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2012 Matthiasson Napa Valley
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2012 Smith-Madrone riesling

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Marke wines, ‘Liba’ Haynes Vineyard pinot noir 2012

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DeSante 2013 Proof

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Green & Red’s 2012 ‘Tip Top Vineyard’ zinfandel

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Toast to Unharmed Bottles

Elaine Chukan Brown | September 15, 2014 | Story Wine and Spirits

“The 2012 Matthiasson Napa Valley white wine is a unique blend of sauvignon blanc, sémillon, ribolla gialla, and tocai fruilano. it’s one of the greatest whites from California, perfect to enjoy in the warmer months or on any dinner table.” —Rajat Parr, wine director at the Mina Group

“The 2012 vintage of Smith-Madrone riesling is my ideal wine for fall. it offers beautiful aromatics of stone fruits, pressed flowers, and lemon pith, and on the palate it is focused and lively.” —Kelli White, co–wine director at Press Restaurant, St. Helena

“The Marke wines, ‘Liba’ Haynes Vineyard pinot noir 2012 is delicate and strong all at once, and such a pretty example of Napa Valley pinot noir done right. The aromatics on this wine are positively electric.” —Erin Sullivan, general manager at Acme Fine wines, St. Helena

“The DeSante 2013 Proof is a white wine that straddles the line between wanting a crisp, lean, refreshing wine in the summer and wanting a little more heft later in the fall. it’s the perfect bridge wine for a transitional season.” —Matthew Rorick, owner-winemaker at Forlorn Hope Wines

"Green & Red’s 2012 ‘Tip Top Vineyard’ zinfandel is the perfect match for roast chicken and roast potatoes, which my wife loves to cook in the fall.” —Tegan Passalacqua, winemaker and vineyard manager at Turley Wine Cellars, owner-winemaker at Sandlands

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Thank the (Mostly) Merciful Wine Gods: Why it could have been worse.

Toast to Unharmed Bottles: Warm-weather drinking at its finest.

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Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco

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