April 30 2010 issue
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MAILBOX, NOTEBOOK, CALENDAR, HOT PICKSMailbox POSTCARD Considering my Europhilic palate, it should be no surprise that my first Postcard from my native California would come from the Chalone American Viticultural Area. Compact, isolated, relatively uniform in geology, decidedly cool-climate, with earth-driven wines and hard-working winemakers, it offers great drinking for both the near and long term—at a price. Nothing comes cheap here except, perhaps, the sunshine. Nestled within the Gabilan Mountains east of Soledad, ...
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