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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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EMERGING ITALY: ROSSO PICENO

EMERGING ITALY: ROSSO PICENO

The other night, I popped open a bottle of wine that was purchased simply because it was an Italian red under $15. I took a sip and thought it tasted pretty good. So I looked at the label to see what, exactly, I was drinking.     Okay, so it’s made from organic grapes.   […]

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Making Champagne

Making Champagne

First off, let’s get one thing straight: All Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne.   In order to be called Champagne, two criteria must be met. First, the wine must be produced in a specific, legally defined region of northern France. Second, the secondary fermentation that gives the wine its […]

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About Gewurztraminer

About Gewurztraminer

Most of the people who came by the cookie and wine tasting were unfamiliar with Gewürztraminer, though were willing to give it a try.  Once they did, they became fans.   So, what is it?   Gewürztraminer (guh-vertz-tra-meaner) is a cool climate grape with distinctive pink skin.  The wine it produces is known for its […]

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COOKIES & CORKS: ADVENTURES IN WINE PAIRING

COOKIES & CORKS: ADVENTURES IN WINE PAIRING

When a company sends you sample boxes of cookies crafted to pair with wine, the only logical thing to do is organize a tasting.   Diana Fisher, owner of Moderne Barn Wines, graciously offered her store.  Last Friday evening found me there, setting up a table with six plates of sweet and savory treats and […]

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