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4 Newbies

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It's spring time, the season for us to start introducing new wines to our Wine & Words family.  Here are four that will serve as a great start to the process.
 
 
Farnese Trebbiano D’Abruzzo (Ortona, Italy) - Everyday low price $11.40
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Reconnecting with Old Friends

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This column is usually about new items or wines that fit a particular theme. This week, I’d like to revisit some old friends that we haven’t Featured for a while. The Feature price is 15% off the Regular price.
 
Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) Regular Price $14.50/ Feature Price $12.33
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Another Fine Tempranillo Bargain

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Mano a Mano Tempranillo (Castilla La Mancha, Spain) - Everyday low price $12.50
I’ve written about Spanish Tempranillo wines before. In March of 2009 I wrote:
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Four Fab Finds for Feb

These new introductions not only fit into our current and ever-popular "$12 and Under" section...they would fit into our "$10 and Under" section of yesteryear.  That's right; every one of this week's Featured Wines is less than 10 bucks.
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Gruet chosen "USA Producer of the Year"

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Every year since its inception in 1969 the International Wine & Spirits Competition has subjected wines from around the world to rigourous chemical analysis and tasting by some of the world's wine experts. In 2010, the judges selected Gruet Winery as its "USA Producer of the Year."
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French you can afford

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Everyone knows France makes a lot of great wine, but everyone also seems to know that French wine is difficult to understand, as well as being way too expensive for the average wine drinker. Well all that’s changing. There’s still a market among collectors (many of them newly rich Chinese business tycoons) for the arcane “cellar selections,” but the rest of the French wine world wants to sell its bottles to the rest of the wine drinking world. So we’re getting well-made wines with understandable labels and very attractive prices.
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Wines for Holiday Feasts 2010

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It’s only a couple of weeks until Thanksgiving and then we experience the rush toward Chanukah and Christmas. This is a season of tradition...religious tradition, family tradition, national tradition. There are special worship services, annual family gatherings, national proclamations. And it’s a season of gift giving, a time when we think about those we love, as well as remembering our neighbors, friends, teachers, the mailman.
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Castle Rock Wines and California's Little Secret

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It’s not really a secret. There have been articles in the wine press about it. But it’s something California premium wine makers, marketing their products as exclusive and having limited availability, don’t want you to know about - there’s way too much wine made in California to support the elitist prices the better labels want to charge. I’m not talking about the mass-produced, mass-marketed labels that fill the grocery store shelves and the glossy magazines.
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Voting for a friend

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As James the Wine Guy I use this spot to bring you news and notes about wines and specialty foods and cafe menus and other tidbits. Sometimes I write about issues that are more personal but which affect the way we do business and the relationships we’ve developed. Though I often engage in hearty political discussions at the store, I try to do so only when those conversations are initiated by another person. I am very conscious of the fact that, especially in an election year (and especially in the past few election cycles), feelings can run high.
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