Monthly Archives: April 2011

Portuguese White Port: A Surprising, Bracing Summer Aperitif Wine

We recently discovered the Alves de Sousa NV Caldas Porto White in one of our sweet wine tastings for the upcoming report on Sweet Wines of the World. It reminded us of white Ports we have tasted in the Douro, … Continue reading

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Emiliana Natura: Naturally Inexpensive

  Viñedos Emiliana is the leader in organic and biodynamic wine production in Chile. A fewmonths ago we visited the biodynamic vineyards of Emiliana in the Casablanca Valley [pictured here—Don Winkler; Fernando Pavón, Emiliana; Mike Potashnik]. Organic usually means pricey … Continue reading

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Vidal Fleury Rhone Wines: Reviews of New Releases

A great starting point for learning about the individuality and typicity of the wines of the northern and southern Rhone is to taste the wines of Vidal Fleury. This winery offers a wide variety of reasonably priced wines from all … Continue reading

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Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne: A Spring Tasting at the Four Seasons

Jean Pierre Vincent, winemaker at Nicolas Feuillatte, presented a special Rosé Champagne tasting at the Washington DC Four Seasons this week as part of his 2011 Winemaker Tour. Jean Pierre is retiring next year, so this was a great opportunity … Continue reading

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Pinot Noir of Patagonia: Chacra and "Food and Wine"

Bodega Chacra makes Argentina’s finest Pinot Noir from some of Patagonia’s oldest vineyards in the Río Negro Valley. In preparation for our just released report The Diverse Wines of Argentina, we traveled to Río Negro to learn more about Chacra. … Continue reading

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The Best of Bonarda: Argentina’s Second Red

A principal theme of Report # 26 The Diverse Wines of Argentina is the variety of wines and the multitude of winemaking regions in Argentina. The Bonarda grape, which twenty years ago was the most widely planted grape in the … Continue reading

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Sarmiento: Presidente de Vino (y de Educación) de Argentina

Elected President in 1868, Domingo Sarmiento is the father of the Argentine public education system. He also played a catalytic role in the development of Argentine wine, thanks to Chile and Napoleon. Politically active in a time of great turmoil … Continue reading

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