Monthly Archives: September 2017

Friuli Wines from the Collio DOCG: Borgo del Tiglio

Nicola Manferrari is one of Italy’s great white winemakers. We recently visited Nicola at his winery in the small village of Brazzano located just outside Cormòns. Brazzano is the location of his special, old vine vineyards that produce the fruit … Continue reading

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McLaren Vale’s Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard: 2014 Releases

We recently had the opportunity to taste the 2014 releases of the Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard in McLaren Vale.   The four wines reviewed here showed very well  just as they did in the 2013 vintage, which we also tasted.   The wines … Continue reading

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Stadt Krems: New Releases of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling

Stadt Krems is one of Europe’s oldest wineries. We first tasted its wines for our Report # 25 The Wines of Austria. We recently met with Franz-Josef “Goose” Gansberger, who manages both Stadt Krems and Weingut Stift Göttweig, and eagerly … Continue reading

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Pellegrini Wine Company: Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

This is our first acquaintance with the wines of Pellegrini, a family owned and operated wine company which began operations in Sonoma County after Prohibition.  In 1973 the family purchased a 70 acre plum and apple orchard on West Olivet … Continue reading

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75th Anniversary of La Rioja Alta’s Viña Ardanza: 1989-2008 Vertical

In 1942, Leandro Ardanza Angulo, President of La Rioja Alta, released the first vintage of the iconic wine, Viña Ardanza. His goal was to make a Rioja wine in the style of Burgundy and for that reason chose a Burgundy-style … Continue reading

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Sonoma County’s Patz & Hall: New Releases from the 2015 Vintage

This winery, founded in 1988, is the product of a successful partnership of Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz. Over the past 25 years Patz & Hall has produced small lot and single vineyard wines focusing on … Continue reading

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Oregon Wine Continues its Growth Path in 2016

The Oregon Wine Board just published its annual vineyard and winery census, and it reveals continue growth in vineyard plantings, wine sales and economic impact of wine in Oregon. Compared to 2015, vineyard plantings grew by 2401 acres, or 8.6 … Continue reading

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Rombauer Vineyards: Noteworthy Single Vineyard Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons

Rombauer Vineyards has been making wine in Napa Valley for more than 35 years. Established in 1980, it is owned and operated by the Koerner  family. Beginning operations  at Shafer Vineyards and other wineries, they later constructed their own winery in … Continue reading

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