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WineRelease.com's December 15, 2006 Monthly Newsletter.


Season's greetings from WineRelease.com, now 1,147 winery listings strong!


Happy Holidays from all of us at WineRelease.com (that means me).

As I sit here updating the site I am listening to Frank Sinatra sing "Jingle Bells", one of my favorite Christmas tunes.

I have already had three great holiday wine meals; one last Sunday at French Laundry with a 14 course lunch complete with a host of white wines and the following red wines; 89 Petrus, 96 Petrus, 94 Harlan, 88 Leroy "Les Beaux Monts", 97 Gaja Conteisa, 90 Jaboulet "La Chapelle" and we finished off with a 75 d'Yquem. The second dinner was last night with my Henry Wine Group friends. We dined on a delicious scallop and rack of lamb meal at Craig and Karen's house with various special bottles brought by all. And last, but not least, I had friends over for the first Dungeness crab of the season a few weeks back. What a treat. Just a few more to go then in January, when I get back from New York, I will begin dieting with all of you.

The holidays are the time to bring out the wine you have been saving all year to share with family and friends.

And now, on to the show...


January 2007 Wine Releases

  • Abacela Winery; 2005 Estate Grenache, 2005 Estate Dolcetto, 2004 Umpqua Valley Cuvée Tempranillo
  • A Donkey and Goat; 2005 Three Thirteen Mouvedre/Syrah/Grenache, 2005 Broken Leg Vineyard Syrah, 2005 Brosseau Vineyard Chardonnay, 2006 Isabel's Cuvée Grenache Rose
  • Banyan Wines; 2006 Monterey County Gewurztraminer
  • Homefire Cellars; 2005 Dry Creek Valley Hales Vineyard Zinfandel, 2005 Sonoma County Alexander Valley-Russian River Blend Zinfandel
  • Iris Hill Winery; 2005 Arête Pinot Noir, 2005 Reserve Pinot Noir
  • Juslyn Vineyards; 2003 Spring Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Napa Valley Vineyard Select Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Napa Valley Perry's Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Kendall-Jackson Vineyards ; 2004 Sonoma County Grand Reserve Red Meritage
  • Long Shadows; 2004 Pedestal Merlot, 2004 Pirouette Red Blend
  • Monticello Vineyards; 2005 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
  • Yorkville Cellars; 2002 Randle Hill Organic Vineyard Richard the Lion-Heart Meritage Blend

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The following 19 winery information pages have been updated since 11/15/2006:
  • A Donkey and Goat; United States: California
  • Abacela Winery; United States: Oregon: Umpqua Valley
  • Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyard; United States: California: Central Coast: Santa Rita Hills
  • Banyan Wines; United States: California: Monterey County
  • Basel Cellars; United States: Washington State: Walla Walla Valley
  • Downing Family Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Flowers Vineyard & Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Coast
  • Forgeron Cellars; United States: Washington State
  • Grayson Cellars; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Hamacher Wines; United States: Oregon: Willamette Valley
  • Handley Cellars ; United States: California: Mendocino: Anderson Valley
  • Homefire Cellars; United States: California: Sonoma County: Dry Creek Valley
  • Iris Hill Winery; United States: Oregon: Willamette Valley
  • Kendall-Jackson Vineyards ; United States: California: Sonoma County
  • Schweiger Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Source-Napa; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • The Hobo Wine Company; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
  • Tobacco Road Cellars; United States: California
  • Whitman Cellars; United States: Washington State: Walla Walla Valley



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    At the high end the 1996 Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon averages 96 points and at $130 it is 50% of the average $260 price for a similar scoring wine earning a "Great Value" moniker. At $85 the 1996 Bollinger, Grande Année averages 94 points and is 40% the average price earning it a "Great Value". At $47 the 1996 A R Lenoble, Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru averages 93 points and is 30% the average price earning it a "Great Value". At the value end of $25 the NV Duval-Leroy, Brut averages 91 points and is 24% the average price earning it an "Outstanding Value".
    You will find these four wines and 585 more wines profiled in the QPRwines Vintage and Non-Vintage Champagne Issue. Click here to learn more about QPRwines.



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    Till next time. Have a great holiday!


    Neil Monnens


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