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…This year it took place at Inglenook Winery and included: A blind tasting of 13, 2011 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignons (ranging in price from $55 – $145), a peppy summary talk by viticulturist and winery owner Davie Piña, some exchange of thoughts from the small group of writers present, a killer lunch with wines like the 2011 Inglenook Rubicon Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2012 Inglenook Blancaneaux white Rhone-variety blend. In the afternoon there was a walk-around tasting for trade and media of more 2011 Cabernet plus other releases from roughly 40 producers of Rutherford AVA wine. All in all… a VERY good day…

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In honor of Cinco de Mayo the Rutherford Appellation Wineries will hold their spring passport event, a “Rutherford Passport to Fiesta,” on the weekend of May 5th and 6th. Eleven wineries will offer special tastings and comida to those who purchase a two-day passport for $75 or a Sunday-only passport for $60…Sawyer Cellars will be serving Napa chef Jonathan Bodnar’s Mole-Style Chile (click here for recipe). Chef’s dish will be paired with the Sawyer Cellars 2008 Estate Merlot. There is no mistaking the distinctive flavor profile of Rutherford wines. There’s something very special about the terroir that screams this is ”The Place” and “The Taste” of great wines.

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