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Randy Caparoso – Culinary Wine & Food Adventures

2015 18 Barrel Pinot Noir + 2015 BCD Vineyard Pinot Noir

“It was not surprising to find, at the 2018 World of Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara this past March that American Pinot noirs are more impressive than ever”.  Featuring 2015 18 Barrel Pinot Noir and 2015 BCD Vineyard Pinot Noir.

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 Lonny Magazine

“Your Last Minute Valentine's Day Wine Guide”  Featuring 2016 Balletto Sauvignon Blanc

“If white wine is more your jam, you'll love this award-winning bottle that blends fruity and dry flavors for a bright finish.” 

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 Best Wines Under $20 Blog

Don’t let the title of the blog fool you; Clive mentions the 2013 Balletto Brut Rosé as a “Splurge” option at $42 in his article titled

Ring in the New Year with American Bubbles.”

“This is a wine that has been given a lot of care and attention. The traditional, Champagne method of production on this 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay rosé brings out a level of depth and elegance that makes you sit up and take notice. A commitment to sustainability, and a 100% estate approach means the folks at Balletto control all the variables and can really craft a wine worthy of the time that they take with it.” Clive Pursehouse. 

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Wine Industry Advisor

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018”

“The North American wine industry is fortunate to have many passionate and inspiring luminaries…The Wine Industry Advisor have selected a few of Wine’s Most Inspiring People to recognize for their contribution to the North American wine industry. These people have been or service to the industry inspired others with their approach to life and business, their hard earned achievements, and their attitude and values.”

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Wine.Travel.More. Blog

2013 Balletto Brut Rosé 

One new sparkling wine I discovered recently is the Balletto Brut Rosé 2013. It comes from the Russian River Valley, in California’s Sonoma County. Inside the green bottle you’ll find the brut rosé is a lovely coral color. Notes of wild strawberry and Rainier cherry are complemented by toasted brioche and a crisp minerality. Small and energetic bubbles give the Balletto Brut Rosé a lively mouthfeel. This is a food-friendly sparkler, so don’t just enjoy it as an aperitif. Try it in place of still rosé, fuller bodied white wines and Pinot Noir or lighter bodied red wines.”

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Reverse Wine Snob Blog

“Ask the Expert” Q & A with winemaker Anthony Beckman “Where Does The Buttery Flavor in Some Chardonnay Come From?’

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WTOP

2013 Balletto Brut Rosé 

“Balletto Vineyards is a family-owned estate winery in the Russian River Valley region of Sonoma, California. The area is renowned for growing two of the traditional grape varietals found in Champagne: pinot noir and chardonnay. The 2013 Balletto Vineyards Brut Rosé is elegant with plenty of racing acidity and has just a tinge of pink.” Scott Greenberg

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 D Magazine

2014 Balletto Cider Ridge Chardonnay

“Balletto Cider Ridge Chardonnay, from their Russian River estate, layers lemon peel and golden apple with creamy custard notes.” Hayley Hamilton

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Briscoe Bites blog

2013 Balletto Vineyards Brut Rosé

“Pop the cork and breathe in the cloud of salty seaside air, fresh citrus fruits, and sharp acidity. The Balletto Vineyards 2013 Sparkling Brut Rosé isn’t a pink wine, but more of a golden-hued peach-shade of pink. Initial aromas are of citrus — lime zest and lemon pith — hints of strawberries, and just a bit of dusty, funky country air. Swirl, and reveal that initial salinity sensed from the bottle — this is no country, this is beach-side paradise. The palate of this sparkling wine is enjoyably dry. Dominant flavors are of strawberries, lemon-lime juice and zest, and pastry-based bread. The finish ends with on a bit of a sour note, that slowly disintegrates, leaving an all-together clean mouthfeel.” Stacy Briscoe

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Food & Wine Magazine

November 2017 (Thanksgiving) issue!

Recommends pairing the 2016 Balletto Rosé of Pinot Noir with a kale salad with bacon brown sugar vinaigrette.

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Houston Lifestyle & Homes Magazine

World of Wine - Top recommended wine to try among a dozen

2015 Balletto Sexton Hill Pinot Noir

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The Tribune Newspapers

“Think Now about your holiday sparkling wine choices."

2013 Balletto Vineyards Brut Rosé

2014 Balletto Sexton Hill Chardonnay

2014 Balletto Cider Ridge Chardonnay

2015 Balletto Sexton Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

2015 Balletto BCD Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Rockin’ Red Blog

“#Food & #Wine Pairing: Fall for Pinot and Lamb”

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Maker’s Table blog

Meg Houston Maker

Featuring Burnside Road into Noir

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Featuring Cider Ridge Chardonnay

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Honest Cooking

“Balletto Vineyards: Beautiful Things Happen When a Farmer Starts Growing Grapes.”

“The family winery, Balletto Vineyards, was started as a vegetable farm in 1977 by John Balletto. Today, it makes some of the finest wines showcasing the terrior of the Russian River Valley.”  Annelise McAuliffe

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Tim McNally in New Orleans on the Dine, Wine & Spirits Radio Show

Listen to the interview

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Houston Chronicle

Dale Robertson’s article recommended the 2016 Balletto Vineyards Rosé of Pinot Noir among eight Rosé wines from around the world.

 18.4 out of 20 (8.9 for quality, 9.5 for value). Here is Dale’s commentary from the article:

Gave it a unanimous recommendation with three scores of at least 9.1. "Fruity and tart." My score: 9.1. "Deliciously crisp, bright fruit." Alcohol: 13.4 percent. Most of the juice comes directly from whole-cluster pressing, providing acidity and minerality. What's bled from the regular fermentation, about 20 percent, brings bright fruit and texture to the wine.

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Sonoma Magazine

2016 Balletto Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 

“15 Easy-Sipping Sonoma Sauvignon Blancs to Drink Now” 

“Balletto’s sauvignon blanc has all you want out of this varietal: accessible, easy drinking, and well priced. It’s also one of the few 100% estate grown Russian River Valley SBs – and it’s sustainably grown! It’s crisp, on the nose and palate, with lemon and lime, Asian pear, and a touch of wet stone and lemongrass – classic notes of a white Burgundy. You get a bit of tartness, a bit of acid, and a bit of tropical fruit, making it a well-balanced liquid treat.” Sarah Stierch 

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Briscoe Bites blog

Balletto 2015 Russian River Valley Chardonnay feature

“It’s a subtle aroma that floats out of the bottle once you pop the cork, reminiscent of a pie crust right out of the oven — but not your oven, your grandmotherly neighbor down the street who’s left all her windows open on this warm summer day. Pour the wine from bottle to glass and engage in that fantasy further, as the shade of yellow of the Balletto Russian River Valley Chardonnay is quite like the shimmering light of the sun refraction through a window pane. Once settled into the glass, the yellow calms to an almost cute pastel hue.”  Stacy Briscoe

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Press Democrat

“Five wines perfect for Father's Day” featuring Balletto Vineyards 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir

“This Rosé is knockout because of its incredible quench. What makes it a standout is its great minerality coupled with layered, high-toned fruit. It has notes of watermelon, strawberry and mineral. This Rosé, no doubt, will turn heads.” Peg Melnik 

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PRESS DEMOCRAT

“Five tasty white wines to take to the beach” featuring Balletto Vineyards 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

“This is an impressive chardonnay that’s well crafted. It has a creamy texture, buoyed by bright acidity. Impeccable balance. Lingering finish. Smart.” Peg Melnik 

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Cooking Light

2016 Balletto Rosé of Pinot Noir

The article that appeared in the May print edition of Sunset magazine was syndicated to Cooking Light online. Both media outlets are owned by Time, Inc.

“Juicy red fruit, gentle citrus, and delicate rose.” - Sara Schneider

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Peloton Magazine

2016 Balletto Rosé of Pinot Noir

 “Domestically, it may be tough to top Pinot Noir as your rosé base wine. This offering is from the Russian River Valley’s Balletto. The aromatics are of orange zest and flowers in full bloom. The wine is a paler hue than you might expect from California; it’s also richer than some of the Old World rosés in flavor, with dollops of ripe-red berries and a still prominent acidity striking a balance. You definitely get the sense that the warmer vintage has filled this wine out, but it’s still got great zip.” Clive Pursehouse

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Sonoma Magazine

“15 wines you must try at the North Coast Wine & Food Festival” Featuring 2016 Balletto Vineyards Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Gris


"An estate Pinot Gris is a rare treat in Wine Country and Balletto’s wine won’t disappoint. This Best of Class white was described by judges as being lush with stone fruit, pear and citrus, making it a perfect pairing with the abalone tostada to be served by Glen Ellen Star’s Chef Ari Weiswassser."

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Santa Rosa Press Democrat

“Five pink wines to celebrate on a spring day” featuring 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir

 “This rosé, no doubt, will turn heads.” Peg Melnik

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Wine Spectator

“11 Juicy California Sauvignon Blancs” featuring 2016 Balletto Sauvignon Blanc

“Offers mouthwateringly vivid grapefruit and green apple flavors, accented with fresh lemon thyme notes. Drink now.”  MaryAnn Worobiec

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 Wine Spectator

11 Refreshing California Whites featuring 2016 Balletto Pinot Gris

“Extremely floral, with a perfumed overtone to the honeysuckle and peach flavors. Smooth, spicy and juicy on the finish. Drink now.” Sarah Sanger

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Sunset Magazine 

2016 Balletto Rosé of Pinot Noir

 Everyday Rosé

“Juicy red fruit, gentle citrus, and delicate rose.” - Sara Schneider

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Wine Spectator

2016 Balletto Teresa’s Unoaked Chardonnay

“11 California Chardonnays Under $30.”

Puts the emphasis on pure Chardonnay, no oak included, with a mouthwatering core of grapefruit-tinged green apple and tangerine flavors. Drink now through 2020.” Jim Laube

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Glamour Online + Huffington Post

“Rosé Wine Doesn't Need a Season: Here's Why You Should Be Drinking It All Year Round”

Balletto 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir was noted as one of the top Rosés to seek out and drink.

“This new release from Balletto Vineyards is a must-try. It’s fruity, medium-bodied, and well-balanced. Their 2015 vintage sold out in July and later went on to earn a spot on Wine Enthusiast‘s Top 100 Wines of 2016 list. The 2016 vintage is sure to do the same!”

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Wine Spectator

2016 Balletto Rosé of Pinot Noir

 14 Enticing California Rosés: New reviews of refreshing 2016s from the Golden State

“Enticing strawberry and orange zest aromas glide easily toward lively watermelon and nectarine flavors. Drink now. 4,839 cases made.” — Tim Fish

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GearPatrol.com

 “Like Craft and Local? You Should Be Drinking More Wine”

“We’re real farmers,” Mark Pisoni added. “Not like B.S. farmers.” Pisoni and Franscioni work in what’s known as “America’s salad bowl”, and in addition to grapes, they grow greens and other vegetables. They’re multi-generational farmers, wine started as a side passion with a small planting of grapes. Eventually, the wine making moved from hobby to business. That story repeated itself many times over, from John Balletto at Balletto Vineyards in Sonoma to Bryan Babcock at Babcock Winery in Santa Barbara. These people make wine because they believe that a connection to land, place and food is a relationship worth championing. “Wine is food,” Franscioni noted. And for the best of these “chefs,” it’s a dynamic relationship.”  Matt Ankeny

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GearPatrol.com

2014 Balletto Burnside Road Vineyard Pinot Noir was just named one of

“The 15 Best Pinot Noir Wines from California” by GearPatrol.com, a high-end men’s lifestyle media outlet.

“If goodness of heart is any indicator of success, then John Balletto is justified in his accomplishments. One of the more generous, big-hearted people I met, Balletto took us around his vineyards on ATVs, talking through his wines and sharing stories from his upbringing, right there on the land. Balletto owns some premium plots of land in the region (the farmland is second generation), and the pinot, which creates the best flavor when grown in the right conditions and then left relatively undisturbed, reflects this.” Matt Ankeny

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Pinot File

"2016 California Pinot Noir All-Americans” 2014 Balletto Vineyards 18 Barrel Pinot Noir (94 Points) among his top 70 California Pinots tasted this year

http://www.princeofpinot.com/article/1892/