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Welcome. As a wine enthusiast, I spend a considerable amount of time touring the best wine-producing regions of California, tasting wine, buying wine, and of course drinking it. I am not on an unlimited budget so I buy what wines that I can afford, usually looking for the best wine values.

I do not feel that you need to be a wine snob to enjoy wine, nor should you need to buy or enjoy wines based on the subjective point systems of a few reviewers.

I have visited several hundred California wineries, and many on a regular basis, so the information should be somewhat current. Along with my experiences, I have recommended what I think are the best wineries each area has to offer (otherwise I keep my mouth shut).

Steve Manick

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During a recent trip to Europe, I had the opportunity to visit wineries in Germany's Rhine River area and France's Alsace region. Here I am sharing wine with winemaker Martin Renner (right) in a vineyard of the Julius Renner Winery in Germany's Black Forest town of Oberkirch.

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Featured Winery

Bridlewood Winery, Santa Ynez

Bridlewood Winery's mission-style, wood-beamed tasting room opened in April, 1999 on the site of a former horse ranch. In fact, all of the original buildings on the 105 acre spread are still in use as the tasting room and production facilities. The wines are among the best I've tasted from the Santa Barbara area. The selection if gifts is among the best I've seen at any winery, and they also offer a selection of deli items. There are several quiet areas in which to picnic and enjoy the views.

Featured Wine


Napa Valley Zinfandel 2003

Rombauer's 2003 Napa Valley Zinfandel is the wine that can convert even the most die-hard Cabernet to the world of Zinfandels. The wine is full-bodied-- chewy and inky-- with flavors of black fruit and chocolate and hints of mocha. The finish is long and clean. I can honestly say that this is one of the best Zinfandels I can remember. With a retail price of about $28, this wine is a bargain. This is a wine that goes well with grilled meats and can stand up on its own.

Some Interesting Wine Facts:

accounts for over 90% of total U.S. wine production
produced the equivalent of 3.12 billion bottles of wine
had 2002 wine sales estimated at $15 billion
has approximately 1,300 operating wineries
has estimated 570,000 acres of wine grapes

Wine has no fat and no cholesterol
Wine has approx. 90 calories per 4 oz serving
U.S. Dietary Guidelines list moderate wine consumption
(1 glass per day for women and 2 glasses for men)
as part of a healthy diet

By law, most California wineries can ship only to the following states:
(other restrictions may apply)

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