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Grilling Season Has Arrived!

Cedar-Planked Wild Salmon with Mustard Dill Sauce Barbecued Vidalia Onions Bring on the grilling season!  These recipes came up in a conversation here in the tasting room regarding favored grilling preparations with long-time Locals Wine Club Members Rich & Maureen Tunheim of Santa Rosa. The idea of grilling wild salmon is particularly apropos of 2011…
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The Fifth Notch Is A Charm!

Each year, renowned Winemaker Mike Loykasek of Dark Horse Winery combs the Sonoma County area for fine grapes that have no home, calling the resulting wine The Gunfighter. For 2009, this wine's first name is "Zin" and it's last name is "Cab"...actually Mike calls it the "Fifth Notch", as it is the fifth time he has made this ever-changing blend. A…
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For 2010, The Praxis Viognier Moves Closer to Home

Praxis Cellars has been making Viognier for a decade, but the 2010 Praxis Viognier marks a move to sourcing fruit from the renowned Russian River Valley.  Working on a cool-climate syrah wine prompted Winemaker Bill Arbios to switch to making a Rhone-inspired white wine from similarly farmed fruit. The grapes chosen flourish on a rolling hillside,…
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New Appellation, Healdsburg Plaza?!

Our most recent winery addition to Locals Tasting Room is Bedarra Vineyards.  The Bedarra Estate Vineyard is only a mile west of nearby Healdsburg's town center.  The epitome of a small artisan winery, fewer than 500 cases of wine are produced here in a year. The Bedarra brand is inspired by the beauty and tranquility of the remote…
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2005 Arbios Cabernet: A hint of Bordeaux in Alexander Valley

When you pop open an Alexander Valley cabernet, you expect a full mouthfeel and well balanced fruit. The Arbios Cabernet brings something slightly atypical. It is clear that this winery is trying to bring a little bit of Bordeaux to the land of in your face, fruit forward Cabernet. On the nose, you get raspberries,…
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2009 Saracina Sauvignon Blanc: Giving New Zealand A Run for Her Money!

2009 Saracina Sauvignon Blanc: Giving New Zealand A Run for Her Money! Of late, New Zealand has taken the popularity crown for their Sauvignon Blancs. People have been after the intense fruit characteristics that you often see in those wines. But California is making some gems that find a balance between fruit and great minerality.…
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A Reverie of Delight Returns to Locals!

In the spring of 2009, the 2006 Ensueños Tropicales Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley, $20) made a brief but sublime appearance at our tasting room.  Now, with an exclusive, limited allocation of wine, this popular, fruit-forward pinot noir returns, all grown up! As before, this wine ably shows off the by-now classic Russian River pinot noir flavor…
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2006 Pendleton Zinfandel: A Zin For All Seasons

This 2006 Zinfandel/Petit Syrah blend from Russian River Valley is a true lesson in versitality and balance. On the nose, you get great fruit notes of raspberry and blackberry as well as really strong cloves and cinnamon. The palate doesn't disappoint and holds true to the flavors on the nose. Upfront, all the fruit (blackberry…
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A Tale of Two Tempranillos

Eric Ross Vineyards is at the forefront of California's move into producing intriguing wines using Spanish grape varietals. The 2009 Struttin' Red ($28) is 91% Tempranillo and 9% Garnacha (Grenache).  This easy-going, fruity, red wine is made from younger vines located in Lodi, California's favored Central Valley location for fine wine grapes.  With ripe strawberries on a…
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