Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Wines of Omar Zumot in Jordan

A couple of years ago we visited Omar Zumot at his winery in Amman and tasted  his extensive portfolio of white and red wines.  Since his wines are not available in the US, Omar recently sent us new samples via … Continue reading

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The Rosés of Paso Robles

Paso Robles is making its mark in the world of rosé wines. A Paso Robles rosé—the Tablas Creek 2012 Dianthus—received the highest rating of any of the 100+ wines we tasted for our 2013 Annual Rosé Report. Furthermore, Paso Robles … Continue reading

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Stinson Vineyards: A Boutique Winery in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Stinson Vineyards is a new, family run boutique winery (1500 cases) located in White Hall, nestled in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.  When Scott Stinson moved there from Maryland in 2008 he wasn’t really expecting to be a … Continue reading

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Francis Ford Coppola Winery: Five 2011 Chardonnays

The Chardonnays reviewed here are from three different collections of the Francis Coppola Winery and are made from grapes sourced from several of California’s best growing regions. The Director’s Collection which is a series of wines to “showcase Sonoma County” … Continue reading

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Catalan Wine Day at Jaleo

The Associació Vinícola Catalana  (Catalan Winery Association) of Barcelona recently organized a magnificent lunch at Jaleo Restaurant in Washington, D.C.  which featured  the food and wines of Catalonia.  The lunch was part of a day-long trade tasting featuring the wines … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Carignan in Chile’s Maule Valley

After decades of successfully exporting good quality entry level wines, Chile has emerged as an important producer of premium wine. In our Report #21: The Chilean Wine Revolution we called attention to the increasing number of wineries that are producing … Continue reading

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Santa Barbara and Rosé: A Perfect Match

During our recent trip to Santa Barbara’s wine country we tasted several rosés for our forthcoming annual rosé report.   While Santa Barbara isn’t yet recognized for its rosé wines, several producers are crafting delicious wines that merit serious attention.  We … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla by Peter Liem and Jesús Barquín

There’s renewed interest in Sherry these days, at least among the cognoscenti who know the difference between a dry Fino and a syrupy Pedro Ximenez, but too many consumers think Sherry is just their grandmother’s sweet afternoon Cream and avoid … Continue reading

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