Monthly Archives: February 2018

Maso Cantanghel of Trentino: Current Releases

In 2006 Lorenzo Simoni and his son Federico purchased a small 2 hectare (now totaling 6 hectares) vineyard called Maso Cantanghel in the village of Civezzano, located in a high mountain valley east of Trento. They viewed its high altitude … Continue reading

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Ultimate Guide to Italian Wine by Daniele Cernilli

If you have room for only one book on Italian wine, this is the one to have. Daniele Cernilli (Doctor Wine)  is Italy’s foremost wine critic. He created and edited Gambero Rosso for 24 years before beginning his new annual … Continue reading

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Warwick Wine Estate of Stellenbosch

We visited winemaker Nic van Aarde last week at the attractive Warwick Wine Estate on Hwy 340 north of Stellenbosch.  Warwick produces about 120 thousand cases annually from both estate and purchased fruit. They’ve decided that Chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties … Continue reading

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Samantha O’Keefe’s Terroir Wines from Greyton’s Lismore Winery

Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore Winery makes unique, nuanced wines from exceptional, South African terroir. Her vineyards are located well off the beaten path in the shadows of the Riviersonderend mountain range outside Greyton.  The dry farmed vines are planted on … Continue reading

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La Bellanotte of Friuli Isonzo: Current Releases

La Bellanotte has a lengthy, illustrious history, but its modern winemaking dates only from 2000 when Paolo Benassi, son of the owner, Giuliana Guadagni, assumed management of the estate. Located in Farra d’Isonzo, it currently has 8 hectares of vines … Continue reading

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Aridus Wines from Arizona and New Mexico

The Aridus Wine Company was founded by Scott and Joan Dahmer and today is on its 5th harvest. Grapes for the wines reviewed below were sourced from diverse vineyards in southeastern Arizona (mostly from Willcox in Cochise County) and New … Continue reading

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