Napa Valley Spring Mountain District Estate Pinot Noir (583 cases, $55)
  • Westport Winery; 2011 Red Willow Vineyards Bordello Blonde White Wine
  • Woodhouse Wine Estates; 2012 Grenache Rosé

August 2013 Wine Releases

  • Arista Winery; 2011 Mendocino Ridge Perli Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2011 Anderson Valley Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2011 Russian River Valley Two Birds Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2011 Russian River Valley Harper’s Rest Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Betz Family Winery; 2011 Besoleil Southern Rhone Blend (550 cases), 2011 La Serenne Syrah (490 cases), 2011 La Cote Rousse Syrah (505 cases), 2011 La Cote Patriarche Syrah (320 cases)
  • Dutton-Goldfield; 2011 Marin County Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Grayson Cellars; 2012 Zinfandel, 2012 Chardonnay
  • Gundlach Bundschu Winery; 2011 Sonoma Coast Estate Pinot Noir (2,200 cases, $34)
  • J Vineyards & Winery; 2011 Russian River Valley Estate Grown Chardonnay (2,500 cases, $28)
  • Kamen Estate Wines; 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Kinkead Ridge Vineyard and Winery; 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (300 cases, $20.99), 2011 Cabernet Franc (304 cases, $19.99), 2011 Syrah (44 cases, $19.99), 2011 Petit Verdot (82 cases, $21.99)
  • Lewis Cellars; 2011 Napa Valley Alec's Blend, 2011 Napa Valley Mason's Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 Napa Valley Syrah
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars; 2011 Riesling (250 cases, $25)
  • Reynolds Family Winery; 2009 Stags Leap Merlot, 2009 Persistence
  • Ridge Vineyards; 2010 Monte Bello
  • Silver Oak Cellars; 2009 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($70)
  • Whitestone Vineyard and Winery; 2009 Columbia Valley Estate St. Vincent Blend Meritage Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc's Winery Newsletters and Mailing Lists Sign Up Page: Click here.

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Wine Quote of the Month: "Penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy." Sir Alexander Fleming, English Bacteriologist

Till next month.

Neil Monnens

Special thanks to the following sponsors of 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, School House Vineyard, Selene Wines, Stein Family Wines, VIADER Vineyards & Winery and Wrath. They help make WineRelease possible.

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