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This list will include every wine that's passed my lips, at dinner, in class or at a tasting. I've always wanted to see how many different wines I've tried in a year. All will be rated. Most will have full reviews (titles in red) in their appropriate section. My guess is at least 500.

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September | October | November | December

DECEMBER
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12/2/082006 Edward Sellers Vineyards Cognito, Paso Robles, CA – $26**
12/3/082006 Foxen Vineyards Toasted Rope Syrah, Santa Barbara, CA – $40***
12/3/082006 Peachy Canyon Incredible Red, Paso Robles, CA – $24*
12/5/082005 4 Joes' Mourvèdre Thompson Vineyards, Santa Barbara, CA – $25**
12/6/082006 Prà Soave Classico, Veneto, Italy – $15**
12/8/082000 Bedford Thompson Cabernet Franc, Santa Barbara, CA – $25**
12/10/082007 Sherwood Estate Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand – $15**
12/11/082003 Robin des Moines, St-Emilion Bordeaux, France – $15*
12/12/082005 Ch. Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley, WA – $16**
12/12/082005 Vina Herminia Excelsus Rioja, Spain – $16**
12/13/082005 Stolpman Vineyards Sangiovese Paso Robles, CA – $32***
12/13/082005 Bodega Renacer Punto Final Reserva Malbec Mendoza, Argentina – $22***
12/14/082005 Bodegas Castano Solanera Yecla, Spain – $15***
12/15/082007 Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha Campo de Borja, Spain – $14**
12/16/082006 Leo Steen Chenin Blanc Sonoma, CA – $15**
12/18/082001 Tenuta Caparzo Brunello Di Montalcino Tuscany, Italy – $45**



Wine Tasting Trip #3 – December 21st-23rd – Paso Robles, CA & Foxen Canyon Trail in Santa Barbara
Our annual Holiday trip has us visiting the past, present and future wineries of the region.
– Bottles purchased highlighted in Green


Day 1: Far Out Paso
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2007 Nadeau Family Vintners Roussanne – $21
2005 Nadeau Family Vintners Grenache – $22
2005 Nadeau Family Vintners Petite Sirah – $22
2005 Nadeau Family Vintners Home Ranch Zinfandel – $25
2005 Nadeau Family Vintners "The Epic" Zinfandel – $25
2005 Nadeau Family Vintners Late Harvest Zinfandel – $19
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2006 Minassian-Young Grenache – $22
2006 Minassian-Young Mourvedre – $22
2006 Minassian-Young Tempranillo – $22
2006 Minassian-Young Estate Zinfandel – $22
2006 Minassian-Young Bailey Vineyard Zinfandel – $22
2006 Minassian-Young 1,000 Vines Zinfandel – $22
2004 Minassian-Young Portly Pinot – $12
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2007 Thacher Winery Viognier, Hasting Ranch Vineyard – $25
2004 Thacher Winery Zinfandel, Je T'aime Vineyard – $29
2005 Thacher Winery Zinfandel – $26
2004 Thacher Winery Syrah, Coast View Vineyard – $27
2005 Thacher Winery Syrah, Coast View Vineyard – $27
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2007 Croad Vineyards Viognier – $24
2006 Croad Vineyards Totwhenue, Mourvedre/Syrah/Grenache – $27
2006 Croad Vineyards Atua, Cab Sauvignon/Merlot/Cab Franc/Malbec – $42
2005 Croad Vineyards Zinfandel – $28
2006 Croad Vineyards Zinfandel – $32
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Day 2: Westside Paso
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2007 Zenaida Cellars ZC White Cuvee – $15
2007 Zenaida Cellars ZC Red Cuvee – $18
2005 Zenaida Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon – $25
2006 Zenaida Cellard Zephyr, Syrah/Zin/Viognier Blend – $32
2005 Zenaida Cellars Estate Syrah – $25
2006 Zenaida Cellars Estate Syrah – $25
2006 Zenaida Cellars Estate Zinfandel – $24
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2006 Mondo Cellars MacTavish Rosé – $15
2006 Mondo Cellars Razzo Red, Zinfandel/Petite Sirah – $24
2005 Mondo Cellars La Rocca, Syrah/Mourvedre/Grenache – $22
2006 Mondo Cellars Mambo #5, Syrah/Zin/Petite Sirah/Cab Sauv – $26
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2003 Caparone Vineyards Zinfandel – $14
2004 Caparone Vineyards Sangiovese – $14
2003 Caparone Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – $14
2004 Caparone Vineyards Merlot – $14
2004 Caparone Vineyards Aglianico – $14
2004 Caparone Vineyards Nebbiolo – $14
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2007 Edward Sellers Vineyards Viognier – $28
2005 Edward Sellers Vineyards Grenache – $25
2006 Edward Sellers Vineyards Vertigo, Rhone Blend – $30
2005 Edward Sellers Vineyards Le Thief, Rhone Blend – $30
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Day 3: Foxen Canyon Trail
Haven't been down the trail in awhile and it seemed the perfect way to wind our way from Paso to Solvang. For more details CLICK HERE.
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2007 Riverbench Vineyards Bedrock Chardonnay – $24
2006 Riverbench Vineyards Esate Chardonnay – $26
2006 Riverbench Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay – $32
2006 Riverbench Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir – $32
2006 Riverbench Reserve Pinot Noir – $42
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2007 Rancho Sisquoc Winery Sauvignon Blanc – $14
2007 Rancho Sisquoc Winery Riesling – $12
2005 Rancho Sisquoc Winery Sangiovese – $22
2006 Rancho Sisquoc Winery Cabernet Franc – $25
2006 Rancho Sisquoc Winery River Red – $16
2006 Rancho Sisquoc Winery Tre Vini, Sangiovese/Malbec/Merlot – $20
2007 Rancho Sisquoc Winery Pinot Noir – $30
2005 Rancho Sisquoc Winery Syrah – $25
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2007 Tres Hermanas Winery Viognier – $25
2005 Tres Hermanas Winery Rose of Syrah – $14
2005 Tres Hermanas Winery Refosco – $38
2005 Tres Hermanas Winery Syrah/Sangiovese – $30
2004 Tres Hermanas Winery Syrah – $25
2005 Tres Hermanas Winery Syrah – $25
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2007 Zaca Mesa Estate Z Gris – $16
2007 Zaca Mesa Estate Chardonnay – $18
2006 Zaca Mesa Estate Roussanne – $25
2006 Zaca Mesa Estate Z Cuvee, Rhone Blend – $20
2004 Zaca Mesa Estate Syrah – $23
2005 Zaca Mesa Estate Z Three, Rhone Blend – $42
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2006 Curtis Winery Viognier – $22
2007 Curtis Winery Heritage Blanc, White Rhone Blend – $18
2005 Curtis Winery Crossroads Grenache – $25
2005 Curtis Winery Heritage Cuvee, Rhone Blend – $22
2005 Curtis Winery Ambassador's Vineyard Syrah – $22
2005 Curtis Winery Rock Hollow Vineyard Syrah – $42
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12/25/082006 Beckmen Vineyards Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara, CA – $13*
12/25/082005 Beckmen Vineyards PMV Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Barbara, CA – $50***
12/26/082003 Cass Winery Rockin' One, Paso Robles, CA – $36***
12/27/082005 Dark Star Cellars Cabernet Franc, Paso Robles, CA – $25**
12/28/082006 Banfi Col di Sasso IGT, Tuscany, Italy – $10*
12/29/082004 Caparone Sangiovese, Paso Robles, CA – $14*
12/30/08NV Moet & Chandon White Star, Champagne, France – $40**



**** Outstanding | *** Delicious | ** Enjoyable | * Drinkable

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