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Can premium wines from many of the major wine-producing countries of the world be marketed under one brand name?

Oriel -- with wines from Spain, Austria, Germany, Italy, France, California, Australia and Chile -- evidently believes so.

With bottlings priced as low as $15 for a French Cotes du Rhone syrah and as high as $100 for an Australian shiraz, Oriel has something for just about every taste, every budget, every dinner table.

Look for Oriel at Los Angeles-area wine merchants such as Wally's, Silverlake Wine and the Wine House.

For more detailed information: (212) 242-6783 or

NEW RELEASES: A 15-bottle case of 10th-anniversary Stags Leap District cabernets (2002s and '03s) from Baldacci, Chimney Rock, Cliff Lede, Clos du Val, Griffin, Hartwell, Ilsley, Pine Ridge, Regusci, Shafer, Silverado, Robert Sinskey, Stags' Leap Winery, Steltzner and Taylor, can be purchased for $1,200 per case (plus tax and shipping). Buying information: (707) 255-1720 or ... Bubbly baggage from Ruinart called Ruinart Escapade is now available from the famous champagne firm for $200. You get a canvas travel trunk holding a bottle of blanc de blancs, four flutes, a linen table runner and a box for additional goodies of your choice. Purchase information: (800) 969-4637. ... A new premium tequila, La Certeza, will be available nationwide by the end of the year. Co-owners are the Beckmann family, who were previously co-owners of Jose Cuervo, and the Boissets from Burgundy, France. Blanco is $40, reposado $45, anejo $60. Information: ... The robust 2004 petite sirah from Guenoc ($9) is now on the shelves. Information: (800) 987-2385 or ... Four new releases from Washington state's Covey Run include three 2005 whites ($7.99 each), a dry riesling, a sweet riesling and a gewurztraminer, plus a cabernet-merlot ($8.99). Information: ... 2004's Edge cabernet sauvignon ($20) from Napa Valley is described by the winery as ``lush and complex.'' Information:

VINO OR VETO: California's chief executive is currently making his wine presence felt.

First, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proclaimed September as California Wine Month. Second, the state Assembly decided on Aug. 10, by a 46-20 vote (SB 1253), to give zinfandel the legal honor of being known in the future as California's historic wine. Zin devotees were waiting and hoping to see his signature on the bill.

For more information on events and special programs concerning California Wine Month, visit or

TASTE WINNERS: Some 300 gold-medal winners from the Wines of the World competition at the L.A. County Fair can be tasted by attendees Wednesdays through Sundays at the fair's Vineyard Marketplace. The fair will take place Sept. 8 through Oct. 1. Fees and other information: (909) 623-3111 or

SIPS AND NIBBLES: Trinchero is getting bigger and bigger. With the Sutter Home, Trinchero, Montevina, Trinity Oaks, Folie a Deux and the nonalcoholic Fre labels already in its fold, Trinchero Family Estates has announced its purchase of Napa Cellars. Information: ...With the expansion of direct shipping to many states, winery-sponsored wine clubs are growing. Cakebread Cellars, for example, claims it has 10,000 members. Information: (707) 963-5221. ... Argentine's Andeluna Cellars has won 20 gold medals for its winemaker Silvio Alberto's first vintage, 2003, mostly of malbec, caernet sauvignon, merlot and blends. Information: ... Mount Veeder wineries including Chateau Potelle, Hess Collection, Mayacamas, Mt. Veeder, Robert Craig and Rubissow-Sargent, hold their annual tasting event ($40 per person) Sept. 16 at the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville plus a winemaker dinner ($125) the previous night at Napa's Celadon restaurant. Tickets and reservations: (707) 255-1144.

Larry Lipson, (818) 713-3668





A 15-bottle case of 10th-anniversary Stags Leap District cabernets is available for $1,200 per case, plus tax and shipping. For additional information, call (707) 255-1720 or go online to
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