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91 points for Rutherford Ranch Zinfandel from Napa!

Wines & Spirits recently tasted this excellent wine and wrote a glowing report:

This starts off cool and spicy, the mineral tannins not supporting the weight of the black raspberry fruit. Give it time and the minerality grows more complex, the fruit shifting from heavy to heady, firm and bold. It is a powerful zin with a lot going on. Rutherford Ranch, St. Helena, CA

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BC's Pacific Breeze wins InterVin's 'Winery of the Year 2010'

Innovative BC garagiste winery is a small family owned winery in New Westminster who have a fierce passion for developing excellent small-lot, handcrafted wines. They source grapes from all the best wine growing regions of California, Oregon, Washington and B.C. Since opening in March 2007, they have won more than 50 International Medals, including five Best of Class awards. A true Canadian success story!

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Argento, the new wine range from Argentina poised to fuel growth of fastest growing wine category in Alberta

Already well established as the No. 1 in Argentinean wine Europe, Argento is also fast growing within Eastern Canada and is within the top 5 Argentinean wines. Argentine wines have been the fastest growing wine category here in Alberta for a while now, and latest figures show the reds up by 53% and whites by 38%. This is well ahead of the market which is up 5%. Very competitively priced for wines of such excellent quality from the Mendoza region, the range includes: The Classic Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Grigio for $9.97 With the Reserva Malbec and Cabernet Suavignon at $11.97 Created in 1999 by one of the regions most respected vignerons, Argento embodies the unique Argentine spirit. Try a real taste of Argentina.

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Dry Creek Mariner 2006 sets sail with a great review scoring 92 points from The Wine Enthusiast

Dry Creek wines from California have long had a reputation for producing exceptional wines, and the latest review from The Wine Enthusiast for their 2006 Mariner confirms they are still producing top class performers.  They comment Mariner shows the edgy tannins that Dry Creek red wines invariably display, with a sandpapery texture. That makes the wine, which is a Bordeaux blend of five varieties, a little rustic. But the dryness and bite are a nice alternative to the riper, softer Napa style, and more versatile at the table. Good now, and should slowly develop in the bottle for years. Try one soon and see for yourself how good it is.

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Casa Silva Winery of the Year 2010 according to Wine & Spirits magazine!

Producer of exceptional wines from the Colchagua Valley terroirs, including the Microterroir Carmenere Los Lingues 2006 which scored 93 pts. This was also chosen as the Best Carmenere of the World. Wine & Spirits recognized Casa Silva due to the exceptional consistency, quality and unique style of its wines.

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Ayala, the artisan of Champagne making scores 90 points for its Brut Nature Zero Dosage NV

Recently tasted by Wine Spectator, they commented...A toasty Champagne, with a wooly texture, firm acidity and flavours of biscuit, smoke, straw and citrus zest. There is a minerally vein throughout and good balance overall. Drink now through 2015.

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Customers can get $2,500 from Tinhorn Creek for sustainable project or product!

Tinhorn Creek are Canada's first carbon neutral winery, and are running a Get Sustainable contest where customers can win up to $2500 towards a sustainable project or product via on-line entry.  Customers simply have to submit a 50 word entry via Tinhorn website as to how they will make the world a greener place. See http://www.tinhorn.com/page.php?pageID=178&parentID=137&newsID=108 for details.  Retailers also can run an in store contest where customers can win a Messenger Bag & On the Go Water Bottle.  Simply contact your rep or call 4032960176 for details.  Tinhorn Creek Merlot & Chardonnay is also on LTO with savings of $24 per case until Oct 7th.

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Great value Thorn-Clarke wines recognized at International Value Wine Awards

Organized by Wine Access, Canada's leading wine magazine, four of Thorn Clarke's Australian wines scooped the Judge's Choice in the International Value Wine Awards, recognizing the excellent quality and taste of the wine provided to Canadian consumers at an exceptionally good retail price.  Awards as follows: 89 pts Thorn-Clarke 2008 Shotfire Quartage $22 : Judges Choice - Red Blends 88 pts Thorn-Clarke 2008 Terra Barossa Shiraz $17-20 : Judges Choice - Syrah/Shiraz 87 pts Milton Park 2008 Shiraz $13-15 : Judges Choice - Syrah/Shiraz 87 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz $25 : Judges Choice - Syrah/Shiraz

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Gismondi rates Mudhouse Sauv Blanc from NZ a great wine

Gismondi the well known wine critic writes in the Vancouver Sun... "...the Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 presents a delicious example of proper New Zealand sauvignon. Look for jalapeno, grapefruit rind, passion fruit aromas with a lemon and nettle streak. Rich, full and creamy, the palate is fresh and elegant with juicy acidity and plenty of passion fruit, gooseberry, smoky jalapeno, asparagus, lime and melon flavours. There is fine intensity and balance with a long finish. Try this with mussels." Anyone with a good mussels recipe out there?  Please post it. Retails around $21 at good wine stores Score 90/100 In Alberta ask for CPC 726882 / In BC UPC 9421018070013

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Watch 1st edition of "Grape Tapes" on YouTube featuring Patz & Hall...

[caption id="attachment_238" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Enjoy this short intro..."]Enjoy this short intro...[/caption]   Hello everyone, Ever the innovators, Renaissance Wines are proud to bring you thier own video channel, courtesy of YouTube. The first edition "Grape Tapes" features a short (5 minute) video about the fantastic California Wines that come from Patz & Hall. Just click on the link, to hear about some great Pinot's & Chard's...

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Interview with Chuck Wagner of Caymus Vineyards, California

Caymus vineyards continues its impressive string of amazing Cabernet Sauvignon wines. After 30+ years the Wagner family continues to WOW the critics with their soft and satiny Cabernet wine that ages gracefully. See the attached video for further insight: http://www.vintages.com/vmail/caymus_en.shtml

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Dry Creek Vineyard Scuttlebutt - Spring 2010

Click here to read the Spring 2010 Edition

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Australian brush fires close in on vineyards

The Australian fires these past few weeks remind us of the Kelowna BC fires of a few years back that did extraordinary damage. Even still, the wineries recovered quickly and the grapes being picked in this new vintage are being crushed now. Kingston Estate is expecting a great crop this year and a quality vintage.

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Joseph Henriot and the Bouchard Pere & Fils Winery

Joseph Henriot has, in a very methodical way, been polishing this jewel in the heart of Burgundy. His important domaine is doing all the right things in order to elevate even further the quality and image of the best wines of Burgundy.

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J. Lohr Winery goes Solar

with all that California sun it just makes sense that forward thinking wineries adopt some type of solar program. Jerry Lohr, never one to do things in a small way when a BIG way is possible, has just completed the installation of a 3 acre 'solar park' to manage the energy requirements of his Paso Robles winery.

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Winemakers to Watch: Nick de Luca

This article hit yesterday in the San Francisco Chronicle in which our wonderful winemaker, Nick deLuca, was recognized as being a top winemaker to keep an eye on in 2009. Indeed, how one guy could make a Top 100 Cabernet (San Francisco Chronicle) a Top 100 Pinot Noir (Wine Spectator) and a Top 100 Syrah (Wine & Spirits) in the same year is truly amazing. We are very proud of him and his winemaking. We see this as yet another message to the trade that our brand is exciting and dynamic with compelling quality.

> Click here to read the article

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Casa Silva wins a major 'Carmenere' project

The Chilean Government recently selected Casa Silva to be the exclusive, pilot winery in a major project to develop the first ever Carmenere clone. It will be known as the 'Casa Silva Carmenere' and will be the vine planted throughout Chile once the project ends. High quality is the key criteria.   This project is run in association with Chile's top viticultural universities and follows Casa Silva’s recent pioneering, three year Micro-terroir project, also sponsored by the Government and Talca University...in fact the first ever Micro-terroir project in Latin America and only the second one in the world.

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