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3CV Bank 2010

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“A night of exhilaration, of boredom and terror, in which the merest of sounds took on other forms – grew large in the expanse of darkness. After several hours the sheep gradually stopped calling to each other from across the river banks, and a brittle quiet descended. I desperately wanted to walk down to the […]

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St. Francis “Naughty or Nice” Valentine Day Gift Pack

st valentine's day wine selections for your sweetheart

“I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.” — Marilyn Monroe I’m no angel. Some would say I am devil. And I’m certainly not Marilyn Monroe! But as small girls in […]

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Château L’Escart

bottle shot of Chateau L'Escart Omar Khayam and Agape Bordeaux wines

“Drink wine. This is life eternal. This is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ― Omar Khayyám On the last day of our sojourn in Bordeaux, we dropped in on Damien and Lorena Laurent of Château L’Escart, […]

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French Cooking Class at Château Féret-Lambert in Pictures

photograph of Feret Lambert Bordeaux wines

“I’d love to learn to cook. I think the ladies like a guy who can cook. Also, there are lots of available ladies at cooking classes. Can you tell I’m single?” — Will Estes Next up: Tomorrow dinner at Château Féret-Lambert. In words. I think the world has seen enough of my photojournalism and weird sense […]

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Whole Food’s Three Wishes

photograph of cases of Three Wishes Vineyards wines in Whole Foods Encinitas, Three Wishes is the Whole Foods entry into the $2 two dollar wine niche.

“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.” — Edgar Allan Poe “Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.” — Jack Welch We wish we could forget Three Wishes. Three Wishes is the Whole Foods […]

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Carruth Cellars Surfing Madonna Save the Ocean North Coast Cuvee

photograph of the mosaic stained glass art piece Surfing Madonna by Encinitas artist Mark Patterson Carruth Cellars Surfing Madonna Save the Ocean North Coast Cuvee the image is the image of the Blessed Virgin Guadalupe in a long robe or habit on a surfboard surfing on an azure coblat blue sea with the worlds

“Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.” – Oscar Wilde “Why shouldn’t things be largely absurd, futile, and transitory? They are so, and we are so, and they and we go very well together.” […]

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Château Ballan Larquette Rosé 2009

Bottleshot of the bright pink French Château Ballan Larquette Rosé wine

“We’re going to get it serviced up and take it out, … because a lot of people have never seen it, and they need to see it.” — George Clinton I love rosés. And Château Ballan Larquette Rosé 2009 is no exception. It’s a sophisticated rosé with the usual strawberry notes, but with a dusty […]

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Château de Parenchère Cuvée Raphaël 2007

Château-de-Parenchère-Cuvée-Raphaël-2007 = An angelic bottle of wine

“I feel that there is an angel inside me whom I am constantly shocking.”  — Jean Cocteau Whether you’re continually scandalizing the better angels of your nature or if you’re always the perfect angel, Château de Parenchère Cuvée Raphaël is the perfect beverage whatever your temperament may be. This ruby wine is easy-drinking with approachable […]

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Valentin Bianchi New Age

bottle shot of New Age wines by Quintessential Valentin Bianchi New Age

“Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.”  — Aristotle Open a bottle of New Age, and you open a bottle of fun.  It’s a sweet, slightly effervescent wine, in either a white or a rosé.  Great for when you’re in the mood for easy, casual […]

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Seven Daughters

Bottleshot of Seven Daughters wines

“Beloved, you are my sister, you are my daughter, you are my face; you are me.”   — Toni Morrison The Seven Daughters wines are fun.  Easy drinking, eminently quaffable; the wines you open when you want to just drink wine, not over-evaluate your beverage.  These are playful little table wines, perfect for big parties […]

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