Monthly Archives: October 2015

California’s Miner Family Winery New Releases

Dave Miner started up his eponymous winery in 1996 with Gary Brookman, formerly with Phelps, joining as winemaker. He sources fruit from California’s premier vineyards. His  wines are good and expensively  presented with fine labels and impressive bottles.  See our … Continue reading

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The Carménères of Chile’s Concha y Toro

Carménère is on a roll. It is now one of the most popular varieties in Chile with over 9 thousand hectares planted. In terms of its rapid growth, Carménère is beginning to resemble another Bordeaux varietal that does much better … Continue reading

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The Best Palo Cortados from Sherry

Sherry is one of the world’s most complex wines, made in a unique way similar in respects to Champagne. The Sherry soleras yield a consistent house style, much like a non-vintage house Champagne. It’s also one of the world’s most … Continue reading

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Vertical Tasting of Vistorta Merlot (1999-2007)

Last week we had the rare opportunity to taste five vintages of  Vistorta Merlot from 1999 to 2007.  The tasting was organized by proprietor Conte Brandino Brandolini and importer Esprit du Vin.  It was held at Restaurant Fiola in Washington, DC … Continue reading

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Amarone Family Wines Tasting at Verona’s Bottega del Vino

The Famiglie dell’Amarone d’Arte (Amarone Families) is a collection of twelve of Valpolicella’s most prominent wineries dedicated to maintaining the rigorous standards required to produce high quality Amarone. We recently met up with Marilisa Allegrini, President of Amarone Families, to … Continue reading

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Testarossa Winery: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir New Releases 2013

Testarossa Winery is among the top producers of premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in California. Owners Rob and Diana Jensen handcraft small lots of mostly vineyard designated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from  top growers in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Sta … Continue reading

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Tasting Organic Wines of Friuli with Conte Brandolini at Naranzaria

We met up with Count Brandino Brandolini d’Adda the other night at his Osteria Naranzaria on Venice’s Grand Canal to taste wines from his Vistorta estate along with some of the delicious food prepared at Naranzaria. We tasted his outstanding … Continue reading

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McLaren Vale’s Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard: 2013 Releases

Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard is one Australia’s iconic vineyards.  It was established by Alan Hickinbotham in 1971 in McLaren Vale, and over the years has been the source of fruit for some of Australia’s finest wines including Penfolds Grange and Hardy’s … Continue reading

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Matt Kramer’s True Taste: The Seven Essential Wine Words

Matt Kramer has written a delightful, little book that in a few pages provides an excellent treatise on the art of wine tasting.  It’s a book every serious wine drinker should read. Kramer has always been one of my favorite … Continue reading

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Tasting Trivento Malbec and Torrontés with Winemaker Germán di Cesare

Trivento is a large winery located in the Argentine province of Mendoza that produces a wide range of wines at diverse price points. Irrespective of price, the wines are always good quality and very good value. It has 3,185 acres … Continue reading

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