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WineRelease.com's November 15, 2004 Monthly Newsletter


Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 997 winery listings strong!

The holidays are fast approaching (according to the department stores, we are already a month into it) and it is time to visit your cellar to determine what wine to pour with your Thanksgiving turkey.

My other wine site, QPRwines.com, a wine buying guide, was improved to include multiple vintages and will now publish 18 issues a year. If you don't have a subscription yet, visit QPRwines.com to subscribe so you can receive the latest issue covering Champagne (vintage and non-vintage). With it you will know what Champagne offers the best quality to price ratio at every price point. As well as Bordeaux, and Pinot Noir (from past issues and 15 more on the way).

And now, on to the show...


December 2004 Wine Releases


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The following 31 winery information pages have been updated since 10/15/2004:
  • Abacela Winery; United States: Oregon: Umpqua Valley
  • Arbios Cellars; United States: California: Sonoma County: Alexander Valley
  • Baldacci Family Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley: Stags Leap
  • Balletto Vineyards; United States: California: Sonoma County
  • Calstar Cellars; United States: California: Central Valley: Lodi
  • Chateau Potelle; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Clos Saron; United States: California: Sierra Foothills
  • Destino Wines; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Fanucchi Vineyards; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
  • Fort Walla Walla Cellars; United States: Washington State
  • Hip Chicks Do Wine; United States: Oregon
  • Keller Estate; United States: California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Coast
  • Kistler Vineyards; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
  • Kunde Estate Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Valley
  • La Filice Winery; United States: California: San Luis Obispo
  • Lťal Estate Vineyards; United States: California: San Benito
  • Livermore Valley Cellars; United States: California: Livermore Valley
  • Lynch Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • MacRostie Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County
  • Martha Clara Vineyards; United States: New York: North Fork of Long Island
  • Neal Family Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Owen-Sullivan Winery; United States: Washington State
  • Palmina; United States: California: Santa Barbara County
  • Portalupi Wine Co.; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
  • Praxis Cellars; United States: California
  • Quixote Winery; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Russian Hill Estate Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
  • Saxon Brown Wines; United States: California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Valley
  • Sequoia Grove Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Staglin Family Vineyard; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Thirteen; United States: California: Napa Valley




  • By The Barrel Winemaker profile with Kathy Joseph of Fiddlehead Cellars

    Kathy Joseph is Fiddlehead Cellarsí passionate winemaker, farmer, marketing maestro and proud owner of FIDDLESTIX Vineyard. Kathyís focus is on creating exquisite Pinot Noir and sexy, yet serious Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc...nothing ordinary for this winemaker! She also uniquely divides her time making Pinot Noir from the North Willamette Valley, Oregon, and Santa Rita Hills, California.

    Kathy received a Bachelor of Science degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before pursuing graduate studies in enology at the University of California, Davis. Prior to starting Fiddlehead Cellars in 1989, Kathy was employed by several North Coast wineries including Simi Winery (1981) (learning PR stuff and tasting with Zelma Long), Joseph Phelps Winery (1982) (leaning about pumps, forklifts, dump trucks, and the art wine blending under the tutelage of Walter Schug and Craig Williams), Long Vineyards (1983) (learning about viticulture and small winery details from Bob and Zelma Long) and Robert Pecota Winery (1984-1988) (learning the biz from top to bottom).

    Her love of travel to celebrated wine regions, including France, Italy, Greece and New Zealand, has inspired her international perspective and appreciation of fine wine. You need only spend minutes with Kathy to feel her enthusiasm and commitment. She proudly allows her wines to speak for themselves.

    Describe the pivotal point when you went from dreaming about making wine to actually doing it.
    When I got smart and decided not to go to medical school.

    What was the first wine you remember tasting and where were you?
    Mateus...on a date (he picked it and he paid for it and 6 years later I married him!)

    Who has been the most influential in your wine making career?
    Alexander Payne, ever since Fiddlehead was exposed in the movie Sideways.

    What is your most memorable food and wine experience?
    In the Sierraís...rustic cabin...electricity went out...had to finish our bunny dinner in the fireplace...and drank Dujac by candlelight until the wee hours.

    What is your favorite memory of creating wine?
    Using our picking bins for hot tubs in the Winery...for real!

    What wine best expresses the region where it grows?
    Pinot Noir, of course.

    What food and wine paring is perfect?
    Itís usually the place and company that make it perfect...but hot contenders are sushi and Sauvignon blanc...lamb and Pinot noir.

    What do you wish you could say on your wine label that you canít?
    You donít need Parker to tell you this Pinot rocks!
    Good belly button wine!


    What is your opinion on alternative cork closures?
    Screw them.

    What wine trends do you not want to see?
    Smaller bottles.

    If you werenít a winemaker, what would your occupation be?
    Race car driver.

    Which words or phrases are overused in the wine world?
    Interesting. Cheers!

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

    What bits of advice do you have for an aspiring winemaker?
    Think about going to medical school.

    What part of your job do you most enjoy?
    Getting dirty

    Least enjoy?
    Getting clean

    How do you want to be remembered as a winemaker?
    Food Fiddle and Fun.

    What is your greatest winemaking fear?
    That every vintage will be the same.

    For your last supper, what will be the food and wines?
    More importantly...who are the guests? After all, itís really all about the company. And if the wine is bad, we will just open a different bottle.


    First Crush New winery profile of Thirteen

    Thirteen is a meritage wine from all 13 of the Napa Valley's subappellations started by Steve Reynolds, owner and winemaker for Reynolds Family Winery, Oscar Renteria, owner of Renteria Wines and Renteria Vineyard Management, Kristi Seitz, proprietor of Brookdale Vineyards, and Sean Thomas, proprietor of Thomas Knoll Winery. The inaugural 2002 vintage of their Bordeaux style wine was released this month.


    This issue's worthwhile wine site to visit is Vinography: a wine blog. Alder Yarrow operates this fine wine blog reviewing wine, restaurants and discussions on various wine news.


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    Till next month!


    Neil Monnens


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