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Recently I had the pleasure of hosting a luncheon with a small group of people from the trade with Dennis Cakebread as our special guest. We tasted through the lineup of the new release vintage of Cakebread wines including: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay Napa, Chardonnay Reserve Carneros, Merlot, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir. All the wines showed incredibly well as they were paired with the Chef’s creation of food. A few details that Dennis brought to our attention were: They started making Cabernet in 1974, and in 1973 Cakebread was the most active winery in Napa Valley. They do all night harvesting...
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Coming from a large Italian family, I learned about hearty red wines at an early age.  My grandfather used to make it in his basement and my father had it with dinner on most nights.  He allowed us to taste from his glass once we became teenagers.  Sometimes my grandfather’s wine was smooth and rich with flavor but a lot of times it could have doubled as turpentine (of course my father drank it anyway).  This developed my taste buds for full bodied reds and ultimately,  California Cabernets. Terri Baldwin, Wine Director/Sommelier here at The Bernards Inn, recommended ...
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Thank you to Jack Robertiello for his recent posting about The Bernards Inn... Link to \"Drinks Ink\" Blog Drinks Ink: Selling wine to go By Jack Robertiello “We offer these wines with the intent to build relationships with our customers, so that they can get something unique and different,” Baldwin says. “We don’t want to sell a wine they can get at a retail store, but we are looking to sell people wines they can’t find that might be small production but not necessarily expensive.” - Terri Baldwin
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As you may know, Pinot Noir has gained the reputation that it so justifiably deserves, and has been one of the new crazes in the wine world the past couple of years. I really don't know why it took so long for this varietal to catch on. One of the most difficult grapes to grow, very finicky, bruises easily, thin skinned, prefers to live in a very special temperature climate. (Now don't we all have a favorite climate that makes us feel more lively) Therefore, great Pinot's may be hard to track down depending on flavor preferences and styles. Personally, Pinot has always been at the top in my bo...
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Ms. Baldwin: We have just finished a fantastic meal at the Bernardsville Inn this evening and truly enjoyed our respective wines from your "by the glass" selection. Personally, the best wine I have ever tasted was a $21.00 per glass Oregon Pinot Noir whose name I can't entirely remember. It was Domaine D... and from there the name gets fuzzy. Can you help tell me what wine this might be and let me know the year? It was absolutely fantastic... Best Pinot that I've ever had! Thank you so much for your help... I would be eternally grateful! Best Regards, Christy Garth Durham, NC The wine was ...
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