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La Clarine Farm: Piedi Grandi & Beyond

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From their Home Vineyard, La Clarine Farm makes the surprising Piedi Grandi, made from nebbiolo and mourvedre, two grapes that normally stand far apart, glaring at each other from across a flavor divide, but which in the hands of La Clarine Farm come together like sugar and spice, with a very pretty nose of dried fruits and a fine-grained, complex umami finish.

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On the Ridge

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In 1971 Ridge Vineyards made their tenth vintage of a Cabernet Sauvignon called Monte Bello. Two years later this wine would go on to the famed Judgment of Paris, in which two American wines, the Monte Bello from Ridge and another Cabernet from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, outscored their Bordeaux competitors in a so-called blind panel of international experts. California, suddenly, was on the wine map.

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No Assumptions : Broc Cellars

Will Motley

In a quiet light-industrial neighborhood of Berkeley, CA, Chris Brockway is making expressive, highly-drinkable, natural wines from unsung vineyards. Broc Cellars defies most people's idea of what a winery looks like, how it operates and for those familiar with Californian wine, how the wines taste. Earlier this spring we caught up with Chris at his low-watt winery and got friendly with some of his newest wines.

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New California: Stolpman Vineyards

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The Stolpmans know how to build something that lasts. First off, they avoid migrant labor in an effort to create sustainable jobs for the people who work their fields. They dry farm their limestone vineyards, promoting better fruit and easing their take from CA's water table. And when Pete and Jessica get itchy they pack their board bags and find a corner of the ocean to surf.

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Professor Abe: Scholium Project

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When Abe Schoener saw a tiny plot of the oldest sauvignon blanc vines in California, he knew he was looking at the latest in his off-beat line of wines called Scholium Project. "No one else would want to work in this vineyard, because it's a pain in the ass, but it's perfect for Scholium," he said in a recent NYTimes profile. A classicist by trade, Schoener has remade himself in mid-life into a vintner bent on finding truth in a bottle.

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Between my finger and my thumb

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There are days when we glow with the fire of being, when life is coalescent in the kindling of the white hot now. And there are days when the fire burns low and we lie like embers in the hearth of a silver dawn. And there are still other days, days when the heat of a swampy evening keeps us from thinking of the fire at all, when we just want to be swept away. Those are the days in which our imaginations come to life, the days we find a friend in dreaming.

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Heaps of Hope

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Forlorn Hope labels each of their offerings "rare creatures". Indeed, with a roster including Semillon, Ribolla Giala, Verdelho, and single-row Petit Sirah, it's hard to fit the wines together into any ordinary box.

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