Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 22, 2017 9FOOD AND DRINK & MORE Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 22, 2017 9FOOD AND DRINK & MORE 
SIDE B - Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. 
It is grown in nearly every major wine-producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates 
from Canada’s Okanagan Valley to Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley where it found new homes in places like 
California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, Napa Valley, and Sonoma. Its popularity is often attributed to its 
ease of cultivation—the grapes have thick skins and the vines are hardy and naturally low-yielding,
budding late to avoid frost and other dangers. I have seen cabernets for as little as $8 and as high as, 
well the sky is the limit. 
I found a gem recently for $25 a bottle. Hailing from Napa 
Valley Side B Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of cabernet 
sauvignon California grapes and five other grapes. I first 
sampled the Side B at the Sonoma Film Festival (Go Figure) 
and have been enjoying ever since. The Cabernet has a 
rich color and splendid fruit flavors, I suggest two bottles, 
one for now and one for a special occasion, this wine will 
get better with age. The name you ask? B Side Cabernet 
Sauvignon tells the story of the flip-side of Napa Valley. 
Nestled in rural areas and rolling hills along the eastern edge 
of the Valley, these vineyards are just a few miles from the 
glamorous, high-priced wineries featured along Highway 29. 
The eastern side of Napa Valley includes areas such as Pope 
Valley, Chiles Valley, Wooden Valley, Stags Leap District 
and lower Calistoga. Vines in these areas are grown in thin 
volcanic soils, which yield smaller, more concentrated fruit, 
producing Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignons with classic 
berry and cassis flavor. 
Side B Cabernet 2015 retails for $25, and can be found on sale at many fine retailers for $21 if bought 
in the six pack. I find that to be a bargain 

Dills Score: 89 

Each week I will give you my Dills Score. I have added points for value. I’m starting with a base of 50 
points; I added 8 points for color, 8 points for aroma or “nose”, 8 points for taste, 7 points for finish, 
and 8 points for my overall impression, which includes my value rating. 

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