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Friday, October 24,2014
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Claiborne and Churchill Gewürztraminer is deliciously dry

It’s hard to pronounce but easy to drink

By Jen Van Tieghem
I recently decided to cohabitate with my better half. In addition to blending our hodgepodge furniture, it also meant bringing together my love of dry red wines with his inexplicable desire to drink s
Friday, September 26,2014
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Trisler’s Wine Bar doesn’t disappoint—or impress

Mission Valley spot is palatable at best

By Jen Van Tieghem
The first time I visited Trisler's Wine Bar, it was rather forgettable: An unremarkable cheese board and some average wine, and let's just say I wasn't inclined to go back. 
Friday, September 5,2014
Bottle Rocket

Love Noir delivers the dark side of Pinot

Affordable brand makes a familiar grape seem new

By Jen Van Tieghem
As a wine lover, some days you'll spend ages in your favorite wine boutique or bottle shop, poring over labels and agonizing over what to spend your hard-earned dollars on. 
Friday, August 15,2014
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Ca’ Momi’s Bianco di Napa has enough flavors to stand out

White blend balances fruit with floral

By Jen Van Tieghem
A warm summer evening and a perfectly chilled bottle of 2013 Bianco di Napa were reasons enough to see if the product matched the promise.
Friday, July 25,2014
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Café Bleu offers lots to love

Mission Hills wine bar pleases the palate with food and drink

By Jen Van Tieghem
While I can't speak for the company you keep, I can attest to Café Bleu's mastering of the other required elements.
Thursday, July 3,2014
Bottle Rocket

Moss Roxx Zinfandel proves grace comes with age

Oak Ridge Winery, Lodi’s oldest, has a new fan

By Jen Van Tieghem
It's a mystery how I, a big fan of Lodi Zinfandels, haven't explored Oak Ridge Winery's offerings in depth before now.
Friday, June 13,2014
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Sequoia Grove Cabernet beats three others

Blind tasting proves price doesn’t always dictate quality

By Jen Van Tieghem
Our contending Cali Cabs were a 2011 Illaria from Napa Valley ($65 suggested retail price), a 2010 Sequoia Grove from Napa Valley ($39), a 2011 Louis M. Martini from Sonoma County ($18) and a 2011 Trader Joe's Grand Reserve from Napa Valley ($10).
Thursday, May 22,2014
Bottle Rocket

Bianchi Sauvignon Blanc: a drink best served not-too-cold

Taste the flavor in your white wines with the right temperature

By Jen Van Tieghem
Bianchi's 2012 Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc, made with grapes from Monterey, is a shining example of the array of flavors one could miss by drinking too frosty a glass.
Friday, May 2,2014
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Wine That’s Fun is aptly named

In-home tasting parties are great for novices and seasoned drinkers

By Jen Van Tieghem
Most times, if you say "WTF" about a wine, it's not a good thing. But the cheeky acronym behind Heather Hudson's brand stands for Wine That's Fun—and it lives up to its name.
Friday, April 11,2014
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In the white room at The Flight Path

New Downtown wine bar offers sips and bites at a great value

By Jen Van Tieghem
One of the first striking features of The Flight Path is its décor—or lack thereof. The stark white walls, tables, chairs and countertops give the new wine bar an almost sterile appearance.
 
 
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