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Wine Line: Wine thoughts and wine walks

One of the most common mistakes people make when tasting wine is to confuse the fruitiness of a wine with sweetness. Sweetness in wine means only one thing; the amount of sugar left in the juice after the fermentation stops. It is referred to as residual sugar or R.S. When tasting wine, your tongue really can only taste sweet (sugar), sour (acids) and bitter (tannins). Fruitiness is the tendency of wine to taste and smell of fruit. When the fruit is sweet, like cherries or plums, tasters often mistake the fruitiness for sweetness.

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Russ Winton: Sebastopol’s cool vibe

The Navigator and I hadn’t spent time in Sebastopol. We’d driven through many times but never stopped. We did recently and we both want to return. It’s a small town on the western edge of Sonoma County, known for Gravenstein apples and its quaint downtown. A stroll on Main Street will reveal a full array of unique shops, even a tiny live theater with the lobby serving as a tasting room for the Hook & Ladder Winery. Very cool.

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Wine Line: Chillin’ on hot summer nights

I have finally found a solution to my “Novinophobia,” a condition manifested by a fear of running out of wine. Two Target Wine Cubes now fit neatly on the top shelf of my garage refrigerator, once occupied by a bowl of moldy chili beans and a half-empty jar of pickled something.

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Wine Line: In Clarksburg, saving the chenin blanc

In the 1970s, one of the best-selling white wines was Charles Krug Chenin Blanc. It was so popular it sold out every year and had to be allocated to restaurants. In 1996, the winery quit producing it. . What happened? The 1976 Paris Tasting made chardonnay the new white wine star; a new sweet white zinfandel hit the streets; and the rapidly growing wine industry pushed chenin blanc to the lowest shelf . Fortunately, there are a few wineries out there who still believe in the noble grape from the Loire region of France.

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