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Bowling and Beer? No, Bowling and Wine Country

Highway 12 is the highest traffic corridor in California’s Sonoma Valley, and it soon may be home to a new bowling center inside an existing building that’s appropriately named “The Old Bowl Centre.” According to the Sonoma Index-Tribune,... Read more

These Snakes Won’t Bite: The Return of Diamondback Vineyards

By Bob Johnson Diamondback is back. John Quinones introduced Diamondback with the 1999 vintage, and kept the label going for three additional vintages. Being a full-time winemaker left little time for his own project, however, so Quinones... Read more

2012 Diamondback Vineyards ‘Bella Forte’, Gold Vineyard, Oregon

This Port-style dessert wine can’t be labeled “Port” because it wasn’t made in Portugal. But trust us: If you love “the real thing,” you’ll love this Oregon version, crafted by a vintner (John Quinones) who was educated by Portugal’s... Read more

2012 Diamondback Vineyards Merlot, Rogue Valley

Bigger than most California Merlots, this wine is alluring from its aroma (cherries, blackberries) to its flavors (currants, more berries and cherries) to its finish (vanilla, mocha and still more fruit). MSRP: $75 (August 2016) Wine Lines... Read more

2014 Diamondback Vineyards ‘Manchester Ridge’ Pinot Noir, Mendocino Ridge

If it’s a sleek and silky Pinot Noir you seek, look elsewhere. If you like your red wines big, bold and full-bodied, you’ve come to the right place. This Pinot is brimming with raspberry and strawberry flavors, presented within a lush mouthfeel... Read more

2014 Diamondback Vineyards Chardonnay, Oregon

A first impression of bright apple gives way to kiwi and tropical fruit notes as this fresh and creamy wine opens up. Still a “toddler,” Burgundian in mouthfeel, and gradually transforming into a more viscous style of Chardonnay. The finish is... Read more

A Unique Wine-Tasting Experience in Sin City

As wine bars go, few in the world could compare with Bin 702 in downtown Las Vegas, which gets the numerical part of its name from Sin City's area code. Bin 702 is located at a unique shopping destination known as Container Park, where a... Read more

2013 Cambria ‘Benchmark’ Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

Earthy like French Burgundy but lighter in body, this is an easy-drinking wine that would pair nicely with just about any dish that includes mushrooms. It’s tough to pick out a fruit impression other than simply “red,” but interest is added by... Read more

2014 Cambria ‘Benchbreak’ Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley

There wasn’t a lot of new oak used in aging this wine, yet oak comes to the forefront in the nose, masking the fruit impressions to some degree. With some time in the glass, notes of pineapple and green apple emerge, leading to a mildly juicy... Read more

2013 Kendall-Jackson ‘Vintner’s Reserve’ Red Wine Blend, California

Many people turn up their noses at multi-variety wines made from grapes grown in multiple areas. Not us. All we at Wine Lines care about is what’s in the glass, and when this Red Wine Blend is in our glass, we’re very happy. Syrah is the primary... Read more