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View in Browser.'s December 15, 2022 Monthly Newsletter.

This month we had 61 winery updates and 89 wineries releasing wine.

Happy Holidays! I hope you're getting excited about the holidays and they are less stressful this year compared to last. We are celebrating Christmas in St. Helena and New Year's in Paris. Fun!

Last month I went to Le Grand Tasting (The Grand Tasting Paris) and sat in on an hour seminar with Paul Jaboulet's winemaker on Friday and a seminar covering the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region on Saturday. Over 65 Bordeaux producers, 20+ Burgundy producers, 50+ Champagne producers and 30 Rhone producers attended the event. On Friday I focused on white wines of Burgundy and Rhone and Champagne. It was a great tasting and some of the producers brought some stellar wines. Joseph Drouhin was pouring their 2016 Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru and it was great but above my budget at $257 a bottle. A few producers brought earlier vintages which was fun to taste the progression. Bordeaux producer Chateau Grand-Puy Ducasse was pouring their 2012 Pauillac and Chateau Meyney poured their 2004 out of magnum. I told the Meyney rep that my first case purchase was their 1989 at $14 a bottle from Draper & Esquin Wine Merchants in San Francisco in 1991. Leoville Barton was pouring their 2009 and 2012. To call it a Grand Tasting is an understatement. I look forward to VinExpo in February.

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My friend Antoine (bottom taking the selfie) took the train from Brussels to join me on Saturday. I met Antoine when I lived in Madrid in 2008, he owned a wine shop and I was a frequent visitor (no surprise). We tasted reds for an hour but went to whites. Ioana, the manager of Le Manoir wine store where I shop, told me I'm going soft because of my white wine preference. I laughed and said she should use a different term. How about refined? Advanced? Polished?

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Chateauneuf-du-Pape seminar and tasting.

And now, onto the wine releases...

December 2022 Wine Releases

  • Adelsheim Vineyard; 2019 Willamette Valley Ribbon Ridge Ribbon Springs Vineyard Chardonnay ($55)
  • Amigoni Vineyards; 2020 Syrah (116 cases, $40)
  • Ancient Peaks Winery; 2020 Santa Margarita Ranch Renegade Red Blend Syrah/Petit Verdot/Malbec ($26)
  • Avennia Winery; 2019 Red Willow Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($95), 2020 Gravura Cabernet Sauvignon,/Merlot/Cabernet Franc ($40)
  • Axios Wine; 2019 Napa Valley Worthy Sophia's Cuvee Bordeaux Blend
  • Betz Family Winery; 2019 Heart of the Hill Cabernet Sauvignon ($135)
  • Big Basin Vineyards; 2019 Monterey Altitude 2292 Bordeaux Blend ($85), 2019 Monterey Coastview Vineyard Merlot (75 cases, $55)
  • Big White House; 2019 Winter Star
  • Camaraderie Cellars; 2020 Yakima Valley Cadeaux du Rhone ($29), 2019 Yakima Valley Crawford Vineyard Vida Malbec/Tempranillo ( $29), 2019 Yakima Valley Crawford Vineyard Vida Vida Reserve ($45)
  • Chanin; 2020 Sta. Rita Hills Reserve Syrah ($65)
  • Channing Daughters; 2021 Long Island Moscato Petillant Naturel ($28), 2021 Finger Lakes Diamond Petillant Naturel ($25), 2021 Long Island Pinot Grigio ($22)
  • Chase Cellars; 2020 Napa Valley Bourn Ida's Blend Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc (364 cases, $95)
  • Chris James Cellars; 2020 Oregon Miscela Reserva Lagrein/Dolcetto/Barbera (104 cases, $59)
  • Clarice Wine Company; 2019 Santa Barbara County Babs Pinot Noir ($25)
  • Dusted Valley; 2019 Falx Blanc de Noir (45 cases)
  • Fulcrum Wines; 2021 Carneros Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (204 cases, $69)
  • Hibou; 2021 Chardonnay (220 cases, $55), 2021 Tina Marie Pinot Noir (220 cases, $70), 2018 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (100 cases, $150)
  • House of Smith; 2020 Yakima Valley Oldfield-Boushey Vineyard Motor City Kitty Syrah ($40)
  • Irvine & Roberts Vineyards; 2018 Estate Vineyard Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine ($100)
  • J Dusi Wines; 2020 Paper Street Vineyard Zinfandel, 2020 Paper Street The Narrator Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre, 2020 Paper Street Cornflower Blue Mourvedre
  • John Anthony Vineyards; 2017 La Dame Michele Single Vineyard Blanc de Blanc ($200)
  • Knighton Family Vineyards; 2019 Napa Valley Ava Grace Cabernet Sauvignon ($90)
  • Lorenza; 2021 Clements Hills-Lodi Terra Alta Vineyard Picpoul Blanc ($28)
  • Matthews Cellars; 2020 Horse Heaven Hills Claret Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Malbec/Petit Verdot/Merlot (599 cases, $85), 2020 Horse Heaven Hills Cuvée Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Sauvignon (600 cases, $85)
  • Morisoli Vineyard; 2018 Napa Valley Rutherford Morisoli Vineyard Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon ($200)
  • Parra Wine Co; 2019 Rogue Valley Dulce Remedio Tempranillo Port Style Wine
  • Rasa Vineyards; 2020 Human Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon (116 cases, $60), 2020 Courageous Convictions (235 375ml cases, $42 per 375ml)
  • Robert Sinskey Vineyards; 2017 Napa Valley Stags Leap District SLD Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (309 cases, $175)
  • Sabina Vineyards; 2019 Napa Valley Rutherford Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc ($70 per 375ml)
  • Stone Griffon Vineyard; 2020 Rattlesnake Hills GSM Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre
  • Trinitas Cellars; 2021 Napa Valley Chardonnay ($48), 2020 Los Carneros O'Neill Vineyard Brut Rose Sparkling Pinot Noir ($75)

2023 Wine Releases

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Wine Quote of the Month: "Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it. Anonymous

Till next month.

Neil Monnens

Special thanks to the following sponsors of Arbios Cellars, Bacio Divino, Bonaccorsi Wine Company, Cellars33, Gamba Vineyards and Winery, Herb Lamb Vineyards, Lucia Vineyards, Parry Cellars, Rocca Family Vineyards, School House Vineyard, Snowden Vineyards, Selene Wines, Seven Stones Winery, Stein Family Wines, Steltzner Vineyards and VIADER Vineyards & Winery. They help make WineRelease possible.

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