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WineRelease.com's May 15, 2009 Monthly Newsletter.


Greetings from WineRelease.com, now 1,326 winery listings strong!

And greetings from Madrid as my wife and I begin our two year stay here in the middle of Spain.

We found a great apartment in the Salamanca region of Madrid complete with a butcher, fish monger and three tapas bars within a block. The food has been great. Tomatoes with tuna, Jamon Iberico Bellota (Spanish ham from acorn eating pigs), patatas bravas... All just great. We have yet to pay over $4 for a bottle of wine. We are exploring all the inexpensive wines first before moving up. We have yet to be disappointed. Yesterday we bought our own Jamon.

Some big and exciting news. My day job for the last six years was freelancing for Universal McCann in San Francisco in online media working on the Microsoft account (a media planner decides where to spend the client's advertising budget to reach the target audience). One of my campaigns (Microsoft Windows OneCare) was nominated for "Best use of Search" in the Festival of Media awards held in Valencia last month. Since I had moved to Madrid and my campaign was nominated, I went to the event. Well, my campaign won. It was like the academy awards, but a little geekier.

Here is a photo with Brian Monahan at the Palacio de Congresos in Valencia (Brian hired me back in 2002).


And another with the award.

And if you want to see my 55 seconds of fame accepting the award, click the YouTube link here. And if you want to read about the search award campaign, click here for a .pdf document.


Going forward starting this month, we will feature a few wine values from our sister publication WineBlueBook (a wine buying guide that compares wine ratings and price to determine value).

And now, on to the show...


June 2009 Wine Releases


WineRelease.com's Winery Newsletters and Mailing Lists Sign Up Page: Click here.

The following 29 winery information pages have been updated since April 15, 2009:
  • Camano Cellars; United States: Washington State: Puget Sound
  • Candia Vineyards; United States: New Hampshire
  • Carol Shelton Wines; United States: California
  • Cass Vineyards and Winery; United States: California: Central Coast: Paso Robles
  • Clos Pepe; United States: California: Santa Barbara County: Sta. Rita Hills
  • Crane Family Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley: Mount Veeder
  • Dashe Cellars ; United States: California: Sonoma County
  • Domaine Serene; United States: Oregon: Willamette Valley
  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Wine Cellars; United States: New York: Finger Lakes
  • Fantesca Vineyards & Estate; United States: California: Napa Valley: Spring Mountain
  • Five Star Cellars; United States: Washington State
  • Fulcrum Wines; United States: California
  • Hall Winery; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • HighFlyer; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • J M Cellars; United States: Washington State
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • JR Storey Winery; United States: California
  • McPrice Meyers; United States: California: Central Coast
  • Merriam Vineyards; United States: California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
  • Muse Winery; Canada: British Columbia: Vancouver Island
  • Norman Vineyards ; United States: California: Central Coast: Paso Robles
  • Oakville Ranch; United States: California: Napa Valley: Oakville
  • Pey-Marin Vineyards; United States: California: Marin County
  • Pride Mountain Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Priest Ranch; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Sea Smoke Cellars; United States: California: Santa Barbara County
  • St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery; Canada: British Columbia
  • Stanton Vineyards; United States: California: Napa Valley
  • Stolpman; United States: California: Santa Barbara County


  • WineBlueBook Wine Value Picks
    The 2006 Betz, Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Pere de Famille received an average score of 94 points and at $63 it is 29% of the average cost of a similar scoring West Coast Cabernet Sauvignon earning it a "Great Value" moniker. The 2005 Buoncristiani, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley O.P.C. Proprietary Red Wine received an average score of 93 and at $40 it is 31% of the average $130 cost of a similar scoring West Coast Cabernet Sauvignon.

    At the value end, at $25, the 2007 Beringer, Chardonnay Napa Valley Private Reserve received an average score of 92 points and is 40% of the average $62 cost of a similar scoring West Coast Chardonnay. The 2006 Shoofly, Shiraz South Eastern Australia received an average score of 89 points and at $10 it is 34% of the average $29 cost of a similar scoring Australian Shiraz.

    A total of 460 wines are profiled in the May 2009 issue of WineBlueBook (a wine buying guide that compares wine ratings and price to determine value).


    Wine Quote of the Month: "I have enjoyed great health at a great age because everyday since I can remember I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles." A Bishop of Seville


    Till next month.


    Neil Monnens


    Special thanks to the following sponsors of WineRelease.com: Viader Vineyards, DeSante Wines, Hestan Vineyards, O'Brien Family Vineyard, Raymond and Vie Winery. They help make WineRelease possible.


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