Author: Jim Campanini

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Un-Oaked Chardonnay? Try Pam’s and plunge palate first into Ron Rubin’s delicious Russian River Valley wines

When Ron Rubin purchased River Road Winery in the heart of the Russian River Valley in 2011, he took on the personal challenge of developing a Chardonnay that would win over his wife Pam’s palate. Pam, as the story goes, didn’t like most Chardonnays. And with the help of chief winemaker Joe Freeman, Team RubinĀ  […]

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Looking for inspiring taste? Try Robert Mondavi’s Napa Valley Fume` Blanc and Chardonnay

Robert Mondavi’s 2018 Fume` Blanc from Napa Valley is better than ever, showcasing the iconic winery’s innovative spirit in producing richer tasting Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of Semilion. The entry level Fume` Blanc, which I recently sampled, offers ripe fruit from Napa’s top vineyard sites at Wappo Hill, To Kalon, and Oakville District. Its […]

Flavor of the day, General Wine, Uncategorized

Hunker Down Series No. 8: Break out with fruity, delicious, carefree and chilled canned wines

So what canned wine is in your beach cooler? It’s a timely question now that states are relaxing COVID-19 beach bans and allowing residents to head back to the sandy shores – albeit with social distancing protocols in place. In recent years, sales of canned wines have increased dramatically, and the coronavirus crisis has done […]

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Two wines that can’t be held hostage: Eternally Silenced Pinot Noir and Blindfold White

The creators of Eternally Silenced Pinot Noir crow that the California wine will leave drinkers “speechless” but I say the 2017 vintage has found its voice. Indeed, Eternally Silenced builds on its 2016 inauguralĀ  with brighter character traits, including intense aromatics and flavors. Maybe it was the excellent growing season in Napa Valley and surrounding […]

General Wine, Must Try, Red wines, Uncategorized

There’s star power behind Frank Family Vineyards’ Napa Valley wines

Rich Frank had the money and Hollywood connections to launch his own winery in 1992, but it was no guarantee of success in the big-time Napa Valley market. Fortunately, Frank’s knowledge of and passion for wine, expert business sense, and close-knit family talent were the most valuable assets in the overall equation. The former president […]

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Hunker Down Series No. 3: Chateau Malescasse 2016, a Bordeaux bargain beauty

Chateau Malescasse 2016 (SRP $24) is an exceptional Left Bank value from Haut-Medoc, the result of a classic growing season that yielded Bordeaux’s biggest production output since 2006. While the highly acclaimed vintage pushed up Bordeaux prices an average of 13 percent – some Grand Crus jumped 60% – Chateau Malescasse bucks the trend and […]