Monthly Archives: June 2015

Summer Wines from Michel Chapoutier’s Bila-Haut in Roussillon

Michel Chapoutier offers some refreshing, inexpensive wines for summer drinking from his Bila-Haut estate in Roussillon [see map below] close to the border with Spain. We review the 2014 releases. Chapoutier is one of the France’s most successful winemakers. He … Continue reading

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Vino del Sol: New Wine Values from California and New Zealand

These wines from importer Vino del Sol are good value wines for everyday drinking.  The main label is GEN 5 which is produced  under a joint venture between Lange Twins Winery in Lodi and Vino del Sol.    They are made by … Continue reading

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California: New Releases from Blair Estate and Testatrossa

Blair Estate is a relatively new micro estate established in the Arroyo Seco by the successful cattle rancher Jeffrey Blair.  His estate located in Arroyo Seco produced excellent Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.   We are big fans of … Continue reading

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The Suavia Wines of Soave

We were impressed with the quality of Suavia’s wines when we reviewed them for Report # 35 The Wines of Soave, so we were delighted to have the opportunity recently to taste the current releases with Alessandra Tessari, who makes … Continue reading

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New Releases from California’s Central Coast, Lodi, and Marlborough

In this article, we review several wines that offer better than expected quality for modest prices, mostly under $20 retail.  They come from Arroyo Seco, the Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Clarksburg, Lodi, and New Zealand’s Marlborough region. Testarossa. Located in … Continue reading

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