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VJB Vineyards & Cellars
VJB Vineyards & Cellars Review
In 2012, the Belmonte family, VJB's Italian owners, opened a Tuscany-tinged courtyard marketplace with tasting spaces and food shops. Although it's unlikely that many patrons will feel transported to Toscana (the 21st-century sheen needs to age a bit first), this is a fine spot to sip value-priced wines, enjoy a pizza or a deli sandwich, or just relax. The wines, most from Italian varietals (some rare in these parts), are like the complex, which is to say less rustic than in the old country and clearly adapted for contemporary American tastes. This isn't always a bad thing, and the best vintages—the Barbera, the Sangiovese, and the Primitivo—are lively and clean on the palate. For gourmet dolci, check out Wine Truffle Boutique, which sells chocolates, Italian gelato, and wine-infused sorbets.
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