Monthly Archives: July 2012

New Zealand Wines from John Forrest

John Forrest is a former rugby player and Ph.D. scientist from New Zealand who did research at San Diego’s Salk Institute in the 1980s, caught the winemaking bug, and returned home to establish the Forrest Estate Winery and several years … Continue reading

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De Tierra Vineyards: New Releases from Monterey

De Tierra is owned and operated by Tom Russell, one of California’s largest organic vegetable growers.  The winery is protected by Vindegard, a Star Wars type character that stands on the balcony of the winery to protect it from all … Continue reading

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Fresh 2011 Rosés from South Africa: Boekenhoutskloof, Fairview, Goats do Roam

Since we published our reviews of 50 rosés for Rosés, Rosés Galore, we’ve received some new 2011 releases from Boekenhoutskloof, Fairview, and Goats do Roam. Our consolidated review of all the 2011 South African rosés is given below. South African … Continue reading

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The Wines of Turkey: New Releases from Kayra

Turkey is the fourth largest grower of grapes in the world, although only a tiny portion makes its way into wine.  A still smaller amount of premium Turkish wines make their way to America, so we jumped at the chance … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thomas Pinney’s The Makers of American Wine

The Makers of American Wine is the kind of book that readers of the International Wine Review should love. It’s a beautifully written, thoroughly detailed and documented history of the successes and failures in the development of American wine over … Continue reading

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New Zealand: New Pinot Noir and Syrah Releases

We continue to be impressed with the high quality of the wines being produced in New Zealand these days.   Pinot Noir is clearly a stand out variety,  and producers like Quartz Reef and Rippon Vineyard are producing wines every bit … Continue reading

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Great Winemakers: David Ramey of California

David Ramey has one of California’s most impressive winemaker resumés and is a member of the small tribe of scholar-winemakers who systematically research and experiment how to make better wine.  Of course, impressive resumés don’t guarantee impressive wines, but as … Continue reading

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More Cool Torrontés for the Hot Summer: Reviews of Zolo, Manos Negras, and Bodega Tapiz

Our recent article on Tantalizing Torrontés for Summer identified our ten favorites. Not surprisingly, most of them came from the mile-high Valle Calchaquíes in Salta province.  Since that time we’ve received several others, from premium growing areas in the Famatina … Continue reading

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Brunello di Montalcino: The Outstanding 2007 Vintage

Brunello di Montalcino is truly one of the world’s great wines.  It is also Italy’s best expression of Sangiovese.  In good vintages, the wines show beautiful fruit, elegance and power, with the structure to permit extensive aging.  The high acidity … Continue reading

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Great Winemakers: Roberto Cipresso, Master of Brunello

Roberto Cipresso is one of Tuscany’s most illustrious enologists, wine writers and wine educators.  Although he is widely recognized and awarded for his winemaking and writing talents within Italy, he is not well known among wine enthusiasts in the United … Continue reading

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