Wine Regions / California

Joseph George Sauvignon Blanc

Joseph George Sauvignon Blanc

Chris Blanchard loves discovering under-the-radar wines and combining them with innovative California cuisine. Now he uncorks Joseph George Sauvignon Blanc, a thrilling Napa Valley wine that is always on his list.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 1:33
Wine and Cheese Pairing

Wine and Cheese Pairing

Ben Narasin loves a good cheese. But he really loves a good wine with his cheese. Find out how wines and cheeses complement each other, and what you should look for in a good pairing.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:24
David Ramey on Barrel Aging

David Ramey on Barrel Aging

David Ramey talks about the French influences on his early days as a winemaker, and his approach to barrel aging his chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:12
Peter McCrea on Food and Wine

Peter McCrea on Food and Wine

Peter McCrea, owner of Napa Valley's renowned Stony Hill Vineyard, shares the secrets to creating the perfect wine to enjoy with food.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:05
DC International Wine Festival

DC International Wine Festival

Explore the D.C. International Wine and Food Festival, and watch as wine producers from all over the world chat with Mari Stull about some of their latest offerings.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 5:47
Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc

Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc

Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc makes Chris Blanchard sing, packing all the richness and flavor intensity of Cabernet Sauvignon, but with a rustic edge. It's another insider find from Napa Valley.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 1:32
Rom Toulon, Meadowood

Rom Toulon, Meadowood

Rom Toulon leads us on a tour of the stunning cellar at Meadowood in Napa Valley. Check out their highly acclaimed, hard to find treasures, and find out what wines Rom recommends as good value buys from little known California producers.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 4:52
Dan Goldfield: Dutton Goldfield

Dan Goldfield: Dutton Goldfield

Dan Goldfield's roots run deep making chardonnay and pinot noir in the Russian River Valley for some of Sonoma's top wineries. Since 1999, he and Steve Dutton have been making their own wine from some of the most distinctive vineyard properties in the area. Now Dan shares his passion and philosophy for wine and the vineyard land with WineTasteTV.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 4:37
Pat Kuleto's Philosophy for Living

Pat Kuleto's Philosophy for Living

Pat Kuleto shares his philosophy for wine, food, and life with WineTasteTV. His ranch is one of the most stunning properties in Napa Valley, and it's a self-sustaining little village driven by his incredible creativity and vision.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:17
Villagio Inn

Villagio Inn

Tasting wine is an exhausting endeavor, especially in the Napa Valley. Take a break from the rigors of sampling delicious wines to enjoy the exquisite Villagio Inn and Spa. Located in charming Yountville, this luxurious resort will pamper your cares away and leave you refreshed and ready for your next round of tastings!   More »

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Wine Regions: California 4:52
Spottswoode Estate

Spottswoode Estate

A family-run business that's dedicated to organic farming, Spottswoode Estate is a sublime example of all that is right in the Napa Valley. Mother-daughter owners Mary Novak and Beth Milliken share the story of Spottswoode's rise to glory.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 5:40
Sonoma Grape Camp

Sonoma Grape Camp

Sonoma County Grape Camp provides wine lovers a rare opportunity to become wine makers. It's a crash course in grape growing, harvest, crush, blending and fun. Plus they get to meet - and learn from - some of the top winemakers and chefs in the nation. (Production support provided by Sonoma County Grape Camp)   More »

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Wine Regions: California 4:55
Napa Valley Visitors Guide

Napa Valley Visitors Guide

Wine Taste TV's Leslie Sbrocco takes you on a tour of Napa Valley, with a few of her top recommendations for a one day visit to some of the best wineries and restaurants. Get an insiders perspective on how to plan the perfect day.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 4:22
Paul Hobbs, Harvest

Paul Hobbs, Harvest

Harvest time in the Paul Hobbs vineyards, possibly the most exciting time of the year. When is the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit perfect for picking? Paul Hobbs visits the Lindsey Estate and Ulises Valdez vineyards and makes the call.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:20
Chardonnay 101 - Chris' Guide to Grapes

Chardonnay 101 - Chris' Guide to Grapes

Chardonnay isn't just popular, it's one of the world's top wine choices. But why do we love chardonnay more than any other white wine varietal? As he kicks off his Grape Guide series, WineTasteTV's Chris Blanchard talks chardonnay basics: from the effects of oak to some of the best chardonnay food and wine pairings. Lobster risotto anyone?   More »

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Wine Regions: California
Kuleto Estate, Mountain Vineyard Wines

Kuleto Estate, Mountain Vineyard Wines

WineTasteTV visits with Pat Kuleto, who established himself as a visionary of food and style in the restaurant business. Now he has built a breathtaking mountain property with Kuleto Estate wines -where he's making cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, syrah, and more. Get an insider view of the property and share Pat's passion for wine, terroir, and establishing family roots in the wine business.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:08
Eno Wine Bar - Wine Education in Style

Eno Wine Bar - Wine Education in Style

With the philosophy Eat, Drink and Be Happy it's no wonder people are flocking to the Eno Wine Bar. With their wine education classes, or "Enoversity," sommelier Holly Smith teaches guests how to pair flights of wine with cheese and chocolate. WineTasteTV stops by this cutting edge hotel wine bar and mixes wine education with a luxurious social setting.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:49
Kate MacMurray

Kate MacMurray

Until 1996, Kate MacMurray's Russian River Valley home was a cattle ranch. Today, MacMurray Ranch is one of Sonoma's premiere wineries, and Kate can't imagine her life any other way.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:28
Bob Lindquist, Qupe

Bob Lindquist, Qupe

Sometimes referred to as the "modern stone age" winery, Qupe has been producing award winning Rhone varietals since 1982. Bonnie Graves takes us into the barrel room with winemaker Bob Lindquist to taste the 2006 Syrah and Roussanne.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 4:10
Ray Coursen: Elyse Winery

Ray Coursen: Elyse Winery

Ray Coursen's Elyse Winery has been turning out world class wines from top vineyard sources. Chris Blanchard visits with Ray and tastes 3 of his favorite wines. After 25 years in Napa Valley, it's all about tasting the fruit and staying down to earth.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:47
Hudson Chardonnay

Hudson Chardonnay

The Hudson Vineyard is already used in some of California's finest chardonnay. Now Chris Blanchard introduces us to Hudson's own bottling of the precious fruit. It's the perfect companion for lobster risotto, but it will do just fine all by itself.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 1:47
Pine Ridge Winery

Pine Ridge Winery

Wine TasteTV takes you to Pine Ridge Winery, in the heart of Napa Valley's Stags Leap District. Since 1978, they've crafted award winning wines that blend old world tradition with innovation. With 25 years on the job, winemaker Stacy Clark's passion and vineyard experience drive their powerful cabernet sauvignon and distinctive chardonnay.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 7:25
David Ramey's New Digs

David Ramey's New Digs

David Ramey's new winery may have once been a processing plant for prunes, but these days it's home to some of California's finest wines. David takes us inside his new facility and explains how batonage and malolactic fermentation impact his world-class chardonnay.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 4:41
Cliff Lede

Cliff Lede

WineTasteTV talks with Cliff Lede, whose vineyard designated wines are all about the rock and roll and have gotten incredible wine reviews. See how his attitude toward the vineyards and dedication to quality have translated into an instant Napa Valley classic.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 4:57
Baldacci Four Sons Cabernet

Baldacci Four Sons Cabernet

You could go to Redd and order a great bottle of wine for $900. Or, you could get a perfectly delcious bottle for $45. That's what Chris Blanchard calls a steal. In this tasting, he turns us on to Baldacci Four Sons Cabernet Sauvignon, a great value that pairs with everything from chocolate cake to a thick cut steak.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 1:43
26th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival

26th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival

Visit the centerpiece event of California‚Äôs fastest growing wine region, Paso Robles.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 4:33
Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil is like a little piece of the Cote d'Azur tucked away in California wine country. Kara Adamson highlights the resort's new additions, while sommelier Kris Margerum gives us an in depth look at his world class wine list.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:43
Benziger Family Ties

Benziger Family Ties

More than a dozen members of the Benziger family work together to craft their wines. Chris Benziger explains how their passion for the land and each other drive this Sonoma County winery.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:52
Paul Hobbs

Paul Hobbs

Paul Hobbs explains his deeply rooted ideals for wine, family, and a sense of place. Explore his new winery and see how passion, tradition and a respect for the land contribute to the quality of his wines.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:00
David Ramey - Varietals and Vineyards

David Ramey - Varietals and Vineyards

David Ramey explains his passion for chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, and talks about his incredible vineyard sources and wide range of bottlings.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:05
Roshambo Winery, Napa Valley

Roshambo Winery, Napa Valley

Roshambo Winery is a place where you can un-tuck your shirt, kick your shoes off and remember what it was like to be a kid again. "Fighting for fun in a Whiney World" is their mantra. Wine Taste TV catches up with founder Naomi Brilliant and discovers her unique approach to wine, art and games at this cutting edge Napa winery.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:32
Paul Hobbs, Philosophy

Paul Hobbs, Philosophy

What makes a truly stunning Chardonnay or Pinot Noir? Hear first-hand how Paul Hobbs consistently produces some of California's top wines.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:08
John Niven, Tangent Winery

John Niven, Tangent Winery

Wine Taste TV travels to Tangent Vineyard, where Anything But Chardonnay is the rule. Unoaked, cool climate white varietals are their focus. Meet the family who is making a mark with alternative white wines.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:44
Seth Kunin

Seth Kunin

Bonnie Graves goes into the winery with Seth Kunin, whose hand-crafted, Rhone style wines have gotten rave reviews since he started his own label in 1998. With a dedication to quality, and some of the finest Central Coast fruit, he's a minimalist winemaker you'll want to know.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:53
Pinot Noir 101 - Chris' Guide to Grapes

Pinot Noir 101 - Chris' Guide to Grapes

Pinot Noir has been called the winemaker's wine. Beautiful to drink, but difficult to make. What makes pinot noir so versatile on the table, and what are some of the best pinot pairing choices? Chris Blanchard talks about why he loves pinot noir, in his continuing Guide to Grapes series.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 1:36
Aaron Pott, Blackbird Vineyards

Aaron Pott, Blackbird Vineyards

With Aaron Pott in the vineyard at Blackbird, you don't have to go to Bordeaux for an elegant merlot. This California winegrower shares his passion for Pomerol style merlot with WineTasteTV.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:45
Burgundy vs. California Competition

Burgundy vs. California Competition

France may be the undisputed king of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but will the tasting panel favor the upstart California wines? See the excitement and silliness of the French Wine Society's 'France vs. the Rest of the World' tasting at the D.C International Wine Festival.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:39
Eva Bertran, Gloria Ferrer

Eva Bertran, Gloria Ferrer

Eva Bertran of Gloria Ferrer Winery talks about the history of this Spanish company in California, and what makes methode champenoise sparkling wines great no matter where in the world they come from.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:41
Bo Barrett, Chateau Montelena

Bo Barrett, Chateau Montelena

Bo Barrett grew up with Chateau Montelena and their Napa Valley chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. Now with over 30 years of making wine, he talks about the importance of staying focused on details, quality, and the people who have built their brand.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:50
Paul Hobbs, Harvest Part II

Paul Hobbs, Harvest Part II

Harvesting the fruit starts the second critical phase of winemaking. Paul Hobbs leads us step-by-step through the journey from vine to bottle.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:14
Tangent Albarino: Vino del Mar

Tangent Albarino: Vino del Mar

Tangent Winery is making a delicious alternative white wine from one of the largest Albarino vineyards outside of Spain. John Niven explains why this Iberian varietal called the "wine of the sea" does so well in North America.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 1:55
Allen Meadows, Burghound

Allen Meadows, Burghound

Wine Taste TV's Bonnie Graves talks with Allen Meadows at this year's World of Pinot Noir event. Find out how he developed his unrivaled passion for Pinot Noir and became one of the world's foremost authorities on Burgundy.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 4:08
Vintners Inn

Vintners Inn

When visiting one of the world's greatest wine regions, why should you ever leave the vineyard? Discover Vintners Inn, an enchanting retreat in the heart of Sonoma, where the luxury of a resort sits alongside the beauty of a vineyard.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 1:18
Kosta Browne's Michael Browne

Kosta Browne's Michael Browne

WineTasteTV's Bonnie Graves talks with Michael Browne about the dramatic rise of Kosta Browne pinot noir to cult wine status. From vineyard sources to their oak program, find out how Kosta Browne is dealing with their rock star status and delivering outstanding California pinot noir.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:19
Native 9 Pinot Noir

Native 9 Pinot Noir

James Ontiveros' family has been in California since the late 18th century. Now he's crafting pinot noir from his Rancho Ontiveros, letting the vineyard speak through the glass with minimal intervention. Bonnie Graves catches up with him at the World of Pinot Noir.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:47
Kosta Browne's Dan Kosta

Kosta Browne's Dan Kosta

Kosta Browne's cult wine status has made their pinot noir one of the hottest tickets in the wine world. Bonnie Graves talks with Dan Kosta about their humble beginnings as waiters and their single minded focus on quality and rich pinot noir expression.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:10
Russell From, Herman Story

Russell From, Herman Story

Russell From shares his small production, high intensity Rhone style wines with Bonnie Graves. Russell's Herman Story wines have drawn rave reviews, and their style and purity live up to the reputation.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:50
Chuck McMinn, Vineyard 29

Chuck McMinn, Vineyard 29

Vineyard 29 is a stunningly modern winery in the heart of Napa Valley. Join owner Chuck McMinn in his exquisite wine library as he describes the evolution of the winery.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:49
Shibumi Knoll Cabernet

Shibumi Knoll Cabernet

Master Sommelier Chris Blanchard turns us on to another one of his rare Napa Valley discoveries, Shibumi Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon. See how power and elegance combine in this insider's find.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 1:16
Dan Goldfield: Bookster Wines

Dan Goldfield: Bookster Wines

Dan Goldfield talks about the winemaking philosophy behind Bookster Wines and the Quirinos Project. Find out what he's looking for in these well contructed chardonnay, pinot noir and zinfandel offerings. And how does he balance fruit, acidity and tannins in his great Russian River Pinot Noir?   More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:40
Cabernet Sauvignon 101

Cabernet Sauvignon 101

Cabernet Sauvignon is King in Napa Valley. In his continuing Guide to Grapes, Chris Blanchard takes on the tannic power of cabernet sauvignon and talks about what he loves about this powerful red wine varietal. Smokey notes of espresso, chocolate, and rich, voluptuous fruit all make cab compelling.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 1:54
Peter McCrea, Stony Hill

Peter McCrea, Stony Hill

Before he was Chardonnay royalty, Peter McCrea was just a kid working on his parents' tiny vineyard. Fifty-four years later, Peter talks about what makes Stony Hill Vineyard's refined wines unique in the Napa Valley.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:34
Benziger Wine Picks

Benziger Wine Picks

Two wines from opposites ends of the spectrum, from an everyday white to a special occasion Benziger red.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:39
Rustic Canyon

Rustic Canyon

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen is serving up some delcious rarities. in Santa Monica With a focus on small production wine in the cellar and exquisitely fresh produce in the kitchen, this warm and inviting spot delivers a unique dining experience. Bonnie Graves digs into the exciting wine list with Sommelier Josh Loeb.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:23
Gargiulo Vineyards Merlot

Gargiulo Vineyards Merlot

Gargiulo Vineyards Merlot reminds Chris Blanchard of ripe cherries and blackberry pie. Now you'll discovery why he loves this under-the-radar find from Napa Valley.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 1:25
David Ramey In the Winery

David Ramey In the Winery

David Ramey takes us inside his busy operation and inside the tanks, explaining the pump-over process and how he unleashes the character in his world class reds.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:07
Opus One - David Pearson

Opus One - David Pearson

Opus One became an instant Napa Valley classic - with old world roots - in 1979. Now, CEO David Pearson tells WineTasteTV how Opus One is built to be a classic wine for generations. Focused in the vineyard and in a landmark winery, their cabernet sauvignon blend is truly built to last.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:56
Bill Harlan

Bill Harlan

His Harlan Estate wine is one of the most sought after Napa Valley cult wines in the world. His passion and determination have built a beautiful estate vineyard that will last for generations. Join Bill Harlan as he shares his philosophy for wine and hopes for the future with WineTasteTV.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:19
Doug Mohr, Vidalia Restaurant

Doug Mohr, Vidalia Restaurant

Find out what's being poured at one of the most acclaimed dining destinations in the nation's capital, Vidalia. Sommelier Doug Mohr gives us an exclusive look into the contents of the wine cellar, and shares his pick for the wine he would most like to have while stranded on a desert island!  More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:39
Doug Shafer

Doug Shafer

WineTasteTV talks with Doug Shafer about his family's early days in the wine business and how they focus on letting the vineyard fruit shine through in the wine. From their Shafer Hillside Select to the newest project, One Point Five, find out how the Shafer family has placed quality above everything else.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 3:41
David Ramey on the Barrels

David Ramey on the Barrels

David Ramey is careful to keep to tradition when blending his marvelous Chardonnays and Cabernets, even going so far as to age his wine in region-specific French barrels. If you thought there was no difference between a barrel made in Burgundy and one made in Bordeaux, you've got a lot to learn from David Ramey.   More »

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Wine Regions: California 4:23
Nicholas Miller, Bien Nacido

Nicholas Miller, Bien Nacido

Nebbiolo, Chardonnay, Syrah, Refosco, Pinot Blanc ... you name it, they're growing it. Bonnie Graves walks the Valley Floor with Nicholas Miller from Bien Nacido Vineyards and talks about "custom farming" and it's benefits.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 4:16
Peter Michael Winery

Peter Michael Winery

For cult cabernet and highly rated chardonnay, Peter Michael Winery has all the right ingredients. High above Knights Valley, explore the dramatic range of rugged vineyards and fine wine with the Peter Kay and WineTasteTV.  More »

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Wine Regions: California 2:47
Wine and Chocolate Pairing

Wine and Chocolate Pairing

Ben Narasin takes you on a tasting adventure pairing cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay with chocolate. Pairing food and wine is always tricky, but does chocolate really go with chardonnay?   More »

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Wine Regions: California 1:36