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Thursday, July 3,2014
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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
Bottle Rocket

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.
Friday, March 14,2014
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Jakes on 6th is perfect for weekday winos

Atmosphere, selection and specials to suck you in at Hillcrest wine bar

By Jen Van Tieghem
Hillcrest, please accept my apologies. In my many wine-bar excursions, I've somehow neglected you. Hopefully, a recent trip to Jake's on 6th (3755 Sixth Ave.) makes up for that.
Friday, February 21,2014
Bottle Rocket

Riviera Supper Club caters to lovers of vino and music

New wine bar section offers enjoyment in La Mesa

By Jen Van Tieghem
Riviera (rivierasupperclub.com, 7777 University Ave. in La Mesa) has furthered its wine focus by adding a wine-bar section that opened on Valentine's Day. 
Friday, January 31,2014
Bottle Rocket

2009 Old Vines Cuvee vs. 2012 Old Zin Vines

Two California Zinfandels present different sides of the same fruit

By Jen Van Tieghem
The Old Vines Cuvee was decidedly different, with the fruit up front in powerful aromas of fig and raspberry. The scents dissipated only slightly after time in the glass.
Friday, January 10,2014
Bottle Rocket

2004 L.A. Cetto Nebbiolo is a precocious 10-year-old

Oldest winery in Mexico offers great, inexpensive wines

By Jen Van Tieghem
Recently, I've noticed L.A. Cetto wines at several markets around town, including Windmill Farms in Del Cerro, Bine and Vine in Normal Heights and Palm Springs Liquor in La Mesa.
Friday, December 20,2013
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Bine & Vine is good and cheap

Normal Heights bottle shop’s as fine for wine as it is for beer

By Jen Van Tieghem
Wine buyer and professional sommelier Stephen Ansley takes a lot of pride in what goes into those bins. Chatting with him revealed his careful practices for proper wine storage and lessons learned working at BevMo for several years.
 
 
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