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WineRelease.com's March 15, 2007 Monthly Newsletter.


Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 1,196 winery listings strong!

WineRelease emailed the results of the Wine Manipulation Survey conducted in December last month to those of you who responded to the survey. The results and a Podcast with Nick Ramkowsky, who has experience with winemaking, are both available here. Can you guess which wine manipulation method is most controvesial? Download the results to see how your opinion compares to your peers (both consumers and winery personnel).

I am pleased to report my youngest niece Gaeby was accepted to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, so I once again have a Central Coast wine region designated driver.


And now, on to the show...


April 2007 Wine Releases

  • Abacela Winery; 2006 Estate Grown Albariño, 2006 Estate Grown Viognier, 2006 Estate Grown Rosado
  • Ampelos Cellars; 2006 Santa Barbara County Viognier, 2005 Santa Rita Hills Estate Rho Pinot Noir, 2006 Santa Ynez Valley Cuatro Vientos Vineyards Rose of Syrah
  • Anam Cara Cellars; 2006 Nicholas Estate Gewurztraminer
  • Andrew Murray Vineyards; 2006 Viognier, 2005 Enchante, 2005 Grenache
  • ANIMALE; 2005 Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 Yakima Valley Syrah, 2005 Yakima Valley Merlot, 2005 Yakima Valley Cabernet Franc, 2005 Yakima Valley Maria Carmela Red Wine, 2005 Oregon Pinot Noir
  • Augustina's Winery; 2006 Bottoms Up White Chardonnay
  • Benton Lane Winery; 2006 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, 2006 Pinot Noir Rose
  • BOND; 2003 Melbury, 2003 Vecina, 2003 St. Eden, 2003 Pluribus, 2003 Matriarch
  • Buttonwood Farm Winery; 2006 Syrah Rose, 2006 Marsanne, 2002 Trevin
  • Cameron Winery; 2006 Giuliano Italian White Blend
  • Carlisle Winery & Vineyards ; 2005 Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah, 2005 Dry Creek Valley Syrah, 2005 Russian River Valley Syrah, 2005 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, 2005 Dry Creek Valley Gold Mine Ranch Zinfandel, 2005 Russian River Valley Bacchi Ranch Zinfandel, 2005 Russian River Valley Pietro's Ranch Zinfandel, 2005 Russian River Valley Tom Feeney Ranch Zinfandel, 2005 Sonoma County Zinfandel
  • Casa Nuestra; 2006 St. Helena Estate Old Vines Off Dry Riesling, 2006 St. Helena Estate Rosado Dry Rosé
  • Chehalem; 2006 INOX Chardonnay, 2006 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, 2006 Reserve Riesling, 2006 Corral Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Cliff Lede Vineyards; 2004 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, 1999 S. Anderson Brut, Late Disgorged
  • Clos LaChance; 2004 Violet Crowned Merlot, 2006 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
  • Clos Saron; 2006 Tickled Noir
  • Crown Valley Winery; 2006 Traminette Sec Sparkling, NV Casper White, NV Patriot Red
  • D.R. Stephens; 2004 Napa Valley DRII Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Moose Valley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Eric|Kent Wine Cellars; 2005 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2005 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 2005 Russian River Valley Stiling Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2005 Dry Creek Valley Syrah
  • Fleming Jenkins Vineyards & Winery; 2006 Victories' Rose
  • Gargiulo Vineyards; 2006 Rosato di Sangiovese
  • GlenLyon Vineyards & Winery ; 2005 Hog Wilde Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Green Truck Cellars; 2005 Napa Valley Pinot Noir
  • Hafner Vineyard; 2004 Alexander Valley Reserve Chardonnay
  • Handley Cellars ; 2004 Dry Creek Valley Syrah
  • Hill Climber; 2004 Pilgrimage Napa Valley Syrah
  • Hug Cellars; 2005 Cedar Lane Syrah, 2005 Paso Robles Syrah, 2005 Bassetti Vineyard Rena Block Syrah, 2005 Paso Robles Zinfandel, 2006 Cedar Lane Sauvignon Blanc
  • Inman Family Wines; 2006 Russian River Valley Pinot Gris
  • Jericho Canyon Vineyard; 2004 Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc)
  • J Vineyards & Winery; 2005 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • Kendall-Jackson Vineyards ; 2006 California Vintner's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, 2006 California Vintner's Reserve Muscat Canelli
  • Koehler Winery; 2005 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
  • Kunin Wines; 2004 Alisos Vineyard Syrah, 2006 Stolpman Vineyard Viognier
  • La Sirena; 2004 Syrah Santa Ynez
  • Latah Creek; 2005 Washington State Sangiovese, 2006 Washington State Semillon
  • L'Aventure; 2005 Paso Robles Estate Cuvee, 2005 Paso Robles Cote a Cote Rhone Blend, 2005 Paso Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 Paso Robles Optimus, 2006 Paso Robles Roussanne
  • Long Shadows; 2004 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon
  • MacLean Wines; 2005 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Martz Vineyards ; 2005 Artevino Buckin' Blanco, 2005 Artevino Reserve Chardonnay
  • Millbrook Vineyards & Winery; 2005 Proprietor's Special Reserve Cabernet Franc, 2005 Block Three East Cabernet Franc, 2006 Tocai Friulano
  • Morgan Winery ; 2006 R&D Franscioni Vineyard Pinot Gris
  • Mount Tamalpais Vineyards; 2006 Marin County Vin Gris
  • Muir-Hanna Vineyards; 2004 Napa Valley Estate Bottled Merlot
  • Patit Creek Cellars; 2004 Canoe Ridge/Cold Creek/Del Rio Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pey-Marin Vineyards; 2006 Marin County The Shell Mound Riesling
  • Portteus Winery; 2005 Rattlesnake Hills Merlot, 2004 Rattlesnake Hills Reserve Blend
  • Ridge Vineyards; 2005 Santa Cruz Mountain Estate Chardonnay, 2004 Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Blend, 2005 Lytton Springs Zinfandel Blend, 2005 Paso Robles Zinfandel, 2005 Ponzo Vineyard Zinfandel Blend, 2005 Three Valleys Zinfandel Blend
  • Robert Biale Vineyards; 2005 Napa Valley Black Chicken Zinfandel, 2005 Napa Valley Grande Vineyard Zinfandel, 2005 Napa Valley Old Crane Ranch Zinfandel, 2004 Napa Valley Thomann Station Petite Sirah, 2005 Napa Valley Pollo Bianco Sauvignon Blanc, 2005 Napa Valley Nonna's Vineyard Sangiovese, 2005 Napa Valley Party Line Zinfandel
  • Russian Hill Estate Winery; 2004 Ellen's Block Syrah
  • Selene Wines; 2006 Hyde Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shadow Canyon Cellars; 2006 Rose, 2006 Viognier
  • Source-Napa; 2004 Heritage Sites Red Wine
  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards; 2006 Gewurztraminer
  • Toad Hollow Vineyards; 2003 Paso Robles & Napa Valley Concinnity 7 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Torii Mor Winery; 2005 Anden Vineyard Chardonnay, 2005 La Colina Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2005 Deux Verres Reserve Pinot Noir, 2006 Pinot Gris
  • TR Elliott; 2005 Russian River Valley Queste Pinot Noir
  • T Vine; 2004 Napa Valley Petite Sirah, 2004 Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vie Winery; 2005 Santa Barbara County L'Imaginaire Grenache, 2005 Carneros Las Madres Vineyard Syrah, 2005 Howell Mountain Beatty Ranch Zinfandel, 2005 Sonoma County L'Etranger Zinfandel Blend, 2006 Santa Barbara County Belle-Amie Rose
  • Vine Cliff Winery; 2004 Pickett Road Vineyard Private Stock Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004 Proprietress Reserve Chardonnay, 2005 Zinfandel
  • VinNostro Cellars; 2005 Sonoma Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
  • Westwood Winery; 2003 Sonoma Valley Nicholson Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Whitehall Lane Winery; 2006 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
  • William Cole Vineyards; 2003 Napa Valley Estate Cuvee Claire Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Work Vineyard; 2006 Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc
  • X Winery; 2006 E.S Sauvignon Blanc, 2005 Syrahtica
  • ZD Wines; 2005 Reserve Pinot Noir

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The following 27 winery information pages have been updated since 2/15/2007:
  • Abacela Winery; United States: Oregon: Umpqua Valley
  • Acorn Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
  • August Briggs Wines; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Bacio Divino; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Ca'na Wine & Tamayo Family Vineyards; United States: California: Contra Costa County
  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars; United States: New York: Finger Lakes
  • Dry Creek Vineyard; United States: California: Sonoma County: Dry Creek Valley
  • Forchini Vineyards & Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Dry Creek Valley
  • King Ferry Winery; United States: New York: Finger Lakes
  • Martin Estate; United States: California: Napa Valley: Rutherford
  • Mount Tamalpais Vineyards; United States: California: Marin County
  • Nicholson Ranch; United States: California: Sonoma County
  • Paradise Ridge Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
  • Patricia Green Cellars; United States: Oregon: Willamette Valley
  • Pavilion Winery; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Peter Michael Winery; United States: California: Sonoma County: Knight's Valley
  • Pey-Marin Vineyards; United States: California: Marin County
  • Shafer Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Sherwin Family Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley: Spring Mountain
  • Spicerack Vineyards; United States: California
  • St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery; United States: California: Napa Valley: Rutherford
  • Textbook Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley: Oakville
  • Toad Hollow Vineyards; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
  • Toucan Wines; United States: California: Central Coast
  • V-Twin Vineyards; United States: California: Sonoma County
  • Whitcraft Winery; United States: California: Santa Barbara County
  • Yorkville Cellars; United States: California: Mendocino



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