Monthly Archives: November 2013

Bellavista’s Refined Sparkling Wines from Franciacorta

Bellavista is one of Italy’s finest sparkling wines.  A Franciacorta DOCG,  it was first produced in 1984  by veteran winemaker Vittorio Moretti.   Over the years, Bellavista’s  high quality  sparkling wines have contributed to the fame of  the Franciacorta DOCG,  … Continue reading

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Abbazia di Novacella: New Releases from Alto Adige

  These new releases are from the famed Abbazia di Novacella, an Augustinian Cannons Regular monastery located in the Isarco River Valley of Alto Adige.    Founded in 1142 by Hartmann, Bishop of Brixen,  the Abbey, for centuries was a center … Continue reading

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Book Review: My Favorite Burgundies by Clive Coates

Clive Coates is one of the English-speaking world’s foremost authorities on the wines of Burgundy. He has authored seminal books on the region, including The Wines of Burgundy [University of California Press, 2008] and Cote d’Or: A Celebration of the … Continue reading

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Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes: Albariño from Rias Baixas

Rias Baixas is famous for its Albariño, and the Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes is one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries of the Rias Baixas DO [Denominación de Orígen]. Established in 1904, today the winery is housed in … Continue reading

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Ventana Vineyards: New Releases from Arroyo Seco

We were pleased to have the opportunity recently to taste some of the new releases of  Ventana Vineyards with one of its owners,  Randy Pura,  Ventana is among the wineries  we visited  a couple of years ago when preparing Report … Continue reading

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Blair Estate: Chardonnay and Pinot Gris from Arroyo Seco

Blair Estate is a new micro estate established in the Arroyo Seco by the successful cattle rancher Jeffrey Blair.  His estate- Delfina’s Vineyard-sits on family-owned property located in the cool eastern end of the Arroyo Seco AVA, which is exposed … Continue reading

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Selections from Wakefield (Taylor’s) of Clare Valley in Australia

Wakefield (Taylor’s) is a family owned and operated winery that has been in operation for three generations.  It was founded over 40 years ago by Bill Taylor, a Clare Valley wine merchant and is still managed by Bill Sr. and … Continue reading

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