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Latest Wine Journal Entries

Avio Vineyards & Winery (written Jun 11, 2011)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars
Avio Winery is a nice Boutique winery in Amador County, CA. It has a small tasting room, but very helpful staff. The wines were almost without exception outstanding. They have several Zins and Zin blends which were outstanding, even for a non-red wine lover. Their Cabernet was also great. The lone while wine was a very dry Pinot Grigio, not their strong suit. Their Sangiovese and a Zin, "Confession," were my favorite. The Merlot was very, very different, but good. They had one dessert wine, a very sweet Orange Muscat, almost syrupy, good if you like your Moscato that sweet. All in all, possibly the best wines overall I tasted in Amador County.

San Antonio Winery (written Jun 10, 2011)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars
San Antonio Winery is the only winery within the city limits of Los Angeles. According to the tour host, it is the only winery in the Southland to survive prohibition (by making communion wines for the Catholic Church). The winery is quite old, and *huge.* If I remember correctly, they make as many as 850,000 cases of wine a year, a major wine operation by any reckoning. Their labels include San Antonio, San Simeon, Maddalena, Riboli, and others. Making such a huge volume of wines, it is my opinion, has the unintended consequence of lower quality of those wines. The wines we tasted, dry whites and reds and also sweet and dessert wines, were for the most part very average. Strangely enough, their dry whites were better than their sweet wines, except the chocolate Port, which was excellent.

Michael David Winery & Bistro (written Jun 10, 2011)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars
Michael David winery is well known for its "7 Deadly Zins" and "7 Heavenly Chards." The "Deadly Zins" also include the expensive "Sloth," "Lust," etc. The best of the cheaper wines, available for tasting, was the 7 Heavenly Chards. Also, the Symphony, sweet white, was very nice.

Karmere Vineyards & Winery (written Jun 10, 2011)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars
Converted house, very nice tasting room, nice ambience. The host in the tasting room was *very* helpful. Gave us a packing box for our (by that time) large number of bottles to take back to Texas. We purchased a Primabera wine and my wife's favorite, Peach champagne. Interesting wines, good reds. They have an interesting red table wine in a jug, called Temperance Tarts Naughty Body, a tribute to Prohibition, but the wine was nondescript. The Barbera was actually better than the Primabera, The host gave us a free Primabera to take home with us, along with our purchases!

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