Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Wines of Lake County: New Releases from Shannon Ridge

Located 35 miles north of the Napa County Line, Shannon Ridge Vineyards is a certified sustainable, family winery located in Lake County’s High Valley AVA.   Mike Wood is winemaker.  The 2200 foot high, volcanic rock vineyards overlook Clear Lake, the … Continue reading

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Morgan Metalico: Unoaked Chardonnay from Monterey

As we stated in our Report # 10 on Unoaked Chardonnay, it’s a lot more difficult to make a good unoaked Chardonnay than it is an oaked one. Oaking adds complexity to Chardonnay and can mask or compensate for defects … Continue reading

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Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé: Fair Trade Wine from Chile

Earlier this month we tasted a unique sparkling wine at the Wines of Chile Grand Tasting in New York. That wine is Fair Trade certified, made with the Western Hemisphere’s oldest wine grape, and developed specifically to aid small growers … Continue reading

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Discussing Champagne with Roederer’s Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon

Jean-Baptiste Lecaillon, Louis Roederer’s Chef de Caves, came to Washington, DC, last week. We spent an hour talking with him about Champagne before we all sat down to a Champagne luncheon in his honor hosted by Maisons Marques & Domaines. … Continue reading

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Rosso di Montalcino: IWR’s Top Ten from the 2009 and 2010 Vintages

Rosso di Montalcino is often referred to as Baby Brunello.  Made from 100 percent Sangiovese and often from the same vineyards as its famous brother, Brunello di Montalcino, it costs just one-third the price. See our reviews of over 60 … Continue reading

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Book Review: Eat This With…Paso Robles Wine

Lisa Pretty, a Paso Robles winemaker, chef/owner of the Pretty Café, and writer on food and wine,    has written the only book we know that focuses on the pairing of Paso Robles wines with food.  We look forward to testing … Continue reading

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Domaine Armand: 2010 Releases from the Côtes du Rhone Villages

Just 16 villages in the Côtes du Rhone Villages appellation are permitted to put their name on the label.  Rasteau, located just north of Avignon, and Cairanne are among the most famous.  This is where Domaine Armand has its 38 … Continue reading

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Domaine Gérard Brisson: 2010 Beaujolais Releases

Located in the heart of Morgon, one of the Cru appellations of Beaujolais, the Domaine Gérard Brisson makes both Beaujolais-Villages and Morgon Cru Beaujolais wines that reflect the terroir of the region.  Gérard Brisson is owner/winemaker of the estate since … Continue reading

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Wines from the Cederberg Wilderness Area

It’s winter now in South Africa, and the vineyards of Cederberg Private Cellar may soon look like this. Cederberg has some of the most exotically situated vineyards on earth. Located in the remote Cederberg Wilderness Area, Cederberg has some of … Continue reading

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Girasole Vineyards: Organic Wines from Mendocino

Girasole Vineyards produces certified organic wines from grapes grown  on the benchlands of  Redwood Valley in the Mendocino AVA.   The vineyards  belong to grower Charlie Barra, the son of Italian immigrants,  who has farmed some 200 acres of organic … Continue reading

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