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Cannabis Wine Gaining Ground in California. ~ It seems that a select few California wineries are secretly producing wines laced with cannabis, according to The Drinks Business, and Cabernet Sauvignon seems to be the grape variety of choice for the blend.

A well-made Cabernet Franc is without a doubt one of my favorite wines; although very few wineries produce a pure varietal wine from this little-know Bordeaux grape, and it’s usually overshadowed in blends by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Pure expressions of Cab Franc are fairly difficult to find, but I can’t encourage you enough to try and seek out a bottle for yourself and let me know your thoughts!

Alma Negra “M Blend,” Mendoza, Argentina. ~ ‘03 was the first vintage of Alma Negra. The winery was started by a little-known gent named Ernesto Catena, with only 11 barrels being initially produced.

Chocolate Wine Takes the US and UK Market By Surprise. ~ “We thought the market would be female and young, but we’ve found that it has much broader appeal,” said Andrew Browne, founder of the product, citing demand from men and women, as well as older and experienced wine drinkers. The wine uses Bordeaux-blend of grapes from California, mixed with sugar and natural chocolate.

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Top #wine selection >>> Chateau Vannieres, Mourvedre dominant blend, Bandol, Provence, France...Follow us on Twitter @TopWinewPIcs

Dolce was created back in 1985 by the partners of Far Niente (“dolce far niente” being an Italian-idiom for a “sweet idleness”). The winery is still the only winery (North America) which produces a single late-harvest dessert wine. Few other wineries are crazy enough (and have enough cash) to back up such a project! $85

Lamadrid Cabernet Franc, Agrelo, Argentina ~ Don’t let the price fool you, The Wine Advocate gave the Lamadrid ‘09 Cabernet Franc 91 out of 100 points! $17

"Arguably the finest plot of white wine producing grapes on the entire planet." - MUST try this! Previous pinner said, "Had one in France, half bottle, 15 years old...most fantastic bottle ever had !!"

Orvieto is an Italian wine region (on mainland Italy), which produces mainly white wines from the fairly obscure grapes of Grechetto and Trebbiano. Think Pinot Grigio, but with more aromatics! A perfect pairing component for fresh seafood. Lots of apricot, honeydew melon, peach and anise.

Top #wine selection>>> Domaine du Cayron, Gren/Cinsault/Syrah/Mour, Gigondas, S.Rhone, France...Follow us on Twitter @TopWinePics

Ever wonder how many grapes make up a glass of wine?  Or how many cases of wine an acre of vineyards can produce?  Well, we've created the below handy dandy ref

Top #wine selection >>Dom de Villeneuve, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Les Vieilles Vignes', S Rhone, France...Follow us on Twitter @TopWinePics

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