Yearly Archives: 2012

Wines of the Loire Valley: New Releases from Alphonse Mellot, Thierry Germain, and Domaine Didier Dagueneau

In a recent tasting in Washington, DC organized by importer, Laurent Givry of Elite Wines, we had the opportunity to taste the new releases of some of our favorite Loire Valley producers. Alphonse Mellot crafts refined and precise wines from … Continue reading

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Halter Ranch: A Paso Robles Environmental Gem

In the year 2000, Swiss businessman and ardent environmentalist Hansjörg Wyss purchased 960 acres of the historic  MacGillivray located on Adelaida Road, about 11 miles west of Paso Robles and just 14 miles from the Pacific.  He renamed it Halter … Continue reading

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Concha y Toro’s Terroir Driven Wines from Coastal and River Basin Vineyards

Concha y Toro winemaker Marcelo Papa was in town this week, and we met up with him to taste new releases and catch up on the news from Chile.  We last tasted with Marcelo in Santiago while preparing our report … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Vineyard in Napa — The Story of Shafer Vineyards

In the early 1970s, John Shafer, a Midwest businessman with no experience growing grapes or making wine purchased a 209 acre, steeply terrained farm in a part of the Napa Valley known as Stags Leap.  Fast forward forty years, and … Continue reading

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New Zealand Wines from Lake Chalice

Lake Chalice is a medium sized, privately owned winery located in New Zealand’s Marlborough wine region. It was established in 1989 by Chris Gambitsis and Phil Binnie on the original 28 acre, notoriously stony Falcon Vineyard but has since expanded … Continue reading

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Paso Robles’ Unique Terroir: Margarita Vineyard and Ancient Peaks Wines

Late this summer, we spent a week meeting winemakers, tasting wines, and visiting some of the special vineyards of Paso Robles to prepare our Report # 33: The Wines of Paso Robles.  Margarita Vineyard, home to Ancient Peaks Winery, is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Roy Cloud’s To Burgundy and Back Again

  There are many books on wine. Most are low calorie, fluffy tomes. Some are pedantic and boring.   A very few are actually fun to read.  Roy Cloud’s To Burgundy and Back Again [Lyons Press, Guilford, CT] is one of … Continue reading

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Petite Sirah from the Hess Collection

Our friend, Randle Johnson, (pictured here) winemaker at the Hess Collection, is a Petite Sirah enthusiast. He loves working with the grape and produces rich age-worthy wines from different vineyards in Mendocino County. His colleague, Dave Guffy, produces one from … Continue reading

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Morgan Winery: New Releases from Monterey & the Santa Lucia Highlands

Morgan Winery is one of Monterey County’s finest wineries, producing a wide variety of high quality wines. Owner and winemaker Dan Lee and wife Donna Lee built this winery from the ground up starting in 1982. They are true pioneers … Continue reading

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Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona: Superb Brunello di Montalcino from Castelnuovo dell’Abate

Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona is one of Montalcino’s premiere wine estates, famous for its special 12 hectare, rocky marl Pianrosso vineyard and for the sumptuous single vineyard and reserve wines it produces.  Located in Castelnuovo dell’Abate above the Orcia River in … Continue reading

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