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Meritage & Bordeaux

Meritage & Bordeaux

Clearly, Meritage wines are crafted and marketed to compete with the best Bordeaux wines, and no wonder.  For hundreds of years, the Bordelais have been using and refining the art of blending to make their wines.   In part, this started from necessity; back in the day, a winemaker was very much at the mercy […]

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Tasting Halter Ranch Wines

Tasting Halter Ranch Wines

It was a bit disappointing to find that Kevin Sass hadn’t made any of the four sample bottles I tasted.  However, the wines were so delicious overall, I can’t wait to see where he takes them.   The wines are rated A to F for quality (C is average) and 1 to 3 for value, […]

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Introducing Halter Ranch

Introducing Halter Ranch

Halter Ranch was originally part of a 3,000-acre ranch established in the 1880s by Edwin Smith, a San Francisco butcher turned Central Coast farmer and livestock dealer.   Though prosperous, Smith fell on hard times, and his property was sold and split up in the early 1900s.  Though the land was always farmed, the first […]

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THE ART OF BLENDING

THE ART OF BLENDING

Over the holidays, my mother in law asked me to provide the wine for a family dinner. I selected a blend – Cabernet, Malbec and Shiraz from Australia. She wrinkled her nose and said, “I don’t trust blends. Doesn’t it mean they’re doing something wrong?” …

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