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Entries by Richard Jennings from 08/2013

American Tempranillo: Strong Continuing Improvement

| Posted 08.01.2013 | Taste

Tempranillo is one of the world's most important and noble grapes. It is capable of making complex wines with tremendous aging capacity.

Character and Value: Italian Volcanic Wines

| Posted 08.07.2013 | Taste

Is there a connection between Italy's volcanic activity, or volcanic soils, and wine production?

Concentration & Complexity: Four Historic California Vineyards

| Posted 08.15.2013 | Taste

I find being in and around vineyards uniquely soothing and nurturing. Maybe it's because they are usually part of a pastoral landscape. I may be triggered too by knowing they are devoted to producing a special product -- one that brings pleasure and conviviality.

West Sonoma Coast: Distinctive, Cool Climate Pinot, Chardonnay & Syrah

| Posted 08.22.2013 | Taste

West of West is the early August weekend festival devoted to wines made from grapes farmed on the far western coastline of Sonoma County. This year was the event's third outing, and it was one of the most enjoyable and well organized regionally focused wine events I've ever attended.

Scarecrow: Extraordinary Cabernet From Napa's Oldest Vines

| Posted 08.29.2013 | Taste

Fhere is one California Cabernet, based largely on very old vines, that has truly impressed me this year.