Monthly Archives: April 2014

New Selections from Portuguese Negociant, Rui Abecassis

Last year we introduced Rui Abecassis to our readers.  Rui is a new negociant of Portuguese wines who has a talent for selecting fruit forward, charming and affordable wines.  These four wines are among his newest selections and they are a joy to drink.   … Continue reading

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Casella Wines New Releases: 1919 Cabernet Sauvignon and 1919 Shiraz

These two wines represent a new venture for the enormously successful producers of Australia’s Yellow Tail.   They are the first super premium wines brought to market late last year by Casella.   The grapes are sourced from premium vineyards across South … Continue reading

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Atalon Winery’s 2011 Vintage: Cabernet Sauvignon and Pauline’s Cuvée

  These two wines from Atalon aim to capture the diversity of Napa Valley as a winegrowing region by blending grapes from several vineyard parcels taking account of soil types, slopes, altitude and exposure.  The Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend … Continue reading

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Jackson Estate and Highland Estate Wines: Reviews of New Releases

Three New Releases: 2012 Chardonnay Camelot Highlands,  2012 Pinot Noir Outland Ridge,  2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Hawkeye Mountain. These three new releases are part of Kendall-Jackson’s  Jackson Estate and Highland Estate wines which show case their different outstanding vineyard properties located … Continue reading

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The Best Cavas of Catalonia

Cava is one of the most important wines of Catalonia (Cataluña) and thus is also a major part of our Report #42 The Wines of Catalonia, to be released May 2014.  We’ve tasted more than 100 Cavas, almost all from … Continue reading

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Brazos Wine Imports: New Releases from Chile and Argentina

Last year we reported on our tasting of some terrific wines from Argentina being imported by a new U.S importer, Brazos Wine Imports.  Established in 2008 by two former wine distributors–Jonathan Chaplin (also, a sommelier) and Brian Ravitsky, Brazos Wine … Continue reading

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Jean-Philippe Colmant’s Superb South African Sparklers

In the 16th century, French-speaking Huguenots from France and Southern Belgium emigrated to South Africa where they planted vines and made wine.  Four hundred years later, the French-speaking Belgian, Jean-Philippe Colmant followed in their footsteps, locating in the picturesque town … Continue reading

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Artezin Zinfandels from Sonoma and Mendocino

Randle Johnson, the Hess Family winemaker for the past 30 years,  is the architect of these two  Artezin Zinfandels, one from Mendocino County, the other from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County.   They are among a variety of wines under the … Continue reading

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