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Dunne on wine: California malbec emerges

In a vinous twist on the silly old concept of shipping coals to Newcastle, Paul and Maggie Bush are packing a couple of cases of malbec as they prepare for a Fourth of July wine tasting in the Cahors region of southwest France. more ...


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Dunne on wine: Delta's chenin blanc evolving in different styles

Almost as many questions as pears hover over the dark, rich soil of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. more ...


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Valle de Guadalupe moves toward its promise as Baja's 'Napa'

Almost inevitably, travel and wine writers smitten with Valle de Guadalupe in the northern reaches of Mexico's Baja peninsula call it "the next Napa Valley." more ...


Dunne on Wine: Madroña's well-staked claim

As Dick and Leslie Bush got ready to plant their vineyard, they took delivery of a load of hardwood stakes from Malaysia, to be driven into the ground to support their vines. The Bushes were told the stakes should last 25 years. more ...


Dunne on Wine: By way of New Zealand

Wine competitions traditionally organize entries by varietals or styles. A few also define classes by price. A growing number, inspired by wine's historic association with place of origin and by an attempt to level the playing field, arrange classes by region, or what in wine circles is called appellation. more ...


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Dunne on Wine: Visitors enticed to linger at Heritage Oak Winery in Lodi

At Heritage Oak Winery of Lodi, the past isn't pickled and idly displayed, but continues to inspire, energize and contribute. The "heritage oak" itself is a tall blue oak wide enough to shade both the winery and the visitors who relax just outside the tasting room. more ...


Sattui's castle awaits Napa Valley visitors

Somehow, a winery in a medieval-style Tuscan castle doesn't seem out of place in this world- renowned Napa Valley, where the baronial vintners are better known for their deliberate caution and reverence for tradition than their sense of spectacle or willingness to throw the dice for huge stakes. more ...


Dunne on Wine: Dry Creek's Heritage zinfandel has roots in history

California's more storied vineyards always are at risk. They can get diseased and die, of course. They can be abandoned in the wake of economic downturns or unanticipated shifts in consumer tastes. Or they can be torn out in favor of a shopping mall, subdivision or freeway. more ...


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Dunne on Wine: Bumgarner of Apple Hill bottles with return customers in mind

Don't know what to do with those empty wine bottles other than toss them into the recycling bin? For ideas, go to the website Pinterest. more ...


Wine Buzz: Cinco de Mayo happenings in wine country

Cinco de Mayo's more of a time for tequila than wine, but south-of-the-border festivities are going down all the same Sunday at the Old Sugar Mill. more ...