Yearly Archives: 2017

Aniello from Río Negro: New Releases from Argentina’s Patagonia

Aniello is a relatively new Argentine winery located on the north bank of the Rio Negro in the Mainqué district of Rio Negro. Established by winemaker Santiago Bernasconi and Italian investors in 2010 with the purchase of a vineyard originally … Continue reading

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Oregon’s Beckham Estate Vineyard: Wine in Amphora

Winemakers around the world are returning to tradition and experimenting with making wine the way the Greeks and Romans did, in large clay vessels. Oregon’s Andrew Beckham not only uses clay vessels for fermenting his naturally produced Pinot Noir, Pinot … Continue reading

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Gary Farrell: New Releases 2015-2016 Russian River Valley

These new releases from the Gary Farrell Winery are mainly from the 2015 vintage, which was another great year for the winery and Russian River Valley. While the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay crops were small to moderate in size, the quality … Continue reading

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Stinson Vineyards of Virginia: New Releases

We are pleased to have the opportunity to review Stinson Vineyards’ new releases.  We have been tasting their wines over the past four years and have been increasingly impressed with the improvements in quality and their experimentation with new varieties.  … Continue reading

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Smith-Madrone: Current Releases from Spring Mountain District Napa Valley

Smith-Madrone is a small winery located in the Spring Mountain District of Napa Valley.  Founded in 1971 by Stuart Smith, managing partner and enologist, the winery’s vineyards, which are part of a 200-acre ranch sit at between 1,300 and 2,000 … Continue reading

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The Health Benefits of Wine, According to Science

Scientific research carried out over the past few years demonstrates that moderate consumption of wine can result in health benefits. This article, originally published in the Jen Reviews blog, lists 15 health benefits with links to the supporting evidence. Many … Continue reading

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Review of the 2016 Rosés: Focus on Pinot Noir

Delicious, crisp rosés are already on the shelves waiting for consumers to welcome the coming hot summer with a chilled glass. In this, our annual rosé review, we review 60 rosés made from different grape varieties grown around the world. … Continue reading

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The Wines of Navarra Revisited

Navarra is Spain’s northernmost political region, bordering France, with which it shares the Pyrenées mountains. It’s a diverse region with a highly varied topography that includes snow-capped mountains, the plains of the Ebro River valley, and even Europe’s only desert. … Continue reading

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Gary Farrell Winery: More New Releases from the 2014 Vintage in Russian River Valley

Here are more stunning releases from the 2014 vintage by Gary Farrell Winery.   The 2014 vintage in Russian River Valley was one of the finest in recent memory, notwithstanding the continuation of drought conditions.  Many of the vineyards experienced lower … Continue reading

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Dutton Goldfield New Releases from the 2014-2016 Vintages

The Spring 2017 new releases from Sonoma County’s Dutton Goldfield winery include a sumptuous Pinot Blanc, vibrant Riesling, and spicy, very appealing Gewürztraminer from the 2016 vintage; a classic Green Valley Chardonnay and Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from the … Continue reading

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