Wine Alliance

(707)526-5214 551 Aviation Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-1019
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  • BTW, I just had to open the Alliance 2006.  It does not disappoint, and the review is posted here on the blog under Blackwood Lane Alliance 2006, so I won't repeat the review.  It is not quite so interesting as the Reference, but for those wishing to save money, it is a good deal at some 35 dollars less.  The wine is mature and should be drunk n... Read More

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  • I sent a message to you DV.  The Painted Rock I drank about 10 days back was a 2009 Merlot and it was very good - though mature and very silky now (no need to keep longer).  There were also Painted Rock Syrah about the same age 2009 or 2010.  I don't remember if they had any Red Icon from older vintages - I think not, actually; I am looking for ... Read More

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  • Blackwood Lane Alliance 2009


    The 2009 Blackwood Lane Alliance (accent on the second "a") is a stylized Bordelais wine made from fruit sourced in the Okanagan Valley of BC It is slightly coy on the nose, with cherry dominating plus a hint of cassis. Appearance has some obvious bricking on the rim, but depth of colour still in evidence. Tannin is almost non-existant at this... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • I just may.  Consider attending, I mean.  La Stella makes some very good Italian-style whites and more eclectic, but still Italian-influenced reds.  They are pricey, and you usually need access to a good VQA store (for those who don't know, this is the Vintner's Quality Alliance - a so-called Canadian quality control and marketing device - mostl... Read More

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  • One of the few real bargains left in France are found in the southern Rhone and Bouche du Rhône and fall under the appellation Cotes du Rhône and Cotes du Rhône-Villages.  These wines are delicious whether red or white, and are still affordable at good price to quality ratios.  Their copies in Australia, South Africa, Australia and North America... Read More

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  • I'd thought that the word "Reserve" was legally defined for wines in Washington state.  However, a quick check seems to indicate that rather than being regulated by state law, there is a vountary agreement among the  winery members of the Washington Wine Quality Alliance that "restricted their members to using the term on 10% or 3,000 cases (whi... Read More

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  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from the wine shop.  Those are the 'good days' that we want to remember, but soon you notice your bank account is dropping faster than Trumps approval rating, so you start looking for more value-oriented wines that are tasty in their own right.This topic is all about value... Read More

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  • OK, my OCD is kicking in.Al, did the Somm say that it contained Syrah?"Meritage" is a copyrighted mark owned by an organization called The Meritage Alliance.  In order to put the word "Meritage" on the label, a maker has to pay a fee to The Meritage Alliance and the wine can only be made from certain grapes. From The Meritage Alliance website:A ... Read More

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  • Isn't "Meritage" a copyrighted name?  Its use seems to have faded in the last couple of years. My thought was that producers decided there was no need to go to some third party to get permission (and, I assume, pay a fee) to put that word on their label.FWIW, I think the "Bordeaux Blend" nomenclature works fine. From my understanding, France own... Read More

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  • Will the New World winemakers from China and Australia compete with France’s dominance?  This past Friday reporter Michael Lerner of Blouin News tried to answer that questions, taking a look at the two countries’ current state and using the data to peer into the future.  According to Lerner, Australia and China are grouped together, in part, bec... Read More

    From the article News Site Ponders Australia, China's Ability to Compete with France

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