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This weekend June 13 & 14 consider doing the Topanga Canyon Artists’ Studio Tour. It is tBoW’s favorite summer event. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Topanga home you would never see except for this tour pictured below. (more…)

in the summertime when the weather is high…

1997 Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir: As Dotor√© purges his cellar tBoW benefits. We opened his 1997 Richioli Riverblock at the last Super Bowl. Loved it. Fact is the wines from WS are best enjoyed in their youth. In my experience the Allen is among the slowest WS wines to come around. At 11 years this bottle is not spry but it still has some hops. WSAllen1997.jpgMaybe not as spectacular as the Rochioli Riverblock but nothing to sniff at. Perfectly balanced. Showing some red brick color in the bowl. The first impression is how delicate. Like a dragonfly showing wonder and light. We can smell and taste the figs. “As good as California pinot gets” declares Dotor√© [ed. obviously he is coming around to you position that WS trumps Rochioli in sheer pleasure which was originally noted by IGTY]. Yes, it is more fruit forward than Burgundies. Aren’t all Calif Pinot Noirs? But only Williams Selyem has the candy. 13.8% (more…)