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Wandering Wino Chooses our Syrah as a Perfect Super Bowl Pairing


Wandering Wino Top 10 Super Bowl Wine Pairings


“Saying the word “Superbowl” instantly gives thoughts, feelings and images to many of us. I view the Super Bowl as a special holiday that includes: friends, family, food, alcohol, commercials, and maybe even acid reflux. Maybe it would be better said if I just used the word “party.”


Whenever there are parties that involve feeding large groups of people, I often begin to think about the “how.” I look for ways to provide tasty foods that are easy preparation, wines that pair, and if possible not to break the bank.


Here are my top 10 Super Bowl wine pairings -“

Beef tacos with Syrah Tour les Jours from Andrew Murray Vineyards, Santa Ynez, CA.

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93 Points from Wine Spectator for the 2010 Syrah Terra Bella Vineyard


I am really happy to report that Wine Spectator just awarded our 2010 Syrah Terra Bella Vineyard 93 Points in their January 9, 2013 Insider Newsletter.  Here is what James Laube had to say, “Pure rich and layered, with dark, vivid, snappy, wild berry, spice and pepper notes.  Smoothes out on the finish, ending long and lingering. ”  This is exciting news indeed…Did you know that our past 3 vintages have all garnered nothing but 91+ point scores…5 of them in all. We are quite proud of this wine!  Hope you get to try some before it is all gone.

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2010 Syrah Watch Hill Vineyard Review from sólosyrah

We really enjoyed reading the thoughtful post from sólosyrah, on our 2010 Syrah Watch Hill Vineyard… From the post: “There’s a dry earth aroma along with some floral, plum, and hints of bacon. Bright strawberry and some brininess also come through on the nose for me. The palate is full but light on its feet with a great little punch of acidity on the finish. Those bright red fruit flavors carry through to the finish, and there’s also a bit of oak but it’s pretty integrated. I’m happy to report that this is a great example of cool-climate Syrah.”  Read the rest of this great wine review by clicking here.

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2011 Viognier Wine Review from Now and Zin Wine Blog

Thanks to Randy Fuller of Now and Zin Wine Blog (along with Now and Zin daily wine radio features) for this nice write-up on our 2011 Viognier… From the post: I’d suggest that you run out and pick up a bottle.”  Read the rest of this great wine review by clicking here.

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Photos from Spring 2012

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Photos from our Winter 2012 Wine Tasting

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KCET for recommends our Syrah as a great wine to sip during the Oscars!


Thanks to Michael Newsome, a wine buyer for Whole Foods, and a contributing writer to KCET, for writing a great article on Syrah…and for recommending our 2009 Syrah Tous les Jours.

Michael described it as, “A perfect example. . .is the 2009 Andrew Murray Central Coast Syrah. Aromas of blueberry and blackberry are dusted with black pepper and hints of bacon. Even with a mouthful of luscious fruit, this wine manages to leave your palate refreshed. This is a great everyday drinker, whether perfectly paired with grilled meats or slowly sipped on the sofa in the soft glow of an awards show.”  Read the complete article here


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91 Points for our 2008 Syrah Terra Bella Vineyard!

Many thanks to Ken’s Wine Guide for a wonderful review of our 2008 Syrah Terra Bella Vineyard. blessed it with  ‘91 Points‘ and described it as, ‘…rich and concentrated…with a  flavor profile of very extracted blackberry with notes of integrated oak, plum, spice, and black pepper.‘  Read the complete Kens Wine Guide here


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Excellent QPR from award-winning Good Wine Under $20 blog!


Many thanks to Dr. Deborah Harkness, who among such trivial things as being a university history professor, a Wine & Spirits contributor, and a New York Times bestselling author (A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night), managed to find time to write a wonderful review of our 2008 Syrah Tous les Jours.

Dr. Deb blessed it with an ‘excellent QPR‘ and called it, ‘…an exceptional bottle of wine for the price.’  Read the complete Good Wine Under $20 review by clicking here…you might enjoy Dr. Deb’s suggested food pairings…and we might just pair it with a good novel…

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Andrew Murray Vineyards 4F Fun Fact for Fridays Sweepstakes Official Rules

Andrew Murray Vineyards
4F Fun Fact for Friday Sweepstakes
Official Rules

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Andrew Murray Vineyards and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used to contact you in case you win the 4F Fun Fact for Friday Sweepstakes. Winners will also be added to the Andrew Murray Vineyards opt-in mailing list.

ELIGIBILITY: The weekly Andrew Murray Vineyards 4F Fun Fact for Friday Sweepstakes is open to natural persons 21 years of age or older at the time of entry and who are residing in the United States, excluding Puerto Rico and its territories, and any state where the Sweepstakes is prohibited by law. California, Tennessee and Illinois residents are not eligible. This Sweepstakes is sponsored by Andrew Murray Vineyards, (“Sponsor”). Alcohol beverage industry members, including retailers, and their families, employees, shareholders, officers, directors, agents, representatives of Sponsor, or the promotion and advertising agencies of any aforementioned entity, and their immediate family members and those living in their household, and each person or entity connected with the production or administration of the Sweepstakes, and each parent company, affiliate, subsidiary, agent and representative of any aforementioned entity are not eligible.  Person’s who have won the Sweepstakes within three (3) calendar months of the current Sweepstakes are not eligible.  Sponsor’s address is: 5095 Zaca Station Road, Post Office Box 718, Los Olivos, CA 93441.

Sweepstakes begins when posted on the Andrew Murray Vineyards Facebook Page on periodic Fridays through the calendar year, and ends when five (5) or more eligible entrants have entered an answer (the “Sweepstakes Period”).  Sweepstakes subject to these official rules, which can be found at

SUBJECT MATTER: Trivia of almost any nature: historical, viticultural, geographical, etc.

HOW TO ENTER: Enter an answer to the Trivia question.  Your answer may be serious or amusing in nature.  No purchase of Andrew Murray Vineyards wine is required to enter. Entries should be posted directly to the Andrew Murray Vineyards Facebook Page:

Limit: One (1) entry per natural person submitted through the Facebook account.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: The winning Entry will be selected randomly by Sponsor from first five (5) eligible Entries received. The selection is final. The potential winner will be notified by Facebook post after the prize drawing.  He/she will be asked to provide a shipping address for their prize via email. At the sole discretion of Sponsor, disqualification, forfeiture and the selection of an alternate winner may result from any of the following: 1 potential winner’s failure to respond to notification within seven (7) business days after its transmission; 2 the return of an email notification as undeliverable after three (3) attempts; 3 the return of the prize as undeliverable; 4 potential winner’s failure to provide Sponsor with satisfactory proof of age, identity and residency; 5 potential winner’s failure to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability. Upon contacting a potential winner and determining that they have met all eligibility requirements of the Sweepstakes, including without limitation the execution of required waivers, publicity and liability releases and disclaimers, such individual will be declared the “winner” of the Sweepstakes.

In the event that fewer than five (5) eligible entries have been received, a winning Entry will be randomly selected from the eligible entries per the aforementioned Selection and Notification paragraph within 24 hours of first posting the Sweepstakes, or the Sponsor may elect to cancel or suspend the Sweepstakes.

PRIZE: The “Sweepstakes Winner” will win one (1) bottle of Andrew Murray Vineyards wine of random variety and vintage.  The bottle will be shipped to the address provided by the Sweepstakes Winner at no expense to him/her.  The Sweepstakes Winner’s name will be posted on the Facebook Page in the Sweepstakes post (

CONDITIONS. Sweepstakes is subject to these Official Rules. By participating, entrants agree: (i) to be bound by these complete Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor which shall be final and binding; and (ii) to waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Sweepstakes or these Official Rules, except where prohibited by law. By accepting a prize, Selected Sweepstakes Winner agrees to release Sponsor, including its parent, subsidiary and affiliated entities together with the respective directors, employees, officers, licensees, licensors and agents, and respective advertising and promotion entities and any person or entity associated with the production, judging, or administration of the Sweepstakes, (collectively, the Releasees) from any and all liability, loss or damage arising from or in connection with awarding, receipt and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any prize-related activities. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Sweepstakes, in its sole discretion, should it receive fewer than five (5) entries, or due to circumstances beyond its control, including natural disasters or cancellation of events. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, cancel, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes should a virus, bug, computer problem, unauthorized intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control, corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Sweepstakes.

By submitting an entry to this Sweepstakes, Sweepstakes entrants hereby acknowledge that any submission is an original work of authorship by the Sweepstakes entrant, was not copied out of or derived from a third party materials, was not previously published, and do not violate the copyright rights of any third party.

Sweepstakes entrant acknowledges Sponsor has unlimited perpetual rights to use entry. By submitting entry, Sweepstakes entrant warrants that submission:
• is not sexually explicit, unnecessarily violent or derogatory,
• does not promote drugs, tobacco or firearms,
• does not contain images of children or items especially appealing to children
• does not contain trademarks, logos or trade dress owned by anyone other than Sweepstakes entrant or Sponsor
• does not contain copyrighted material owned by anyone other than Sweepstakes entrant
• does not use the name or likeness of persons living or dead without permission
• does not communicate a message inconsistent with the positive goodwill of Sponsor
• does not depict any violation of law

Sweepstakes entrant agrees that sponsor may use any materials submitted on a non-confidential basis. Sponsor has no obligation to post or publicize any entry.

Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines such entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, plagiarizing, engaging in any deception, or any other unfair playing practices of intending to annoy, abuse, threaten, undermine or harass any other players or Sponsor representatives. Disputes regarding these Official Rules and/or this Sweepstakes will be governed by the internal laws of the State of California.

PUBLICITY: Sponsor reserves the right to use all the Submissions to the Sweepstakes for publicity purposes prior to or after the Sweepstakes end date, in any media, and to use the name, likeness, hometown name, of any Sweepstakes Entrants, including all or part of their submission, in whole or in part, for publicity purposes throughout the world, without any compensation or prior review unless specifically prohibited by law. Selected Sweepstakes Entrants will be required, as a condition of accepting a prize, to sign a declaration of eligibility, liability, and publicity release, allowing Sponsor to use the name, likeness, hometown name, submission, and winning testimonial and/or prize information of Selected Sweepstakes Entrants as part of that publicity throughout the world, without any compensation or prior review unless specifically prohibited by law.

This Sweepstakes is void outside the US and where prohibited or restricted by law, and subject to applicable federal, state provincial and local laws. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or violating these Official Rules.

PRIVACY. All personal information collected by Sponsor will be used for administration of the Sweepstakes and in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy. Sponsor may also use the information to provide information about upcoming products and events related to Sponsor. Sponsor uses commercially reasonable efforts to comply with CAN-SPAM and Sweepstakes Entrants may opt-out of receiving such communications pursuant to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. Any questions regarding privacy matters should be directed to the address set out below. Please refer to Sponsor’s privacy policy located at for important information regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by Sponsor.

OFFICIAL RULES. For a copy of these Official Rules or winners list, send your request in a self-addressed, stamped envelope (WA and VT residents need not affix return postage) to: Andrew Murray Vineyards 4F Fun Fact for Friday Sweepstakes
5095 Zaca Station Road, PO Box 718
Los Olivos, CA 93441

Rules also available online at:

We value your privacy and will not share your personal information.

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