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WineRelease.com's September 15, 2004 Monthly Newsletter


Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 986 winery listings strong!

If you read Food & Wine magazine (and according to my May survey, 36% of you do), check out my mug on page 194 of the October issue. The photo was taken in a June afternoon at Ristow Vineyard in Napa.

I launched another wine site QPRwines.com where I research a varietal and vintage and list the wines by the critic's average score, then by price to show the values and not-so values for each score. So while the average price of a 96 rated 2000 Bordeaux is $324, the 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton (which averages 96 points) retails for $125 which is 39% of the average. At the inexpensive end is 90 rated 2000 Bordeaux which averages $36 while the 2000 Chateau Cantermerle, which received 90 points, retails for $18 (50% of the average). QPRwines does the math for you and helps you understand if a wine is a value or not at all price points. Sign up here: QPRwines.com.

And now, on to the show...


October 2004 Wine Releases


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The following 38 winery information pages have been updated since 8/15/2004:
  • A.P.VIN; United States: California: Central Coast: Santa Lucia Highlands
  • Abacela Winery; United States: Oregon: Umpqua Valley
  • Amusant; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • ANIMALE; United States: Washington State
  • Audelssa Estate Winery (formerly Schaefer Sonoma Vineyards); United States: California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Valley
  • Bogle Winery; United States: California
  • Briggs Hill Vineyards; United States: Oregon
  • Byington Winery; United States: California: Santa Cruz Mountains
  • C.G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery; United States: California: Sierra Foothills: Shenandoah Valley
  • Carter Cellars; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Casa Nuestra; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Chalet Estate Vineyard; Canada: British Columbia
  • Chappellet Vineyard; United States: California: Napa Valley:
  • Chase Family Cellars; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Cliff Lede Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Clos du Lac Cellars/Greenstone Winery; United States: California: Amador County
  • Cole Bailey Vineyards; United States: California: Mendocino: Redwood Valley
  • Downing Family Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Duckhorn Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Fulkerson Winery; United States: New York: Finger Lakes
  • Goosecross Cellars; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Grgich Hills Cellar; United States: California: Napa Valley: Rutherford
  • Halleck Vineyard ; United States: California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Coast
  • Herb Lamb Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley: St. Helena
  • Lorca Wines; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Marilyn Merlot; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Provisor Vineyards; United States: California: Sonoma County: Dry Creek Valley
  • Robert Sinskey Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Rocca Family Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Roessler Cellars; United States: California: Sonoma County
  • Rutherford Grove; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Selby Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
  • Shafer Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Skewis Wines; United States: California: Sonoma County
  • Troon Vineyard; United States: Oregon: Rogue Valley
  • Victoria Estate Winery; Canada: British Columbia
  • Wilson Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Dry Creek Valley
  • ZD Wines; United States: California: Napa Valley




  • By The Barrel Winemaker profile with Mia Klein of Selene Wines

    Selene's Mia Klein, a consulting winemaker noted for her work at Dalla Valle, Fisher and Bressler wineries, focuses on Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc for her own brand, Selene Wines. Klein studied enology at U.C. Davis and worked for Chappellet and Robert Pepi, and has consulted at Spottsoode, Araujo and Viader.

    What was the first wine you remember tasting and where were you?
    Sauvignon Blanc - Shrimp Pot Restaurant (where I was working at the time).

    What is your most memorable food and wine experience?
    A wine dinner after my first harvest at Chappellet, we all cooked a dish, and chipped in for a bottle 1949 Chateau Calon Sequr.

    What is the funniest wine descriptor you have heard?
    Grandma’s armpit.

    What do you want to tell the beer drinkers of America?
    Try Moonlight Brewing Company’s Death and Taxes!

    If you weren’t a winemaker, what would your occupation be?
    A Crane Operator.

    What childhood talent did you have that came in handy in your wine life?
    Surfing.

    What part of your job do you most enjoy?
    I enjoy hearing a wine turned a meal into a shared special moment..

    What is your wine motto?
    Drink what you like.

    For your last supper, what will be the food and wines?
    Bbq’d Hog Island Oysters with Billecart Salmon Brut Rose. Grilled Duck Breast with ’49 Ch. Calon Segur St. Estephe. Salad w/ Cheese course - Tellegio, Aged Gouda, Piave with ’92 Maya. Apple Empanada a la ZuZu’s with ’75 Don Pedro PX.


    First Crush New winery profile of Provisor Vineyards

    Located in on the edge of Dry Creek Valley in the Lytton Springs District of Sonoma County, Provisor Vineyards planted 3.5 acres of Syrah (clone 99 from Beaucastel) in the red rock soil. Their crop thinning practice helps develop and concentrate the flavors before it is aged in a mix of new and old French oak barrels. 2002 is their first vintage release of 440 cases of Syrah and will be released next month.

    This issue's worthwhile wine site to visit is Robin Garr's Wine Lovers Page. Robin manages the oldest, largest and most popular independent wine-appreciation site on the Web. The site features forums, wine reports, intro to wine articles, tasting notes and his popular "30 Second Wine Advisor" newsletter.

    Please forward this email to your wine friends so they can enjoy it as well.

    Till next month!


    Neil Monnens


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