Yearly Archives: 2017

GUSBOURNE ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE

The English invented sparkling wine, and now they’re making it, and the 15th century Gusbourne Estate in Kent is helping lead the way. South African Andrew Weeber purchased Gusbourne in 2003 and planted vines the next year with the aim … Continue reading

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Champagne: New Reviews of Top Producers

Champagne remains the gold standard for sparkling wines. We’ve written about it extensively over the years, including Report #34 Champagne Revisited, Report #40 Rosé Champagne and Sparkling Wine, and in several iwinereview.com articles.  We continue to taste Champagne on a … Continue reading

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Schug Winery: New Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon Releases from Los Carneros

In our Report #48 The Wines of Los Carneros we identified several  wineries crafting  outstanding Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and other varieties   One of these wineries was the Schug Carneros Estate Winery, the family operation of Walter and Gertrud Schug, originally … Continue reading

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New Releases from California’s Blue Rock Vineyard 2015-2016

These three new releases from Blue Rock Vineyard include their Baby Blue White, a delicious Bordeaux blend, a  barrel fermented Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast, and  Baby Blue, a delicious and easy drinking red blend, one of Blue Rock’ s … Continue reading

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The Farm Winery: 2014 New Releases from Paso Robles

The Farm Winery is one of a growing number of  new boutique wineries  in the Paso Robles AVA  that are producing limited quantities of outstanding handcrafted wines.  The winery is owned and operated by old friends and Stanford Business School … Continue reading

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Barolo and Barbaresco: Recent Tastings from Top Producers

The Langhe offers ideal growing conditions for Nebbiolo, and the producers we review here are among the finest at crafting both Barolo and Barbaresco.  Not only do they source from the finest vineyards in the region, they apply great talent … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Wines of Brazil

We recently had the opportunity to taste several Brazilian wines provided to us by Wines of Brazil. Brazilian wines are not as well known as those of Chile and Argentina, but it has been gradually gaining international recognition, especially for … Continue reading

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New Releases from Francis Coppola, Bee’s Box and Virginia Dare

We have been reviewing Francis Coppola’s wines for several years now and are pleased to report steady improvements in the quality of winemaking under Corey Beck.  The improvements have been the result of better sourcing of grapes from Russian River … Continue reading

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Collio’s Russiz Superiore: New Releases

Russiz Superiore is one of Collio’s most storied, family estates, and its wines are some of the most esteemed of Italy. We visited the estate and met with owner and winemaker Roberto Felluga while preparing our just-published Report #63 The … Continue reading

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Domaine Naturaliste of Australia’s Margaret River: New Releases

It’s been several years since we tasted wines in Australia’s Margaret River region, so when we learned that winemaker Bruce Dukes was visiting Washington DC we jumped at the chance to sit down with him to taste his wines. Bruce … Continue reading

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