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Mark Aselstine
August 30, 2012 | Mark Aselstine

National Cabernet Day 2012

As much as our customers are interested in other grapes like Pinot Noir, we know that for the vast, vast majority of wine drinkers nothing can beat an aged Cabernet.  These "National Days" are definitely new, but why not take advantage of a local restaurant's special offer or two today as they try to capitalize on the social media blitz which is bound to happen later on this afternoon and early evening?

Time Posted: Aug 30, 2012 at 1:36 PM
Mark Aselstine
August 29, 2012 | Mark Aselstine

Wine Does That

Just in case anyone thinks Matt and I don't have a sense of humor about ourselves. We thought this might be a favorite for some of our customers.

Mark Aselstine
August 28, 2012 | Mark Aselstine

Places To Have A Drink

Do you have a favorite place to have a drink? What do you look for?  Ambiance? Prices? Convenience?  A little of everything?

Time Posted: Aug 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Mark Aselstine
August 27, 2012 | Mark Aselstine

Blast from the Past: A Glass at Copain

If you're planning on tasting in or around Healdsburg and the Russian River Valley, Copain offers one of the better views around. Their winemaker Wells Guthrie has also been one of the driving forces behind the lower alcohol movement in California wines, especially Pinot Noir.  Of course, lower alcohol levels can't come about simply by a winemaker making that choice (yes, they do have some control after all) but setting the goal of being more French in style has forced Copain to look at some of the coolest growing sites in California.  All in all, it's one of our favorite places to taste in Sonoma and would suggest it to anyone on their next trip to Northern California wine country.

Time Posted: Aug 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM
Mark Aselstine
August 22, 2012 | Mark Aselstine

Fall is Coming

Fall feels like it may have arrived today for much of the Bay Area.  Cool and breezy.  In Napa Valley, it's still the middle of summer it seems.  We're getting close to sugar levels in some grapes which will lead some wineries to pick earlier than normal, others will wait until the last possible minute, or the first significant threat of rain in the middle of October or later.

Time Posted: Aug 22, 2012 at 4:36 PM