Yearly Archives: 2010

L’homme qui ris: Tête de Cuvée California Sparkling Wine from McIntyre Vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands

Where would one expect to find the best California sparkling wine? Alexander Valley? Carneros? What about the Santa Lucia Highlands? Well, this is a stunner. One of the best sparkling wines we’ve had this year comes from a little-known vineyard … Continue reading

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Meli: Chilean Wine Made from Dry Farmed, Old Vines in Maule

Adriana Cerda (pictured below) is one of Chile’s better known enologists. She was winemaker at Viña De Martino for many years, including its launch of Chile’s first bottling of Carmenere in 1996. But she always wanted a vineyard of her … Continue reading

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The Exciting New Wines of Portugal

The New Wines of Portugal, Report # 24, is now available to subscribers at It’s our first Double Issue ever. And why, you might ask, a double issue? Because Portugal is so incredibly diverse in terms of climate, soils, … Continue reading

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Tercos of Argentina: New Releases of Torrontes, Bonarda, and Sangiovese

Tercos is a new Argentine winery owned by brothers Pedro and Patricio Santos. Winemaker Patricio Santos was educated at UC, Davis, and has worked at Catena in Mendoza and Chimney Rock and Cardinale Winery in the Napa Valley. The three … Continue reading

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The Wines of Rui Cunha: The Length and Breadth of Portugal

As we highlight in our October 2010 report on The New Wines of Portugal, the itinerant consulting winemaker is an increasingly familiar figure in Portugal’s modern wineries. Rui Cunha is one of the more prominent consultants, and we tasted his … Continue reading

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Laura Catena: Vino Argentino

Laura Catena just sent us a copy of her new book Vino Argentino. It’s the best book on Argentine wine we’ve ever read. She told us about the book when we met in Washington in August during the Society of … Continue reading

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Yellow Tail: An Australian-Sicilian-American Success Story

Yellow Tail is a family winery (Casella Wines) in New South Wales that is one of the wine world’s most phenomenal success stories. It recently relaunched its Reserve line to offer its customers a step up in quality. A brand … Continue reading

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Ecological Packaging: Pepperwood Grove Big Green Box Chardonnay and Cabernet SaCabernet Sauvignonuvignon

While attending the Society of Wine Educators 34th annual conference last week, we had the opportunity to taste a good quality California Chardonnay from Pepperwood Grove, one of the Don Sebastiani & Sons brands. What is most surprising, the wine … Continue reading

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Llai Llai: Cool Climate Wines from Chile’s Bio Bio Valley

When we were in Chile a few months ago, we visited Vina Corpora (VC) and tasted its growing portfolio of wines from the Bio Bio Valley in the far south of Chile. There’s a strong French influence at VC, with … Continue reading

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Wrath: The Grapes of Chardonnay

Apologies to John Steinbeck. I took my teenage son on a trip to Northern California a few weeks ago. We visited the Monterey Aquarium, which I had visited before, but my son insisted we stay there until it closed, about … Continue reading

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